Co Stompé

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Co Stompé
Personal information
Full name Jacobus Wilhelmus Stompé
Nickname The Matchstick
Born (1962-09-10) 10 September 1962 (age 52)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Home town Lelystad
Darts information
Playing darts since 1988
Darts 22g Grad Slam
Laterality Right-handed
Walk-on music "Sandstorm" by Darude
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO 1994–2008, 2014–
PDC 2008–2013
Current world ranking (BDO) 71
BDO majors - best performances
World Ch'ship Semi-final: 2000
World Masters Quarter-final: 2000, 2006
World Darts Trophy Last 16: 2002, 2004
Int. Darts League Quarter-final: 2005
Zuiderduin Masters Semi-final: 2001, 2004
PDC premier events - best performances
World Ch'ship Quarter-final: 2009, 2010
World Matchplay Quarter-final: 2010
World Grand Prix Last 32: 2010
Grand Slam Quarter-final: 2010
Desert Classic Last 16: 2009
European Ch'ship Last 32: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
UK Open Last 32: 2011
US Open/WSoD Last 32: 2010
Players Ch'ship Finals Last 16: 2011
Other tournament wins
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

Jacobus Wilhelmus 'Co' Stompé (born 10 September 1962) is a Dutch professional darts player who plays in the British Darts Organisation. Stompé is nicknamed The Matchstick because of his almost bald head and very thin appearance making him look like a matchstick. He is also one of very few professionals who play in long-sleeved shirts.

Stompé was born in Amsterdam, where, before turning professional, he was among other things a tram driver on tram line 14.



For years Stompé was considered the second best Dutch darts player behind Raymond van Barneveld. After reaching the semi-finals of the 2000 BDO World Darts 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 BDO World Darts 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.[1] The win earned him a spot in the 2009 Grand Slam of Darts and also earned him a place in the 2009 PDC World Darts 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 PDC World Darts 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. Later that month, Stompé was knocked out of the 2011 World Darts 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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5][6] He lost 0–3 to Paul Nicholson in the first round.[7] After the tournament he was world ranked number 40.[8] Stompé lost 5–4 to Michael Mansell in the second round of the UK Open.[9] He only played in four more events during the rest of the year with his final PDC tournament coming in September.[10]

BDO return[edit]

Stompe returned to the BDO in 2014.[11] He made his return to high-profile televised BDO tournaments at the Zuiderduin Masters.

Outside darts[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.[12] Stompe has "adopted" Portsmouth as his football team, due to the support he has received from fans.[13]

World Championship record[edit]



Career finals[edit]

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

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


  1. ^ "Stompe Claims German Darts Championship". 2008-12-02. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  2. ^ "World Championship – Night Two". PDC. Retrieved December 27, 2011. 
  3. ^ "World Championship – Day Ten". PDC. Retrieved December 27, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Co Stompé 2012". Darts Database. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "European Order of Merit". PDC. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "2013 PDC World Championship Qualifiers". Darts Database. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Ladbrokes WDC Day One". PDC. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "Order of Merit on 1 January 2013". PDC. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Speedy Services UK Open - Thursday". PDC. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Co Stompé 2013". Darts Database. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
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  12. ^ Van Gerwen Takes Youth Double
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