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|Full name||Peter David Manley |
7 March 1962 |
Cheam, Surrey, England
|Home town||Carlisle, Cumbria
|Playing darts since||1995|
|Darts||Unicorn Tungsten 19g|
|Walk-on music||Amarillo by Tony Christie|
|Organisation (see split in darts)|
|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|
Ireland Open Spring Classic
Isle Of Man Open
Le Skratch Montreal Open
Open Holland Masters
PDC Eastbourne Open
PDC Northern Ireland Open
Vauxhall Autumn Open
UK Open Regionals
Regional Final (MID)
Regional Final (NOE)
Regional Final (SCO)
Regional Final (WAL)
|PDC World number one, September 2000 to October 2001
Three time PDC World Championship runner-up
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.
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, a position he has held for six years. Manley attempted getting a PDC Tour card in the Q-School in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
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.
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 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.
Revival of career
Manley has said he will try qualifying for a tour card via the 2014 PDC Qualifying School, but if he doesn't make it in 2014, he will retire from Professional Darts.
Outside of darts
Manley currently resides in Carlisle. He is married to Crissy Manley (née Howat), and has two daughters
World Championship Results
- 1998: Quarter-finals (lost to Dennis Priestley 3-4)
- 1999: Runner Up (lost to Phil Taylor 2-6)
- 2000: Semi-finals (lost to Dennis Priestley 2-5)
- 2001: 1st round (lost to Jamie Harvey 2-3)
- 2002: Runner Up (lost to Phil Taylor 0-7)
- 2003: 2nd round (lost to Simon Whitlock 1-4)
- 2004: Quarter-finals (lost to Bob Anderson 2-5)
- 2005: 3rd round (lost to Josephus Schenk 2-4)
- 2006: Runner Up (lost to Phil Taylor 0-7)
- 2007: 2nd round (lost to Wynand Havenga 3-4)
- 2008: Quarter-finals (lost to Kirk Shepherd 4-5)
- 2009: 1st round (lost to Mensur Suljovic 2-3)
- 2010: 2nd round (lost to Mark Webster 2-4)