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Whilst Manley did play the World Matchplay in 1996 and 1997, his first full year with the PDC came in 1998. The calendar was established by then, and the somewhat controversial Manley, made sure he was to make his mark.

He reached the quarter-final of the World Championships on debut, losing out to eventual finalist Dennis Priestley. ‘One Dart’ would also reach the last eight stage of the World Matchplay, but he best run would come at Ireland’s World Grand Prix.

The debutant would reach the semi-final stage having defeated Keith Deller and the aforementioned Priestley as he set up a tie with Rod Harrington. ‘The Prince of Style’ would pip Manley at the post as he ran out winner 11-8 in the semi, but would eventually lose the final to Phil Taylor