1981 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 £23,300
Winners share £5,500
England Eric Bristow[2]

The 1981 Embassy World Darts Championship was the fourth year that the British Darts Organisation had staged a world championship. The field was expanded from 24 to 32 players, the format which would remain for many years. For the third successive year the tournament was staged at Jollees Cabaret Club in Stoke-on-Trent.

Eric Bristow was back to defend his title and would face John Lowe the champion of two years previously in the final. The final was the best of nine sets, but there was a break scheduled after three sets where the third-fourth place play-off match would be held.

Lowe ran away with the first two sets without dropping a leg and took the first leg in the third set before Bristow finally got onto the scoreboard. The "Crafty Cockney" held on to take that third set to go into the break just one set behind. As in the previous year's final, Bristow edged ahead to lead 4-3 in sets and Lowe (as Bobby George did in 1980) had darts to take the match into a final set. However Lowe missed three attempts at double ten and Bristow took out double four to win the title for the second year running.


The results[edit]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 3 sets Best of 3 sets Best of 7 sets Best of 7 sets
 England Eric Bristow  2
 Australia Terry O'Dea  0  
 England Eric Bristow  2
   England Dave Whitcombe  0  
 England Dave Whitcombe  2
 England Charlie Ellix  0  
 England Eric Bristow  4
   United States Nicky Virachkul  0  
 United States Nicky Virachkul  2
 England Tony Sontag  1  
 United States Nicky Virachkul  2
   Scotland Rab Smith  0  
 Scotland Rab Smith  2
 Wales Wayne Lock  1  
 England Eric Bristow  4
   England Cliff Lazarenko  1
 England Cliff Lazarenko  2
 Canada Alan Hudson  0  
 England Cliff Lazarenko  2
   United States Jerry Umberger  0  
 United States Jerry Umberger  2
 United States Len Heard  0  
 England Cliff Lazarenko  4
   England Bobby George  0  
 England Bobby George  2
 Scotland Alistair Forrester  0  
 England Bobby George  2
   Wales Tony Clark  0  
 Wales Tony Clark  2
 England Bill Lennard  1  
 England John Lowe  2
 Scotland Angus Ross  0  
 England John Lowe  2
   Canada Allan Hogg  1  
 Canada Allan Hogg  2
 England Les Capewell  0  
 England John Lowe  4
   Wales Ceri Morgan  3  
 Wales Ceri Morgan  2
 England Doug McCarthy  1  
 Wales Ceri Morgan  2
   Wales Leighton Rees  1  
 Wales Leighton Rees  2
 Australia Tim Brown  0  
 England John Lowe  4
   England Tony Brown  1

 Scotland Jocky Wilson  2
 New Zealand Gordon Allpress  0  
 Scotland Jocky Wilson  2
   Australia Kevin White  1  
 Australia Kevin White  2
 Sweden Stefan Lord  1  
 Scotland Jocky Wilson  2
   England Tony Brown  4

 Belgium Luc Marreel  2
 Denmark Jan Larsen  1  
 Belgium Luc Marreel  0
   England Tony Brown  2

 England Tony Brown  2
 England Paul Gosling  1

Final (Best of 9 sets) Saturday 17 January
Eric Bristow England 5-3 England John Lowe
Highest Checkout: 0-3, 0-3, 3-2, 3-0, 3-0, 3-2, 2-3, 3-2 Highest Checkout:
England Eric Bristow wins the 1981 Embassy World Darts Championship

THIRD PLACE MATCH (Best of 3 sets)

England Cliff Lazarenko beat Tony Brown England 2-1


  1. ^ "The World Championship of Darts". Learnaboutdarts.com. Retrieved 2011-02-03. 
  2. ^ Ralph Hickok (16 January 2010). "History - World Darts Champions". HickokSports.com. Retrieved 2011-02-03.