Hollywood’s Close Up! The Darts World Q&A.

Fresh from his appearance on our ‘Players Lounge’ Facebook Live last night Darts World thought readers might like another shot of Hollywood tittle-tattle:

Chris Dobey gives Darts World his quick fire answers.

FULL NAME: Christopher Dobey.

BIRTHDATE: 31st May 1990.

NICKNAME: Hollywood.

HOBBY:  Family time.

MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT?  First interview after winning my game, didn’t know what to say.

BEST CHAT UP LINE? Never used chat up lines they come to me.

FAVOURITE CHILDHOOD MOMENT? Christmas as a kid.

FAVOURITE MATCH EVER? Darts? I would have to say Taylor v Lewis was an incredible game to watch I’m sure you can guess what one it was.

FAVOURITE MAGAZINE? Nuts.

FAVOURITE SMELLS? Fruity Smells.

LEAST FAVOURITE SMELLS? Other people’s dropped guts.

FAVOURITE SOUND? Voice of my little boy.

WORST FEELING IN THE WORLD? Being hungover.

WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING? Food.

Surely a meeting with Big Al cannot be that hard to sort out?

FAVOURITE COLOUR? Blue.

FUTURE CHILD’S NAME? No more kids!

WHAT’S YOUR RINGTONE? iPhone ringtone. 

FAVOURITE FOODS? Chicken Madras/ Spaghetti Bolognese.

CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA? Chocolate all day.

DO YOU LIKE TO DRIVE FAST? Don’t drive but no I wouldn’t.

DO YOU SLEEP WITH A STUFFED ANIMAL? Definitely not.

STORMS – COOL OR SCARY? Cool.

FAVOURITE HOLIDAY DESTINATION AND WHY? Tenerife as a family holiday it’s just so nice and it’s hot all year round. 

IF YOU COULD MEET YOUR HERO – DEAD OR ALIVE – WHO WOULD IT BE?  (Big Al) Alan Shearer.

FAVOURITE ALCOHOLIC DRINK? Sloe Gin. 

FAVOURITE SOFT DRINK? Cherry Coke.

WHAT IS YOUR STAR SIGN? Gemini.

TATTOOS COOL OR NOT COOL & IF YOU HAVE ONE WHAT’S YOUR BEST? Some are cool.

IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY JOB YOU WANTED WHAT WOULD IT BE? I would have loved to be a footballer. 

IF YOU COULD DYE YOUR HAIR ANY COLOUR WHAT WOULD IT BE? Would never do it!

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST LOVE? Football.

FAVOURITE MOVIES? Step Brothers/ Drop Dead Fred/ Happy Gilmour.

WHAT’S UNDER YOUR BED? Trainers.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE NUMBER? I always had 10 as a football number so it was that but now I choose 13 as it’s my boy’s birthday.

FAVOURITE SPORT TO WATCH? Football/Darts.

IF YOU COULD CHOOSE TO BE AN ANIMAL, WHICH ONE AND WHY? I would choose a dog as they are loved by all.

WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT DARTS? Oooh, there’s a lot of reasons to love the game but it would have to be the enjoyment of playing the game for me. I’ve not even been playing 10 years yet but I enjoy it a lot and so be where I am now is unbelievable.


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Ando’s World Cup Recap: England Would Have Been Sweeter!

Gary Anderson has been recounting his struggles to get ‘match fit’, and in the groove for doubles, before Scotland tremendous win in the 2019 World Cup of Darts.

This years event has been delayed by Covid-19 and will now take place between November 6-8th. In the meantime the PDC have released a special highlights program with some of the events stars recounting their memories.

Anderson said: “It’s the only time in the year I play pairs and I’ve said that to Peter. Back years ago in the BDO you always played pairs, triples, games like that, you were used to it.

“So once a year is bad enough. It’s hard to get into, hard to get into your throw. “When I came back to darts my main target was the Worlds and a floor tournament, that was the first step”

“I think I had played in one or two ProTours prior to the World Cup, I was struggling”.

“Once we got across there, you know what you’ve got to do.

“Unfortunately we never got to play Netherlands or England because that would have been even sweeter”.

“Even when we started that tournament we kicked off well, I felt we were on it here. It just clicked from there.

“William and Steve had played well the whole tournament. But it was just good to get back.

“It’s not just yourself you are playing for, it’s someone else as well. If you lose a game you’re a bit naff because you are putting all the pressure on your partner. It works both ways.

“It was long overdue. We had lost in two finals to the two teams you couldn’t get harder with the players. We finally did it.

“But Willie and Steve are a pair of good lads. You have a cracking laugh with Willie. 

“I reckon we’ve got a few good years left hopefully. To be 21 again in this day and age would be great. We can still show them the way.


Although the tournament has been moved back to be held from November 6-8, fans can look back on some classic games in the World Cup’s history in PDCTV and at the OfficialPDC YouTube Channel.


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Peter Wright: Don’t Get Pooped Again!

PETER WRIGHT admits he “pooped” himself in World Cup finals before finally landing the trophy for Scotland. 

Wright had had a tough time in previous World Cups. Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis had produced their best against him. (Pic: Taylor Lanning)

The Dartan Army pair of Wright and Gary Anderson had been beaten finalists twice in the previous four years before finally ending the jinx against the Republic of Ireland in Hamburg 12 months ago.

Snakebite, 50, revealed that he felt he had let the side down in the losing finals against England and Netherlands.

Wright told PDC Re-Watch: “The most important thing was that I didn’t want to let Gary or the country down. It’s so hard playing pairs. Like Gary said, the last time I played pairs was in the BDO, it’s very difficult.

“To play for your country puts even more pressure on. I found it very nervy.

To be honest I pooped myself in the finals that we lost.

“But I must admit that in the matches with England and Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis was bashed up by Gary but I didn’t. Taylor had 116 and Lewis 108 average, they got lucky against me. I was just poo!

“You have to remember that Gaz was going through a lot of back problems and still was when he was playing.

“He had pulled out of the Premier League as well,

I was privileged that Gary and I could practice behind closed doors at the World Cup. That meant a lot to me”.

“I didn’t want to let him down for putting that hard work in. But before that last game he just said to me ‘make sure you win’!

“But for me it was hard to get into all these finals and keep losing. Then letting Gaz down and Scotland with the finals we’d lost before, it was because of my playing. Gas was playing fantastic and carrying me.

Finally a Scots pairing had their hands on The World Cup of Darts (Pic; L Lustig)

Only England and Netherlands had won the PDC World Cup prior to 2019 and Scotland’s record had been patchy to say the least. They had previously been KO’d by so-called minnows like Spain, South Africa, Northern Ireland and Singapore.

But in more recent times with Wright and Anderson as the pair they had narrowly missed out in finals.

“I was totally focused that it wasn’t going to happen again this year, this is our year. That was it. There was no other thought in my head”.

A determined and passionate Snakebite can be tough to keep up with!

“Steve and William played well the whole tournament, we were up against it. I’ve obviously had the experience of being in those finals, it’s taken the best players in the world to nick it from us. 

“To get over that line and actually for me to hit the winning double, it was nice.”


The 2020 BetVictor World Cup of Darts had been set to be staged from June 18-21, as 32 nations competed for the prestigious title. The tournament has been moved back to be held from November 6-8!

Watch World Cup ‘Highlights With The Stars’, here.

Dobey & Dobey: Father Figures and A New Darting Double Act?

CHRIS DOBEY, is delighting in the role of dad, but it has reminded him of the efforts, and sacrifices, made by his own father. The northeast star wants to help his dad become an oche star as a thank you for putting him on the road to glory.

The Bedlington barnstormer is in the Scottish management team of Dunvegan Darts, owned by Tommy Gilmour MBE, and he’s gradually becoming a big hitter on the oche. But his biggest wish is to help dad Gordon – a long-time pal of Gary Anderson – finally get a chance at the big time.

Throughout the 1990s Dobey senior chose to support his young family in Northumberland as a foreman on a building site rather than go for darting success.

Now Chris wants to pay for his dad to enter Q School at the age of 57. He added: “I would love to see my dad give it a crack, even one go at Q School. I still believe that he could get a Tour Card. 

“He did so much and didn’t play as much so he could work and give us all a good upbringing. 

“If not this January, the one after, and we’ll see what he’s got.”

Dobey, 30, is now up to No.20 in the PDC Order of Merit after a cracking 2019 which included reaching the semi-finals at both the World Grand Prix and Players Championship Finals.

He said: “I was playing good stuff on the back end of last year. I made two major semis and had a decent run at the Worlds again. 

“I also had a good run at Minehead for the UK Open and obviously I was setting myself up for playing the Premier League at Newcastle, the same week everything just stopped. It was going to be a north-east derby with Glen Durrant.

Dobey and Durrant (The Double D’s) are scheduled to appear in Darts World ‘Player’s Lounge’ very soon!

But Hollywood’s career was given a huge boost prior to 2020:

“The one good run at the Grand Prix in Dublin when I reached the semi-final and then took that into the Players Championships and I reached another last four,

it’s all about confidence and experience.

“It’s actually going to be hard going back after lockdown. Obviously the virus needs to be cleared up beforehand. But it is nice to spend time with the family. I have been on a couple of long walks just to get a bit of fresh air and try and keep myself fit a little bit.

“To be honest it’s not as bad as what I thought it would be. It’s given me the kick up the backside to practice and that’s all I seem to be doing. That and just spending time with the little one.”

It seems that the Dobey’s enjoy more than just a love of darts. Two dedicated father figures could be about to become a unique double-act on the PDC tour


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Exclusive: Bunting Wants Double Celebration.

STEPHEN BUNTING is hoping for a double celebration of Liverpool winning the Premier League and then qualifying for the World Matchplay. The 2014 BDO World Champion admits he is buzzing that sport is back on the big stage with his beloved Reds on the verge of title success.

‘The Bullet’ will bid to grab his place in the Matchplay with five crucial Players Championships events in Milton Keynes from July 8. He said:

“I watched the football on Wednesday but it’s a bit weird without the fans and no atmosphere.

But obviously, when Liverpool are on I’ll be glued to the telly”.

“Watching the derby with Everton 7pm kick-off on Sunday is going to be strange in itself. I still think we’ll win the game then hopefully we can wrap up the title on Wednesday against Palace.

“Being at home has been so boring with no darts and also no football. It’s crazy. Me as a fan I look forward to games so much. You learn to appreciate sport so much.”

Bunting will need to hit the ground running for the Summer Series and reach the Matchplay on July 18.

The Bullet is currently World No.17 and will miss out on qualification unless he can outgun his nearest Order of Merit challengers in Milton Keynes. He also admits it will be a weird scenario at the Marshalls Arena, unlike any other ProTour event held before.

For diabetic players such as himself, Ian White, Andy Hamilton and Jamie Caven, the return to action poses extra problems.

He added: “The way it has worked out for me it makes it very difficult. Obviously I’ve just got to get to Milton Keynes and forget about everything and go and play.

“I’m 17 in the rankings. There’s also a possibility that not all the top 16 seeded players are going to come over for it, you just don’t know what’s going to happen. I can never count my chickens.

“Obviously I’ll be trying my hardest in Milton Keynes to earn that spot. I think I’m about £3,000 behind on the ProTour Order of Merit.

“If I can have a good five days in Milton Keynes then I can make it to Blackpool in my own right.

“It’s going to be a weird situation as well. We don’t know what’s happening or what the new protocols are. 

“A big thing for me is travelling as well. Obviously I’ve got Type-2 diabetes so I’ve still got to be very careful. Getting to the venue is important and once you are there it’s OK.”

Bunting also reveals that he has made a huge decision to change his diet and lifestyle with so much information regarding Covid-19 affecting the vulnerable in society, which includes diabetes sufferers.

He added:

“My wife has bought me an exercise bike and I’ve been on that every day. I’ve changed my diet and I’m trying to do things away from the oche to make myself fitter”.

“A few family members have lost loads of weight in the past and are no longer diabetic so that’s something I can try and do. It’s going to benefit me in the long run with having more energy”.

“We’re on a healthy meal club and we get set 12 meals for a week sent to you. It’s perfect and I’m enjoying that and getting used to the exercise regime. 

“I’m taking it slowly, not trying to be Superman right away.

Just building up the amounts I do so I don’t burn myself out!

“I’ve also tried to change my lifestyle by not staying up so late at night on the PlayStation. I’m going to bed earlier and waking up fresher with more energy.”.


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Exclusive: Bunting ‘On His Bike’? The Bullet Battles COVID Risks!

Stephen Bunting will need to hit the ground running to be ready for the Summer Series and reach the Matchplay on July 18. He acknowledged the task ahead during an extensive conversation with Darts World.

Can Stephen get to the Matchplay? (pic: Taylor Lanning)

Bunting also reveals that he has made a huge decision to change his diet and lifestyle with so much information regarding Covid-19 affecting the vulnerable in society, which includes diabetes sufferers. For diabetic players such as himself, Ian White, Andy Hamilton, and Jamie Caven, the return to action poses extra problems.

The former BDO World champion said:

“My wife has bought me an exercise bike and I’ve been on that every day.

I’ve changed my diet and I’m trying to do things away from the oche to make myself fitter”.

The Bullet has made several other changes in order to give him the best chance and darting success and reduce his increased COVID risk. “We’re on a healthy meal club and we get set 12 meals for a week sent to you”.

“It’s perfect and I’m enjoying that and getting used to the exercise regime.”

Other areas, of the Liverpool thrower’s daily routine, are are also receiving attention:

“I’ve also tried to change my lifestyle by not staying up so late at night on the PlayStation.

I’m going to bed earlier and waking up fresher with more energy.”.

He added: “The way it has worked out for me it makes it very difficult. Obviously I’ve just got to get to Milton Keynes and forget about everything and go and play.”


More from our exclusive chat with ‘The Bullet’ tomorrow!

Exclusive: Thank Evans For “Mad Ricky”.

RAPID Ricky Evans admits he’ll always be a bit “mad” as he aims to finally shake off the oche joker tag with major titles. The Kettering ace is never short on laughs as arguably the wackiest star of the oche and has spent lockdown dressed as a cheerleader and in a blue morph costume on social media.

As per usual with the World No.29 it has been a wacky few months as he’s got kitted up for the Clap For Carers every Thursday night. Evans, 29, said:

“My dad and I have done three Clap For Carers dressing up nights. He collects masks and anyone who knows us knows I am just my dad 30 or 40 years ago. He’s nuts. “He’s got at least 100 masks. He’ll go on ebay and see a Donald Trump mask and buy it. He’ll buy any old rubber latex mask. 

“On one Thursday night, I was in a blue morph suit, wearing a PDC shirt on an exercise bike. I’ve been a cheerleader so far as well.” “My dance I did at the Ally Pally in December has been watched a few times and turned into a GIF. I still don’t know what happened then.”

Evans – who threw a 180 in 2.16 seconds in the Worlds three years ago – also also feared he’d be too quick for his own WiFi in the PDC Home Tour.

He added: “My board is in a little darts room that my mum and dad made for me when I was a teenager. I had to tell my mum and dad to stay off WiFi after 6.30 pm.

“Because I’m a quick player it was hard. Usually, I’m always on my tiptoes ready to throw against my opponent. It was weird having no one in front of me. It slowed me down a bit and certainly upset my rhythm.

“The biggest problem was that my phone camera wasn’t able to keep up with my throw, my throw is too quick for WiFi to trust me.

“I was looking forward to all the tournaments and trying to qualify for the big TV events. I’m usually away for 40 weeks a year, I was in 2019 and that was very successful for me.

“I had hit form for a few months just before the lockdown. Now it’s a weird one whether to practice hard or not.“Last year was awesome for me, I qualified for everything apart from the Grand Slam. I was a seed for the Europeans which was great.

“I ran into Michael (van Gerwen) in the Worlds. It wasn’t a 4-0 defeat game, I missed some big chances. But that’s why he’s World No.1 and I’m World No.29.”

Evans also admits that he’s unlikely to stop being the oche madman – unless he starts winning majors. He said: “I’m just me and that might not change ever. I’m serious on the oche. I’m never going to be the most serious player in the world. If I started making semi-finals and finals that jovial stuff would wear off a bit I’m sure. “I think people would get bored of my silly walk-ons and facial expressions. Maybe I could wear a mask!

“Until then I won’t change, I’ll always be a bit mad.”


Up Close & Personal: Ricky’s Rapid Q&A.

In the spirit of Ricky Evans reputation as the fastest darter in the west, or any other place for that matter, Darts World hit the world number twenty-nine with a rapid round of intimate but fun questions to help you get to know him better:

Says it all really.

FULL NAME: Ricky Evans

BIRTHDATE: 29/07/1990

NICKNAME: Rapi and Evs.

HOBBY:  Darts, watching sports, playing snooker and pool. Music of all genres, quizzing.

MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT? Losing my passport/wallet numerous times on airplanes and in airports.

BEST CHAT UP LINE? Are you from Ireland? Because when I see you my penis is Dublin!

FAVOURITE CHILDHOOD MOMENT? Watching Kettering Town at Wembley, visiting Old Trafford and getting picked for England Youth.

FAVOURITE MATCH EVER? Versus Simon Whitlock 2016 PDC world champs

FAVOURITE MAGAZINE? The TV guide that comes in the Saturday paper.

FAVOURITE SMELLS? Freshly cut grass, Paco Rabanne aftershave and sizzling bacon.

LEAST FAVOURITE SMELLS? Cheese and Onion crisps, gravy and David Pallett’s feet. 

FAVOURITE SOUND? ‘Game shot and the match Ricky Evans’.

WORST FEELING IN THE WORLD? Being lonely, not playing to my best ability, watching other darts matches on TV.

WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING? Check the phone, take the dog for a walk, go for practice. 

FAVOURITE COLOUR? Yellow, bright. 

FUTURE CHILD’S NAME? Ronnie or Archie.

WHAT’S YOUR RINGTONE? Phone’s always on silent…hardly answer anyway 😉

FAVOURITE FOODS? Hot curry, bacon, Jaffa cakes, sausage rolls.

CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA? Chocolate. 

DO YOU LIKE TO DRIVE FAST? Don’t drive, but as a passenger no!

DO YOU SLEEP WITH A STUFFED ANIMAL? Only if nobody else will keep me company.

STORMS – COOL OR SCARY? Cool.

FAVOURITE HOLIDAY DESTINATION AND WHY? I love Portugal as a country, and will be visiting again June 2019.

IF YOU COULD MEET YOUR HERO – DEAD OR ALIVE – WHO WOULD IT BE? My dad’s my hero but I’d love too meet David Beckham and Lee Mack.

FAVOURITE ALCOHOLIC DRINK? Strongbow Dark Fruit. 

FAVOURITE SOFT DRINK? Cherry Coke.

WHAT IS YOUR STAR SIGN? Leo.

TATTOOS COOL OR NOT COOL & IF YOU HAVE ONE WHAT’S YOUR BEST? Would love to have a three lions one sometime or a KTFC badge.

IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY JOB YOU WANTED WHAT WOULD IT BE? At school I wanted to be a sports journalist, I used to make my own sports paper.

IF YOU COULD DYE YOUR HAIR ANY COLOUR WHAT WOULD IT BE? Bright Yellow.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST LOVE? Football and comedy.

FAVOURITE MOVIES? Happy Gilmore, See No Evil Hear No Evil, The Naked Gun trilogy.

WHAT’S UNDER YOUR BED? Old darts and football memorabilia.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE NUMBER?  29 .

FAVOURITE SPORT TO WATCH? Football and Snooker.

WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT DARTS? The camaraderie, top quality competition and obviously career changing money up for grabs.


Images: Target

Feature Pic: PDC

Big Names Rally Around Fallon:

FALLON SHERROCK became the latest victim of social media abuse after a fan called her a “s***” and “slag” following an online defeat. The yob messaged Sherrock “Your so s*** you slag” and also “I’d love to stamp on your ugly head”. Sherrock responded on Twitter: “All I did was not win a game of darts, this is so wrong.”

Laura Turner also hit back on Twitter, saying:

“Seeing so much of this at the moment…absolutely disgusting. @Fsherrock – you’re playing fab darts and you’re a beautiful person on and off the oche…

don’t let this idiot or anyone else make you think differently.”

UNIBET PREMIER LEAGUE DARTS 2020 (PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG) FALLON SHERROCK V GLEN DURRANT.

Jamie Caven added: “Disgusting….. we’ve all been on the end of it at some point, and more than likely due to a bet going wrong. It’s peoples choice to bet, but the players are just doing their job. These trolls ruin social media for the real fans.”

Sky Sports commentator Stuart Pyke backed her as well saying: “Absolutely disgusting. Report him straight away and stay strong Fallon.”

ITV presenter Jacqui Oatley tweeted:

“I’d love to stamp on your ugly head,” says the big guy with his cute little girl in his profile pic.

What would he do to someone who sent a similar message to his daughter when she’s older? 

It’s not the first time Sherrock, who also drew with Glen Durrant in the Premier League earlier this year, has been given abuse.

World No.1 Michael Van Gerwen is in the same Modus Sports stable as Sherrock and has helped her deal with the pressures of instant fame.

And several of the game’s superstars have reached out to her with guidance after nasty trolls subjected her to social media abuse.

It has also been revealed that Luke Humphries received abuse from the same yob which stated: “Hope you die you c***” and “you cheating w*****, should be banned for life, fat p****”.