Peter Manley

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Peter Manley
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Personal information
Full name Peter David Manley [1]
Nickname One Dart
Born (1962-03-07) 7 March 1962 (age 55)
Cheam, London Borough of Sutton, England
Home town Carlisle, Cumbria
Darts information
Playing darts since 1974
Darts Unicorn Tungsten 19g
Laterality Right-handed
Walk-on music Amarillo by Tony Christie
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO 1995–1996
PDC 1996–2012
BDO majors - best performances
World Masters Last 16: 1998
World Darts Trophy Quarter Final: 2007
Int. Darts League Last 32 Group: 2007
Zuiderduin Masters Semi Final: 2000
PDC premier events - best performances
World Ch'ship Runner Up: 1999, 2002, 2006
World Matchplay Runner Up: 1999
World Grand Prix Semi Final: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2006
Grand Slam Group Stages: 2007
Premier League Semi Final: 2005
Ch'ship League Initial groups, Semi-finals 2008
Desert Classic Winner 2003
European Ch'ship Semi Final: 2008
UK Open Semi Final: 2005
US Open/WSoD Fifth round: 2007
Players Ch'ship Finals Last 32: 2009, 2010
Other tournament wins
Canadian Open 2000
England Open 1999
French Open 1998
Ireland Open Spring Classic 2001
Irish Masters 2004
Isle Of Man Open 1998, 2004
Le Skratch Montreal Open 2000
Open Holland Masters 2007
PDC Eastbourne Open 2003
PDC Northern Ireland Open 2001
Sunparks Masters 2002
Vauxhall Autumn Open 2005

UK Open Regionals/Qualifiers

UK Open Regional (MID) 2003
UK Open Regional (NOE) 2003
UK Open Regional (SCO) 2002
UK Open Regional (WAL) 2003
Other achievements
PDC World number one, September 2000 to October 2001
Updated on 23 July 2014.

Peter David Manley (born 7 March 1962 in Cheam, London Borough of Sutton) is a former professional darts player who used to play in the Professional Darts Corporation.

He was named One Dart by commentator Tony Green after hitting the winning double on numerous occasions with his first dart during his first televised appearance at the 1995 Unipart European Masters, where he eventually lost in the final to Mike Gregory.

The nickname subsequently proved to be a heavy burden for Manley who despite a confident, outspoken persona only managed one major win - the 2003 Las Vegas Desert Classic - during his professional darts career.

Darting career[edit]

Manley's controversial personality rather than the quality of his darts was often the most notable part of his career and continued poor form resulted in him failing to secure a PDC tour card in 2012. Manley lost several major sponsors including darts manufacturer Unicorn as a result.

Manley is perhaps most famous for his long-running feud with Phil Taylor resulting from his refusal to shake Taylor's hand after losing 7-0 to him in the 2002 PDC World Darts Championship final. He has finished runner-up to Taylor in two other World Championships - losing 6-2 in 1999 and 7-0 in 2006.

His biggest tournament win was 2003 Las Vegas Desert Classic when he beat John Part 16-12 in the final. He is also the chairman of the Professional Dart Players Association,[2] a position he has held for six years.[3] Manley attempted getting a PDC Tour card in the Q-School in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 but was unsuccessful.

Crowd popularity[edit]

Manley's refusal to shake Taylor's hand after his 7-0 World Championship thrashing in 2002 led to darts fans booing him for many years. The boos became more ironic and good-natured when in 2005 Manley changed his entrance theme from Chumbawamba's Tubthumping to Tony Christie's Is This the Way to Amarillo. By the end of his career Manley was seen by darts crowds as being more of a 'pantomime villain' rather than subject to genuine animosity which had occurred previously. Manley has even gone on to say that whilst the booing and crowd reaction was hard for him and his family to take in the early days, it helped him as his career went on and ensured his popularity on the exhibition circuit.[citation needed]


Despite being chairman of the Players' Union (the Professional Dart Players Association - PDPA), Manley was often the subject of controversy with fellow players. Most notably Taylor in the aforementioned incident, and also in the 2006 PDC World Darts Championship. During that tournament, Manley was accused of gamesmanship against Dennis Smith and in a later round against Taylor's protégé, Adrian Lewis. Manley muttered words to his opponent, resulting in Lewis leaving the stage in anger. Despite serving as Manley's best man at his wedding Manley also had a notable spat with former PDC professional player Wayne Mardle. Mardle accused Manley of being a cheat in his autobiography. Manley has also had notable spats with the likes of Roland Scholten, John Lowe, Rod Harrington and Wynand Havenga.

Outside of darts[edit]

Manley currently resides in Carlisle. He is married to Crissy Manley (née Howat), and has two daughters.

World Championship Results[edit]


Career finals[edit]

PDC premier event finals: 5 (1 title, 4 runners-up)[edit]

World Championship (0-3)
World Matchplay (0-1)
Other (1–0)
Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 1999 World Darts Championship (1) England Phil Taylor 2-6 (s)
Runner-up 2. 1999 World Matchplay England Rod Harrington 17-19 (l)
Runner-up 3. 2002 World Darts Championship (2) England Phil Taylor 0-7 (s)
Winner 1. 2003 Las Vegas Desert Classic Canada John Part 16–12 (l)
Runner-up 4. 2006 World Darts Championship (3) England Phil Taylor 0-7 (s)

Independent major finals: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2007 Masters of Darts Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 0–7 (s)

Performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Winmau World Masters DNP L16 L64 L64 L64 L32 DNP
World Darts Trophy Not held Did not participate L32 QF Not held
International Darts League Not held DNP L32G Not held
PDC World Championship DNP QF RU SF L32 RU L32 QF L32 RU L32 QF L64 L32 DNQ
World Matchplay L16 L16 QF RU L32 L32 L32 SF QF SF L32 L32 L16 DNQ DNP
World Grand Prix Not held SF SF SF L32 L32 SF L16 L16 SF L32 L32 DNQ DNP
Las Vegas Desert Classic Not held L16 W L16 L32 L16 SF SF L16 Not held
UK Open Not held L32 L64 SF L64 L64 L32 L32 L96 L160
Premier League Darts Not held SF 6th 6th 6th DNP
US Open/WSoD Not held QF L16 L32 QF L64 NH
Grand Slam of Darts Not held L32G DNP
European Championship Not held SF DNP
Championship League Not held L64G L64G DNP
Players Championship Finals Not held L32 L32 DNP
Masters of Darts Not held DNP NH RU Not held
News of the World NH QF Not held
Performance Table Legend
DNP Did not play at the event DNQ Did not qualify for the event NYF Not yet founded L# 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 RU lost in the final W won the tournament


  1. ^ "Darts Players Wives". 17 August 2007. Sky. Sky3.  Missing or empty |series= (help)
  2. ^ Peter Manley - Team Unicorn from Unicorn, retrieved 19 February 2009
  3. ^ PDPA Board Members from the PDPA, retrieved 22 February 2009

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