Alan Tabern

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Alan Tabern
Personal information
Nickname The Saint
Born (1966-09-29) 29 September 1966 (age 50)
St. Helens, Lancashire, England
Home town St. Helens, Merseyside
Darts information
Playing darts since 1985
Darts Target Darts [1]
Laterality Left-handed
Walk-on music The Saints Are Coming by The Skids
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO 2004
PDC 2005–
Current world ranking 112
BDO majors - best performances
Int. Darts League Preliminary round: 2007
PDC premier events - best performances
World Ch'ship Quarter-final: 2007
World Matchplay Quarter-final: 2008
World Grand Prix Last 16: 2007. 2011
Grand Slam Group Stages: 2008
Ch'ship League Winners group, Semi-finals: 2008
Desert Classic Quarter-final: 2008
European Ch'ship Quarter-final: 2008
UK Open Semi-final: 2006
US Open/WSoD Semi-final: 2009
Players Ch'ship Finals Last 16: 2009
Other tournament wins
Atlanta Players Championship 2008
Midlands Open 2008
PDC Challenge Tour England 2014, 2014, 2014
Southport Open 2009

Players Championships

Players Championship (NWE) 2008
Players Championship (WAL) 2008

UK Open Regionals/Qualifiers

UK Open Regional (NWE) 2006

Alan Tabern (born 29 September 1966 in St. Helens, Lancashire) is an English darts player in the Professional Darts Corporation.

Darts career[edit]

A left-hander, he made his PDC World Championship debut in 2005 with a surprising win over Alex Roy. He was beaten in the second round by Mark Dudbridge. Tabern reached the quarter finals of the 2007 PDC World Darts Championship, where he was beaten 0–5 by eventual winner Raymond van Barneveld. In the 2008 World Championship, he defeated Denmark's Per Laursen and Andy Jenkins before losing 3–4 in the third round to Phil Taylor, having led 3–2. Tabern caused a major shock in the 2008 Las Vegas Desert Classic by beating No.2 Seed and reigning champion van Barneveld 8–4 in the second round. In the 2008 World Matchplay Tabern reached the quarter-finals, knocking out current World Champion John Part before losing to Dennis Priestley.

Following this great run of form Alan attracted a new sponsor in Target Darts [2] and has just spent two months developing his own set of darts that he used for the very first time at the 2008 World Matchplay. In August 2008, Tabern claimed his second PDC Pro Tour victory in the Peach Tree Open in Atlanta by defeating Andy Hamilton 3–1 in the final and the next month he claimed another Players Championship win in Wales. This put him in the top 10 in the PDC Order of Merit for the first time in his career. Tabern played in the 2008 Grand Slam of Darts, where he was involved in the first televised nine-dart shootout after he and Hamilton had finished level on points and leg difference in their group. Tabern lost 265–169 in it, with only one of his 9 darts hitting treble 20, with three others in either five or one beds, contrasting with Hamilton's four treble 20s from six darts.

Tabern suffered a second round exit in the 2009 PDC World Championship, losing to Co Stompé. The following year, Tabern suffered another second round defeat, this time losing 3–4 to Mark Dudbridge having missed six darts to win. Tabern once again missed six match darts in the second round of the 2011 tournament against Mark Walsh.

World Championship results[edit]


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