WDF Europe Cup Men Teams 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 team event, the British teams reached the semi-finals. England with John Lowe, Eric Bristow, Bob Anderson & Mike Gregory had to compete against the Scottish quartet Jocky Wilson, Trevor Nurse, Peter MacDonald & Peter Masson at 9:30 in the early morning. The Tartan Army soon ran to a 5-1 lead. The English fought back to 7-4, but then Peter Masson beat John Lowe and the Scots needed only one more leg for a place in the final. At a score of 8-5 it was the young Peter MacDonald who had to play against the experienced Eric Bristow. The Crafty Cockney who had not managed to win a single leg in the semi-final yet. MacDonald seemed untenable and when Bristow also bust from 130, it was a breeze for the Scotsman to secure the 9-5 victory.

The second semi-final was between Northern Ireland with Ray Farrell, Roy Bailie, Geoff Wylie & Fred McMullan and the foursome Eric Burden, Geraint Wilson, Richie Burnett & Chris Johns from Wales. The Northern Irish went 4-2 up but Burnett and Wilson pulled it back to 4-4. Geoff Wylie brought the Northern Irish the lead again, aided by Burnett who missed four darts on the wire. Yet Wales came back again to lead 5-6 courtesy of Johns and Burden. Thanks to a nice 13 dart leg Farrell made it 6-6 with McMullan and Burden making it 7-7. Leg 15 proved crucial, Geraint Wilson beat Roy Bailie and Ray Farrell now had to win to keep Wales from reaching the final. Burnett however would not be stopped and via a 12 darter (140-180-125-56 finish) put Wales in the final.

The public expected a Scottish victory in the final, especially after the convincing semi-final, but Wales didn’t want to participate in that party. From start to finish, the lead is for the Wales team. The Wales squad took a 6-3 lead and a little later 8-6. Jocky Wilson brings the Scots back into the game by taking the 15th leg, but it's again young Richie Burnett who wins the game for Wales. Although via double one, Wales wins the team event. It is the first time Wales has won the team event, after England has won it four times in a row and Scotland won the first edition.

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

Champion

Wales
Photographer: MasterCaller.com
WDF Europe Cup Men Teams - 1988
Wales Wales

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