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Remembering Phil Taylor's Heated Run-In With Peter Manley In The World Championship Final

Remembering Phil Taylor's Heated Run-In With Peter Manley In The World Championship Final
Gary Connaughton
By Gary Connaughton Updated
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Few darts players could wind up their opponent like Peter Manley in his heyday.

The Englishman certainly didn't make any friends when he was on-stage, doing his level best to get into the head of whoever he was taken off. That often had rather explosive consequences.

There were numerous examples of Manley being involved in heated clashes down through the years. They are usually related to his actions during the game, with the likes of Adrian Lewis getting annoyed at his antics in the past.

Remembering Peter Manley's clash with Phil Taylor

Phil Taylor was also at the receiving end of them on plenty of occasions.

He faced Manley in World Championship finals on three separate occasions, winning each time.


The 2002 clash is probably the one that was the most memorable. Not only did did 'The Power' win in a 7-0 whitewash, but there was also some bad blood between the pair.

After hitting the winning double, he made sure to go over the top in his celebrations in order to rub it in his opponent's face. Much to Taylor's bemusement, the defeated finalist would then walk off the stage without shaking his hand.


He would eventually come back on the stage and shake hands with his opponent.

The mind games had started before the match even got underway, with Manley doing his best to put off Taylor when they were deciding who would get the throw backstage.


The two would meet in the final for a third time four years later, with Taylor winning 7-0 once again on that occasion.

Speaking a number of years later, Manley explained why he left the stage and did not immediately shake hands after the match.


I played Mr Taylor in a world final in 1999 and he was doing some naughty things on the stage, some gamesmanship. Normally he runs up and down the stage and I wasn't going to stand there.

I already prepared to walk off, but he turned around to shake my hand. I had already started going so I just carried on.

Peter Manley would never win a World Championship, with his three losses to Taylor being his only final appearances.

SEE ALSO: Remembering Phil Taylor's On-Air Scuffle With Wayne Mardle

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