WDF WORLD CUP – HISTORY

1977 WDF World Cup, London, England

Eighteen countries participated in the first World Cup Darts held in London from 2 to 4 December at the Wembley Conference Centre, often with the Olympic spirit to win the WORLD CUP DARTS. The organization was in the hands of the British Darts Organisation (BDO) under the supervision of the World Darts Federation (WDF), formed in 1976 and consisting of 15 countries.

Classification
1. Wales  – 110 points
Leighton Rees, Alan Evans, David Rocky Jones, Phil Obbard
2. England – 75 points
John Lowe, Eric Bristow, Tony Brown, Cliff Lazarenko
3. Rep. Ireland – 30 points
Charles Byrne, Patrick Clifford, Seamus O’Brien, Jim McQuillan
4. New Zealand 27 points
Cecil Howard Boyland, Bill Rose, John Andrew Wilkie, Robert Ian Hastie

1977 World Cup I
Londen, Engeland
1977
Heren:
Singles Leighton Rees WAL
Koppels Eric Bristow & John Lowe ENG
Team event Leighton Rees, Alan Evans, David Jones WAL
Overall kampioen

1977winner

Champion 1977 Wales

1979 WDF World Cup, Las Vegas, USA

For the second WDF World Cup the teams had to travel to the gambling capital of the world Las Vegas, USA. The tournament was played at the Sahara Hotel on November 2 and 3. Sixteen countries took part in the World Cup, which was a great success since the teams had to make this long trip. England, represented by John Lowe, Eric Bristow, Tony Brown and Bill Lennard were the big favourites for the tournament, and some 400 supporters had come with them.

England won the overall Cup with 108 points, ahead of the USA with 62 points. Wales, the winners of the first edition had to settle for the bronze with 49 points. Australia was a creditable fourth with 28 points.

1979 World Cup II
Las Vegas, USA
1979
Heren:
Singles Nicky Virachkul USA
Koppels Eric Bristow & John Lowe ENG
Team event Eric Bristow, John Lowe, Tony Brown, Bill Lennard ENG
Overall kampioen

1979winner

Champion 1979 England

1981 WDF World Cup, Nelson, New Zealand

For this World Cup, most countries had to fly half way around the world to the distant New Zealand. The venue was the Trafalgar Centre in Nelson on 2 and 3 October. Yet 16 countries showed up, which may be called a success on its own. In addition, some new countries like Papua New Guinea and the Philippines. Among the 64 participants was one woman, namely Selly Tain who originated from the Solomon Islands, but played for Papua New Guinea. She can call herself the first woman ever to play in a World Cup.

The General Classification was won convincingly by England with 132 points. The Scots were the runners-up with 45 points and host nation New Zealand took the bronze with 41 points. Fourth place went to Sweden with 31 points.

1981 World Cup III
Nelson, Nieuw-Zeeland
1981
Heren:
Singles John Lowe ENG
Koppels Cliff Lazarenko & Tony Brown ENG
Team event Eric Bristow, John Lowe, Tony Brown, Cliff Lazarenko ENG
Overall kampioen
1981winner

Champion 1981 England

 

1983 WDF World Cup, Edinburgh, Schotland

The British dominated the World Cup IV, which was held in Edinburgh, Scotland from October 21 to 22. At the general meeting of the WDF Peter McMenamin from Australia was elected as the new president. He replaced Bill Turner from New Zealand. For the first time there was also a World Cup for women in 1983.

England picked up the first Overall World Cup title in the women with 54 points only one point ahead of America. Wales with 47 points took third and Canada fourth with 34 points.

1983 World Cup IV
Edinburgh, Schotland
1983
Heren:
Singles Eric Bristow ENG
Koppels Eric Bristow & John Lowe ENG
Team event Eric Bristow, John Lowe, Keith Deller, Dave Whitcombe ENG
Overall kampioen

1983winner

Champion 1983 England

Dames:
Singles Sandy Reitan USA
Koppels Maureen Flowers & Audry Derham ENG
Overall kampioen England

1985 WDF World Cup, Brisbane, Australia

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 overall winners were the favourite English ladies with 103 points. Scotland was second with 46 points, just ahead of New Zealand with 43 ​​points. Wales took fourth with 30 points.

1985 World Cup V
Brisbane, Australia
1985
Heren:
Singles Eric Bristow ENG
Koppels Eric Bristow & John Lowe ENG
Team event Tony Payne, Rick Ney, John Kramer, Dan Valletto USA
Overall kampioen England
Dames:
Singles Linda Batten ENG
Koppels Linda Batten & Sharon Kemp ENG
Overall kampioen

1985winner

Champion 1985 England

1987 WDF World Cup, Copenhagen, Denmark

From 22 to 24 October 1987, the sixth World Cup was played in the Vally Sports Complex in the Danish capital Copenhagen. Twenty-three countries participated in the men’s event. No less than 200 supporters joined the New Zealand team and before the competition started they showed the traditional „Maori“ war dance as a warm up.

The Overall title went to the USA for the first time with 74 points. Netherlands was second with 57 points. Third place went to Canada with 44 points. And in fourth place, the English ladies ‘only’ had 24 points.

1987 World Cup VI
Kopenhagen, Denemarken
1987
Heren:
Singles Eric Bristow ENG
Koppels Eric Bristow & John Lowe ENG
Team event Eric Bristow, John Lowe, Cliff Lazarenko, Bob Anderson ENG
Overall kampioen

1995winner

Champion 1987 England

Dames:
Singles Valery Maytum NED
Koppels Kathy Karpowich & Kathy Maloney USA
Overall kampioen USA

1989 WDF World Cup, Toronto, Canada

The seventh World Cup Darts was played from 19 to 21 October at the Skyline Hotel in Toronto, Canada. In the men’s 27 countries were present and competed for the World Cup darts title.

The overall title went to England with 76 points closely followed by the USA with 66 points. In third place, for the first time, Australia with 34 points and fourth the surprising ladies from Singapore with 24 points. Denmark finished fifth with 22 points.

1989 World Cup VII
Toronto, Canada
1989
Heren:
Singles Eric Bristow ENG
Koppels Eric Bristow & John Lowe ENG
Team event Bob Sinnaeve, Rick Bisaro, Tony Holyoake, Albert Anstey CAN
Overall kampioen

1995winner

Champion 1989 England

Dames:
Singles Eva Grigsby USA
Koppels Sharon Colclough & Sue Edwards ENG
Overall kampioen England

1991 WDF World Cup, Zandvoort, Nederland

World Cup VIII was held from 2 till 5 October 1991 in the Dutch seaside town of Zandvoort. No lees than 32 countries were present at the oche in the men’s event, which was a record. Among those 32 countries were five debuting countries; Russia, Luxembourg, Greece, Austria and the African Uganda.

The England men squad had plenty of choice in players and could even leave home this fabulous foursome: World Champion Dennis Priestley, number two in the world Mike Gregory, former world champion Bob Anderson and the 1989 Winmau World Masters Peter Evison. Of course the big question was which country could prevent the English team of claiming their seventh consecutive overall title.

For the first time the World Cup Overall title in the ladies went to the Southern Hemisphere. The title went to New Zealand with 44 points. The ladies from Wales took the silver with 33 points. The bronze medal was for the second consecutive time for Australia with 24 points. America was fourth with 18 points and the organizing country of The Netherlands was fifth with 13 points.

1991 World Cup VIII
Zandvoort, Nederland
1991
Heren:
Singles John Lowe ENG
Koppels Keith Sullivan & Wayne Weening AUS
Team event Eric Bristow, John Lowe, Phil Taylor, Alan Warriner ENG
Overall kampioen

1991winner

Champion 1991 England

Dames:
Singles Jill McDonald NZL
Koppels Sandra Greatbatch & Rhian Speed WAL
Overall kampioen Nieuw-Zeeland

1993 WDF World Cup, Las Vegas, USA

World Cup IX was played in the largest gambling city in the world; Las Vegas for the second time in history. Just like two years ago in Zandvoort Netherlands, 32 countries toed the oche.

In the team event the first semi-final was between England and the USA. England, who had a brand new team after the 1992 split in the world of darts between the BDO and WDC (later PDC).

The Overall title went to the USA for the second time, after Copenhagen in 1987, with 44 points. The Dutch ladies finished second for the second time with 39 points, just like in 1987. England became third with 24 points. The Finnish and Northern Irish ladies shared the fourth place with 18 points.

1993 World Cup IX
Las Vegas, USA
1993
Heren:
Singles Roland Scholten NED
Koppels Carl Mercer & John Part CAN
Team event Steve Beaton, Ronnie Baxter, Kevin Kenny, Dave Askew ENG
Overall kampioen

1993winner

Champion 1993 Wales

Dames:
Singles Kathy Maloney USA
Koppels Valery Maytum & Francis Hoenselaar NED
Overall kampioen USA

1995 WDF World Cup, Basel

With a record number of entries of 40 men’s teams the tenth WDF World Cup started in the Swiss city of Basel. With this fantastic number of entrees WDF Chairman Peter McMenamin and SDA President Felix Degen could already speak of a great success before the first dart was thrown. Not only the quantity was present also the quality continued to rise. Apparently there are no „weak countries“ anymore in the darts world.

With three titles in their pockets, the English showed their superiority and of course also won the overall World Cup with 169 points. The men from Wales, the winners of two years ago, came second with 110 points. Australia won bronze for the fourth time with 81 points. Denmark was the surprise in fourth with 39 points and USA took fifth with 36 points.

So the English ladies conquered the overall World Cup title with 61 points for the fourth time. New Zealand took the silver with 24 points and Denmark and the Netherlands were joint third with 17 points. Norway finished a creditable fifth with 15 points.

1995 World Cup X
Basel, Zwitserland
1995
Heren:
Singles Martin Adams ENG
Koppels Martin Adams & Andy Fordham ENG
Team event Steve Beaton, Ronnie Baxter, Martin Adams, Andy Fordham ENG
Overall kampioen

1995winner

Champion 1995 England

Dames:
Singles Mandy Solomons ENG
Koppels Mandy Solomons & Deta Hedman ENG
Overall kampioen England

1997 WDF World Cup, Perth, Australia

The World Cup is held since 1977 and organised by the World Darts Federation. The tournament is opened for ladies in 1983 and in 1999 the youth is also finally invited. The tournament is known as the official World Championship but hasn’t got the profile of either the BDO or the PDC World Championships. It is a gathering of players from all parts of the World who meet and play in a very friendly atmosphere. In the early years the English are very dominant, led by John Lowe and Eric Bristow. The singles title between 1981 and 1991 always goes to one of them. In pairs they are virtually unbeatable, winning six of the first seven events and being runner-up in the other. In the men’s competition England wins the overall every time except two times untill 2003. Since then The Netherland have taken the title home each year untill 2009. In the ladies it’s a slightly different story, overall England does win most of the times, but countries like the USA, New Zealand and Netherlands get their successes too. Especially the Netherlands are very successful since the 1990’s, in men’s, ladies and youth. Roland Scholten is the first Dutch male to become World Cup singles champion in 1993. Van Barneveld gets crowned three times in 1997, 1999 en 2003. Dick van Dijk is probably the most surprising champion ever in 2005. In the ladies singles Valery Maytum (1987) and Francis Hoenselaar (2001) are victorious for Holland. The WDF World Cup has been hosted in The Netherlands twice, in 1991 (Zandvoort) and 2007 (‘s-Hertogenbosch).

1997 World Cup XI
Perth, Australia
1997
Heren:
Singles Raymond van Barneveld NED
Koppels Sean Palfrey & Martin Phillips WAL
Team event Sean Palfrey, Martin Phillips, Eric Burden, Marshall James WAL
Overall kampioen

1993winner

Champion 1997 Wales

Dames:
Singles Noeline Gear NZL
Koppels Stacy Bromberg & Lori Verrier USA
Overall kampioen USA

1999 WDF World Cup, Durban, Zuid-Afrika

1999 World Cup XII
Durban, Zuid-Afrika
1999
Heren:
Singles Raymond van Barneveld NED
Koppels Ritchie Davies & Richie Herbert WAL
Team event Martin Adams, Ronnie Baxter, Andy Fordham, Mervyn King ENG
Overall kampioen
Dames:
Singles Trina Gulliver ENG
Koppels Trina Gulliver & Apylee Jones ENG
Overall kampioen

1995winner

Champion 1999 England

Jeugd:
Jongens Kim Viljanen FIN
Meisjes Hareena Williamson AUS
Mixed koppels Harrena Williamson & Beau Anderson AUS
Overall kampioen Australia

2001 WDF World Cup, Kuala Lumpur, Malesia

2001 World Cup XIII
Kuala Lumpur, Maleisië
2001
Heren:
Singles Martin Adams ENG
Koppels John Walton & Andy Fordham ENG
Team event Martin Adams, John Walton, Andy Fordham, Mervyn King ENG
Overall kampioen

2001winner

Champion 2001 England

Dames:
Singles Francis Hoenselaar NED
Koppels Francis Hoenselaar & Mieke de Boer NED
Overall kampioen Nederland
Jeugd:
Jongens Stephen Bunting ENG
Meisjes Venus Johnson AUS
Mixed koppels Johanna Ehn & Markus Korhonen SVE
Overall kampioen Zweden

2003 WDF World Cup, Epinal, France

The World Cup is held since 1977 and organised by the World Darts Federation. The tournament is opened for ladies in 1983 and in 1999 the youth is also finally invited. The tournament is known as the official World Championship but hasn’t got the profile of either the BDO or the PDC World Championships. It is a gathering of players from all parts of the World who meet and play in a very friendly atmosphere. In the early years the English are very dominant, led by John Lowe and Eric Bristow. The singles title between 1981 and 1991 always goes to one of them. In pairs they are virtually unbeatable, winning six of the first seven events and being runner-up in the other. In the men’s competition England wins the overall every time except two times untill 2003. Since then The Netherland have taken the title home each year untill 2009. In the ladies it’s a slightly different story, overall England does win most of the times, but countries like the USA, New Zealand and Netherlands get their successes too. Especially the Netherlands are very successful since the 1990’s, in men’s, ladies and youth. Roland Scholten is the first Dutch male to become World Cup singles champion in 1993. Van Barneveld gets crowned three times in 1997, 1999 en 2003. Dick van Dijk is probably the most surprising champion ever in 2005. In the ladies singles Valery Maytum (1987) and Francis Hoenselaar (2001) are victorious for Holland.

2003 World Cup XIV
Epinal, Frankrijk
2003
Heren:
Singles Raymond van Barneveld NED
Koppels Martin Adams & Mervyn King ENG
Team event Ray Carver, John Kuczynski, Bill Davis, George Walls USA
Overall kampioen

1995winner

Champion 2003 England

Dames:
Singles Trina Gulliver ENG
Koppels Trina Gulliver & Clare Bywaters ENG
Overall kampioen Engeland
Jeugd:
Jongens Jerry Hendriks NED
Meisjes Kate Dando ENG
Mixed koppels Kathleen Logue & Kyle Anderson AUS
Overall kampioen Australië

2005 WDF World Cup, Perth, Australia

2005 World Cup XV
Perth, Australië
2005
Heren:
Singles Dick van Dijk NED
Koppels Raymond van Barneveld & Vincent van der Voort NED
Team event Jarkko Komula, Marko Pusa, Kim Viljanen, Ulf Ceder FIN
Overall kampioen

Nederland

Champion 2005 Nederland

Dames:
Singles Clare Bywaters ENG
Koppels Trina Gulliver & Clare Bywaters ENG
Overall kampioen Engeland
Jeugd:
Jongens Jonny Nijs NED
Meisjes Carla Molema NED
Mixed koppels Carla Molema & Jonny Nijs NED
Overall kampioen Nederland

2007 WDF World Cup, Rosmalen, Nederland

2007 World Cup XVI
s-Hertogenbosch, Nederland
2007
Heren:
Singles Mark Webster WAL
Koppels Mario Robbe & Joey ten Berge NED
Team event Martin Adams, Tony O’Shea, Steve Farmer, John Walton ENG
Overall kampioen

Nederland

Champion 2005 Nederland

Dames:
Singles Jan Robbins WAL
Koppels Anastasia Dobromyslova & Irina Armstrong RUS
Overall kampioen Wales
Jeugd:
Jongens Tibor Tax HUN
Meisjes Linda Odén SVE
Mixed koppels Thea Kaaijk & Maarten Pape NED
Overall kampioen Nederland

2009 WDF World Cup, Charlotte, USA

2009 World Cup XVII
Charlotte NC, USA
2009
Heren:
Singles Tony O’Shea ENG
Koppels Anthony Fleet & Geoff Kime AUS
Team event Joey ten Berge, Willy van der Wiel, Daniel Brouwer & Frans Harmsen NED
Overall kampioen

2009winner

Champion 2009 Nederland

Dames:
Singles Stacy Bromberg USA
Koppels Lisa Ashton & Karen Lawman ENG
Overall kampioen Engeland
Jeugd:
Jongens Jamie Lewis WAL
Meisjes Allisa Koskivirta FIN
Mixed koppels Allisa Koskivirta & Tuomas Tikka FIN
Overall kampioen Finland

2011 WDF World Cup, Castlebar, Republic of Ireland

2011 World Cup XVIII
Castlebar, Republic of Ireland
2011
Heren:
Singles Scott Waites ENG
Koppels Martin Adams & Tony O’Shea ENG
Team event Martin Adams, Tony O’Shea, Scott Waites, Martin Atkins ENG
Overall kampioen

2011winner

Champion 2011 England

Dames:
Singles Trina Gulliver ENG
Koppels Trina Gulliver & Deta Hedman ENG
Overall kampioen Engeland
Jeugd:
Jongens Jimmy Hendriks NED
Meisjes Fallon Sherrock ENG
Mixed koppels Fallon Sherrock & Jake Jones ENG
Overall kampioen Engeland

2013 WDF World Cup, Saint John’s, Canada

2013 World Cup XIX
St. John’s , Canada
2013
Heren:
Singles Wesley Harms NED
Koppels Stephen Bunting & Tony O’Shea ENG
Team event Ross Montgomery, Craig Baxter, Gary Stone, Alan Soutar SCO
Overall kampioen

2013winner

Champion 2013 England

Dames:
Singles Deta Hedman ENG
Koppels Trina Gulliver & Deta Hedman ENG
Overall kampioen England
Jeugd:
Jongens Jamie Rundle AUS
Meisjes Casey Gallagher ENG
Mixed koppels Dawson Murchell & Alicia Looker CAN
Overall kampioen Australia

2015 WDF World Cup, Kemer, Turkey

WDF World Cup 2015 logo

The World Cup is held since 1977 and organised by the World Darts Federation. The tournament is opened for ladies in 1983 and in 1999 the youth is also finally invited. The tournament is known as the official World Championship but hasn’t got the profile of either the BDO or the PDC World Championships. It is a gathering of players from all parts of the World who meet and play in a very friendly atmosphere.

In the early years the English are very dominant, led by John Lowe and Eric Bristow. The singles title between 1981 and 1991 always goes to one of them. In pairs they are virtually unbeatable, winning six of the first seven events and being runner-up in the other. In the men’s competition England wins the overall every time except two times untill 2003. Since then The Netherland have taken the title home each year untill 2009.

In the ladies it’s a slightly different story, overall England does win most of the times, but countries like the USA, New Zealand and Netherlands get their successes too. Especially the Netherlands are very successful since the 1990’s, in men’s, ladies and youth. Roland Scholten is the first Dutch male to become World Cup singles champion in 1993. Van Barneveld gets crowned three times in 1997, 1999 en 2003. Dick van Dijk is probably the most surprising champion ever in 2005. In the ladies singles Valery Maytum (1987) and Francis Hoenselaar (2001) are victorious for Holland. The WDF World Cup has been hosted in The Netherlands twice, in 1991 (Zandvoort) and 2007 (‘s-Hertogenbosch).

 

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