Keith Deller 1983

Youngster Keith Deller shocked the World of Darts when he defeated world number three John Lowe in the quarter finals of the 1983 Embassy World Championships. He then created even more of a stir when he saw off the challenge of defending World Champion and world number two Jocky Wilson in the semi finals to set up a date with destiny and world number one Eric Bristow in the final. It was Boy’s Own, fairy tale stuff.

But Deller wasn’t finished and in a spine-tingling, nerve-shredding finale he won the title 6-5 with a stunning 138 (treble twenty, treble eighteen followed by double twelve) check out in the final leg becoming World Champion at the tender age of just 23 years old. To boot, he is still the only player to have defeated the top three players in the world in the same tournament.

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