WDF Europe Cup Men Pairs 1992

The eighth edition of the WDF Europe Cup was held in Kerava, Finland, from 22 to 25 October. After Turku in 1986, this is the second time that Finland has hosted a WDF Europe Cup. Fifteen countries participate. Initially, this WDF Europe Cup would be played in Granada, Spain, but the Spanish Darts Federation unfortunately had to give the organisation back to the WDF. The Finnish Darts Organization jumped in to help and to allow the tournament to continue. The question was again who could beat the favourite English team, this time the English had to do it for the first time without Eric Bristow.

In the pairs event both English pairs reached the semi-finals; Bob Anderson & John Lowe en Phil Taylor & Alan Warriner. One Scottish duo, Ronnie Sharp & Jamie Harvey and the strong Finnish pair Kexi Hainaharju & Aulis Nissinsen. The Finns confirmed their semi-final spot from a year earlier in the World Cup by beating the Scottish duo Jocky Wilson & Peter Johnstone in the second round and knocking out the strong Welsh pair Eric Burden & Martin Phillips from Wales in the quarterfinals.

In the first semi-final the Finns, supported by a lot of fans, took the win against the English duo Anderson & Lowe. The Finns qualified for the final 4-3. On the other side of the draw, there was an incident between Phil Taylor and the Scot Jamie Harvey. The Scottish pair went in front 2-0, when Phil Taylor reacted rather unprofessional and unsportsmanlike. When Taylor returned from the board, he walked straight up to Ronnie Sharp and made a few comments to the Scot. This happened twice and the Scottish team manager John Cook made the referee aware of this. Jamie Harvey was furious by the unsportsmanlike attitude of Taylor, but Ronnie Sharp had the most trouble with it. He was so impressed that he completely lost his throwing rhythm. As a result, the English came back to 2-1. But the incident was not done yet. Phil Taylor insisted his tricks and it came to an altercation between the world champion and Jamie Harvey and as a result, Alan Warriner interfered as well. Taylor refused to throw another dart, but the England team manager Olly Croft and Alan Warriner insisted that the game was continued. No one understood the attitude of Taylor and the joy was great when Jamie hurled the sixth leg and booked himself along with Ronnie Sharp a place in the final. Both Taylor and Warriner were playing at a very high level so this incident certainly was not needed. Olly Croft, after the game had a short but intense conversation with Taylor and the world number one went to apologize to Harvey and Sharp. An intervention of Croft showing clear results, because on the Sunday Taylor and Harvey were seen having a drink together. Remarkable fact is that this match is the only match Phil Taylor loses in his entire WDF Europe Cup career.

In the final Taylor even had a word of encouragement for the Scots against the Finnish duo Kexi Hainaharju & Aulis Nissinsen. An exciting final that was won for the television cameras by Ronnie Sharp & Jamie Harvey 4-3. This makes them the first Scottish couple ever to grab gold in the couples.

Venue: Finland Planet Funfun, Kerava From: Wednesday 21 October 1992 Till: Saturday 24 October 1992

Champion

Scotland
Photographer: MasterCaller.com
1992 WDF Europe Cup
Scotland Scotland

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