Deano at the UK Open 2016

Dean joined his MDA managed team-mates at Minehead ready for the ITV4 televised UK Open on Friday.  Dean was looking for signs of the TV form he’s enjoyed in the past, to get his 2016 kick-started.

Round 1:  Dean Winstanley 6-5 John Scott
Round 2:  Dean Winstanley 6-4 Kevin Painter
Round 3:  Vincent van der Voort 9-3 Dean Winstanley

Signs of a return to some form for Dean, beating two good players in short format games.  Unfortunately he ran into an on form van der Voort.

Money won and put on Dean’s world ranking.


Dean and MDA/Mitchell Promotions to Part Ways

After the UK Open, Dean and his management team announced their partnership would end, with both parties happy with their time together, just announcing it was time for both to have a fresh start.  Dean’s good friend Wez Newton is also leaving their shared management team at this time.

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UK Open Qualification 2016

Coral UK Open qualifiers

Coral UK Open qualifiers

THE field of professional qualifiers for the 2016 Coral UK Open has been confirmed following the conclusion of the six UK Open Qualifiers in Wigan.  The Coral UK Open Televised Finals will be held from March 4-6 at the Butlins Minehead Resort, with coverage live on ITV4 as 128 players do battle for the title.

Professional players have competed in six UK Open Qualifiers in Wigan this month, with each being worth £60,000 in prize money.

The top 96 players from the final UK Open Order of Merit progress to compete in the Coral UK Open, alongside 32 Rileys Amateur Qualifiers who have won through knockouts held in Rileys Sports Bars.

Dean has qualified with £750 in prize money won – not as much as he would have wanted, but it was enough to make TV.  Friday afternoon’s first round sees the players ranked from 65-96 in the UK Open Order of Merit joined by the 32 Rileys Amateur Qualifiers, with the players ranked from 33-64 coming in for the second round.

The draw has seen Deano drawn against John Scott in the first round, which will be on board 7.  The winner of that game will be live on TV in round 2, against Kevin Painter.

So remember to tune in to watch the afternoon of Friday 4th March, live on ITV4!

Stage Seven
First Round

Dean Winstanley v John Scott

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Upcoming Darts Exhibition

You can buy tickets now for a massive darts exhibition on 9th July, where Dean will be appearing (after all, it’s named after his nickname!) – both throwing darts in the competitive knock-out, and also meeting YOU the fans and having photo’s taken and signing autographs etc.  Dean would love to see you there at “Over the Top”.  Tickets here.

Over the Top Poster

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2016 World Championships

Dean takes part in the worlds biggest darts tournament, as he takes his place in the PDC 2016 World Darts Championships.  With a £300,000 first prize, and £10,000 on offer to first round losers, this is the greatest ever prize in darts.

It’s all being shown live on Sky Sports, which has it’s own 24/7 darts channel during the three weeks of the tournament.

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Deano’s first game at the worlds is Tuesday (22nd Dec), against Ronny Huybrechts, the older of the two Belgium darts brothers.

Round 1:  Dean Winstanley 2-3 Ronny Huybrechts

An amazingly entertaining game where nerves got the better of both players half way through the game.  Dean started with a great first set, 96 ave and everything going well, but from then on it was a stand up fight, both players taking it to the deciding set, and Ronny won 6-4 in the last set.

SET ONE: 3-0
Winstanley hit a 180 and took out 56 to win the first leg before a 96 checkout gave him a break of throw. The Yorkshireman then landed tops to win the first set.

SET TWO: 1-3
The first two legs were shared before Huybrechts pinned double 12 and took out 64 to restore parity in the match.

Both players hit 180s in the first two legs, which were shared before Winstanley edged ahead on double eight. He then fired in his third maximum but Huybrechts pegged double 12 to level. Winstanley produced a brilliant 120 finish to seal the set though.

Huybrechts took the match to a deciding set with finishes of 72, 80 and 65.

The pair shared the first four legs, taking the match to a tie-break, where a margin of two legs was required for victory. With the match tied at four legs apiece, Huybrechts produced an amazing 164 checkout when his opponent was waiting on tops and, with Winstanley again waiting on a double, Huybrechts took out 104 to seal a dramatic win.

Dean Winstanley 2016 Worlds

Dean can’t believe some of his darts (Pic Lawrence Lustig/PDC)


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Half Way Through the 2015 Darts Season…

It’s the end of June, and the season mid-point sees Dean ranked 26th in the world, sitting on £106,000 winnings over the two year period.

He’s also 32nd in the Pro Tour floor rankings, with £17,750 won.  Being in that top 32 is important, being a seed in floor events and getting into certain TV tournaments.

June Results


Date Tournament Category Round Prize
21/06/2015 PDC International Darts Open PDC ET Last 48 £1,000
07/06/2015 PDC Dutch Darts Masters PDC ET Last 48 £1,000

It’s a busy coming month in the PDC calendar – and Deano will be in action in Wigan this coming weekend, starting with two European tour qualifiers on Friday.

3 ET7 & ET8 UKQ (6pm Start) Wigan
4 Players Championship 13 Wigan
5 Players Championship 14 Wigan
9 ET6 HNQ & EQ Dusseldorf, Germany
10-12 European Tour Event 6 Dusseldorf, Germany Ticket Info
11 Challenge Tour 9, 10 Wigan
12 Challenge Tour 11, 12 Wigan
18-26 BetVictor World Matchplay Blackpool Ticket Info
Dean Winstanley Euro Championships

Dean Winstanley Euro Championships (Pic Lustig/PDC)

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Player Championships 6-8 in Coventry

The PDC Pro tour moves to Coventry for three days of Player Championship floor tournament events, and with £10,000 first prizes up on offer each day, there’s a LOT to be playing for.  While there’s no Phil Taylor, the rest of the world’s top players are taking part, including world number 1 MvG, and World Champion Gary Anderson.  As often said these days, “There are no easy games”.

Deano enters the three days as 25th seed.

Players Championship Six
Friday May 1, Ricoh Arena, Coventry

Round 1:  Barrie Bates 6-3 Dean Winstanley (25)

Players Championship Seven
Ricoh Arena, Coventry, Saturday May 2

Round 1:  Dean Winstanley (25) 6-2 Pete Dyos
Round 2:  Barrie Bates 6-3 Dean Winstanley

Players Championship Eight
Ricoh Arena, Coventry, Sunday May 3

Round 1:  Tony Newell 6-1 Dean Winstanley (25)

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Fermacell sponsors Dean Winstanley and Daryl Gurney

fermacell logoMDA promotions are delighted to announce that Fermacell have today sponsored PDC professionals Dean Winstanley and Daryl Gurney on a 12-month contract.

The two players, who regularly travel together, were unveiled this afternoon at a fun-packed launch in Birmingham where Fermacell clients and employees took on the professionals hosted by top TV MC Paul Booth.

Gary Carter, general manager of Fermacell UK, commented: “Professional darts is a sport that is very relevant to our key market of building trade professionals and we have been searching for the right partnership for some time. I firmly believe that MDA have come up with a winning formula and look forward to both Dean and Daryl wearing the Fermacell logo in many successful tournaments.“

World number 26 Dean Winstanley stated: “To have a massive company like Fermacell backing me makes me proud and determined to break into the top 16 in the world and win my maiden PDC title.”

Northern Irishman Daryl “Dude” Gurney, who is eyeing up a world cup place alongside Brendan Dolan, said: “I am now starting to play how I can. The first two years in the PDC were very tough but I feel more comfortable in my own skin now and I know I can compete and beat the very best in the world and to have such great backing just gives me more motivation to achieve my goals.”

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Dean celebrates his new sponsorship

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Dean with Katie and Allan

Dean with Katie and Allan

Hallam FM’s charity Cash for Kids have welcomed a new member to the team after darts hotshot Dean ‘Over the top’ Winstanley agreed to become a patron of the South Yorkshire charity.

Dean, ranked 26th in the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) and finished in the last 16 of this years PDC World Championship, grew up in Swinton and joins Ross the Boss Burkinshaw in supporting the charities fundraising activities and raising awareness of its funding, which is handed out to sick, disabled and disadvantaged children across South Yorkshire.

Last year, the charity raised over £1 million and helped over 62,500 children. Cash for Kids organise a variety of events including Win your Wedding, Mission Christmas and Superhero Day, which takes place on May 15.

Cash for Kids holds various grant rounds throughout the year so families, organisations and even other charities can apply for its funding.

Dean, 34, said:  “As a proud father I have supported many charities and individuals and this exciting partnership gives me the opportunity to help Cash for Kids support many children across South Yorkshire. Fundraising is hard work, it’s music to my ears that all the money raised stays local. It is fantastic to see a grant fund support so many local children and causes, I can’t wait to get started.”

Allan Ogle, charity manager at Cash for Kids added: “We are incredibly excited to have Dean come and join our team. He is very passionate and brings a wealth of experience which will help support Cash for Kids in our mission to increase the quality of life of thousands of children across South Yorkshire.”

For more information about Cash for Kids, how to apply for funding and to check out Deans profile, visit

About Cash For Kids:

Cash for Kids is Bauer Radio’s network of local charities, which operate across 21 areas around the UK. Our mission is to respond to the needs of children in our communities, and we aspire to enable all children to live life to the full and achieve their individual potential.

With cash raised locally each charity guarantees that the generous donations made by listeners will go towards bringing hope, healing and happiness to children in their community. All the money raised on behalf of Cash for Kids stays in the area it was raised in providing a helping hand when and where it is needed most.

Last year, Hallam FM’s Cash for Kids raised £1,034,000 and supported 65,521 local children.

Dean patron of the cash for kids charity

Dean patron of the cash for kids charity

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2015 UK Open

Dean headed down to Minehead this week for the ITV4 televised ‘FA cup of darts’, the PDC UK Open, along with his other MDA managed team-mates.

It’s an open draw event, so seeds aren’t protected like in other events.    The £300,000 tournament sees play across eight stages in Friday’s early rounds, as professional stars are joined by amateur qualifiers who have won through Rileys Qualifiers in this unique tournament.

Round 2:   William O’Connor 5-3 Dean Winstanley

Unfortunately Dean came into the tournament somewhat lacking in form and confidence, and it showed as he went out in his first game to young William O’Connor.

Hopefully practice will pay off soon and Dean will be firing on all cylinders once again.  He next plays the coming weekend in Barnsley, in a pro tour Player Championships pair of events.


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Final Three 2015 UK Open Qualifiers

UK Open qualifiers again in Wigan, and each of the three £50,000 PDC ProTour event features over 200 players, with PDC Tour Card Holders joined by PDPA Associate Members as the second day of the weekend’s treble-header.

Another three day ‘weekend’ of darts for Deano, as he continues with the second half of the UK Open Qualifiers.  After a decent first three days qualifying, with £1,500 already earned a place in Minehead guarenteed, Dean can relax a little and try and play his game under less pressure.  Making the top 32 seeds would be a great result, as they miss the first two rounds in Minehead.

Coral UK Open Qualifier Four
Friday February 20, Robin Park Tennis Centre, Wigan

Round 1:   Dean Winstanley Bye
Round 2:   Dean Winstanley 6-2 Eddie Dootson
Round 3:   Stuart Kellett 6-2 Dean Winstanley

Just £250 won today, although that’s all good as it takes Dean to £1,750 so far, with two more days to go.

Coral UK Open Qualifier Five
Saturday February 21, Robin Park Tennis Centre, Wigan

Round 1:  Dean Winstanley Bye
Round 2:  Stuart Kellett 6-5 Dean Winstanley

Team-mate Stuart again beats Dean in a very tight game, not doing him any favours.  Onto the final qualifier tomorrow.

Coral UK Open Qualifier Six
Saturday February 22, Robin Park Tennis Centre, Wigan

Round 1:  Dean Winstanley Bye
Round 2:  Shaun Griffiths 6-5 Dean Winstanley

Not a great weekend for Dean, nothing like the previous three qualifiers, but Dean still qualifies with £1,750, in 43rd spot.

So Deano will be at the UK Open finals in Minehead next  month, live on ITV4.  If you are interesting in sponsoring him and have your patch on TV, get in touch.

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