WDF Europe Cup Men Pairs 1980

Thirteen countries travelled to Ebbw Vale in Wales in October 1980 for the second WDF Europe Cup. England with a strong team consisting of John Lowe, Eric Bristow, Tony Brown and Cliff Lazarenko was of course the huge favourite to extend their European title from two years ago in Denmark. France, Gibraltar and Northern Ireland all make their debut at a WDF Europe Cup.

The champions of the first edition of the WDF Europe Cup Pairs Lowe & Bristow were soon ousted from the tournament; they lost in the second round to the Scottish pair of Jocky Wilson & Angus Ross. This Scottish duo reached the semi-finals, where they eventually lost 4-2 to the Swedish pair Stefan Lord & Björn Enqvist. The other Scottish duo Rab Smith & Alistair Forrester also reach the semi-finals where they beat the strong English pair Tony Brown & Cliff Lazarenko. 

The final of the pairs would also decide over the second place in the overall ranking. In this final, with great scoring and finishing, the Swedes Stefan Lord & Björn Enqvist took a 1-0 lead. The Scots Rab Smith & Alistair Forrester then equalized things at 1-1. Despite a 180 from Forrester, the Swedes took the third leg. In the fourth leg it was just the other way around. Lord scored a 180 but the Scots tied at two apiece. The fifth leg was won by Sweden courtesy of a 76 finish by Stefan Lord. The sixth leg was also won by the Swedish duo, which ensured them a second place in the overall classification and of course gold in the pairs. It is the first time that the hegemony of the English in the pairs at any WDF Cup is broken.

Venue: Wales Ebbw Vale Leisure Centre, Ebbw Vale From: Friday 03 October 1980 Till: Saturday 04 October 1980

Champion

Sweden
Photographer: MasterCaller.com
1980 WDF Europe Cup
Sweden Sweden

List of finals

Year Winner Result Runner-Up
2018
England England
6
6 - 3
Netherlands Netherlands
3
2016
Netherlands Netherlands
6
6 - 2
Scotland Scotland
2
2014
England England
6
6 - 5
England England
5
2012
Netherlands Netherlands
6
6 - 0
Lithuania Lithuania
0
2010
England England
6
6 - 4
England England
4
2008
England England
4
4 - 2
Finland Finland
2
2006
Scotland Scotland
4
4 - 0
Finland Finland
0
2004
Netherlands Netherlands
4
4 - 3
England England
3
2002
England England
4
4 - 0
Scotland Scotland
0
2000
Netherlands Netherlands
4
4 - 3
England England
3
1998
Wales Wales
4
4 - 1
Scotland Scotland
1
1996
England England
4
4 - 2
Netherlands Netherlands
2
1994
Wales Wales
4
4 - 3
Wales Wales
3
1992
Scotland Scotland
4
4 - 3
Finland Finland
3
1990
4
4 - 2
England England
2
1988
Sweden Sweden
4
4 - 0
Sweden Sweden
0
1986
England England
4
4 - 2
Finland Finland
2
1984
England England
4
4 - 3
Wales Wales
3
1982
Sweden Sweden
4
4 - 2
Scotland Scotland
2
1980
Sweden Sweden
4
4 - 2
Scotland Scotland
2
1978
England England
4
4 - 0
England England
0