WDF Europe Cup Men Singles 1980

Thirteen countries travelled to Ebbw Vale in Wales in October 1980 for the second European Cup. England with a strong team consisting of John Lowe, Eric Bristow, Tony Brown and Cliff Lazarenko were obviously the big favourites to extend their European title, won two years ago in Denmark.

The highlight of the 1980 WDF Europe Cup was the singles event, where medals and honour was 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 these two Scots and the two remaining English favourites who made it to the semi-finals. The first semi-final between Eric Bristow and Jocky Wilson brought the audience into ecstasy. Jocky got in front early in the match but it was Bristow who got the better of him later on and reached the final. In the second semi-final, the unflappable Tony Brown beat Rab Smith quite easily.

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

Venue: Wales Ebbwvale, Ebbwvale From: Friday 03 October 1980 Till: Saturday 04 October 1980


Tony Brown
Photographer: MasterCaller.com
1980 WDF Europe Cup