1980 BDO World Darts Championship

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Embassy World Darts Championship
Tournament information
Venue Jollees Cabaret Club[1]
Location Stoke-on-Trent
Country England
Organisation(s) BDO
Format Sets
Final – best of 9
Prize fund £15,000
Winners share £4,500
England Eric Bristow[2]

The 1980 Embassy World Darts Championship was the third year that the British Darts Organisation had staged a world championship. Again the field was 24 players, with the top seeds receiving a bye to the last 16 stage. For the second successive year the tournament was staged at Jollees Cabaret Club in Stoke-on-Trent.

Defending champion John Lowe, who had released a book The Lowe Profile just before the event suffered a surprise defeat 0–2 to Cliff Lazarenko saying afterwards "If you miss your doubles in this one, you must expect to go out." Eric Bristow was then immediately installed as favourite to win the event and would meet another flamboyant character of the game in the final – Bobby George.

George, who was not invited to the qualifiers the previous year appeared in a sequined shirt and when arriving on the stage was presented with a candelabra to complete a Liberace effect. He also made the early running in the final leading 1–0, 2–1 and 3–2. The first six sets all went to a deciding leg until Bristow won the seventh 3–1 to establish a 4–3 set lead. In the next set at 2–2 in legs, George had a golden opportunity to level the match and take it to a decider but bust his score and nonchalantly threw his third dart into the board before putting his darts into his top pocket in anticipation of Bristow checking out to win the title. Bristow did so.[citation needed]


  1. England John Lowe
  2. England Eric Bristow
  3. England Tony Brown
  4. Wales Leighton Rees
  5. England Bobby George
  6. United States Nicky Virachkul
  7. Scotland Jocky Wilson
  8. Wales Ceri Morgan

The results[edit]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 3 sets Best of 3 sets Best of 5 sets Best of 7 sets
 England John Lowe  
 Starts in Round 2    
 England John Lowe  0
   England Cliff Lazarenko  2  
 England Cliff Lazarenko  2
 England Paul Gosling  0  
 England Cliff Lazarenko  3
   Wales Ceri Morgan  1  
 Wales Ceri Morgan  
 Starts in Round 2    
 Wales Ceri Morgan  2
   Australia Alan Grant  0  
 Australia Alan Grant  2
 Canada Allan Hogg  1  
 England Cliff Lazarenko  1
   England Bobby George  4
 England Bobby George  
 Starts in Round 2    
 England Bobby George  2
   England Dave Whitcombe  0  
 England Dave Whitcombe  2
 United States Len Heard  0  
 England Bobby George  3
   Wales Leighton Rees  1  
 Wales Leighton Rees  
 Starts in Round 2    
 Wales Leighton Rees  2
   England Tony Sontag  0  
 England Tony Sontag  2
 Scotland Rab Smith  1  
 England Tony Brown  
 Starts in Round 2    
 England Tony Brown  2
   Australia Terry O'Dea  0  
 Australia Terry O'Dea  2
 Scotland Eric MacLean  1  
 England Tony Brown  3
   England Bill Lennard  0  
 United States Nicky Virachkul  
 Starts in Round 2    
 United States Nicky Virachkul  0
   England Bill Lennard  2  
 England Bill Lennard  2
 Sweden Stefan Lord  1  
 England Tony Brown  3
   England Eric Bristow  4

 Scotland Jocky Wilson  
 Starts in Round 2    
 Scotland Jocky Wilson  2
   England Doug McCarthy  0  
 England Doug McCarthy  2
 United States Conrad Daniels  0  
 Scotland Jocky Wilson  0
   England Eric Bristow  3

 England Eric Bristow  
 Starts in Round 2    
 England Eric Bristow  2
   Wales Tony Clark  0

 Wales Tony Clark  2
 England Alan Glazier  0

Final (Best of 9 sets) Saturday 9 February
Bobby George England 3–5 England Eric Bristow
Highest Checkout: 3–2, 2–3, 3–2, 2–3, 3–2, 2–3, 1–3, 2–3 Highest Checkout:
England Eric Bristow wins the 1980 Embassy World Darts Championship

THIRD PLACE MATCH (Best of 3 sets)

England Tony Brown beat Cliff Lazarenko England 2–0


  1. ^ "The World Championship of Darts". Learnaboutdarts.com. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Ralph Hickok (16 January 2010). "History – World Darts Champions". HickokSports.com. Retrieved 3 February 2011.