The 1982 Embassy World Professional Darts Championship was hyped as the year Eric Bristow was going for 3 world titles in a row, but the competition was blown wide open when the Crafty Cockney suffered a shock 1st round defeat to debutant Steve Brennan (who played for Northern Ireland, but was actually from Suffolk), in one of the greatest upsets in darts history.

With Bristow gone,  it was seen as the perfect opportunity for John Lowe to claim his second world title, who was competing in his 4th final in 5 years.  His opponent this time was Scotland’s Jocky Wilson, who had reached the quarter-finals in the 3 previous years.

It was a final that featured two very different styles of play.  Lowe was cool, full of concentration, showed very little emotion, and one of the smoothest throwing players at that time.  Jocky on the other hand was brash, firey and often threw with an unnatural snatch, but was hugely talented and very popular amongst the fans.

The match was a classic.  Played over two sessions, the afternoon session saw 3 sets, with Jocky leading 2 sets to 1 going into the evening session, with the “Wee ‘Un” eventually winning 5 sets to 3.  Jocky’s second, and last world title came in 1989, where he beat Eric Bristow 6 sets to 4.  (If you follow me on twitter – @DerekDarts180 – you will have seen that this was my “Darts Moment of the Week” Tweet)

Here is the closing stages of that final, which includes Jocky’s championship winning double 16 game-shot.  Enjoy!


Until next time, may the darts be with you……

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