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Kevin Spiolek
Personal information
Born (1962-05-05) 5 May 1962 (age 58)
Cambridge, England
Home townNewcastle
Darts information
Playing darts since1986
Darts23 Gram
LateralityLeft-handed
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO1986–1993
PDC1993–2007 (Founding Member)
BDO majors – best performances
World Ch'shipQuarter Final: 1993
World MastersSemi Final: 1987
PDC premier events – best performances
World Ch'shipQuarter Final: 1995
World MatchplayQuarter Final: 1997
UK OpenLast 128: 2005
Other tournament wins
Isle of Man Open 1993
North American Open 1994
Other achievements
1993 – Last player to beat Phil Taylor at World Championship outside the final until 2008

Kevin Spiolek (born 5 May 1962 in Cambridge) is a retired English professional darts player who played during the 1980s and 1990s. He made a brief return to form in 2006, when qualifying to play in the PDC World Darts Championship.

Career

His best form came in the late 1980s, when he reached the semi-finals of the 1987 Winmau World Masters, losing to Bob Anderson. In 1988, Spiolek reached the final of the prestigious News of the World Darts Championship, losing to Mike Gregory.

Spiolek is one of ten players to have beaten Phil Taylor at the World Championship – having knocked him out in the second round at Lakeside in the 1993 World Championship – the last time that there was a unified World Championship. Spiolek was eliminated in the next round – to date, two quarter-finals are the best results he has achieved in World Championships.

Spiolek was one of the 16 players in 1992–1993 who created their own organisation (the World Darts Council which later became the Professional Darts Corporation). In 1994, he reached the final of the Greene King Masters – losing to Taylor. Spiolek played in the first seven PDC World Championships after the split in the game with his best performance being another quarter-final in 1995.

He reached the final of the North American Cup in 1996, and the quarter-finals of the World Matchplay in 1997, but then gradually faded from the scene. His performance in qualifying for the 2006 PDC World Championship (where he lost in the first round to Peter Manley) kept him in the top 100 of the PDC world rankings until January 2008.

He had continued to play in the domestic Pro Tour events on the PDC circuit during 2005 and 2006 – playing in more than 10 events on the PDC Pro Tour, but he has remained inactive on the circuit since the Players Championship in Gibraltar in January 2007.

World Championship Results

BDO

PDC

Career finals

Independent major finals: 1 (1 runner-up)

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 1988 News of the World Championship England Mike Gregory 1–2 (l)

References