BDO World Darts Championship
|BDO World Darts Championship|
Heart of the Midlands (1978)
|Location||Frimley Green, Surrey|
|Established||1978 (39th edition)|
|Organisation(s)||BDO category Major / WDF category Major|
|Prize fund||£300,000 (2016)|
| Scott Waites (men's)
Trina Gulliver (women's)
Josh Richardson (youth)
The BDO World Darts Championship is a world championship competition in darts, organised by the British Darts Organisation (BDO). It began in 1978, and was the only world championship tournament up to and including 1993. Since 1994, following a dispute with the BDO and the subsequent fallout, a breakaway group (originally known as the World Darts Council, and now known as the Professional Darts Corporation) stages its own annual PDC World Championship, generally before the BDO version in late December and early January of each year.
The BDO version was first held at the Heart of the Midlands Nightclub in the English city of Nottingham. The following year it moved to the Jollees Cabaret Club, Stoke, where it stayed until 1985. From 1986, it has been held at the Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green, Surrey.
In 1990 American player Paul Lim hit the tournament's only ever perfect 9-dart finish in the second round against Irishman Jack McKenna to win a bonus of £52,000 which was more than the eventual champion received.
The finals of 1992, 1998 and 1999 all went into a deciding set play off, having reached 5 sets all and 2 legs all. In 1992, Phil Taylor defeated Mike Gregory in a sudden death leg, having reached 5 legs apiece. In 1998 Raymond van Barneveld beat Richie Burnett 4–2 in legs in the deciding set. Raymond van Barneveld then repeated the same final set scoreline the following year against Ronnie Baxter.
Similarly, the final of 2007 was nailbiting. Martin Adams was 6 sets up, and after the comfort break, Phill Nixon responded by winning the next 6 consecutive sets. Adams held on to take victory in the 13th and deciding set, to win the title that had eluded him for 14 years.
Final Results and statistics
|1978||Leighton Rees||92.40||11–7 legs||John Lowe||89.40||£10,500||£3,000||£1,700||HotMC, Nottingham||Embassy|
|1979||John Lowe||87.42||5–0 sets||Leighton Rees||76.62||£15,000||£4,500||£2,000||Jollees Cabaret Club,
|1980||Eric Bristow||88.10||5–3||Bobby George||86.49||£15,000||£4,500||£2,000|
|1981||Eric Bristow (2)||86.10||5–3||John Lowe||81.00||£23,300||£5,500||£2,500|
|1982||Jocky Wilson||88.10||5–3||John Lowe||84.30||£28,000||£6,500||£3,000|
|1983||Keith Deller||90.00||6–5||Eric Bristow||93.90||£33,050||£8,000||£3,500|
|1984||Eric Bristow (3)||97.50||7–1||Dave Whitcombe||90.60||£38,500||£9,000||£4,000|
|1985||Eric Bristow (4)||97.50||6–2||John Lowe||93.12||£43,000||£10,000||£5,000|
|1986||Eric Bristow (5)||94.47||6–0||Dave Whitcombe||90.45||£52,500||£12,000||£6,000||Lakeside Country Club,
Frimley Green, Surrey
|1987||John Lowe (2)||90.63||6–4||Eric Bristow||94.29||£60,300||£14,000||£7,000|
|1988||Bob Anderson||92.70||6–4||John Lowe||92.07||£71,600||£16,000||£8,000|
|1989||Jocky Wilson (2)||94.32||6–4||Eric Bristow||90.66||£86,900||£20,000||£10,000|
|1990||Phil Taylor||97.47||6–1||Eric Bristow||93.00||£153,200||£24,000||£12,000|
|1991||Dennis Priestley||92.57||6–0||Eric Bristow||84.15||£110,500||£26,000||£13,000|
|1992||Phil Taylor (2)||97.58||6–5||Mike Gregory||94.42||£119,500||£28,000||£14,000|
|1993||John Lowe (3)||83.97||6–3||Alan Warriner||82.32||£128,500||£30,000||£15,000|
|1994||John Part||82.44||6–0||Bobby George||80.31||£136,100||£32,000||£16,000|
|1995||Richie Burnett||93.63||6–3||Raymond van Barneveld||91.23||£143,000||£34,000||£17,000|
|1996||Steve Beaton||90.27||6–3||Richie Burnett||88.05||£150,000||£36,000||£18,000|
|1997||Les Wallace||92.19||6–3||Marshall James||92.01||£158,000||£38,000||£19,000|
|1998||Raymond van Barneveld||93.96||6–5||Richie Burnett||97.14||£166,000||£40,000||£20,000|
|1999||Raymond van Barneveld (2)||94.65||6–5||Ronnie Baxter||94.65||£174,000||£42,000||£21,000|
|2000||Ted Hankey||92.40||6–0||Ronnie Baxter||88.35||£182,000||£44,000||£22,000|
|2001||John Walton||95.55||6–2||Ted Hankey||94.86||£189,000||£46,000||£23,000|
|2002||Tony David||93.57||6–4||Mervyn King||89.67||£197,000||£48,000||£24,000|
|2003||Raymond van Barneveld (3)||94.86||6–3||Ritchie Davies||90.66||£205,000||£50,000||£25,000|
|2004||Andy Fordham||97.08||6–3||Mervyn King||91.02||£201,000||£50,000||£25,000||Lakeside
|2005||Raymond van Barneveld (4)||96.78||6–2||Martin Adams||91.35||£201,000||£50,000||£25,000|
|2006||Jelle Klaasen||90.42||7–5||Raymond van Barneveld||93.06||£211,000||£60,000||£25,000|
|2007||Martin Adams||90.30||7–6||Phill Nixon||87.09||£226,000||£70,000||£30,000|
|2008||Mark Webster||92.07||7–5||Simon Whitlock||93.92||£246,000||£85,000||£30,000|
|2009||Ted Hankey (2)||91.46||7–6||Tony O'Shea||90.54||£256,000||£95,000||£30,000|
|2010||Martin Adams (2)||95.01||7–5||Dave Chisnall||93.42||£261,000||£100,000||£30,000|
|2011||Martin Adams (3)||92.13||7–5||Dean Winstanley||89.08||£261,000||£100,000||£30,000|
|2012||Christian Kist||90.00||7–5||Tony O'Shea||87.78||£258,000||£100,000||£30,000|
|2013||Scott Waites||86.43||7–1||Tony O'Shea||81.90||£261,000||£100,000||£30,000|
|2014||Stephen Bunting||96.18||7–4||Alan Norris||92.19||£300,000||£100,000||£35,000|
|2015||Scott Mitchell||92.61||7–6||Martin Adams||92.55||£300,000||£100,000||£35,000|
|2016||Scott Waites (2)||87.54||7–1||Jeff Smith||84.99||£300,000||£100,000||£35,000|
|Raymond van Barneveld||4||2|
|Paul Lim||1990||Second round||Won||Jack McKenna|
The women's World Championship started at Lakeside in 2001 and Trina Gulliver has won ten championships. Her seventh title in 2007 took her overall record at the Lakeside to 20 match wins and having only dropped four sets in the history of the championship – one each in the finals of 2001, 2002 and 2007 and one in the quarter final of 2003. She managed a long run of 13 consecutive matches without dropping a single set, which started the semi-final of 2003 and ended in the final of 2007.
In 2008, Anastasia Dobromyslova won the World Championship, becoming the first player other than Trina Gulliver to take the title. Following her appearance at the Grand Slam of Darts in November 2008, Anastasia Dobromyslova joined the Professional Darts Corporation, hence leaving the BDO and did not defend her title. 2009 saw five-time runner-up Francis Hoenselaar complete the Masters/World Championship double by beating Gulliver 2–1 in the final. 2012 was the first final without Gulliver, who lost in the semi-final to the eventual champion Dobromyslova.
|Year||Champion (average in final)||Sets||Runner-Up (average in final)||Prizepool|
|2001||Trina Gulliver (83.97)||2–1||Mandy Solomons (79.11)||£6,000|
|2002||Trina Gulliver (84.36)||2–1||Francis Hoenselaar (82.95)||£8,000|
|2003||Trina Gulliver (84.93)||2–0||Anne Kirk (70.20)||£10,000|
|2004||Trina Gulliver (87.03)||2–0||Francis Hoenselaar (85.44)||£10,000|
|2005||Trina Gulliver (79.68)||2–0||Francis Hoenselaar (73.89)||£10,000|
|2006||Trina Gulliver (73.80)||2–0||Francis Hoenselaar (70.26)||£12,000|
|2007||Trina Gulliver (80.61)||2–1||Francis Hoenselaar (79.23)||£12,000|
|2008||Anastasia Dobromyslova (81.54)||2–0||Trina Gulliver (71.64)||£12,000|
|2009||Francis Hoenselaar (77.39)||2–1||Trina Gulliver (75.19)||£12,000|
|2010||Trina Gulliver (80.52)||2–0||Rhian Edwards (68.25)||£12,000|
|2011||Trina Gulliver (73.95)||2–0||Rhian Edwards (73.86)||£16,000|
|2012||Anastasia Dobromyslova (73.95)||2–1||Deta Hedman (74.13)||£16,000|
|2013||Anastasia Dobromyslova (82.29)||2–1||Lisa Ashton (80.40)||£16,000|
|2014||Lisa Ashton (84.81)||3–2||Deta Hedman (77.79)||£29,000|
|2015||Lisa Ashton (83.22)||3–1||Fallon Sherrock (83.76)||£29,000|
|2016||Trina Gulliver (72.93)||3–2||Deta Hedman (75.51)||£29,000|
Since the split in darts two versions of the world championship have existed since 1994, this record section relates specifically to achievements in the BDO version.
- Most titles: Eric Bristow 5. Raymond van Barneveld has won four titles (plus one PDC world championship). Phil Taylor won this title twice, but has added fourteen PDC World Championships to his haul
- Most finals: Eric Bristow 10. John Lowe appeared in eight finals and Raymond van Barneveld reached the final six times (eight finals when combining BDO and PDC totals). Phil Taylor has appeared in 20 world finals when combining PDC and BDO totals
- Most appearances: Martin Adams 21. John Lowe and Eric Bristow appeared in the first 16 tournaments, but the split in darts prevented them from increasing that total. Adams' appearance at the 2010 tournament surpassed their record.
- Youngest champion: Jelle Klaasen 21 years 90 days (2006)
- Youngest competitor: Michael van Gerwen 17 years 257 days (2007)
- Oldest champion: Martin Adams 54 years 224 days (2011)
Since the breakaway of the PDC players, there has been much debate about the relative merits of the players within each organisation. The debate often focuses on the three-dart averages of players in matches.
Since the BDO Championship started in 1978, there have been 20 occasions where a player has achieved a three-dart average in excess of 100 during a match. Keith Deller was the first player to achieve an average of 100, in the quarter-final of 1985 against John Lowe, although he lost the match. It wasn't until Phil Taylor's semi-final of 1990 that another player managed a 100 average. Raymond van Barneveld has achieved the feat six times.
Highest one-match averages:
- 103.83 Raymond van Barneveld (2004, Quarter-Final) v John Walton
- 102.63 Dennis Priestley (1993, 1st Round) v Jocky Wilson
- 101.67 Mervyn King (2002, Quarter-Final) v Raymond van Barneveld
- 101.55 Ted Hankey (1998, 1st Round) v Wayne Weening
- 101.40 Marko Pusa (2001, 2nd Round) v Jez Porter
- 101.28 Martin Adams (2002, Quarter-Final) v Wayne Jones
The tournament has been broadcast in the UK by BBC Sport on television every year since its inception in 1978-2016. The BBC's coverage has been fronted by David Vine (1978), Peter Purves (1979–1983), Tony Gubba (1984–1990), Eamonn Holmes (1991–1992), Dougie Donnelly (1993–1998), John Inverdale (1999–2000) and Ray Stubbs (1999 and 2001–2009). Twice world finalist Bobby George has been a pundit on the BBC's coverage since 1998. Colin Murray succeeded Stubbs as presenter from 2010-2016, as Stubbs had left the BBC at that time. Murray has been assisted by Rob Walker since the 2009 World Masters. Walker is more well known as the MC for the BBC's snooker coverage.
The commentary team has changed over the years with David Vine (1978), Sid Waddell (1978–1994), 1994 BDO world champion John Part (1995–2007) and David Croft who covered the tournament for 10 years on BBC TV and Radio as previous broadcasters until 2012 when he moved to Sky to cover F1. Tony Green is the longest-serving member of the BBC commentary team covering every event from the first championship in 1978, but missed the event for the first time due to illness in 2011. The replacement for Green in 2011 was BBC Radio 5 Live and Chris Evans Sports Newsreader Vassos Alexander who stayed in the commentary box in every year since and Jim Proudfoot of talksport replaced Croft in 2013. Other commentators in 2014 was John Rawling who commentated on darts for ITV and BBC Radio 5 Live and Scott Mitchell who played in the tournament and commentated on the later stages. Bobby George, Martin Adams, Trina Gulliver, Tony O'Shea and other BDO players also handle commentary duties.
Between 1989 and 2001, the Championship was the only tournament shown on terrestrial television in the UK in some years. The BBC covered the Unipart European Masters in 1995, while ITV covered four WDC UK Matchplay tournaments from 1993–1996 on quadro dart boards, as well as the 'Clash of the Titans' one-off encounter between the two world champions, Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld, in 1999. However it wasn't until 2005 that viewers were able to see every dart live at the World Championship, when the BBC introduced interactive coverage on its BBC Red Button service. The BBC's contract to cover the tournament ran until 2013, however they have reduced their coverage from the 2012 event and no longer have exclusive coverage in the UK. ESPN now broadcast the evening sessions live, with the BBC still showing the final exclusively live.
On 6 January 2013, it was announced the BBC had signed a 3-year deal to show the Lakeside World Championships from 2014-2016, on 4 December 2013 it was announced the BBC will show the tournament exclusively in Britain for 2014 which they did from 1978-2011 with ESPN (now owned by BT Sport) dropping darts. This means every dart will be shown live on BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Red Button, BBC Website and the BBC i-player. It was also announced the coverage would still be presented by Colin Murray and Bobby George, which it has been since 2010 despite Colin Murray leaving Match of the Day 2 and BBC Radio 5 Live to move to Talksport. However, in late 2014 it was announced that BT would cover every evening session in the tournament in the 2015 tournament; this means the BBC Red Button coverage again comes to an end, the BBC will have live afternoon darts coverage every day with coverage of the first men's semi final, the women's final and shared coverage of the men's final while BT Sport will have coverage of every evening session and shared coverage of the final. For 2015 the commentators were John Rawling, Jim Proudfoot, Vassos Alexander, Tony Green and George Riley and for 2016 the commentators were John Rawling, Vassos Alexander, Tony Green and George Riley. The BBC contract expired after the 2016 Final and the BBC opted to drop the tournament instead covering a new PDC tournament the Champions League of Darts in September 2016. It is unknown who will broadcast the event in 2017.
The BDO World Darts Championships continues to have the largest single audience viewing figures for a televised darts event in the UK. The event is broadcast on terrestrial television, with the PDC version being exclusive to a satellite broadcaster: BSkyB's Sky Sports channel.
UK viewing figures for World Championship final data provided by the Broadcasters' Audience Research Board UK.
- 2015 2,570,000 
- 2014 2,500,000
- 2013 2,100,000
- 2012 2,370,000
- 2011 2,330,000
- 2010 3,100,000
- 2009 1,830,000
- 2008 3,010,000
- 2007 3,300,000
- 2006 3,620,000
- 2005 2,550,000
- 2004 3,410,000
- 2003 2,810,000
- 2002 2,460,000
- 2001 3,680,000
- 2000 3,700,000
- 1999 4,060,000
BBC Darts Team
- Tony Green: 1978-2010 & 2012–2016
- Bobby George: 1998–2016
- Rob Walker: 2009–2016
- Colin Murray: 2010–2016
- Vassos Alexander: 2011–2016
- Scott Mitchell: 2014–2016
- John Rawling: 2014–2016
- George Riley: 2015–2016
Former BBC Darts Team:
- Sid Waddell: 1978–1994 (Moved to Sky Sports Darts 1994-2012)
- David Vine: 1978
- Peter Purves: 1979–1983
- Tony Gubba: 1984–1990
- Eamonn Holmes: 1991–1992 (Hosted ITV Darts Coverage 1999)
- Dougie Donnelly: 1993–1998
- John Inverdale: 1999–2000
- Ray Stubbs: 1999 & 2001–2009 (Worked for ESPN & now hosts BT Sport's coverage of the BDO World Darts Championship)
- David Croft: 2003–2012 (Now works for Sky Sports F1 & hosts and commentates on afternoon sessions of the PDC World Darts Championship)
- John Part: 1995–2007 (Now works for Sky Sports Darts)
- Jim Proudfoot: 2013–2015 (Unable to commentate in 2016 because of football commitments)
After being broadcast exclusively on the BBC in the UK for 34 years, ESPN began sharing coverage of the tournament in 2012. Ray Stubbs was confirmed as their host, returning to the Lakeside as a broadcaster, over two years after leaving the BBC. ESPN host Nat Coombs was also part of the presentation team. Both broadcasters used the same commentary team – Tony Green, David Croft and Vassos Alexander for 2012 and Jim Proudfoot replacing Croft for 2013. ESPN broadcast the evening sessions from the opening day until the quarter finals, as well as the second semi-final live. ESPN showed recorded highlights of the final. Following the launch of BT Sport, which acquired all of ESPN's sporting rights, coverage was dropped from ESPN and the entire 2014 Championships was shown exclusively live by the BBC.
In 2014 it was announced that the coverage would be shared between the BBC and BT Sport for the 2015 tournament. BBC will have live coverage of the afternoon sessions, live coverage of the 1st men's semi final and the women's final. While BT Sport will have coverage of every evening session and live coverage of the 2nd men's semi final. Both broadcasters will share coverage of the final. Ray Stubbs will again host the tournament after hosting for the BBC from 2001-2009 and ESPN between 2012-2013, he hosted alongside 2 times champion Ted Hankey who returned to the BDO in 2014 but just missed out on a qualifying spot for Lakeside 2015 while Helen Skelton was roving reporter and both broadcasters shared commentary which was provided by John Rawling, Jim Proudfoot, Vassos Alexander, Tony Green and George Riley. For 2016 Ray Stubbs presented alongside Ted Hankey, Tony O'Shea or Scott Mitchell with commentary by John Rawling, Vassos Alexander, Tony Green and George Riley and roving reporter was Reshmin Chowdhury. After the 2016 the joint BBC / BT Sport deal expired and BBC Sport dropped their coverage instead deciding to cover the PDC Champions League of Darts in September 2016 and BT Sport have yet to make a decision to cover the tournament exclusively or not.
International coverage of the event has increased through the years. Dutch television station SBS6 broadcast the event since 1998, as Dutch players have become more prominent in the world game. SBS6's contract to cover the event ran until 2008.
- Prize fund included £52,000 bonus for Paul Lim's 9-dart finish
- From 2006, the £52,000 bonus for a 9-dart finish was included as part of the published prize fund, regardless of whether any player managed to achieve the feat. This table does not include that.
- "Women's World Championship results". dartsdatabase.co.uk. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
- "Raymond van Barneveld 6 ton + averages". Darts Database. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
- "Highest One Match Averages". Darts Database. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
- BBC extends Lakeside darts deal BBC, 3 September 2009
- BBC to split TV rights to darts coverage with ESPN guardian.co.uk
- Broadcasters Audience Research Board BARB GB
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