World Dart Champions 1978 - 2014

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Today there are two recognised World Dart Champions the BDO / WDF Word Champion and the PDC World Champion. The first World Champion was Leighton Rees from Wales. Leighton beat John Lowe 11 legs to 7 and won £3,000. The first World Championship was played in legs not sets as it is today. The first World Championship was held at Jollees Club, Stoke-on Trent and this remained the home of World Darts until 1985. Since1985 the World Darts finals have been held at the Lakeside complex Frimley Green, Surrey.

In 1992 saw a number of players split from the BDO and form they own darts organisation; the World Darts Council later to be renamed as the Professional Darts Corporation PDC (See History). In 1994 the PDC staged their first World Darts Championships to rival The BDO Championship. Many of the best names in darts had moved to the PDC and it has always been bitter rivalry of who is the best.

In 2001 the BDO introduced the first women’s World Darts Championship. Trina Gulliver from England has won this event every year from 2001-2007. In 2008 Trina reached the final again but this time she was defeated by Russia's Anastasia Dobromyslava 2-0. Trina Lost again in the 2009 final to Francis Hoenselaar but regained her crown in 2010 and 2011. Trina has qualified for the World final ever year since it's conception.

The lists below show the World Champions of past and present. Many remember the winners but who did they beat and what was the score?

A few past World Champions

Leighton Rees  John Lowe  Eric Bristow  Jocky Wilson  Phil Taylor  Trina Gulliver

Leighton Rees, John Lowe, Eric Bristow , Jocky Wilson. Phil Taylor & Trina Gulliver

BDO / WDF World Championship main sponsor

Embassy Tobacco 1978 - 2003, Lakeside 2003 - current

2014 BDO / WDF Men's World - Stephen Bunting

1978 Leighton Rees beat John Lowe 11 - 7
1979 John Lowe beat Leighton Rees 5 - 0
1980 Eric Bristow beat Bobby George 5 - 3
1981 Eric Bristow beat John Lowe 5 - 1
1982 Jocky Wilson beat John Lowe 5 - 3
1983 Keith Deller beat Eric Bristow 6 - 5
1984 Eric Bristow beat Dave Whitcombe 7 - 1
1985 Eric Bristow beat John Lowe 6 - 2
1986 Eric Bristow beat Dave Whitcombe 6 - 0
1987 John Lowe beat Eric Bristow 6 - 4
1988 Bob Anderson beat John Lowe 6 - 4
1989 Jocky Wilson beat Eric Bristow 6 - 4
1990 Phil Taylor beat Eric Bristow 6 - 1
1991 Dennis Priestley beat Eric Bristow 6 - 0
1992 Phil Taylor beat Mike Gregory 6 - 5
1993 John Lowe beat Alan Warriner 6 - 3
1994 John Part beat Bobby George 6 - 0
1995 Richie Burnett beat Raymond Van Barneveld 6 - 3
1996 Steve Beaton beat Richie Burnett 6 - 3
1997 Les Wallace beat Marshall James 6 - 3
1998 Raymond Van Barneveld beat Richie Burnett 6 - 5
1999 Raymond Van Barneveld beat Ronnie Baxter 6 - 5
2000 Ted Hankey beat Ronnie Baxter 6 - 0
2001 John Walton beat Ted Hankey 6 - 2
2002 Tony David beat Mervyn King 6 - 4
2003 Raymond Van Barneveld beat Richie Davies 6 - 3
2004 Andy Fordham beat Mervyn King 6 - 3
2005 Raymond Van Barnveld beat Martin Adams 6 - 2
2006 Jelle Klaasen  beat Raymond Van Barneveld 7 - 5
2007 Martin Adams beat Phil Nixon 7 - 6
2008 Mark Webster beat Simon Whitlock 7 - 5
2009 Ted Hankey beat Tony O'Shea 7 - 6
2010 Martin Adams beat Dave Chisnall 7 - 5
2011 Martin Adams beat Dean Winstanley 7 - 5
2012 Christian Kist beat Tony O'Shea 7 - 5
2013 Scott Waites beat Tony O'Shea 7 - 1
2014 Stephen Bunting beat Alan Norris 7 - 4

For more information about BDO events please visit the BDO website

BDO / WDF World Championship main sponsor

Embassy Tobacco 1978 - 2003, Lakeside 2003 - current

2014 BDO / WDF women's World Champion - Lisa Ashton (England)

2001 Trina Gulliver beat Mandy Solomonds 2 - 1
2002 Trina Gulliver beat Francis Hoenselaar 2 - 1
2003 Trina Gulliver beat Ann Kirk 2 - 0
2004 Trina Gulliver beat Francis Hoenselaar 2 - 0
2005 Trina Gulliver beat Francis Hoenselaar 2 - 0
2006 Trina Gulliver beat Francis Hoenselaar 2 - 0
2007 Trina Gulliver beat Francis Hoenselaar 2 - 1
2008 Anastasia Dobromyslava beat Trina Gulliver 2 - 0
2009 Francis Hoenselaar beat Trina Gulliver 2 - 1
2010 Trina Gulliver beat Rhian Edwards 2 - 0
2011 Trina Gulliver beat Rhian Edwards 2 - 0
2012 Anastasia Dobromyslava beat Deta Hedman 2 - 1
2013 Anastasia Dobromyslava beat Lisa Ashton 2 - 1
2014 Lisa Ashton beat Deta Hedman 3 - 2

For more information about BDO events please visit the BDO website

PDC World Championship main sponsor

1994 Skol International, 1995 Proton Cars
1996 - 1997 Verons, 1998 - 2002 Skol International
2003 - current Ladbrookes

2014 PDC World Darts Champion Michael van Gerwen (Netherlands)

1994 Dennis Priestley beat Phil Taylor 6 - 1
1995 Phil Taylor beat Rod Harrington 6 - 2
1996 Phil Taylor beat Dennis Priestley 6 - 4
1997 Phil Taylor beat Dennis Priestley 6 - 3
1998 Phil Taylor beat Dennis Priestley 6 - 0
1999 Phil Taylor beat Peter Manley 6 - 2
2000 Phil Taylor beat Dennis Priestley 7 - 3
2001 Phil Taylor beat John Part 7 - 0
2002 Phil Taylor beat Peter Manley 7 - 0
2003 John Part beat Phil Taylor 7 - 6
2004 Phil Taylor beat Kevin Painter 7 - 6
2005 Phil Taylor beat Mark Dudbridge 7 - 4
2006 Phil Taylor beat Peter Manley 7 - 0
2007 Raymond Van Barneveld beat Phil Taylor 7 - 6
2008 John Part beat Kirk Shepherd 7 - 2
2009 Phil Taylor beat Raymond van Barneveld 7 - 1
2010 Phil Taylor beat Simon Whitlock 7 - 3
2011 Adrian Lewis beat Gary Anderson 7 - 5
2012 Adrian Lewis beat Andy Hamilton 7 - 3
2013 Phil Taylor beat Michael van Gerwen 7 - 4
2014 Michael van Gerwen beat Peter Wright 7 - 5

Phil Taylor recorded a three dart average of 110.94 in the 2009 final. The highest ever for any major darts championship final.

Adrian Lewis hit a nine dart leg in the opening set of the Ladbrokes.com PDC World Darts Final in 2011. The first every dart player to achieve this feat in a World Darts Final

For more information on PDC events please visit the PDC website

In 2010 Unicorn introduced an alternative Womens World Darts Championship. The final took place in the Winter Gardens Blackpool, UK and consisted the best of 11 legs and was won by Stacy Bromberg (USA). The event as not been staged since and there seems no plans for its return.

Trina Gulliver the most successful ladies dart player to grace the earth did not play in this event but went on to win the 2010 & 2011 BDO World darts Championship a total of nine World Championship wins.

2010 Stacy Bromberg beat Tricia Wright 6 - 5

Further information can be gained from the BDO web site; there you find all the match results and dart averages. For the PDC contact Planet darts the PDC main web site, see links below

MEN'S CHAMPIONS

1974 - Cliff Inglis
1975 - Alan Evans
1976 - John Lowe
1977 - Eric Bristow
1978 - Ron Davis
1979 - Eric Bristow
1980 - John Lowe
1981 - Eric Bristow
1982 - Dave Whitcombe
1983 - Eric Bristow
1984 - Eric Bristow
1985 - Dave Whitcombe
1986 - Bob Anderson
1987 - Bob Anderson
1988 - Bob Anderson
1989 - Peter Evison
1990 - Phil Taylor
1991 - Rod Harrington
1992 - Dennis Priestley
1993 - Steve Beaton
1994 - Richie Burnett
1995 - Erik Clarys
1996 - Colin Monk
1997 - Graham Hunt
1998 - Les Wallace
1999 - Andy Fordham
2000 - John Walton
2001 - Raymond van Barneveld
2002 - Mark Dudbridge
2003 - Tony West
2004 - Mervyn King
2005 - Raymond van Barneveld
2006 - Michael van Gerwen
2007 - Robert Thornton
2008 - Martin Adams
2009 - Martin Adams
2010 - Martin Adams
2011 - Scott Waites
2012 - Stephen Bunting
2013 - Stephen Bunting

WOMEN'S CHAMPIONS

1982 - Ann Marie Davies
1983 - Sonja Ralphs
1984 - Kathy Wones
1985 - Lilian Barnett
1986 - Kathy Wones
1987 - Ann Thomas
1988 - Mandy Solomons
1989 - Mandy Solomons
1990 - Rhian Speed
1991 - Sandy Reitan
1992 - Leeanne Maddock
1993 - Mandy Solomons
1994 - Deta Hedman
1995 - Sharon Colclough
1996 - Sharon Douglas
1997 - Mandy Solomons
1998 - Karen Smith
1999 - Francis Hoenselaar
2000 - Trina Gulliver
2001 - Anne Kirk
2002 - Trina Gulliver
2003 - Trina Gulliver
2004 - Trina Gulliver
2005 - Trina Gulliver
2006 - Francis Hoenselaar
2007 - Karin Krappen
2008 - Francis Hoenselaar
2009 - Linda Ithurralde
2010 - Julie Gore
2011 - Lisa Ashton
2012 - Julie Gore
2013 - Deta Hedman

YOUTH CHAMPIONS
(MIXED at this Time)

1986 - Harith Lim
1987 - Sean Bell
1988 - Sean Dowling
1989 - Dennis Beisser
1990 - Craig Clancy
1991 - Michael Barnard
1992 - Leeanne Maddock
1993 - Jamie Caven
1994 - Steven de Brucker
1995 - Martin Whatmough
1996 - Carsten Hoffmann
1997 - Aaron Turner
1998 - Paul Higgins

BOYS CHAMPIONS

1999 - Martin Brown
2000 - Danny Ballard
2001 - Stephen Bunting
2002 - Sean McDonald
2003 - Kirk Shepherd
2004 - Oskar Lukasiak
2005 - Jonny Nijs
2006 - Maarten Pape
2007 - Shaun Griffiths
2008 - Shaun Griffiths
2009 - Jamie Lewis
2010 - Reece Robinson
2011 - Jimmy Hendriks
2012 - Jeffery De Zwaan
2013 - Shaun Lovett

GIRLS CHAMPIONS

1999 - Janine Gough
2000 - Janine Gough
2001 - Anastasia Dobromyslova
2002 - Lynsey McDonald
2003 - Stevis Riggs
2004 - Irene Adrianova
2005 - Laura Tye
2006 - Kimberley Lewis
2007 - Kimberley Lewis
2008 - Linda Odén
2009 - Zoe Jones
2010 - Zoe Jones
2011 - Emily Davidson
2012 - Fallon Sherbrock
2013 - Casey Gallagher

For more information about the Winmau Masters please visit their website

News of the World Darts Past Winners

Said to be one of the hardest dart tournaments to win The News of the World Individual Darts Championship

News of the World Darts    

The "News of the World" tournament  began in 1927 and was originally  a London competition.  It then expanded to become one of the World's biggest darts tournaments After a couple of breaks it returned for the last time in 1996-7 by then there were two competitions a men's and ladies. The men's competition was won by Phil Taylor and the ladies by Linda Jones

To see the past winners of the oldest established darts tournament click here

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