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Lowe in 2009
|Born||21 July 1945|
New Tupton, Derbyshire, England
|Home town||Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England|
|Playing darts since||1966|
|Darts||21g Unicorn World Champion Golden John Lowe|
|Walk-on music||"Hooray! Hooray! It's a Holi-Holiday" by Boney M.|
|Organisation (see split in darts)|
|PDC||1993–2007 (founding member)|
|BDO majors – best performances|
|World Ch'ship||Winner (3) 1979, 1987, 1993|
|World Masters||Winner (2) 1976, 1980|
|PDC premier events – best performances|
|World Ch'ship||Semi-Final: 1995, 1996|
|World Matchplay||Semi-Final: 1995, 2002|
|World Grand Prix||Semi-Final: 2001|
|UK Open||Last 16: 2005|
|Other tournament wins|
Other tournament wins
|1984 – First televised nine-dart finish|
1986 to 1993 – WDF England Captain (unbeaten)
|Updated on 11 February 2008.|
John Lowe darts player. Along with Eric Bristow and Jocky Wilson, he was known for dominating darts during the 1980s. Lowe was world champion on three occasions, in 1979, 1987 and 1993. He was also a two-time winner of the Winmau World Masters and a two-time World Cup singles champion. In total, Lowe won 15 BDO and WDF majors. He held the World No. 1 ranking on four occasions. In October 1984, he became the first player to hit a televised nine-dart finish.(born 21 July 1945) is an English former
Lowe is one of only six players to have won the World Championship three or more times, and was the first person to win it in three separate decades; along with Phil Taylor, he remains one of only two players to achieve this. His record of 28 world championship appearances was broken by Taylor in 2018. Amidst growing dissatisfaction with the British Darts Organisation, Lowe was also one of 16 players who in 1993 broke away to form their own governing body, the World Darts Council (now known as the Professional Darts Corporation).
Lowe won the World Championship title in three different decades – 1979, 1987 and 1993. He met Eric Bristow six times in the World Championship in various semi-finals and finals, and it was not until his fourth attempt (in the 1987 final) that he managed to overcome his rival. His record against Bristow in majors was three wins and six defeats.
Lowe achieved the first ever televised nine-dart finish (the sport's equivalent of a 147 break in snooker) on 13 October 1984 during the World Matchplay tournament against Keith Deller, although it was not live and instead shown on a highlights programme on ITV. Lowe won £102,000 for this success. He went on to win the tournament.
In addition to his three world titles, Lowe has also won two World Masters titles, two British Open titles, two British Matchplay championships, two World Cup Singles, and three European Cup Singles Titles, as well as other titles around the world in his career. He played for England over 100 times and was captain for seven years, during which time his team were unbeaten.
He also gained credit for his decorum and sportsmanship at the oche, often in contrast to Eric Bristow. Lowe was also probably unique in darts in that he looked after his health, never developing the weight difficulties associated with darts players, though he did consume alcohol onstage alongside other players when it was still permitted during matches.
Nicknames have always been common in darts, but Lowe never really had one which caught on. A composed performer, he did not have anything which stood out in his demeanour or personality – until someone decided to use these traits to come up with the nickname of "Old Stoneface". This is also the title of Lowe's autobiography which was published in 2005.
Lowe has enjoyed a longevity at the sport. He played in the televised stages of the World Championship for a then record 28 consecutive years, from the inaugural championship in 1978 to his last appearance in 2005 where he was defeated by the Canadian John Verwey in a final leg tie-break. This feat was beaten by Phil Taylor at the 2018 PDC World Championship.
Lowe was secretary of the World Professional Dart Players Association (later to become the Professional Dart Players Association (PDPA)), and in 2005, enjoyed a testimonial year in the sport to commemorate his 30th year as a professional. He still attempted to qualify for the World Championship each year until 2008, but fell short in the early qualifying rounds. After joining a short-lived venture, the Setanta Sports-televised BetFred League of Legends in 2008, Lowe became ineligible to compete at the PDC World Championship so could not attempt to qualify for the 2009 event.
In May 2009, Lowe released a book, The Art of Darts, in which he offered his personal insights into the game to both amateur and aspiring professional dart players. In 2013, The Art of Darts was produced in app-form for the iPhone and iPad.
World Championship results
- 1978: Runner-up (lost to Leighton Rees 7–11 legs)
- 1979: Winner (beat Leighton Rees 5–0 sets)
- 1980: 2nd round (lost to Cliff Lazarenko 0–2)
- 1981: Runner-up (lost to Eric Bristow 3–5)
- 1982: Runner-up (lost to Jocky Wilson 3–5)
- 1983: Quarter-finals (lost to Keith Deller 3–4)
- 1984: Semi-finals (lost to Eric Bristow 0–6)
- 1985: Runner-up (lost to Eric Bristow 2–6)
- 1986: Quarter-finals (lost to Bob Anderson 3–4)
- 1987: Winner (beat Eric Bristow 6–4)
- 1988: Runner-up (lost to Bob Anderson 4–6)
- 1989: Semi-finals (lost to Eric Bristow 1–5)
- 1990: 2nd round (lost to Ronnie Sharp 2–3)
- 1991: 1st round (lost to Peter Evison 2–3)
- 1992: Semi-finals (lost to Phil Taylor 4–5)
- 1993: Winner (beat Alan Warriner 6–3)
- 1994: Last 24 group (beat Tom Kirby 3–2 and lost to Larry Butler 2–3)
- 1995: Semi-finals (lost to Phil Taylor 4–5)
- 1996: Semi-finals (lost to Phil Taylor 1–5)
- 1997: Last 24 group (lost to Jamie Harvey 2–3 and beat Paul Lim 3–1)
- 1998: Last 24 group (lost to Peter Manley 0–3 and lost to Gary Mawson 0–3)
- 1999: 2nd round (lost to Phil Taylor 1–3)
- 2000: Quarter-finals (lost to Dennis Smith 3–5)
- 2001: 2nd round (lost to Jamie Harvey 0–3)
- 2002: 2nd round (lost to Peter Manley 5–6)
- 2003: 2nd round (lost to Les Fitton 1–4)
- 2004: 3rd round (lost to Alan Warriner 3–4)
- 2005: 2nd round (lost to John Verwey 2–3)
BDO major finals: 25 (9 titles, 16 runners-up)
|World Championship (3–5)|
|World Masters (2–3)|
|British Professional (0–4)|
|World Matchplay (1–1)|
|Grand Masters (1–2)|
|British Matchplay (2–1)|
WDF major finals: 6 (5 titles, 1 runner-up)
|World Cup (2–0)|
|Europe Cup (3–1)|
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score[N 1]|
|Winner||1.||1978||Europe Cup Singles (1)||Jocky Wilson||4–1 (s)|
|Winner||2.||1981||World Cup Singles (1)||Jocky Wilson||4–3 (s)|
|Winner||3.||1984||Europe Cup Singles (2)||Leighton Rees||4–0 (s)|
|Winner||4.||1986||Europe Cup Singles (3)||Cliff Lazarenko||4–2 (s)|
|Winner||5.||1991||World Cup Singles (2)||Martin Phillips||6–4 (s)|
|Runner-up||1.||1992||Europe Cup Singles||Phil Taylor||2–4 (s)|
Independent major finals: 1 (1 title)
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score[N 1]|
|Winner||1.||1981||News of the World Championship (1)||Mick Norris||2–0 (l)|
- (l) = score in legs, (s) = score in sets.
|BDO World Championship||NYF||RU||W||2R||RU||RU||QF||SF||RU||QF||W||RU||SF||2R||1R||SF||W|
|Winmau World Masters||W||QF||3R||QF||W||RU||3R||SF||4R||QF||3R||RU||RU||1R||SF||QF||3R||DNP|
|British Professional||Not held||RU||RU||SF||RU||RU||1R||2R||1R||Not held|
|MFI World Matchplay||Not held||W||1R||1R||RU||QF||Not held|
|Butlins Grand Masters||NH||W||RU||???||RU||???||QF||QF||SF||???||Not held|
|News of the World||???||SF||???||SF||W||???||Not held|
|PDC World Championship||RR||SF||SF||RR||RR||2R||QF||2R||2R||2R||2R||2R|
|World Grand Prix||Not yet founded||QF||DNP||1R||SF||1R||1R||DNP|
|UK Open||Not held||3R||1R||6R|
|Tournament||Event||World Cup 1977||Euro Cup 1978||World Cup 1979||Euro Cup 1980||World Cup 1981||Euro Cup 1982||World Cup 1983||Euro Cup 1984||World Cup 1985||Euro Cup 1986||World Cup 1987||Euro Cup 1988||World Cup 1989||Euro Cup 1990||World Cup 1991||Euro Cup 1992|
|WDF World Cup & WDF Europe Cup||Singles||L16||W||QF||L32||W||DNP||SF||W||L16||W||L32||L32||L32||L32||W||RU|
|Performance Table Legend|
|W||won the tournament||RU||runner-up||SF||lost in the semi-finals||QF||lost in the quarter-finals||#R
|lost in # round |
last # stage
|DNP||Did not participate||DNQ||Did not qualify||NH||Tournament not held||NYF||Not yet founded|
Lowe accomplished the first ever televised nine-dart finish. This finish was not broadcast live.
|13 October 1984||Keith Deller||World Matchplay||3 x T20; 3 x T20; T17, T18, D18||£102,000|
- "John Lowe V Eric Bristow Head To Head". Dartsdatabase.co.uk. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
- Lowe, John [@jloweprodart] (27 December 2018). "Back to Ally Pally for the dart tonight, and for the guy who said I never played there, wrong, I played in the finals of the News of the World with 7,000 spectators present, that's double what it now holds, lost in the semi, went on to win it at Wembley Arena the year after" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- The Art of Darts. ASIN 0340976462.
- "– ITV". Archived from the original on 18 June 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
- "Legends of Darts". Legendsofdarts.com. 20 June 2014. Archived from the original on 9 January 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2015.