BDO World Championship Men 1979

The 1979 Embassy World Darts Championship was the second World Professional Championships. Having been held the previous year at the Heart of the Midlands Club in Nottingham, the event moved to Jollees Cabaret Club in Stoke-on-Trent where it was to remain until 1985.

The tournament was held between 2 February and 9 February and had been expanded from 16 players to 24. The eight seeded players each received a bye into the second round. The format also changed from a straight matchplay (legs) to sets. Each set was the best of 5 legs.

Defending champion, Leighton Rees of Wales again progressed to the final where he met John Lowe in a repeat of the inaugural championship. This time, Lowe was the top seed and came out on top in the final by 5 sets to 0 (3-1, 3-0, 3-0, 3-2, 3-0) and won the 1979 Embassy World Darts Championship. The third place match didn't take place due to illness of Alan Evans so Tony Brown took the third spot.

With the expansion from 16 to 24 players in the finals, 11 players made their championship debuts, the most notable being John Wilson of Scotland, soon to be known as Jocky.

Venue: England Jollees Cabaret Club, Stoke-on-Trent From: Saturday 03 February 1979 Till: Saturday 10 February 1979

Champion

John Lowe
Photographer: BDO
1979 BDO World Darts Championship

Prize money

  • Champion
    £4,500
  • Runner-up
    £2,000
  • 3d place
    £1,500
  • 4d place
    £1,000
  • Quarter finalists
    £500
  • Last 16
    £300
  • Last 24
    £200
  • Total
    £13,750

List of finals

Year Winner Result Runner-Up
2018
(1) (93.93)
7
7 - 6
(2) (86.31)
6
2017
(1) (93.48)
7
7 - 3
(3) (93.30)
3
2016
(9) (87.54)
7
7 - 1
(84.99)
1
2015
(4) (92.61)
7
7 - 6
(3) (92.55)
6
2014
(1) (96.33)
7
7 - 4
(92.18)
4
2013
(3) (86.43)
7
7 - 1
(4) (81.90)
1
2012
(q) (90.00)
7
7 - 5
(8) (87.78)
5
2011
(1) (92.13)
7
7 - 5
(3) (89.07)
5
2010
(3) (95.01)
7
7 - 5
(93.42)
5
2009
(7) (91.47)
7
7 - 6
(9) (90.54)
6
2008
(1) (92.07)
7
7 - 5
2007
(1) (90.30)
7
7 - 6
(q) (87.09)
6
2006
(q) (90.42)
7
7 - 5
2005 6 - 2
(7) (91.74)
2
2004
(97.08)
6
6 - 3
(3) (91.02)
3
2003 6 - 3
2002
(93.57)
6
6 - 4
(4) (91.65)
4
2001
(95.55)
6
6 - 2
(7) (94.86)
2
2000
(5) (92.40)
6
6 - 0
(2) (88.35)
0
1999 6 - 5
(2) (94.59)
5
1998 6 - 5
1997
(92.16)
6
6 - 3
(q) (92.01)
3
1996
(6) (90.27)
6
6 - 3
(1) (87.93)
3
1995
(2) (93.63)
6
6 - 3
1994
(82.44)
6
6 - 0
(79.98)
0
1993
(6) (83.97)
6
6 - 3
(5) (82.32)
3
1992
(1) (97.56)
6
6 - 5
(2) (94.41)
5
1991 6 - 0
(3) (84.06)
0
1990
(97.47)
6
6 - 1
(1) (93.00)
1
1989
(5) (94.11)
6
6 - 4
(3) (90.51)
4
1988
(1) (92.37)
6
6 - 4
(2) (92.07)
4
1987
(2) (90.63)
6
6 - 4
(1) (94.29)
4
1986
(1) (94.47)
6
6 - 0
(3) (90.21)
0
1985
(1) (97.32)
6
6 - 2
(2) (93.12)
2
1984
(1) (97.59)
7
7 - 1
(3) (90.60)
1
1983
(q) (90.06)
6
6 - 5
(1) (93.81)
5
1982
(4) (89.79)
5
5 - 3
(2) (84.18)
3
1981
(1) (85.95)
5
5 - 3
(3) (81.36)
3
1980
(2) (88.02)
5
5 - 3
(5) (88.08)
3
1979
(1) (86.13)
5
5 - 0
(3) (77.61)
0
1978
(3) (92.40)
11
11 - 7
(2) (89.40)
7