BDO World Darts Championships to be staged at the O2 after leaving Lakeside

The Lakeside will no longer host the BDO World Darts Championship
The Lakeside will no longer host the BDO World Darts Championship

The BDO World Darts Championships will now be held at the Indigo in the O2 following the decision to leave the iconic Lakeside.

The tournament has been held at it's 'spiritual home' since 1986, when Eric Bristow won the fifth of his world titles, having been previously staged at Jollees in Stoke from 1979, with the inaugural edition of 1978 taking place in Nottingham.

Glen Durrant gave the Lakeside a fittingly historic send off back in January when emulating Bristow's record of winning three successive crowns thanks to victory over Scott Waites while Mikuru Suzuki became the first female champion outside Europe and 13-year-old Leighton Bennett brought the house down with his stunning youth title.

A statement from the BDO read: "After four decades of this prestigious competition residing at The Lakeside, we are excited to announce that the new home of the BDO World Professional Darts Championships is Indigo at the O2, London!

"We have such fond memories and are extremely grateful to The Lakeside, especially Bob & Barbara Potter and all that have helped over the years to make the most famous darts tournament in the world, such a success.

"Moving to The O2, the most popular venue in the world, is an amazing opportunity and we look forward to working with the O2 and their partners over the coming years to develop a new future for the BDO World Professional Darts Championships.

"Further announcements to follow soon regarding on-sale dates and tournament/venue information. See you in London January 2020!"

There have been no end of incredible moments from the Lakeside in years gone by including Paul Lim's nine-darter, Bobby George beating Magnus Caris on one leg, the many battles between Bristow, John Lowe, Jocky Wilson and Leighton Rees, Raymond van Barneveld's first title against Richie Burnett, Ted Hankey's whitewash of Ronnie Baxter that he finished with a 170 checkout, Martin Adams almost blowing a 6-0 lead against Phill Nixon and many, many more.

A whole host of champions in the BDO - as well as those who didn't quite get their hands on the trophy - also went on to become big stars in the PDC, not least the two-time winner Phil Taylor and four-time king Barney.

And who knows what Durrant will go on to achieve as his astonishing debut season in the PDC continues.

Below we list all the past winners of the BDO World Championship in both the men's and women's tournaments.

BDO World Championship history: Men's and Women's

THE MEN

The BDO World Darts Championship began in 1978, when Leighton Rees triumphed over a future three-time winner John Lowe.

The likes of Eric Bristow, Jocky Wilson, Keith Deller, Dennis Priestley and Phil Taylor got their hands on the famous trophy before the breakaway of the PDC in 1994.

Raymond van Barneveld became the second-most successful player in the competition's history behind five-time champion Bristow when lifting the trophy on four occasions between 1998 and 2005 before he eventually left to the PDC.

Martin 'Wolfie' Adams has since won it three times while Scott Waites and Ted Hankey are recent names to have become multiple winners before Glen Durrant equalled Bristow's feat of three in a row back in January.

Previous finals

  • 1978: Leighton Rees 11-7 John Lowe (legs)
  • 1979: John Lowe 5-0 Leighton Rees (sets from this year onwards)
  • 1980: Eric Bristow 5-3 Bobby George
  • 1981: Eric Bristow 5-3 John Lowe
  • 1982: Jocky Wilson 5-3 John Lowe
  • 1983: Keith Deller 6-5 Eric Bristow
  • 1984: Eric Bristow 7-1 Dave Whitcombe
  • 1985: Eric Bristow 6-2 John Lowe
  • 1986: Eric Bristow 6-0 Dave Whitcombe
  • 1987: John Lowe 6-4 Eric Bristow
  • 1988: Bob Anderson 6-4 John Lowe
  • 1989: Jocky Wilson 6-4 Eric Bristow
  • 1990: Phil Taylor 6-1 Eric Bristow
  • 1991: Dennis Priestley 6-0 Eric Bristow
  • 1992: Phil Taylor 6-5 Mike Gregory
  • 1993: John Lowe 6-3 Alan Warriner
  • 1994: John Part 6-0 Bobby George
  • 1995: Richie Burnett 6-3 Raymond van Barneveld
  • 1996: Steve Beaton 6-3 Richie Burnett
  • 1997: Les Wallace 6-3 Marshall James
  • 1998: Raymond van Barneveld 6-5 Richie Burnett
  • 1999: Raymond van Barneveld 6-5 Ronnie Baxter
  • 2000: Ted Hankey 6-0 Ronnie Baxter
  • 2001: John Walton 6-2 Ted Hankey
  • 2002: Tony David 6-4 Mervyn King
  • 2003: Raymond van Barneveld 6-3 Ritchie Davies
  • 2004: Andy Fordham 6-3 Mervyn King
  • 2005: Raymond van Barneveld 6-2 Martin Adams
  • 2006: Jelle Klaasen 7-5 Raymond van Barneveld
  • 2007: Martin Adams 7-6 Phil Nixon
  • 2008: Mark Webster 7-5 Simon Whitlock
  • 2009: Ted Hankey 7-6 Tony O'Shea
  • 2010: Martin Adams 7-5 Dave Chisnall
  • 2011: Martin Adams 7-5 Dean Winstanley
  • 2012: Christian Kist 7-5 Tony O'Shea
  • 2013: Scott Waites 7-1 Tony O'Shea
  • 2014: Stephen Bunting 7-4 Alan Norris
  • 2015: Scott Mitchell 7-6 Martin Adams
  • 2016: Scott Waites 7-1 Jeff Smith
  • 2017: Glen Durrant 7-3 Danny Noppert
  • 2018: Glen Durrant 7-6 Mark McGeeney
  • 2019: Glen Durrant 7-3 Scott Waites

Most successful multiple male champions

  • Eric Bristow - 5
  • Raymond van Barneveld - 4
  • John Lowe - 3
  • Martin Adams - 3
  • Glen Durrant - 3
  • Ted Hankey - 2
  • Phil Taylor - 2
  • Scott Waites - 2
  • Jocky Wilson - 2

THE WOMEN

The women's World Championship was introduced in 2001, with Trina Gulliver beginning an era of dominance with seven successive titles before Russian sensation Anastasia Dobromyslova dethroned her.

Twelve months later Francis Hoenselaar gained revenge on Trina Gulliver for five previous final defeats by defeating her 2-1 but the Englishwoman bounced back with two more back-to-back titles.

Dobromyslova reminded the world of her talents in the next two editions as she lifted the trophy for the second and third times but the runner-up in 2013 - Lisa Ashton - would go one better a year later.

The Lancashire Rose has won four of the last six World Championships, with Gulliver edging out Deta Hedman for her 10th crown in 2016, while the most recent winner is Japan's Mikuru Suzuki, who was the first Asian woman to compete on the Lakeside stage.

  • 2001 Trina Gulliver 2–1 Mandy Solomons
  • 2002 Trina Gulliver 2–1 Francis Hoenselaar
  • 2003 Trina Gulliver 2–0 Anne Kirk
  • 2004 Trina Gulliver 2–0 Francis Hoenselaar
  • 2005 Trina Gulliver 2–0 Francis Hoenselaar
  • 2006 Trina Gulliver 2–0 Francis Hoenselaar
  • 2007 Trina Gulliver 2–1 Francis Hoenselaar
  • 2008 Anastasia Dobromyslova 2–0 Trina Gulliver
  • 2009 Francis Hoenselaar 2–1 Trina Gulliver
  • 2010 Trina Gulliver 2–0 Rhian Edwards
  • 2011 Trina Gulliver 2–0 Rhian Edwards
  • 2012 Anastasia Dobromyslova 2–1 Deta Hedman
  • 2013 Anastasia Dobromyslova 2–1 Lisa Ashton
  • 2014 Lisa Ashton 3–2 Deta Hedman
  • 2015 Lisa Ashton 3–1 Fallon Sherrock
  • 2016 Trina Gulliver 3–2 Deta Hedman
  • 2017 Lisa Ashton 3–0 Corrine Hammond
  • 2018 Lisa Ashton 3–1 Anastasia Dobromyslova
  • 2019 Mikuru Suzuki 3-0 Lorraine Winstanley

Most successful multiple female champions

  • Trina Gulliver - 10
  • Lisa Ashton - 4
  • Anastasia Dobromyslova - 3

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