WDF Europe Cup Men Teams 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 team event was an all-British affair. Only the Finns were able to trouble the Northern Irish somewhat in the first round. In the semi-finals, England with John Lowe, Eric Bristow, Tony Brown & Cliff Lazarenko beat the team of Scotland, Alistair Forrester, Angus Ross, Rab Smith & Jocky Wilson 9-6. With that result, the defending champion was out.

Dyfri Jones, Wayne Locke, Ceri Morgan & Leighton Rees on behalf of Wales defeated, not without difficulty, the Republic of Ireland team consisting of John Buckley, Eugene McDermott, Jim McQuillan & Seamus O'Brien. Wales went up 4-0, but the Irish made up for the deficit and tied it at 8-8. Leighton Rees and Jim McQuillan were appointed by their captain and had to decide which team would go to the final. With Jim McQuillan on a double, Leighton Rees finished 102 and so helped Wales into the final.

In the final, after Leighton Rees beat John Lowe and Wayne Lock beat Eric Bristow, Wales had to give up their early lead as they failed to hit the all-important double in the following legs. England hit back hard and won 9-3.

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

Champion

England
Photographer: MasterCaller.com
1980 WDF Europe Cup
England England

List of finals

Year Winner Result Runner-Up
2016
England England
9
9 - 6
Netherlands Netherlands
6
2014
Wales Wales
9
9 - 7
England England
7
2012
Netherlands Netherlands
9
9 - 7
England England
7
2010
Belgium Belgium
9
9 - 5
Netherlands Netherlands
5
2008
Denmark Denmark
9
9 - 8
Netherlands Netherlands
8
2006
Netherlands Netherlands
9
9 - 2
Scotland Scotland
2
2004
England England
9
9 - 7
Scotland Scotland
7
2002
Scotland Scotland
9
9 - 8
Netherlands Netherlands
8
2000
England England
9
9 - 3
Netherlands Netherlands
3
1998
England England
9
9 - 5
Belgium Belgium
5
1996
England England
9
9 - 5
Wales Wales
5
1994
England England
9
9 - 7
Wales Wales
7
1992
England England
9
9 - 3
Wales Wales
3
1990
England England
9
9 - 1
Sweden Sweden
1
1988
Wales Wales
9
9 - 7
Scotland Scotland
7
1986
England England
9
9 - 3
Belgium Belgium
3
1984
England England
9
9 - 7
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland
7
1982
England England
9
9 - 1
Wales Wales
1
1980
England England
9
9 - 3
Wales Wales
3
1978
Scotland Scotland
9
9 - 3
Wales Wales
3