WDF Europe Cup Men Singles 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 highlight of the 1980 WDF Europe Cup was the singles event, where medals and honour were at stake. The supporters enjoyed this darts spectacle. 

In the first round News of the World winner Stefan Lord lost surprisingly 4-0 to Belgian champion Luc Marreel. Luc went on to reach the quarterfinals where he lost to Rab Smith. Rab had also beaten the reigning European champion John Lowe in the second round. Jocky Wilson made the Scottish party complete by beating Cliff Lazarenko. 

It was those two Scots and the two remaining English favourites that would eventually be in the semi-finals. The first semi-final was between Eric Bristow and Jocky Wilson and the audience was ecstatic. Jocky got in front early in the match but it was Bristow who got the better of him later on in the exciting game and beat him in the seventh and decisive leg. In the second semi-final, the unflappable Tony Brown beat Rab Smith with the same numbers.

Tony pushed on in the final and with the help of two 13-dart legs he defeated Eric Bristow with a 4-0 whitewash. Apparently, Bristow had run out of steam after his tussle with Wilson.

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


Tony Brown
Photographer: MasterCaller.com
1980 WDF Europe Cup