1997 WDC World Darts Championship

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Red Band World Darts Championship
Tournament information
Dates 29 December 1996–5 January 1997
Venue Circus Tavern
Location Purfleet, Essex
Country England, United Kingdom
Organisation(s) PDC (WDC)
Format Sets
Final – best of 11
Prize fund £98,000
Winners share £45,000
England Phil Taylor

The 1997 Red Band World Darts Championship was held between 29 December 1996–5 January 1997 at the Circus Tavern in Purfleet, Essex. It was the fourth World Championship organised by the World Darts Council, which had acrimoniously split from the British Darts Organisation in 1992/93. As a result of an on-going legal battle, this would be the last time that the WDC name would be used - an out-of-court settlement (Tomlin Order) in the summer of 1997 meant that the organisation had to change its name to the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC).

Paul Lim, who famously hit a nine-dart finish at the 1990 Embassy Championship appeared at his first WDC World Championship - he had only managed to qualify once for the Embassy since the split, losing a second round match to John Part in 1994.

The Championship saw two tight semi-finals, the most memorable of which was the clash between mentor and protégé - Eric Bristow and Phil Taylor. Taylor emerged victorious 5-4 in sets to reach the final. Ironically, he managed to equal his mentor's feat of five World Championship titles when he beat Dennis Priestley in the final. They were now level as the most successful players of all-time.


1st Round - Group Stages[edit]

Knockout Stages[edit]

Quarter Finals Semi Finals Final
Group 1 Winner EnglandEric Bristow83.39 5
Group 2 winner EnglandAlan Warriner (6)88.67 3
EnglandEric Bristow 89.62 4
2 EnglandPhil Taylor 94.38 5
Group 3 winner EnglandKeith Deller (7)91.23 1
Group 4 winner EnglandPhil Taylor (2)98.51 5
2 EnglandPhil Taylor 100.92 6
1 EnglandDennis Priestley96.78 3
Group 5 winner EnglandPeter Evison (4)96.55 5
Group 6 winner ScotlandJamie Harvey (5)86.54 3
4 EnglandPeter Evison92.46 4
1 EnglandDennis Priestley97.28 5
Group 7 winner EnglandRod Harrington (8)90.89 2
Group 8 winner EnglandDennis Priestley (1)97.78 5

Third Place Match[edit]

EnglandPeter Evison beat England Eric Bristow 4 - 2