- Keith Deller
Darts player infobox
playername = Keith Deller
nickname = "The Fella", "Milky Bar Kid"
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1959|12|24
since = 1975
BDO = 1983 to 1993
PDC = founder member (1993)
currentrank = 156 (June 2008)
BDO World = Winner 1983
World Masters = Runner-up 1984
World Darts Trophy =
Int. Darts League =
PDC World = SF 1998
Matchplay = SF 1998
Grand Prix = QF 1999
UK Open = Last 32, 2006
Premier League =
tournament = Double Diamond Masters
Unipart British Professional
WDF World Cup - Team
Nations Cup - Team
resultyears = 1983
February 11, 2008
Keith Deller (born
December 24, 1959in Ipswich) is an English dartsplayer, who won the Embassy World Professional Darts Championshipin 1983. He was the youngest player and the first qualifier ever to win the championship. Dutch player Jelle Klaasentook his record as youngest ever winner in 2006.
Deller's victory over
Eric Bristowin the tournament by 6 sets to 5 was probably the biggest upset in the history of the championship. He also beat world number 3, John Lowein the quarter finals and defending champion and world number 2, Jocky Wilsonin the semi-final to become the only player in history to defeat the world's top three ranked players in the World Championship. The champion's prize money in 1983 was £8,000.
[http://youtube.com/watch?v=35bDs364yFc His checkout of 138 to clinch the trophy] is amongst the most memorable in darting history. [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/specials/world_darts_championship_2002/1706853.stm] Bristow had left himself 50 to stay in the match, but decided to throw for single 18 to leave double 16 instead of a more difficult attempt at the bullseye. Deller then hit treble 20, treble 18, double 12 for the title and even to this day commentators often refer to 138 at the "Deller checkout" if a player is left with that score.
Despite a meteoric rise to World Champion, his career results failed to maintain that level. On the defence of his world title he lost in the first round to
Nicky Virachkuland he only won three further matches in the Embassy World Championship in subsequent years. He did win the British Professional Championship in 1987, but generally his world ranking continued to fall and he even failed to qualify for the World Championship between 1989 and 1993.
Deller was one of the players who broke away from the
British Darts Organisationin 1992 and joined the WDC, now the PDC. This saw him gain some more television exposure and he did produce a few resurgent performances to reach the semi finals of the 1998 PDC World Championship and also the semi finals of the 1998 PDC World Matchplay. Deller dropped out of the top 32 of the PDC's World Rankings around 2005 and therefore has to attempt to qualify for their major tournaments - which he failed to do for the 2006, 2007 & 2008 PDC World Championships. He now competes much less on the circuit including around half-a-dozen UK Open Regional events during 2007, preferring to perform in more lucrative exhibition matches with fellow legend players such as Eric Bristowand John Lowe.
Deller's name has been in the record books on a couple of occasions. He held the Guinness World Record for the fastest 3 legs of 301 in 97 seconds. On
October 13, 1984, he was on the wrong end of a piece of darting history when John Lowe hit the first-ever televised nine-dart finish against him in the quarter-finals of the MFI World Matchplay. He became the first player in history to achieve a match average of 100 in the 1985 World Championship quarter-finals; he did, however, lose the game to John Lowe.
Deller has for many years been part of the
Sky Sportsbroadcasting team acting as a "spotter" for the cameras. His knowledge of the players and scoring shots helps the director and cameramen anticipate where the next dart will be thrown. Deller is married to Kim and they have two children.
World Championship performances
:1983 (unified) Champion :1984 (unified) Last 32 lost to
Nicky Virachkul1-2 :1985 (unified) Quarter Final lost to John Lowe2-4 :1986 (unified) Last 16 lost to Alan Glazier1-3 :1987 (unified) Last 32 lost to Brian Cairns 0-3 :1988 (unified) Last 32 lost to John Lowe 1-3 :1994 (PDC) Last 24 Group lost to Steve Brown 1-3 & Kevin Spiolek1-3 :1995 (PDC) Last 24 Group lost to Larry Butler 2-3 & Kevin Spiolek 1-3 :1996 (PDC) Quarter Final lost to Phil Taylor0-4 :1997 (PDC) Quarter Final lost to Phil Taylor 1-5 :1998 (PDC) Semi Final lost to Dennis Priestley1-5 (lost 3rd place match to Rod Harrington1-4):1999 (PDC) Last 32 lost to Bob Anderson 2-3 :2000 (PDC) Last 16 lost to John Lowe 1-3 :2001 (PDC) Quarter Final lost to Phil Taylor 0-4 :2002 (PDC) Last 32 lost to Rod Harrington 3-4 :2003 (PDC) Last 32 lost to Richie Burnett3-4 :2004 (PDC) Last 16 lost to Peter Manley2-4 :2005 (PDC) Last 40 lost to Wayne Jones1-3
* [http://www.metacafe.com/watch/40590/perfect_game/ Video Clip of John Lowe's 9 dart finish v Keith Deller]
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