Former champion Ted 'The Count' Hankey overcame a hostile crowd to beat Steve West 3-2 and progress to the second round of the BDO World Championships.
Ted 'The Count' Hankey won at the Lakeside in 2000
Hankey lost focus in the third set as a small number of spectators booed him, prompting the referee to intervene.
Hankey said: "Parts of the crowd were very naughty, in fact, a real disgrace, but there is no place for it here."
The seventh seed regained his composure and now faces fellow Englishman Andy Boulton in the second round.
"Never in the 11 years at this tournament have people booed when I have been throwing," added Hankey, the 2000 champion.
"This is a professional tournament - the real world darts championship - and that kind of behaviour does not have a place here."
The opening set went with the throw until the fifth leg when West broke 'The Count' for a 1-0 lead.
But Hankey hit double top to break back immediately and then threw two 180s on his way to a 2-0 advantage in the second set, finally taking it 3-1.
The crowd unrest allowed West to claim the first break of the third and he held his nerve to move back into the lead at 2-1.
Despite Hankey dominating the fourth set, West missed chances to consolidate an early break in the fifth and Hankey took full advantage as he clinched a thrilling 3-2 victory with double 18.
I am full of flu and knew it would be hot up on stage and just wanted to get up there, hit some big scores and get off
Meanwhile Dutchman Co Stompe was in commanding form as he took his place in the second round with a 3-0 victory over Canada's Carl Mercer.
He will face Brian Woods, the 11th seed from Egremont in Cumbria, who outclassed Scotland's Paul Hanvidge 3-0.
After exiting at the first hurdle in each of the last two years, Woods fought the effects of flu to put in one of the most impressive performances of the round.
"I am full of flu and knew it would be hot up on stage and just wanted to get up there, hit some big scores and get off," Woods admitted.
In the final match of the first round, Remco van Eijden beat 14th seed Mario Robbe 3-1 in their all-Dutch clash to set up a tie with Scott Waites.