BDO World Championship Men 1981

In 1981 the field for the Embassy World Darts Championship was expanded from 24 to 32 players, the format which would remain for many years. For the third successive year the tournament was staged at Jollees Cabaret Club in Stoke-on-Trent.

Eric Bristow was back to defend his title and would face John Lowe the champion of two years previously in the final. The final was the best of nine sets, but there was a break scheduled after three sets where the third-fourth place play-off match would be held.

Lowe ran away with the first two sets without dropping a leg and took the first leg in the third set before Bristow finally got onto the scoreboard. The "Crafty Cockney" held on to take that third set to go into the break just one set behind. As in the previous year's final, Bristow edged ahead to lead 4-3 in sets and Lowe (as Bobby George did in 1980) had darts to take the match into a final set. However Lowe missed three attempts at double ten and Bristow took out double four to win the title for the second year running.

Tony Brown would become the first player to hit the maximum outshot of 170 at a World Championship.

Venue: England Jollees Cabaret Club, Stoke-on-Trent From: Saturday 10 January 1981 Till: Saturday 17 January 1981

Champion

Eric Bristow
Photographer: BDO
1981 BDO World Darts Championship

Prize money

  • High finish
    £500
  • Champion
    £5,500
  • Runner-up
    £2,500
  • 3d place
    £1,800
  • 4d place
    £1,200
  • Quarter finalists
    £750
  • Last 16
    £500
  • Last 32
    £300
  • Total
    £23,300

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