WDF Europe Cup Men Singles 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 singles Scotland and England were the dominating countries. Both countries had two players facing each other in the semi-finals. In the Scottish game, Trevor Nurse defeated his teammate Jocky Wilson 4-3. The English game was won by Mike Gregory, who brushed "The Crafty Cockney" Eric Bristow aside with clear numbers (4-0). In the quarterfinals Wilson had narrowly beaten a young Dutchman who made his debut on the international stage. His name; Raymond van Barneveld. Mike Gregory also wins in the first round against a 21-year-old player who still has a nice career ahead of him, he is from Wales and is called Richie Burnett.

In a very important final between the Scottish Trevor Nurse and England’s Mike Gregory, it would not only be decided who would win the singles title, but also which country would win the overall title. England had been disappointing several times both in the team event and in the pairs and this could now cost them the overall victory. If Mike Gregory would win, the WDF Europe Cup was for England. A win for Nurse and the the Cup moves from England to Scotland for the first time in history. Unfortunately for the Scots, Trevor Nurse failed to find his normal rhythm and that led to a 4-0 win for Mike Gregory. Two 180 scores and a 116-finish indicated that the best man won. For Gregory it was the biggest win of his career so far.

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

Champion

Mike Gregory
Photographer: MasterCaller.com
1988 WDF Europe Cup