John Fowler is a popular darts MC, event host and referee. In addition, John has decades of darting experience and a wide knowledge of all things darts. John will be contributing his ‘Mic Drop‘ column across our current and future DartsWorld publications and platforms.
Readers who have been to an event, where John officiated, will be aware of his terrific sense of humour and love for the sport of darts. We are sure his stories, anecdotes and opinions will be a welcome addition to our roster of authors, contributors and commentators.
Anyone coming across John for the first time will soon be captured by his enthusiasm and engaging manner. His first column is an outline of how he got roped into being behind the microphone instead of on the oche (he is a decent player in addition to his host skills) and how his career progressed, from initial reluctance to a full-time occupation.
He has worked with many of the games biggest names, both past and present and is proud to call some of them friends. He certainly has many a tale to tell.
John’s travels around the UK, Europe and globally will provide him with a bottomless stack of material for future columns and we are sure he will be commenting in other areas. He is not easy to keep quiet!
JOHN HENDERSON is targeting a regular premier league place after his sensational debut in Aberdeen which saw him draw 6-6 with four-time champion Michael van Gerwen.
The fifth contender to replace the injured Gary Anderson, Henderson received a spine-tingling reception from an adoring Aberdeen crowd before battling back from 5-2 down to tie with the world number one. World number 21 Henderson, the highest ranked contenders the time of selection reflected on a special night which he believes could change the course of his career.
“I’ve never experienced anything like it and I don’t think I ever will again in my darting career, it will live with me forever,” said an emotional Henderson. “When I first got told I was going to be playing in Aberdeen the hairs on the back of my neck stood up and it was truly an honour to take Gary’s place. “I loved the bagpipes during the walk-on but it was hard for me to hear them because the crowd were so loud; they were absolutely fantastic for me and I want to thank every one of them.
“I’ve played in great atmospheres at Ally Pally and the Winter Gardens but that was just phenomenal, and to draw with the best player in the world in your hometown just left me speechless. “I felt a little bit nervous because I was so desperate to play well for the fans, even if I got beat 7-0 I just wanted to play well and thankfully I think I made everyone’s night.”
Since making the switch to the PDC in 2011, Henderson has made regular appearances in televised events, including a memorable run to the semi-finals of the World Grand Prix in 2017. The 45-year-old Scott is now aiming to land a first PDC ranking title in 2019, but Henderson has set high ambitions for the rest of his career.
“My goal now is to qualify for the Premier League by right, this has given me the appetite for more,” Henderson added. “I know I’m getting on a bit and there are some great young lads coming through, but you never know. “I’ll take a lot from this and hopefully kick on for the rest of the season and win my first ranking title, and once I get over that line I could go on to win many.
“The contenders’ idea has proved to be genius from the PDC. Every one of us has proved that we can contend with the top players. “The fear factor of Michael and Gary is slowly disappearing but they’re still the boys to beat – we’ve got to catch up with them and I feel we are.”
This article originally appeared, in similar form, in the April Edition of Darts World Magazine.
The DartsWorld archive is in the process of being digitalised and added to our various platforms. There are currently over 40 editions available via our digital subscription. Many of them are the more recent monthly magazines but others are being added regularly.
Every now and then we come across things that surprise, delight or even enrage us. Here is a genuine article from Issue 25 in April 1977:
A workingmen’s club who banned two women darts players from playing in the clubs bar was within its rights, The Equal Opportunities Commission has decided.
The club, which is only open to members, is regarded as a private institution and the Sex Discrimination Act does not apply.
The problem arose when two lady players, Mrs Rosalind Dine and Mrs Moira Stark were drawn in a local competition to play two men from the Ivy Leaf WMC at Burnhope, Lanchester. But the women were told that the lounge was not available that evening and they would not be allowed in “men only” bar.
The women complained to the Commission but this was rejected.
A spokesman said “This is an area of controversy where we have had a lot of enquiries. As the law stands there is nothing we can do about it”
Original Article Ends.
DartsWorld cannot help wondering if any similar situations still take place, what solutions have been found and also what the reaction of modern organisations would be……….
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