1980 BDO World Darts Championship
|Embassy World Darts Championship|
|Venue||Jollees Cabaret Club|
Final – best of 9
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.
- John Lowe
- Eric Bristow
- Tony Brown
- Leighton Rees
- Bobby George
- Nicky Virachkul
- Jocky Wilson
- Ceri Morgan
The prize fund was £15,000.
- Champion: £4,500
- Runner-Up: £2,000
- 3rd Place: £500
- Semi-Finalists (2): £1,000
- Quarter-Finalists (4): £500
- Last 16 (8): £300
- Last 24 (8): £200
|First Round (3 sets)||Second Round (3 sets)||Quarter-finals (5 sets)||Semi-finals (5 sets)||Final (9 sets)|
|Eric Bristow||4||Third Place (3 sets)|
|Jocky Wilson||2||Cliff Lazarenko||0|
|Doug McCarthy||0||Tony Brown||2|