Joe Johnson

Joe Johnson

About Joe Johnson

Joe Johnson (born 29 July 1952, Bradford, West Yorkshire) is an English former professional snooker player. He is best known as the surprise winner of the 1986 World Championship. Johnson reached the final of the World Amateur Snooker Championship in 1978, losing to Cliff Wilson. After becoming a professional in 1979, his most notable early achievement was to reach the final of the untelevised 1983 Professional Players Tournament, which he lost 98 to Tony Knowles. In 1986, Johnson arrived at the World Championship, having never won a match at the Crucible Theatre, as a 1501 outsider. He beat Terry Griffiths 1312 in the quarter-finals after trailing 129, and then Knowles in the semi-finals. In the final he met world number 1 Steve Davis then at the peak of his ability and defied all odds to win 1812.