By Alex Moss
6 DECEMBER 2016 • 4:52PM
“This is a bit different. This is the World Championships, and I’ve played Phil so many times and got close to him and should have won a few, but I didn’t. So maybe this is redemption time, you never know.”
Those were the words uttered pre-match by a confident Wayne Mardle ahead of taking on Phil Taylor for the fourth time in a World Championship.
The previous three encounters, all played at the Circus Tavern, had all gone the way of Taylor. But when the two players faced off on the Alexandra Palace stage for the first time, there was to be a different outcome.
As we get ready for the 10th year of the PDC’s World Championship being held at the Ally Pally, relive this classic quarter-final from the very first year the tournament moved over to the north London venue in 2008.