WDF World Cup Men Singles 1983

The English dominate WDF World Cup IV, which was held in Edinburgh on 21 and 22 October. At the WDF General meeting, Peter McMenamin of Australia is elected as the new chairman to replace Bill Turner of New Zealand. For the first time there is also a separate WDF World Cup for women.

The ladies play with two per country. In addition to the Overall WDF World Cup, they also compete for medals in the singles and pairs. 21 countries compete in Scotland, including the debutants Norway and Germany. For the ladies, 19 countries participate in their first WDF World Cup

All four English players reached the quarterfinals and three of them would also reach the semi-finals. Only the brand-new world champion Keith Deller loses to Jocky Wilson. Dave Whitcombe beats Swede Stefan Lord, John Lowe beats Luc Marreel from Belgium and Eric Bristow beats Australian Frank Palko. In the semi-final, pairs partners Bristow and Lowe have to face each other. The Crafty Cockney wins this game 4-2. In the other semi-final, Wilson wins with the same numbers against Dave Whitcombe.

In the final of the singles Eric Bristow and Jocky Wilson faced each other again. Just before Bristow had to go on stage, he found out that the zipper of his pants was broken. He exchanged pants quickly with Keith Deller and could still play. Bristow, who did not play really well in the team event, appeared to have regained his form for the final and won it 4-2. This victory gave Bristow his first WDF World Cup singles title. 

Venue: Scotland Ingliston Hall, Edinburgh From: Friday 21 October 1983 Till: Saturday 22 October 1983


Eric Bristow
Photographer: MasterCaller.com
WDF World Cup Men Singles Darts - 1983