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Graham Miles Dies Age 73

Former World Championship finalist Graham Miles has died at the age of 73 after a battle against lung disease.

Miles, from Birmingham, reached the World final in 1974 in Manchester, losing 22-12 to Ray Reardon.

He won Pot Black in 1974 and 1975, and was runner-up to Reardon at The Masters in 1976. He had a highest world ranking of fifth and won the Tolly Cobbold Classic invitation event in 1981, beat Cliff Thorburn in the final. After retiring in 1992, he ran Sandwell Snooker Centre.

Former world number 12 Martin Clark, now Assistant Tournament Director For World Snooker, said: “I remember watching Graham on TV in Pot Black when I was a kid. Then in 1983 I won the Midlands Under-14 title and part of the prize was to go to the Crucible to watch the final between Steve Davis and Cliff Thorburn. Graham took me and it was a great experience. I used to practise at his club in Sandwell and I’d see him now and then, up until a couple of years ago when he came to watch the World qualifiers in Sheffield. It’s sad to hear he has died and my best wishes go to his family.”