Stoke-on-Trent’s Ian ‘Diamond’ White is not often thought to be one of darts’ natural entertainers. But those you know him, and his many twitter followers, often witness a different side to the likable major finalist. .
Talking exclusively to Darts World, White revelled in discussing his quirky humour and where it comes from:
My era was Morecambe and Wise and it was like their sketch of Eric walking off at the end of the show
In his earlier days, playing in the BDO, Ian formed a successful partnership with fellow thrower Andy Bolton. Known as ‘A & Ian’ they would entertain as much with ‘madcap antics’ as with their impressive darts.
I’m a good character at exhibitions and on Twitter, everyone sees how much fun I am.
‘Whitey’ tends to show less of this personality on the big stages or during competitive Pro Tour days. As a former factory worker, he is well aware of his privileged position and knows that its his skill with tungsten, rather than his ‘sparkling wit’, that pays the bills.
But when I’m up on stage I’m up there to do a job. I don’t jump around the stage.
I might give it large if I win the game, that’s the extent of it though.“I know people went on about my quarter-final thing but at the end of the day I’ve got the best job in the world….
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Read Phil Lanning’s full and exclusive conversation with Ian here.