Wayne Jones (darts player)

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Wayne Jones
Personal information
Full name Wayne Alan Jones
Nickname The Wanderer
Born (1965-04-24) 24 April 1965 (age 51)
Wolverhampton, England
Home town Wolverhampton
Darts information
Playing darts since 1983
Darts 20g A180 Darts
Laterality Right-handed
Walk-on music Enter Sandman by Metallica
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO 1988–2002
PDC 2002–
Current world ranking 64
BDO majors - best performances
World Ch'ship Quarter-finalist: 2002
World Masters Runner up: 1999
World Darts Trophy Quarter-finalist: 2002
Int. Darts League Preliminary group stage: 2007
PDC premier events - best performances
World Ch'ship Semi-finalist: 2006
World Matchplay Quarter-finalist: 2010
World Grand Prix Quarter-finalist: 2010
Grand Slam Semi-finalist 2010
Ch'ship League Winners group 2010
European Ch'ship Runner up 2010
UK Open Quarter-finalist: 2003, 2008
US Open/WSoD Last 16 2007
Players Ch'ship Finals Quarter-finalist 2010
Other tournament wins
Border Classic 2008
Midlands Open 2009, 2010

Wayne Alan Jones (born 24 April 1965 in Wolverhampton) is an English darts player who plays in Professional Darts Corporation tournaments. He uses the nickname The Wanderer for his matches.


He started his career in the British Darts Organisation in the late 1980s and reached the final of the British Open in 1990 (losing to Alan Warriner and the British Classic in 2000 (losing to Ritchie Davies) - but his best achievement was reaching the final of the prestigious Winmau World Masters in 1999 when Andy Fordham ended his hopes of a first major title.

He didn't make it to the Lakeside Country Club for the BDO World Championship until 2001, losing to Andy Fordham in the second round. He made it to the quarter-finals of the 2002 event by beating Tony Eccles and Ted Hankey but lost 1-5 to Martin Adams.

He then switched to the PDC and made his debut at their version of the World Championship in 2004. In 2006 he produced his best ever World Championship performance by reaching the semi-finals before losing to Peter Manley. In August 2010, he made his first ever televised final appearance (his Masters final appearance was untelevised) in the European Championships, losing to Phil Taylor. However this had guaranteed him a place in the Grand Slam of Darts in his home town of Wolverhampton in 2010 and 2011. At the 2010 tournament he produced quite a big upset in the quarter finals by beating Scotland's number one Gary Anderson, having trailed throughout the match, his never give up attitude earning him the last three legs to take victory 16-15 in a thriller. By reaching the semi finals of this competition where he lost to James Wade, it also guaranteed himself a place in the Grand Slam of darts for an extra year in 2012. He was beaten by James Wade in the semi finals.

In 2012 he reached the last 16 of the PDC World Championship for the first time since 2006. He comfortably beat Scott MacKenzie and Roland Scholten, before being whitewashed, 0–4, to defending champion Adrian Lewis.[1][2][3] At the Dutch Darts Masters, Jones produced an upset by beating Phil Taylor 6–5 en route to the quarter-finals, before losing to Paul Nicholson in the semi-finals.[4] After all 33 ProTour events of 2012 had been played, Jones was 32nd in the Order of Merit, gaining the final spot for the Players Championship Finals.[5] He produced a big shock by whitewashing number one seed Dave Chisnall 6–0 in the first round,[6] before bowing out of the tournament 7–10 to Peter Wright.[7]

Jones lost in the first round of the 2013 World Championship to Dutchman Jerry Hendriks 3–0, after being narrowly edged out of each set by two legs to three.[8] He was whitewashed 5–0 by James Wade in the second round of the UK Open.[9] Jones reached his first semi-final on the Pro Tour in almost a year in September's eighth Players Championship but was beaten 6–1 by Ian White.[10] He continued his form by reaching another semi later in the month at the German Darts Masters in a run which included wins over Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson, before Mervyn King beat him 6–4.[11] His recent surge in form saw him qualify for the World Grand Prix, where he faced King again and this time beat him by two sets to nil. Jones won the first set of his next match against Dave Chisnall but lost 3–1.[12] Jones was involved in a deciding leg in the first round of the Players Championship Finals and left 36 only for his opponent Brendan Dolan to take out 126 on the bull to defeat him 6–5.[13]

Jones lost 3–2 to Kevin McDine in the first round of the 2014 World Championship as he missed a total of 26 darts at doubles during the match.[14] He dropped out the top 32 on the Order of Merit afterwards as he was ranked number 33.[15] Jones suffered a surprise 5–3 defeat to Jason Hogg in the second round of the UK Open.[16] The only other major event Jones could qualify for during the year was the World Matchplay where he lost 10–3 to Andy Hamilton in the first round.[17] He failed to advance beyond the last 16 of any event during 2014.[18]

At the 2015 World Championship, Jones took a 2–1 set advantage over Dean Winstanley but lost the final two sets by three legs to one in a 3–2 defeat. It was his third first round exit in a row at the event.[19] Jones lost in the second round of the UK Open for the fourth successive year this time 5–2 to Joey ten Berge.[20] Three last 16 exits were the furthest he progressed in any tournament in 2015.[21] Jones qualified for the Grand Slam, but lost each of his group fixtures against Michael Smith, Andy Fordham and Adrian Lewis.[22]

Jones had played in every World Championship since 2005, but has failed to qualify for the 2016 edition as he has dropped outside the last 32 on the Order of Merit, failed to win enough money on the Pro Tour and lost in the quarter-finals of the qualifier.[23]

Outside darts[edit]

Wayne lists himself as a Wolves fan. He is a widower and has three daughters, Emma (age 27), Katie (age 22) and Joanne (age 20).

World Championship performances[edit]



Career finals[edit]

PDC premier event finals: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score[N 1]
Runner-up 1. 2010 European Championship England Phil Taylor 1–11 (l)
  1. ^ (l) = score in legs, (s) = score in sets.

Performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
BDO World Championship DNP 2R QF No longer a BDO Member
Winmau World Masters 2R DNP RU 3R 4R DNP No longer a BDO Member
World Darts Trophy Not held QF DNP Not held
International Darts League Not held DNP RR Not held
PDC World Championship NYF DNP 3R SF 2R 1R 1R 2R 2R 3R 1R 1R 1R DNQ
World Matchplay Not held DNP 1R 1R 1R QF 2R DNQ 1R DNQ
World Grand Prix Not held DNP 1R DNQ 1R 1R 2R QF 1R DNQ 2R DNQ
UK Open Not held QF 3R 4R 4R 6R QF 4R 5R 3R 2R 2R 2R 2R 2R
Grand Slam of Darts Not held RR DNQ SF 2R RR DNQ RR
European Championship Not held 1R DNQ RU 1R DNQ
Players Championship Finals Not held 2R QF 1R 2R 2R 1R DNQ
Performance Table Legend
DNP Did not play at the event DNQ Did not qualify for the event NYF Not yet founded #R 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. ^ "World Championship - Night One". PDC. Retrieved 28 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "World Championship - Night Eight". PDC. Retrieved 28 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "World Championship - Day 11". PDC. Retrieved 28 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Whitlock Claims Dutch Masters Win". PDC. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Minehead Qualifiers Confirmed". PDC. Retrieved 25 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Cash Converters PCF Day One". PDC. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Cash Converters PCF Day Two". PDC. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "Ladbrokes WDC Day Two". PDC. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "Speedy Services UK Open - Thursday". PDC. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "White Claims Maiden Title". PDC. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "Brilliant Beaton Claims German Title". PDC. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "partypoker.com World Grand Prix Day Four". PDC. 10 October 2013. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "Cash Converters PCF First Round". PDC. 9 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "Ladbrokes World Championship Day Two". PDC. 14 December 2013. 
  15. ^ "Order of Merit on 2 January 2014". PDC. Archived from the original on 2 January 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "Coral UK Open - Friday Afternoon". PDC. 7 March 2014. 
  17. ^ "2014 World Matchplay Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  18. ^ "Wayne Jones 2014". Darts Database. Archived from the original on 6 December 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  19. ^ "William Hill World Championship Day Four". PDC. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  20. ^ "Coral UK Open - Friday Afternoon". PDC. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  21. ^ "Wayne Jones 2015". Darts Database. Archived from the original on 4 December 2015. Retrieved 3 December 2015. 
  22. ^ "2015 Grand Slam Of Darts Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 4 December 2015. 
  23. ^ "Wayne Jones' 11-year worlds run over". Express & Star. Retrieved 4 December 2015. 

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