WDF World Cup Men Singles 1985

Australian Peter McMenamin, the new chairman of the WDF, welcomed top players from 17 nations in his country from 17 to 19October 1985. The tournament was held in Brisbane, Queensland.

The singles would therefore decide who would take home the Overall World Cup, USA or England. In the first round, there was an early confrontation between the two countries Bristow against Ney, which ended in favour of the English 4-3. Bristow progressed to the final where he met another American; Tony Payne. Payne had already beaten Cliff Lazarenko, Robert McKenzie and Steve Brennan in the tournament.

The winner of this final would win the Overall World Cup title for his country. Tony "The Cincinnati Kid" won the first two legs in 18 darts with a 112 finish. After that, Bristow came to steam and the "Crafty Cockney” took the next two legs in 16 and 13 darts. Eric then went 3-2 ahead and decided the match with a bullseye finish. Bristow's comment after the game was: "Off all the tournaments I've won this one meant the most, because I was not playing for myself, I was playing for England."

Venue: Australia Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland From: Thursday 17 October 1985 Till: Saturday 19 October 1985


Eric Bristow
1985 WDF World Cup