BetFred League of Legends

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This article is about the darts tournament. For the video game, see League of Legends.
League of Legends
Tournament information
Venue Various
Location Various
Country England
Established 2008
Organisation(s) none
Format Legs
Prize fund £90,000 (2008)
Month(s) Played May – August
Current champion(s)
England Bob Anderson

The BetFred League of Legends was a darts tournament featuring some of the legends of the game of darts which commenced in May 2008. The tournament was broadcast on Setanta Sports in the United Kingdom.

The opening night and grand final of the event were staged at the Circus Tavern in Purfleet, Essex - the venue is also of legendary status in darts as the iconic venue of the PDC World Darts Championship between 1994 and 2007. The event was won by Bob Anderson who beat Keith Deller in the final.

Format[edit]

Each player played every other player once over the best of 10 legs of 501 points. The first player to win seven legs was deemed to be the winner of the match, although a 6-6 draw is one possible result.

The top four players in the league table after the completion of the 7 league nights progressed to the play-offs at the Circus Tavern. Semi-Final matches were played over the best of 17 legs and the Final played over the best of 19 legs.

Prize Money[edit]

Stage Prize Money
(Total-£90,000)
Winner £15,000
Runner Up £13,000
Semi Finalists £11,000
Group Stage £10,000

Media coverage[edit]

In Australia and the UK, Setanta Sports broadcast the League of Legends.

2008 Players[edit]

Eight players featured in the events, including four former World Champions.

Eric Bristow[edit]

  • Five times World Champion (1980, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986)
  • Five times World Masters Champion (1977, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1984)
  • Twice News of the World Champion (1983, 1984)
  • Twice MFI World Matchplay Champion (1985, 1988)
  • Twice British Professional Champion (1982, 1985)
  • Four times British Open Champion (1978, 1981, 1983, 1986)
  • Three times British Matchplay Champion (1982, 1983, 1986)
  • Five times Butlins Grand Masters Champion (1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986)
  • Four times WDF World Cup Singles Champion (1983, 1985, 1987, 1989)

John Lowe[edit]

  • Three times World Champion (1979, 1987, 1993)
  • Twice World Masters Champion (1976, 1980)
  • News of the World Champion (1981)
  • MFI World Matchplay Champion (1984)
  • Twice British Open Champion (1977, 1988)
  • Twice British Matchplay Champion (1978, 1985)
  • Butlins Grand Masters Champion (1977)
  • Twice WDF World Cup Singles Champion (1981, 1991)
  • Three times WDF Europe Cup Singles Champion (1978, 1984, 1986)
  • First televised 9-dart finish (1984 vs. Keith Deller)

Bob Anderson[edit]

  • World Champion (1988)
  • Three times World Masters Champion (1986, 1987, 1988)
  • MFI World Matchplay Champion (1987)
  • British Open Champion (1987)
  • Twice British Matchplay Champion (1988, 1989)

Keith Deller[edit]

  • World Champion (1983)
  • British Professional Champion (1987)

Peter Evison[edit]

  • Twice BDO World Championship quarter finalist (1988, 1989)
  • Three times PDC World Championship semi finalist (1994, 1995, 1997)
  • World Masters Champion (1989)
  • World Matchplay Champion (1996)
  • News of the World Championship runner-up (1987)

Bobby George[edit]

  • Twice BDO World Championship runner-up (1980, 1994)
  • Twice News of the World Champion (1979, 1986)
  • Twice Butlins Grand Masters Champion (1979, 1980)
  • WDF Europe Cup Singles Champion (1982)

Dave Whitcombe[edit]

  • Twice World Championship runner-up (1984, 1986)
  • Twice World Masters Champion (1982, 1985)
  • News of the World Champion (1989)
  • British Matchplay Champion (1987)

Cliff Lazarenko[edit]

  • Four times World Championship semi finalist (1980, 1981, 1985, 1990)
  • Twice British Open Champion (1980, 1984)
  • British Matchplay Champion (1979)

Venues and League Results[edit]