Tony O'Shea

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Tony O'Shea
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Personal information
Nickname Silverback
Born (1961-05-09) 9 May 1961 (age 55)
Stockport, England
Home town Stockport
Darts information
Playing darts since 1979
Darts 24g Target
Laterality Right-handed
Walk-on music Hey Baby by DJ Otzi
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO 1995-
Current world ranking (BDO) 22
BDO majors - best performances
World Ch'ship Runner Up: 2009, 2012, 2013
World Masters Runner Up: 2004, 2012
World Darts Trophy Runner Up: 2002
Int. Darts League Runner Up: 2005
Zuiderduin Masters Semi Final: 2002, 2003, 2008, 2010
PDC premier events - best performances
Grand Slam Quarter Final: 2009, 2013
Other tournament wins
Tournament Years
BDO International Open
Clackmanam Open
Dutch Open
Dutch Pentathlon
Jersey Classic
Northern Ireland Open
Polish Open
Romanian Open
Scottish Open
Swiss Open
Turkish Open
WDF World Cup
WDF World Cup Pairs
Welsh Classic
Welsh Masters
Winmau Darts Dazzler Batley
2011, 2013
Other achievements
Televised nine dart finish at 2007 International Darts League

Tony O'Shea (born 9 May 1961)[1] is an English darts player who competes in British Darts Organisation events. He was born in Stockport and is of Irish descent. His squat figure has resulted in the nickname Silverback. His walk-on music is "Hey Baby" by DJ Ötzi. O'Shea has reached the finals of seven BDO major darts tournaments, but to date has yet to win one.


In 2002 he made his debut at the BDO World Darts Championship, narrowly losing to former Masters champion Colin Monk 3-2. O'Shea returned the following year and beat former champion Ted Hankey 3-2 in the first round, before once again being beaten by Monk 3-2 - this time in the deciding leg of the deciding set. Two years thereafter he reached the semi-finals after a winning streak defeating Gary Anderson, Gary Robson and Ted Hankey before he eventually went out against Mervyn King 5–1. Later that year he had his best chance to date of winning a major title, as he led King 5–3 in the final of the Winmau World Masters before King recovered to win 6–5.

O'Shea managed to achieve a televised nine dart finish against Adrian Lewis during the 2007 International Darts League on 9 May 2007 which made the tournament the first in darts history to witness two perfect games. The occasion was made even sweeter as he was celebrating his 46th birthday.

In the 2008 World Championship, O'Shea defeated Steve Farmer in the first round, but was defeated by Winmau World Masters champion Robert Thornton in the second round.

O'Shea won the 2008 Welsh Masters, only his second tournament victory. In the 2009 BDO World Championship, O'Shea defeated Anderson in the quarter finals, his best friend Darryl Fitton in the semi final, but was once again second-best in a major final as he lost to Hankey 7–6 in what Tony Green described as the best final since 1992.

O'Shea entered the 2009 Winmau World Masters as the number one seed but despite 3–0 wins overs Dave Prins and 8th seed Joey ten Berge, he lost in the semi-finals to defending champion Martin Adams who successfully retained his title. O'Shea then won the WDF World Cup men's singles title with victory over ten Berge in the final, in what was arguably his most significant win to date.

O'Shea entered the 2010 BDO World Championship as the number one seed. He had a tough first round against World Masters runner up Robbie Green but came through it 3–2. He then saw off Stephen Bunting 4–0 to reach his 4th Quarter Final. He managed a 5–1 victory over Robert Wagner in the Quarter finals and went on to meet Dave Chisnall in the semi-final who had beaten Fitton in the first round, former Masters champion Tony West in the second round, and defending champion Hankey in the quarter-final. O'Shea, despite taking the first two sets, was beaten 6–3 by Chisnall and saw his World Championship dream end for another year. Martin Adams went on to defeat Chisnall in the final.

O'Shea won all three group games in the 2010 Grand Slam of Darts, defeating Vincent van der Voort 5–1, James Wade 5–1 and Justin Pipe 5–4. He then lost 10–7 to Terry Jenkins in the second round.

In contrast in 2010 where he was world number one, O'Shea came into the 2011 BDO World Darts Championship as the number eight seed and suffered a shock first round loss to Ross Smith.

O'Shea was seeded at the 2012 BDO World Championship, O'Shea put his successful run in the 2012 world championships down to his work with professional sports mind coach and hypnotherapist Stephen McKibben from belfast who has worked with great success for other sports professionals. He beat Steve West in the first round, hitting a 140 checkout and 142 checkout in consecutive legs at the end of the match, before defeating Ross Montgomery in the second round. He then beat defending champion Martin Adams 5-2 in the quarter-finals, hitting a 170 checkout in the fourth set and thanked mind coach Stephen McKibben for enabling him to at last beat Martin Adams in a major tournament. O'Shea followed this up with a 6-5 victory over Dutch débutant Wesley Harms to reach his second World Championship final, where he was defeated by another Dutch débutant, Christian Kist, 7-5. [2]

In October 2012, O'Shea reached his sixth major final at the 2012 Winmau World Masters, and was beaten by Stephen Bunting.

Tony O'Shea reached his third World Championship final in 2013 after a high quality run. He struggled badly in the final, losing to Scott Waites 7-1 with an average of 81,90. O'Shea became the first man to lose his first three BDO World Championship finals, and only the second player to lose his first three world finals in either the BDO or PDC after Peter Manley.

World Championship results[edit]


Career finals[edit]

BDO major finals: 7 (7 runners-up)[edit]

World Championship (0–3)
Winmau World Masters (0–2)
World Darts Trophy (0–1)
International Darts League (0–1)
Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score[N 1]
Runner-up 1. 2002 World Darts Trophy Australia Tony David 0–6 (s)
Runner-up 2. 2004 Winmau World Masters England Mervyn King 6–7 (s)
Runner-up 3. 2005 International Darts League England Mervyn King 11–13 (s)
Runner-up 4. 2009 World Championship England Ted Hankey 6–7 (s)
Runner-up 5. 2012 World Championship Netherlands Christian Kist 5–7 (s)
Runner-up 6. 2012 Winmau World Masters England Stephen Bunting 4–7 (s)
Runner-up 7. 2013 World Championship England Scott Waites 1–7 (s)
  1. ^ (l) = score in legs, (s) = score in sets.

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

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 2009 World Cup Singles Netherlands Joey ten Berge 7–3 (s)

Nine-dart finishes[edit]

Tony O'Shea televised nine-dart finishes
Date Opponent Tournament Method Prize
9 May 2007 England Adrian Lewis International Darts League 3 x T20; 3 x T20; T20, T19, D12 Opel Tigra Twin Top


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