This Week – Pentathlon Kings and Fairy Tale Princes.

JUNE 21-27 has been a mixed week over the years, some remarkable efforts and some almost barren spells. But Darts World’s ‘This Week’ has managed to locate a selection that includes a ‘Founding Father’, a Fairy-tale Prince, a ‘Dark Side Darter’, and one who is ‘Hungry Like the Wolf’ for one more title. A random Scandinavian also manages a guest’s appearance.

Forty-Four Years Ago:

John Lowe captured the initial staging of an event that would become almost his personal property. The British Pentathlon involves playing a selection of different darting games, including round the board doubles, and it’s your overall performance that counts. A player capable of the consistency level showed by’ Old Stoneface’ should and did thrive!

Lowe receives his MBE last year. Perhaps it should have been for services to The British Pentathlon?

During the first dozen holding of this challenging event (1976-87), Lowe won an astounding ten! He was runner-up on another occasion (1981), defeated by Eric Bristow, and only in 1977 did he not make the top two. Before the 1994 split, only two others had claimed the event more than once. Eric and Phil Taylor. Surely no other tournament has been dominated in such a way from its inception?

Twenty Four Years :

The British pentathlon seems to spawn remarkable runs of domination. Perhaps its that the event rewards a set of qualities that are often held to extremes by only one or two players in each era? This week in 1996 Martin Adams picked up his second Pentathlon title. Not for the last time Ronnie Baxter was runner up in a major trophy, Colin Monk, father of, recent 9-Dart hitter, Aaron, was third and the Norwegian, Thor Helmer Johanson was fourth. Adams went on to dominate the event in a similar way to Lowe, but has been stuck on nine since 2011!

Fourteen Years Ago:

Darth Maple, John Part, was striding forth in the second qualifier for the PDC’s Las Vegas Classic. Part qualified, after a failed attempt the day before, by defeating Darts World columnist Colin Osborne, and Steve Maish, in the later stages. The outstanding feature of this effort was not his qualification, but the fact that he went on to win the main event the next day!

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John Part has managed many ups and downs throughout his career, but fourteen years ago he pulled of a very rare feat! (Photo: Chris Dean/PDC)

The double World champion (later to claim the hattrick) had many peaks and troughs in his career, but this was another example of his knack of delivering on home turf. The Unicorn man clinched the crown after defeating Barney 6-3 in the final.

Four Years Ago:

A Challenge Tour event in June 2016 does not seem likely to have been a major turning point in the history of the PDC. But the winner of that year’s thirteenth second-tier event was engaged on a project, whether he knew it or not, that would validate the entire modern PDC system. On the way to a fine first PDC tournament win, the victor also hit a nine-dart finish.

It is safe to say that for a player who had broken through only months before, this was a decent effort in itself. Yet , after only another few months he claimed his tour card, via the CT order of merit, and twelve months after that he reached his first World Championship. Perhaps we should mention that the winner of CT 13 in 2016 was……………Rob Cross!

Rob Cross sealed his first PDC title as he won Challenge Tour 13 ‘This Week’ in 2016. Photo : Chris Dean

Look back through previous ‘This Week’ selections here.

This Week – Jocky Is The Master.

This Week, the darting archives feature one of darts most loved sons, a legendary Swede from the 1970s, a lightning-fast Dutchman, a little-known major winner, and a deadly Canadian. The 14th-20th of June has been a fruitful week over the years.

The Silencer – Jeff Smith.

Forty Years Ago:

Darts first non-UK star claimed the News of the World trophy by defeating Dave Whitcombe 2-0. Sweden’s Stephan Lord deserves huge credit for his early role in widening the game’s popularity beyond the shores of the UK. Although this was to be his only major, Stephan was a superb, fluid player who reached the last four at both the World Championships and World Masters.

Jocky staked his Masters claim in 1980

Meanwhile, Jocky Wilson claimed his first ‘Scottish Masters’ title. The ‘Wee Man’ went on to set all manner of records in the long running event. To this day he is the only player to have won it three times. Wilson was also the youngest winner. He was thirty at the time!

The Masters continued, unbroken, until 2010. This thirty-three-year run featured victories for numerous Scottish legends including Gary Anderson (twice), Robert Thornton, John Henderson, and ‘Bravedart’ Jamie Harvey. The event was revived in 2014 and claimed by its oldest winner, the forty-two year old Alan Norris.

Thirty Years Ago:

The News of the World trophy featured once more. The 1990 crown was captured by the mercurial Paul Cook. Paul repeated Bobby George’s boast of winning the event without dropping a leg! ‘Cookie”s triumph brought down the curtain on the storied event’s incredible continuous run (from 1948-1990). Check-out JR Lott’s piece in our ‘Unsung Heroes’ area for more on Paul’s often overlooked achievement.

That year’s Canadian Open was captured, three decades ago, by Bob Anderson who seemed to love this event, between 1987 and 1992, ‘The Limestone Cowboy’ claimed the title twice and reached the final on four more occasions!

Ten Years Ago:

Vincent was painting his first PDC canvass in 2010.

Vincent Van De Voort claimed a PDC Pro Tour title, pipping Wayne Jones in the final. VVV’s win was the quickfire Dutchman’s second title of 2010 and part of a superb run during that year. Vincent went on to reach the Qtr-finals of the 2011 World Championships. During the Ally Pally event some Tottenham Hotspur fans re-purposed a terrace chant to the tune of KC & The Sunshine Band’s ‘Give It Up’, it’s fair to say Vincent’s receptions were never the same again!

This Time Last Year:

Dave Chisnall was underlining his title-winning ability and bringing a smile to the face of his new backers, Harrows. Chizzy seemed lifted, by the new arrangements, and produced a superb run to win the Danish Open (PDC).

Chizzy was hitting his straps in 2019. (Pic: Taylor Lanning)

On the other side of the Atlantic, Canadian thrower Jeff Smith solidified a winning run by claiming the Canadian Open (WDF) . ‘The Silencer’ had been showing signs of a return to his very best for a year or more, and his momentum was growing. Within months Jeff had reached the last 16 of the World Masters. He went on to reclaim his Pro Tour Card, and immediately reach his first Pro Tour event final, in the early months of 2020.

‘This Week’ has been a busy and eventful one over the years and it seems strange to think that we will look back to find a Covid-19 shaped blank. Yet, the success of ‘distanced darts’ and with the tentative restarting of live events, perhaps, this week will be seen as a turning of the page. I certainly hope so!


This Week appears regularly at dartsworld.com check out recent editions here.

Freemium 11: 2017 World Champions Issue!

Our archive of darting history is constantly expanding and a selected is available ‘free to view’ for the duration of the UK Covid-19 lockdown. The February 2017 edition is a superb example of the traditional World Champions focus that is often the focus of that month:

Whatever your darting interest, there’ll be something for you!

With a recent change in ownership, Darts World is embarking on a new era in its history and exciting times lie ahead, including some innovative developments that are coming this summer. Make sure you keep up to date at dartsworld.com

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Talking Point 7 – Our first-class Freemium area includes the last ‘traditional’ Darts World issue, sign up here to ensure you don’t miss out!

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You can also catch our ‘skinny’ May issue which includes features on Eric Bristow, dart players mental health while coping with the lockdown, the online darts tours and much, much more!

We must give a huge thank you to all of the Darts World team who have produced this issue during the worst of the lockdown. Later this summer we will be launching our exciting new-look magazine, so be sure to register!

With a recent change in ownership, Darts World is embarking on a new era in its history and exciting times lie ahead, including some innovative developments that are coming this summer. Make sure you keep up to date at dartsworld.com

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Freemium Day 6: The Ice Man Announces Himself!

Darts World’s exciting Freemium area offers a unique opportunity to explore how some of the current global stars of darts have risen to prominence.

Back in October 2015, we featured the charismatic Gerwyn Price who had just claimed the Red Dragon Darts Champion of Champions title. Within just a few years he would be winning back to back Grand Slam of Darts titles and is now unquestionably amongst darts’ elite.

There is also a very good article about the psychology of excuses and ‘the fear of failure’. You can get a taste of it here: What a Loser!

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Darts World’s superb Freemium area is offering over £150’s worth of exciting content absolutely free during the current UK lockdown period!

Taylor has featured on a few DW covers over the years!

Whether it’s coaching tips, nostalgia news or just refreshing your memory of darting events, there is something for everyone in our terrific ‘Lockdown Archive’!

Our excellent October 2016 issue featured a review of PhilTaylor’s capture of the inaugural Champions League of Darts, the first PDC event to be screened live on the BBC.

Between the covers you will find tips on improving your game, a behind the scenes look at the world of darts, and colums form some of the most well known figures in darts.

The issue also includes a striking feature on how professional players choose their arrows.

Find your ’issue of choice’ here!


Cover Shots: Woodhouse Makes Cover Of May’s Limited Edition!

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DartsWorld Magazine May 2020 Cover

The latest edition of Darts World is out now and available exclusively in our ‘Freemium Archive’.

Issue number 569 features Luke Woodhouse on its cover. Much of the magazine is a tribute to how darts has stepped up, and adapted, during these Covid-19 dominated times.

The Bewdley thrower hit the first 9-Darter of the Unibet Home Tour as the PDC launched the ‘darting from home’ league! Luke had joined a select band of ‘9 Dart’ history makers. Whether it’s John Lowe’s first televised perfect leg, Paul Lim’s first World Championship or the later ‘firsts’ featuring Taylor, Dolan, Wade & Thornton, Woodhouse’s effort gave the new event a did-you-see-it moment and generated a great deal of interest.

Talking to Phil Lanning recently it’s fair to say Luke seemed slightly stunned:

“To be honest when I did it, I didn’t think too much about it. As far as I’m concerned I’m just throwing darts at home in the kitchen. I didn’t know how many people would be watching.

“It’s gone a bit crazy. It’s been great that the fans have been able to watch some live darts, it’s brilliant and for the players as well to be doing something half competitive.”

We are sure that joining players such as Leighton Rees, Eric Bristow, Phil Taylor and MVG on the front cover of the longest-running darts magazine will be something that Luke will appreciate in years to come!

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That Freemium Feeling! Read 50 Issues of Darts World Free of Charge.

At a tough time for us all, we are delighted to offer darts fans free access to over 50 past issues of Darts World for the remaining duration of the current Covid-19 dominated period:

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DartsWorld Magazine May 2020 Cover

The selected issues cover much of the darting drama from across the globe over the last five years, whilst we’ve also included some bonus older issues.

We will even include our ‘skinny’ May 2020 issue that our team have heroically produced under the full weight of the current lockdown.

Darts World Magazine has brought darts fans news, results, opinions and reports from every corner of the darting world for nearly half a century. We are committed to covering every level of the game from PDC global superstars to the amateur leagues throughout the world.

Whatever your darting interest, there’ll be something for you!

With a recent change in ownership, Darts World is embarking on a new era in its history and exciting times lie ahead, including some innovative developments that are coming this summer. Make sure you keep up to date at dartsworld.com

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SwitchBlade Goes Global! Darts World Fuels Demand For New Practice Drill!

Darts World, and our friends at A.I.M:, have been doing our bit to keep darters occupied in during the Covid-19 Lockdown. Little did we know that one of our, ‘Darting Isolation‘, drills, SwitchBlade would begin to get a life of its own!

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An early screen promo of SwitchBlade by A.I.M;

After its appearance last week SwitchBlade proved popular with readers who then began requesting that our friends at popular practise platform Go Darts Pro, turn the game into one of their challenges. Site operator (and co-founder) Anders got in touch and sought permission to use the game.

A.I.M: were more than happy to see a drill that they have used, with elite players, for many years gain a new lease of life. After a couple of minor tweaks Go Darts Pro have moved through the development stage and are nearly ready to feature the game.

There is more work to do and perhaps a surprise too for those who have been playing it! DW will keep you posted and let you know when you can play:

SwitchBlade online with Go Darts Pro


Check out the original piece and where the SwitchBlade story started here.

This Week – Bob’s Unique Triumph and The Pro Tour Evolves.

Our regular ‘This Week’ review features a unique event and some stages posts on the PDC’s journey to its current impressive position. March 30th – April 4th has had some superb moments over the years:

30 Years Ago: World Champions Challenge

Imagine an event where every living/active World Champion met in a special one off tournament. Today’s would include Taylor, Lowe, Priestley, Barney, Adams, Part, Hankey and many more.

The (1990) World Champions Challenge was a unique event. All seven WDF/BDO World Champions appeared, six played the first round with Eric Bristow gaining a semi final place via a bye. Kieth Deller narrowly defeated Jockey Wilson, Bob Anderson removed Leighton Rees and Phil Taylor was crushed by John Lowe.

The semis saw Eric defeat Keith, a modicum of revenge for 1983?, and Anderson move past Lowe and into the final. The Limestone Cowboy claimed the crown in fine style, besting Eric by three sets to one, to become the first and Champion of World Champions!

Although the event was staged again the following year, with Priestly being added as the new and eighth World Champ,it did not have the same feel or format. Players such as Mike Gregory, Dave Whitcomb and Peter Evison were added despite not being World Champions.

Bob Anderson therefor lays claim to a truly unique notch on his ‘gunbelt’.

12 Years Ago: Taylor Bags Six of The Best

Phil Taylor

The PDC Pro Tour, as we now know it, was beggining to take firm shape. Every month featured Players Championships, UK Open qualifiers or TV and other events. This week saw Phil Taylor in the middle of a run of six Pro Tour events in a row.The last of these was the Midlands Final of the UK Open qualifiers. The Power was utterly dominant whitewashing Brendan Dolan(8-0) in the final. For good measure, Taylor then claimed the, non ranked, London Masters to make it seven PDC events on the bounce.

4 Years Ago: Development Tour Flexes It’s Muscles

Four Development Tour events were claimed, by four different players, over this weekend, four years ago:

Steve Lennon (Photo: Lawrence Lustig)

Adam Hunt, who has long been known to have superb potential and recently reclaimed his PDC Pro Tour Card, Josh Payne who has already achieved much in top level darts including senior Pro Tour titles and a UK Open qtr-final place, Steve Lennon has also claimed other PDC titles as well as reaching the Quarters of a PDC major. In addition, Steve reached the final of the World Cup with Willie O’Conner. Callum Loose is the fourth member of this impressive group. Though is yet to match the others in terms of measurably achievement, it’s not too late and many report that Callum is just as talented.

It is no surprise to see the level of talent out there. The structure built, by the PDC, over the last decade enables more of it to be developed, and showcased, and later to earn a very good living from “chucking sharp things at a round thing” as some would call it!