Circus Tavern to host 2022 World Seniors Darts Championship

The Circus Tavern in Purfleet will host the inaugural World Seniors Darts Championship in 2022.

The World Seniors Championship is open to any player over the age of 50 and will take place from February 3-6.

The tournament is a joint venture between MODUS Sports and Jason Francis, who transformed his Snooker Legends exhibition tour into a global circuit which is now ratified by the sport’s governing body.

The World Seniors Championship is set to incorporate a top prize of £25,000 – exceeding that of the last BDO World Championship.

The iconic Circus Tavern has been announced as the host venue, having become synonymous with the sport after being the home of the PDC World Championship from 1994-2007.

The venue played host to some of the greatest matches of all time, including the epic Semi-Final between Phil Taylor and Eric Bristow in 1997 and the sudden death World final between Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld a decade later.

The PDC World Championship moved to Alexandra Palace in 2008, and the Circus Tavern has continued to host high-profile darts exhibitions in the subsequent years, as well as the final BDO World Masters in 2019.

The 24-player field for the World Seniors Championship will be comprised of 14 former World Champions from both PDC and BDO codes, plus a further seven invited players.

Two further places will be available via a qualifying event in November, though contractual ties mean current PDC Tour Card holders are ineligible.

The field is headed by 16-time World Champion Phil Taylor, who was the first player to be confirmed last month.

At 75, three-time World Champion John Lowe is set to be the oldest player in the line-up, ahead of 73-year-old Bob Anderson.

Wayne Warren, the 2020 BDO World Champion and current MAD World Champion, will also be in action, alongside 1995 Lakeside Champion Richie Burnett and 2004 champion Andy Fordham.

Keith Deller, the 1983 World Champion, will also feature, having also won the League of Legends event back in 2009.

Ten-time Women’s World Champion Trina Gulliver MBE will make her return to competitive action, alongside two-time BDO World Champion Ted Hankey and 1997 champion Les Wallace.

John Part is one of three former PDC World Champions in action, while Australia’s Tony David is also set to compete, having won the BDO world title in 2002.

Three-time BDO World Champion Martin Adams and 2001 champion John Walton also accepted their invitations.

Former PDC world finalists Kevin Painter and Peter Manley are among the seven wildcards, as well as crowd favourites Tony O’Shea and Terry Jenkins.

Multiple major winner Robert Thornton, who dropped off the PDC circuit at the end of last season, also features alongside former UK Open champion Roland Scholten and Singapore legend Paul Lim.

Two-time World Champion Dennis Priestley is awaiting knee surgery and withdrew from the competition, with former World Trophy winner Darryl Fitton called up as his replacement.

Two-time world finalist Bobby George and 2009 Women’s World Champion Francis Hoenselaar have both accepted ambassadorial roles.

Organisers remain in advanced talks over television coverage, while the format and ticket news will be confirmed in due course.

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World Seniors Championship 2022 Invited Players

Phil Taylor
Keith Deller
Bob Anderson
Martin Adams
John Walton
Wayne Warren
John Lowe
Ted Hankey
Andy Fordham
Richie Burnett
John Part
Les Wallace
Tony David
Trina Gulliver
Kevin Painter
Tony O’Shea
Terry Jenkins
Peter Manley
Robert Thornton
Roland Scholten
Paul Lim
Darryl Fitton

Plus a further two qualifiers

Field of invitees complete for World Seniors Darts Championship

The field of invited players for the 2022 World Seniors Championship has been confirmed, with 22 darts legends to be joined by a further two qualifiers.

The inaugural World Seniors Championship is open to any player over the age of 50 and is expected to take place in February 2022.

The tournament is a joint venture between MODUS Sports and Jason Francis, who transformed his Snooker Legends exhibition tour into a global circuit which is now ratified by the sport’s governing body.

The World Seniors Championship is set to incorporate a top prize of £25,000 – exceeding that of the last BDO World Championship.

The 24-player field will be comprised of 15 former World Champions from both PDC and BDO codes, plus a further seven invited players.

Two further places will be available in a qualifying event which is set to take place later this year, though contractual ties mean current PDC Tour Card holders are ineligible.

The field is headed by 16-time World Champion Phil Taylor, who was the first player to be confirmed last month.

At 75, three-time World Champion John Lowe is set to be the oldest player in the line-up, ahead of 73-year-old Bob Anderson and 70-year-old Dennis Priestley.

Wayne Warren, the 2020 BDO World Champion and current MAD World Champion, will also be in action, alongside 1995 Lakeside Champion Richie Burnett and 2004 champion Andy Fordham.

Keith Deller, the 1983 World Champion, will also feature, having also won the League of Legends event back in 2009.

Ten-time Women’s World Champion Trina Gulliver MBE will make her return to competitive action, alongside two-time BDO World Champion Ted Hankey and 1997 champion Les Wallace.

John Part is one of three former PDC World Champions in action, while Australia’s Tony David is also set to compete, having won the BDO world title in 2002.

Three-time BDO World Champion Martin Adams and 2001 champion John Walton also accepted their invitations.

Former PDC world finalists Kevin Painter and Peter Manley are among the seven wildcards, as well as crowd favourites Tony O’Shea and Terry Jenkins.

Multiple major winner Robert Thornton, who dropped off the PDC circuit at the end of last season, also features alongside former UK Open champion Roland Scholten and Singapore legend Paul Lim.

Two-time world finalist Bobby George and 2009 Women’s World Champion Francis Hoenselaar have both accepted ambassadorial roles.

The venue is set to be confirmed on Monday May 17, and Live Darts understands The Circus Tavern is the preferred option, with Lakeside talks having stalled.

Organisers remain in advanced talks over television coverage, while the format and ticket news will be confirmed in due course.

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World Seniors Championship 2022 Invited Players

Phil Taylor
Keith Deller
Bob Anderson
Martin Adams
John Walton
Wayne Warren
John Lowe
Ted Hankey
Dennis Priestley
Andy Fordham
Richie Burnett
John Part
Les Wallace
Tony David
Trina Gulliver
Kevin Painter
Tony O’Shea
Terry Jenkins
Peter Manley
Robert Thornton
Roland Scholten
Paul Lim

Plus a further two qualifiers

Phil Taylor confirmed to feature in new World Seniors Darts Championship

Phil Taylor will headline a field of darts legends to compete in an all-new World Seniors Championship event in 2022.

The 16-time World Champion has accepted an invitation to feature in the over-50s event which is being promoted by Modus Sports and Snooker Legends.

The tournament is set to incorporate a top prize of at least £25,000 – exceeding that of the last BDO World Championship.

Although the finer details are yet to be confirmed, the World Seniors Championship is expected to commence in February next year, with organisers in advanced talks over a venue and possible television coverage.

Modus have drafted in the help of Jason Francis, who transformed his Snooker Legends exhibition tour into a global circuit which is now ratified by the sport’s governing body.

Taylor, 61, signed a new long-term contract with Target Darts last week and has remained active on the exhibition circuit since retiring from professional darts in 2018.

The Stoke legend bowed out with defeat to Rob Cross in the 2018 World Championship final at Ally Pally and has since contested high-profile exhibition games against his old rivals of Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld.

Taylor said: “I lost my hunger four years ago but having seen the concept that MODUS and Snooker Legends have put together and having worked for MODUS Sports for many years on the exhibition circuit I could not resist making a comeback.

“I cannot wait to hit the practice board and show my old rivals I still have what it takes to win.

“I dominated the professional tour, maybe I can dominate the seniors too.”

The World Seniors Championship, which has been in the pipeline for over a year, is open to any player over the age of 50 and other confirmed entrants include Keith Deller, John Lowe and Bob Anderson.

Other former World Champions including Martin Adams, Andy Fordham, Richie Burnett, Dennis Priestley, John Part and Les Wallace have also been invited to participate.

Further places will be made available during a Seniors Qualifying School which is set to take place later this year, though contractual ties mean current PDC Tour Card holders are ineligible.

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