Alan Evans

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Alan Evans
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Personal information
Full name David Evans
Nickname The Rhondda Legend
Born (1949-06-14)14 June 1949
Rhondda, Wales
Died 11 April 1999(1999-04-11) (aged 49)
Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO 1973-1988
BDO majors - best performances
World Ch'ship Semi Final: 1979, 1987
World Masters Winner 1975
Other tournament wins
Tournament Years
British Open

World Cup (Team)

World Cup (Overall)

1975
1977

1977
Updated on July 1, 2007.

David "Alan" Evans (14 June 1949 – 11 April 1999) was a Welsh professional darts player and former World No. 1 who competed in the 1970s and 1980s.

Evans was one of the early faces of television darts and had some tournament success in the 1970s. By the time that darts had gained big popularity in the early 1980s, Evans's form had faded and he wasn't in the limelight as much as Eric Bristow, John Lowe and Jocky Wilson - who all found more fame and success from the game.

Darts career[edit]

Evans was one of the first players to appear on televised darts in reaching the final of the 1972 News of the World Championship - the first event to be shown in the UK, which was broadcast on ITV. In 1973 and 1974, Evans reached the final of the darts event on Yorkshire Television's The Indoor League on ITV.

Evans won the 1975 British Open, which was the first televised darts event on the BBC, and later in the year won his biggest singles tournament in winning the 1975 World Masters. At the time, the World Masters and the News of the World were the most prestigious titles in darts before the World Championship began in 1978. When the Darts World Cup began in 1977, the Welsh team of Evans, Leighton Rees and David "Rocky" Jones won the Team Championship and Overall Championship.

Evans was a participant at the inaugural Embassy World Championship in Nottingham in 1978. He defeated Alan Glazier before losing to eventual champion, Leighton Rees in the quarter-finals. At the 1979 World Championship, at Jollees in Stoke-on-Trent, Evans won a very fiery quarter final match against Eric Bristow, by 3–1 in sets. In the semi finals, Rees defeated Evans at the World Championship for the second year in succession. In May 1979, Evans received a 12-month ban from the British Darts Organisation following an incident after an international match whilst playing for the Welsh team.

After his suspension ended, Evans came back to rebuild his darts career, and made five more appearances in the World Championship, each time losing to a legend of the game - twice to Bristow in 1986 and 1987, twice to Wilson in 1982 and 1988 and also to Lowe in 1983. With the exception of the 1987 semi final loss to Bristow, these losses were all in the first or second rounds.

On a tour of Scotland, it was reported that he finished on 3 bullseyes (150) 8 times.

Evans holds the record for the highest score achieved on the Bronze Bully charity round in the darts game show Bullseye, scoring 401 (180, 180, 41) with nine darts, doubling up to £802 for charity.

In July 1977, Evans faced boxer Muhammad Ali in an exhibition match at the Gypsy Green Stadium (South Shields), in England. Under the handicap rules of the match, Evans would only score points for hitting trebles - Ali was able to hit the bullseye to win the match and proclaim himself the Darts Champion of the World.[1]

Retirement and death[edit]

Evans began to have health problems with his kidneys in the autumn of 1987, and left the darts circuit after the MFI World Pairs event in June 1988, which was broadcast on ITV. In June 1997, Evans played darts on TV for the first time in 9 years, when he participated against his old rival, Eric Bristow, in the Battle of the Champions event at the Circus Tavern in Purfleet, broadcast on Sky Sports. Evans hit 2 180s in the match, but Bristow ultimately won 3–0 in sets.

Evans died on 11 April 1999, at the age of 49. He was constantly mentioned in televised events by commentator Sid Waddell and usually referred to the "Alan Evans Shot" (three bullseyes) when a player required a checkout of 150.[2]

World Championship results[edit]

BDO[edit]

Career finals[edit]

BDO major finals: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score[N 1] Ref.
Winner 1. 1975 Winmau World Masters Wales David Rocky Jones 3–1 (s)
  1. ^ (l) = score in legs, (s) = score in sets.

Performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988
BDO World Championship NYF QF SF DNP L16 L32 DNP L32 SF L16
Winmau World Masters NYF ??? W L16 L32 ??? QF ??? L32 DNP
British Professional Not held SF L16 DNP QF DNP
MFI World Matchplay Not held DNP L16 DNP
News of the World RU ???
Performance Table Legend
DNP Did not play at the event DNQ Did not qualify for the event NYF Not yet founded L# lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QF lost in the quarter-finals SF lost in the semi-finals RU lost in the final W won the tournament

References[edit]

  1. ^ Irish, Oliver (6 January 2002). "Do you remember when...Eric Bristow ruled darts?". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 4 January 2014. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Edwards, Dave (6 January 2011). "Darts: Sporting giants face-off". Wales Online. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 

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