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It was a little difficult to categorize Dennis Priestley with his debut being the year following the split. The only tournaments on the calendar at the time was the World Matchplay and World Championships, but how could we ignore the inaugural winner of that famous event.

Following two World Championship victories in the BDO system, Priestley would blitz the opposition to be crowned the first ever WDC World Champion, defeating Phil Taylor 6-1 in the final.

Aside from his big victory, Dennis the Menace would reach the final of the World Matchplay, losing out to America’s Larry Butler in the final. While the calendar was not developed at the time, the dominance in these two tournaments are enough to see Priestley come in at number two, there’s no telling how he would’ve got on in today’s frantic natured calendar, with tournaments practically every weekend.