WDF Europe Cup Men Pairs 1988

From 6 to 8 October 1988, the British Darts Organisation hosted the WDF Europe Cup VI, which took place in the English port city of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Initially, this event would take place in the West German town of Heidelberg but the withdrawal of the main sponsor at the last moment forced the World Darts Federation to find another host. Denmark volunteered to organise the tournament but the BDO eventually got the organisation. 

Thus, was the European Cup VI played in the Seashore Holiday Centre in Great Yarmouth. It is the second time, after 1982, England hosts a WDF Europe Cup, this time with fifteen countries on the starting list, including for the first time Italy and Malta.

In the men's pairs it was Sweden that surprisingly dominated. Both Swedish pairs, Stefan Lord & Lars-Erik Karlsson and Magnus Caris & Andree Bomander reached the final. Both duos had won 4-1 against the English in the quarterfinals. Lord & Karlsson defeated John Lowe & Eric Bristow and Caris & Bomander beat Bob Anderson & Mike Gregory.

In the semi-finals, the Swedes won 4-3 against Chris Johns & Richie Burnett from Wales and Reijo Ahokas & Ari Kokko from Finland respectively. That Sweden had a lot of talent was a public secret, but for two Swedish duos to meet in the final was a surprise. Nevertheless, it was clear that the Scandinavians were the best at playing in the pairs. It is not without reason that Stefan Lord has already been European champion in the pairs tournament twice before. The title eventually went to the most experienced duo; Stefan Lord & Lars Erik Karlsson beat their younger colleagues Magnus Caris & Andree Bomander 4-0.

With his win, Stefan Lord becomes the first player to become a three-time WDF Europe Cup pairs champion, after both his previous victories in 1980 and 1982, then alongside Bjørn Enqvist.

Venue: England Seashore Holiday Centre, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk From: Thursday 06 October 1988 Till: Saturday 08 October 1988

Champion

Sweden
Photographer: MasterCaller.com
1988 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