WDF Europe Cup Men Singles 1978

After the success of the first World Cup in 1977 in London, it was decided to hold the first WDF Europe Cup darts a year later from 1 to 3 September in Copenhagen, Denmark. Eleven countries took part in this, including Belgium and the Netherlands. In 1978, there were only men's teams competing for four titles. Singles, pairs, teams and of course the overall title.

In the singles we see some contenders for the title disappear from the tournament early on. For example, reigning Winmau World Masters and British Open winner Eric Bristow lose in the last 16 to none other than Leighton Rees who in turn loses to Scot Jocky Wilson in the quarterfinals. Alan Evans also loses in the last 16 to the Swedish star Stefan Lord who won the News of the World Championship earlier that year.

In the semi-finals there was an all-English clash; John Lowe won 4-0 against Doug McCarthy. In the other semi-final, it was Welshman Tony Ridler, who beat Cliff Lazarenko amongst others on his way to the last four, against Jocky Wilson. It's the Scot who wins that encounter 4-2.

The bronze medal battle is a prey for Doug McCarthy, who beats Tony Ridler 4-3. In the final, John Lowe beats Jocky Wilson 4-1 to win the first edition of the WDF Europe Cup.

Venue: Denmark Copenhagen, Copenhagen From: Friday 01 September 1978 Till: Sunday 03 September 1978


John Lowe
Photographer: MasterCaller.com
1978 WDF Europe Cup