Co Stompé

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Co Stompé
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Stompé in 2011
Personal information
Full nameJacobus Wilhelmus Stompé
NicknameThe Matchstick
Born (1962-09-10) 10 September 1962 (age 58)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Home townLelystad, Netherlands
Darts information
Playing darts since1988
Darts22g Grand Slam
Walk-on music"Sandstorm" by Darude
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO1994–2008, 2014–2015
BDO majors – best performances
World Ch'shipSemi Final: 2000
World MastersQuarter Final: 2000, 2006
World Darts TrophyLast 16: 2002, 2004
Int. Darts LeagueQuarter Final: 2005
Finder MastersSemi Final: 2001, 2004
PDC premier events – best performances
World Ch'shipQuarter Final: 2009, 2010
World MatchplayQuarter Final: 2010
World Grand PrixLast 32: 2010
Grand SlamQuarter Final: 2010
Desert ClassicLast 16: 2009
European Ch'shipLast 32: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
UK OpenLast 32: 2011
Players Ch'ship FinalsLast 16: 2011
Other tournament wins
PDC World Cup of Darts (Team event)2010
Belgium Open 2000
British Classic 2007
British Pentathlon 2007
Finnish Open 2003
German Darts Championship 2008
Spring Cup 1996, 1997
Swiss Open 2007
WDF Europe Cup Pairs 2000
Westerlaan Darts Gala 2010

Players Championships

Players Championship (VEG) 2010
Other achievements
9 Dart Finish: UK Open Qualifier 2010
Updated on 31 March 2019.

Jacobus Wilhelmus "Co" Stompé (born 10 September 1962) is a Dutch former professional darts player. He was nicknamed The Matchstick because of his almost bald head and very thin appearance, making him look like a matchstick. He was also one of very few professionals who play in Longsleeved shirts .[1]

Darts career[edit]


For years, Stompé was considered the second best Dutch darts player behind Raymond van Barneveld. After reaching the semi-finals of the 2000 World Championship, he dropped back behind a younger emerging Dutch group of players.

Stompé came back to fame with the defeat of reigning BDO champion Jelle Klaasen in the first round of the 2007 World Championship.

Towards the end of his BDO career, Stompé also acted as a darts commentator for Dutch commercial television station SBS6.


On 11 June 2008 it was announced that Stompé had joined the Professional Darts Corporation circuit, and had to join the PDC rankings at 227. He made his PDC debut in the two PDPA Players Championship tournaments in Bristol. The first tournament started with a bye into the last 64, due to van Barneveld not taking part. He lost to Matt Clark. The next day saw him beat Tony Ayres and Peter Manley before losing in the last 32 stage to Kirk Shepherd.

He then qualified for the 2008 Las Vegas Desert Classic but lost in the first round to Dennis Priestley.

Stompé won the 2008 PDC German Darts Championship, beating Phil Taylor 4–2 in the final. Both players averaged well in excess of 100; Stompé averaged 107.28, while Taylor averaged 108.09.[2] The win earned him a spot in the 2009 Grand Slam of Darts and also earned him a place in the 2009 World Championship qualifying through the Continental Europe Order of Merit. He originally qualified through Dutch broadcaster SBS6's wildcard place which then went to Remco van Eijden as a result. He defeated 2007 semi-finalist Andy Jenkins in the first round. He also defeated Alan Tabern, the ninth seed in the second round and his impressive form in the championship continued with a 4–0 win over eighth seed Wayne Mardle in the third round. The win set up a quarter final encounter with Taylor, losing 5–0.

Stompé then qualified for the Desert Classic for the second successive year. He defeated Colin Osborne in the first round but lost in round two to Raymond van Barneveld. He then suffered first round losses in the World Matchplay to Adrian Lewis and in the European Championship to Gary Anderson and also went out at the group stage of the Grand Slam of Darts. His defence of the German Darts Championship ended in the last 32 with a loss to Ronnie Baxter.

At the 2010 World Championship, Stompé defeated Steve Maish, Mervyn King and Mark Dudbridge to reach the quarter finals once more but was defeated by Mark Webster. He then reached the quarter finals of the 2010 World Matchplay, defeating Andy Hamilton and Mark Webster before losing to Raymond van Barneveld.

On 18 October that year, Stompé broke into the PDC Top 16 for the first time, dropping out three weeks later. In December, he partnered van Barneveld in the Netherlands team which won the inaugural PDC World Cup of Darts.[1] Later that month, Stompé was knocked out of the 2011 World Championship in the first round, losing 1–3 to Peter Wright. Stompé comfortably beat Michael Smith 3–0 in the first round of the 2012 World Championship.[3] He was bitten by a dog over the Christmas period and couldn't replicate the form he showed days earlier as he lost 1–4 in the second round to Terry Jenkins, hitting just 28% of his doubles.[4] 2012 proved to be a disappointing year for Stompé as he could not reach a single quarter-final out of the 25 tournaments he played, with his best finishes being last 16 defeats in Pro Tour events.[5]

Stompé dropped out of the top 32 during 2012, but qualified for the 2013 World Championship by finishing fifth on the European Order of Merit, taking the first of four spots for non-qualified players.[6][7] He lost 0–3 to Paul Nicholson in the first round.[8] After the tournament he was world ranked number 40.[9] Stompé lost 5–4 to Michael Mansell in the second round of the UK Open.[10] He only played in four more events during the rest of the year with his final PDC tournament coming in September.[11]

BDO return[edit]

Stompe returned to the BDO in 2014.[12] He made his return to high-profile televised BDO tournaments at the Zuiderduin Masters.

PDC return[edit]

In December 2017, RTL 7 announced that Stompé would take part in qualifying school in early 2018 in an attempt to regain his tour card.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Co is married to his second wife Danielle. He proposed to her on stage after winning the WDF World Cup with the Netherlands. Stompé's son, also called Co (born 1991), plays on the PDC Youth Tour, and reached the final of an event in Crawley in May 2011.[14] Stompe has "adopted" Portsmouth as his football team, due to the support he has received from fans.[15]

Stompé and his wife were found guilty of taxation fraud in 2017. They received work sentences of 150 and 190 hours of work for tax fraud respectively. The court in Almelo considered forgery of documents and the deliberate submission of incorrect declarations for turnover and income tax for the years 2009 through 2013 to have been proven. The couple also received a conditional prison sentence of three months. The fraud was estimated to be more than 100,000 euros.[16]

World Championship results[edit]



Career finals[edit]

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

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score[N 1]
Winner 1. 1998 Europe Cup Singles England Andy Fordham 4–2 (s)

PDC team finals: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Team Teammate Opponents in the final Score[N 1]
Winner 1. 2010 World Cup of Darts  Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld  WalesMark Webster and Barrie Bates 4–2 (p)

WDF team finals: 4 (1 title, 3 runner-up)[edit]

World Cup (1–2)
Europe Cup (1–2)
Outcome No. Year Championship Opponents in the final Score[N 1]
Winner 1. 2000 Europe Cup Pairs
with Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld
England Ted Hankey
England Mervyn King
4–3 (l)[17]
Runner-up 1. 2000 Europe Cup Team
with Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld
with Netherlands Frans Harmsen
with Netherlands Arjan Moen
England Kevin Painter
England Mervyn King
England Martin Adams
England Ted Hankey
3–9 (l)[18]
Runner-up 2. 2002 Europe Cup Team
with Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld
with Netherlands Vincent van der Voort
with Netherlands Albertino Essers
Scotland Peter Johnstone
Scotland Gary Anderson
Scotland George Dalglish
Scotland Mike Veitch
8–9 (l)[19]
Runner-up 3. 2003 World Cup Team
with Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld
with Netherlands Albertino Essers
with Netherlands Vincent van der Voort
United States Ray Carver
United States John Kuczynski
United States Bill Davis
United States George Walls
7–9 (l)
Winner 3. 2006 World Cup Team
with Netherlands Jelle Klaasen
with Netherlands Vincent van der Voort
with Netherlands Niels de Ruiter
Scotland Gary Anderson
Scotland Mike Veitch
Scotland Paul Hanvidge
Scotland Paul McGimpsey
9–2 (l)
  1. ^ a b c (l) = score in legs, (s) = score in sets, (p) = score in points.

Performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
BDO World Championship DNQ 1R DNQ 1R 2R SF 2R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R No longer a BDO Member
International Darts League Not held RR RR QF RR RR Not held
World Darts Trophy Not held 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R Not held
Winmau World Masters 2R DNQ 1R 4R 1R 4R 4R QF 2R 1R 4R 4R 2R QF 6R No longer a BDO Member 1R
Zuiderduin Masters Not held QF SF RR RR SF RR NH QF DNP RR
PDC World Championship NYF DNP QF QF 1R 2R 1R DNQ
World Matchplay NH DNP DNQ 1R QF DNQ [N 1]
World Grand Prix Not held DNP DNQ 1R DNQ
Las Vegas Desert Classic Not held DNP 1R 2R Not held
UK Open Not held DNP DNQ 3R 3R 4R 2R 2R
Grand Slam of Darts Not held DNQ RR QF RR RR DNQ
European Championship Not held DNQ 1R 1R 1R 1R DNQ
Players Championship Finals Not held DNQ 1R 1R 2R DNQ
Masters of Darts Not held RR NH DNP Not held
Performance Table Legend
DNP Did not play at the event DNQ Did not qualify for the event NYF Not yet founded #R 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 F lost in the final W won the tournament
  1. ^ No longer a PDC Member.


  1. ^ a b Moss, Alex (5 November 2020). "Cancelled flights, snow storms, Co Stompe's pre-tournament prediction: the inside story of how the Netherlands won the first PDC World Cup of Darts". Weekly Dartscast. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  2. ^ "Stompe Claims German Darts Championship". PDC. 2 February 2008. Archived from the original on 31 March 2009. Retrieved 27 January 2009.
  3. ^ "World Championship – Night Two". Professional Darts Corporation. Archived from the original on 8 January 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2011.
  4. ^ "World Championship – Day Ten". Professional Darts Corporation. Archived from the original on 8 January 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2011.
  5. ^ "Co Stompé 2012". Darts Database. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  6. ^ "European Order of Merit". Professional Darts Corporation. Archived from the original on 26 November 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  7. ^ "2013 PDC World Championship Qualifiers". Darts Database. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  8. ^ "Ladbrokes WDC Day One". Professional Darts Corporation. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
  9. ^ "Order of Merit on 1 January 2013". Professional Darts Corporation. Archived from the original on 8 January 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  10. ^ "Speedy Services UK Open - Thursday". Professional Darts Corporation. Retrieved 8 June 2013.
  11. ^ "Co Stompé 2013". Darts Database. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  12. ^
  13. ^ Co Stompé making return to PDC in 2018,, 12 December 2017; accessed 2 January 2018
  14. ^ Van Gerwen Takes Youth Double Archived 2011-05-23 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ Walters, Mike (December 19, 2011). "Secret sadness of popular Dutchman Co Stompe". mirror.
  16. ^ "Straf darter Co Stompé voor belastingfraude". Telegraaf. September 4, 2017.
  17. ^ "WDF EUROPE CUP 2000 MENS PAIRS. KNOCKOUT CUP: FINAL STAGES". WDF. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  18. ^ "WDF EUROPE CUP 2000 MENS TEAM EVENT: KNOCKOUT CUP". WDF. Archived from the original on 16 January 2017. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  19. ^ "WDF EUROPE CUP XIII MENS TEAM EVENT: KNOCKOUT CUP". WDF. Archived from the original on 16 January 2017. Retrieved 5 June 2016.

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