The Crafty Cockney – The Ultimate Legacy

Eric Bristow would have been 63 this year. One of the modern darts’ founding fathers, and easily the game’s most intriguing character, Eric is remembered for many different things, by differing generations. But it should never be forgotten that he was truly exceptional and created the package by which we measure those who follow. 

The Crafty Cockney graced multiple magazine covers, including our own, for almost fifty years.

Along the wall in my ‘darts space’ are a few framed photos on prominent display. Each features a player who has made a contribution to the game or offers an interesting subject for the those who visit. 

We were recently visited by a very senior figure in the darts business. As the conversation flowed our guest, glancing at the ‘Hall of Fame’, asked why each player was there. We soon arrived at the largest photo; a signed early 1980’s shot, of The Crafty Cockney. The picture signifies the invention, and perfection, of modern darts. 

To my great surprise, the reply came “Yes, but was he really that good?  I gave the short version of Eric’s ability but was absolutely amazed that the question was asked. Obviously, as time passes, new generations have come to the game in the era of The Power, Fordham, Hankey and MVG. Their view of those who built the platform, for today’s icons, is similar to how we might look back at black and white footage of golfers, tennis stars or footballers. 

But it will not stand that such titans, and Eric especially, should simply merge in with a group of dimly remembered figures. By almost every measure Eric ranks as one of the top three players to have played the professional game, and there is a very strong case for him to be the most important: 

No More Worlds Left to Conquer 

The Crafty Cockney, starting when only 23 years old, won five world championships, in seven years, including two back-to-backs and a hattrick. It is often forgotten that he also reached another five finals. Every win was over a top-five player and every loss was to a darting titan. During this entire period there was only one World Championship, and it featured every top professional of the time. The format was also very short in the early rounds.  

Two young mavericks who transformed their sports and lived life on their own terms.

There is no one, other than Phil Taylor, who gets close to Eric’s effort. After Barney joined the PDC in 2007 you could make a case for the field being similarly strong to those from pre-1994. ‘The Power’ claimed only three World titles over the next decade. 

Filling the Cabinet 

The second greatest event during this era was the World Masters. It was incredibly difficult to win, being unseeded and played from floor to stage. Eric won his first Masters at the age of 20 and claimed a total of five between 1977 and 1984. No player, from any era, has gotten close to this. Bob Anderson’s three in a row was outstanding and, perhaps, the closest there will ever be. Eric also claimed back-to-back News of the World events, one of only three to do so, and the World Cup singles crown four times on the bounce. Neither Phil nor MVG managed to add the World Cup Singles to their lists.  

In addition, Eric won multiple versions of the Matchplay (British and World), The Grand Masters, Golden Arrows, and every other major/TV event available to him. Even after his glory years, he picked up a World Pairs title (PDC) to go with his earlier WDF version. All-in-all Eric collected a total of over thirty ‘major’ events, in a day when there were far fewer, and with a united field of the highest quality. 

Peak Performance: 

With the modern obsession with averages the fact that current players hit 100+ averages at a stroll is often used to belittle those who have gone before. This, however, is both false and unfair. Eric hit what he needed to hit to subdue his opponent and win the match. His 103+ to defeat Jocky Wilson in the 1983 World Cup final and his 101 to defeat Kieth Deller in the 1983 Masters (final again!) were remarkable at the time and would stand up in many finals today. The Crafty Cockney recorded a 105+ vs Alan Glazier earlier in 1983; this remained unbeaten until Phil Taylor claimed a 107+ eight year later.

In the days of this image Eric was known as ‘ The Boy Wonder’.

Two matches that demonstrate Eric’s ability are the final of the World Masters in 1984 and the World Championship Final of 1985. They display his sheer talent and his matchplay and psychology skills in perfect harmony. Deller was defeated as much by psychology as by scoring, whereas Lowe was battered into submission with a blizzard of 180’s in the early stages. (Check them out on You Tube!) 

As a final point it should be remembered that as well as the natural advance of any skill over time, the equipment and technology improvements that have been made since 1983 have been dramatic. Darts, stems and flights but especially boards and professionalism, have developed massively. The scoring areas of modern boards (especially in the PDC) are considerably larger and no longer surrounded by rounded wires, staples and other such obstacles. Combined with the conditions, security of income and volume of opportunities to play top-level darts, the modern player has a big advantage. 

If we grant Eric even 10 percent, for these handicaps, his performance level would move up to around 115+. This would put him straight into the top three of all time! (Add in his usual determination to be the best and who knows?) 

Creating the Template: 

In addition to Eric’s remarkable ability, and phenomenal winning record, it should not be forgotten that true ‘oche legends’ are not only remembered for their scoring, or finishing, alone. They are remembered for a mix of their sporting prowess, on-stage image, off-stage personality and what they bring to, and leave for, their sport. Bristow brought us an unmatched package of skill, unrivalled competitiveness, pomp, aggression, flair and humour.  

Eric Bristow created the template for the professional dart player.  He also went out and sold it to the world. It is very hard to think of any other player, past or present, who can compete on those terms. 

An iconic image for a ‘Legendary Legacy’. (Pic:L Lustig)

 From originally being the ‘Boy Wonder’ to bestriding the darts world, as The Crafty Cockney, Eric Bristow left a legendary legacy that deserves to be preserved, protected, and promoted in equal measure. 

Originally published in Darts World magazine (Issue 569) during the Covid-19 Lockdown of 2020.

(JR adapted an article he had recently published at in order to remind fans of our sports happiest times, many of which Eric had played a major role in.)

Full Steam Ahead! Chizzy Eyes Major Title.

DAVE CHISNALL has got his sights on a major title now that he’s dumped his glasses that kept STEAMING UP!

Chizzy hopes to better vision will aid his attempt to claim his first PDC major. (Pic; Taylor Lanning)

The St.Helens big-hitter lines up in the last 32 of the PDC Home Tour tonight (Friday) against Darren Webster, Geert Nentjes, Damon Heta. Fans favourite Chizzy, 39, believes he can beat anyone in his ‘shed’ especially after dropping the specs which affected his game earlier in the year. He said: “It’s not a shed, it’s a proper log cabin. I call it the shed, but it’s much more than that!“

The first time I played in the Home Tour was a good craic. Now we’re in the last 32, I just need to do the same as I did the last time and hopefully we’ll win the group again.

 “It’s been good because it has kept me motivated to practice. I don’t normally practice that much but since lockdown, I’ve not stopped”.

“I usually just practice more as the tournaments come up. But now I’m at the board every day. I’ve knocked in a few 100 averages online.

“Whatever happens in darts happens. It’s not just how you play, it’s how the other person plays as well. It’s hard but I’ve got a few goals when I get back. “To be fair I am looking forward to getting back to playing tournaments. It will hopefully show how well I’ve been practising in the events.

“In the Home Tour, if I turn up, I can beat them all. We’re all playing on our own boards, so we should all be good”.

“I started the year quite well but I had to play with glasses in a couple of games and I wasn’t very good with them on. I don’t wear them now.“My biggest problem was that when I was playing on stage, my glasses kept steaming up. “I took them off halfway through one game and I came back from seven-nil down to nine-all. “You lose all concentration when you are playing, worrying about your glasses steaming up.“Without the glasses I can still see trebles and doubles but it’s when they go in the corner, I don’t know whether it’s in or not. I have to keep asking the ref and I don’t like doing that, it breaks my rhythm.

“Now I just throw the darts, if it’s in, it’s in. I’ve actually celebrated a 180 and got to the board and realised it wasn’t in after all!“I’ve tried contact lenses but I got bloodshot eyes. I’d have to take time off darts to have laser treatment and I don’t want to do that.”

Chisnall has been a five-times major title runner-up, including the 2010 BDO World Championship. There is little doubt that he is a world-class performer and has been unlucky not to find the killer instinct in big finals. He added: “I was falling down the rankings so I thought I better do something about it quite quick. I just know I had to put the time in if I want to get back up and I have done.“

The important thing was getting my shed or cabin or whatever you want to call it in the garden. It’s my man cave and keeps me quiet, no trouble, no hassle. “I only go in there to practice. There are no distractions like going to the pub or being in the kitchen. The shed makes me want to practice, I’m in my own world.”

Everything is good at home and that helps me. My little girl is doing well, that’s life you just have to crack on.

“There is another level for Dave Chisnall. I’ve been in a few finals and missed out. I’ve always said if I get one win I can go on and win more and more. The hardest thing is getting that first one.“

So far I’ve not been good enough and given big leads to my rivals in finals. If you do that with Phil Taylor or Michael van Gerwen, it’s so hard to come back.

“It is annoying to hear I’m the nearly man. But you are only telling the truth. Until I get that one win, I am going to keep getting that said to me.”

It doesn’t keep me up at night worrying or anything like that. It does get on my nerves though when people say ‘you’ll win this one or that one’.“I’ve always said that darts is all on the day. You can’t say you are going to win anything.”

Pics: Taylor Lanning

Darts Brand Split on Delivery.

In the first changes, from a previous unanimous line, between the major darting brands, Harrows today suspended deliveries. Other brands such as Target seem to be sticking to their previous announcements. Red Dragon currently have deliveries as normal messages on their websites.

For customers and others concerned about orders they may have placed with Harrows please see the notice below:

IMPORTANT NOTICE – PLEASE READ You will have received our email last Friday in regards to COVID-19 and the actions that we are taking here at Harrows on a day to day basis.

The safety of our employees, their families and our customers has been and remains our number one priority, so in accordance with the UK Government advice we have decided to temporarily close today, until further notice. 

Therefore all deliveries will be suspended with immediate effect.

We will review the Government guidance on a daily basis and react accordingly, keeping you informed.

We would like to thank you for your continued support in these tough times and assure you that when normal times return, Harrows will be ready and waiting to serve you.

Lastly, we wish you, your family and your friends good health. Many thanks,
Team Harrows 

Delivery seems to be less of a problem for Red Dragon.

Winmau & MVG Show Benefits Of New Partnership.

During 2019 word reached my ear that Winmau were making a major move in the ‘transfer market’. This came as somewhat of a relief as they had seemed in danger of becoming a shadow of their former selves. Upon discovering it was MVG, who was joining, the potential seemed obvious.

Winmau’s greatest asset was their board manufacture and reputation. Their player roster seemed a little stale and unexciting, times were about to change. It seemed to me that the tie up with the biggest name in professional darts opened doors to a style of sponsorship more like that of Eric Bristow, with Harrows, many years ago. Multiple products bearing Winmau and MVG logo’s and a much deeper tie-in across Winmau’s range of ‘your darts space’ items.

The following mini article appeared at yesterday and gives some clue to how the long term operation may work:

Michael van Gerwen Talks Blade

Michael van Gerwen Talks Blade

13 March, 2020
Without the dartboard there is no darts, and this is the most essential part that affects the game whether it’s on TV, at your local pub or at home.

So, we asked World no.1 Michael van Gerwen about his earliest memories of Winmau dartboards, his experiences and the Blade in particular.

Michael said “As a youngster coming through the system in the Netherlands, then the Netherlands Darts Federation, I was just surrounded by Winmau boards all the time. There were other dartboards but we didn’t seem to notice them as much as every major event we played on was a Winmau board”

Michael’s career blossomed from the age of 14-15 as he began to take the game more seriously. It was not long afterwards that Michael thrust himself into the spotlight at the 2006 Winmau World Masters, becoming the youngest ever winner and claiming his first ever major title, played on a Winmau Blade 3.

“Yeah my first ever major was won on a Winmau Blade 3, although at the time you didn’t notice what version of the dartboard you played on,” said Michael “You just knew that if it was a Winmau dartboard there was that feeling of reliability and quality, like a great car such as a BMW or Ferrari.”

MVG 2020

“Everyone who played knew Winmau and the brand name was so strong and synonymous with the game, so to fast forward 15 years and to have signed with such an iconic brand really is amazing.”

MVG 2020

Winmau’s Blade journey has taken shape over 25 years and the company has invested heavily in the research and development of the Blade concept, which has delivered some huge benefits to the game of darts.

With the current evolution of the Blade, the dartboard has got to a point where dart-on-dart bounce-outs far out-weigh rejections from the dartboard.

Michael has now seen first-hand the production process which Winmau work to and said “Having been and witnessed how much effort, skill and obsession goes into creating such a fantastic board, it really is fascinating.”

“This obsession to be the best is probably one of the biggest factors that makes myself and Winmau a perfect match, I have an almost identical desire and drive to produce the best in my game”

Michael’s journey with Winmau began at the start of this year and Mighty Mike has hit the ground running, lifting the UK Open title last weekend in dominant fashion.

This is just the beginning of Michael’s story with his new Winmau darts and we are very much looking forward being part of the journey as he continues to hunt down major trophies at the top of World darts.

It seems obvious that Micheal’s deal will include a certain amount of cross pollination and it would not surprise if there were not many other original promotion methods used to tell a story in a more complete and varied way. You Tube, social media and many other assets will be leveraged to spread the word about the “World Best” combination.

The MVG / Winmau relationship may prove a model for marque signings in the future. Although darts often sees itself as following golf, in its development, it often mirrors tennis in many ways. It does not take much to recall how Bjorn Borg broke the mold with sponsorship deals and packages with Fila & Donnay and how this was elevated by Adidas with Ivan Lendl and then Nike with Andre Agassi. Darts is now a global game and, much like 1970’s/80s tennis, its stars will be rewarded at a higher rate. It will be for major darts (and other companies) to learn how to extract maximum value in exchange for their increased investment.

Harrows Go All In On Chizzy: Product Launch 2020.

Darts World have observed the resurgence of Harrows, over recent months and years, with a mixture of nostalgia, curiosity and pleasure. You cannot have documented both of Darts’ golden eras, which Darts World has, without retaining an affection for the brand which backed Bristow so wholeheartedly and was an important figure in the global expansion of our game.

Chizzy has been backed as the ‘No.1’ at, new sponsor, Harrows.

After the departure of Glen Durrant, who had played a big role in the resurgence, we were a little worried that they may slip back again. Not so. They almost immediately snaffled Chizzy and were rewarded when the St Helens man hit an upturn in performance in both majors and the tier Tours.

The immediatele launch of an attractive Chizzy signature dart, flight set and a trademark yellow shirt ensured that they were off and running in a new era. Today sees the expansion of that range in a big way.

Losing a three-time World Champ does not seem to have halted the Harrows revival.

Harrows have clearly gone for the, tried and tested, strategy of branding many products with the name, face, colour scheme and logo which Chizzy has made his own. It is not dissimilar to the approach taken with Eric all those years ago. Indeed some products remain almost unchanged!

The Endorsed Dart: There is now an 80% Tungsten Chizzy dart that will come in at the lower cost points, probably in the £25 region. It is a nice simple looking dart that should appeal to Chizzy fans and those looking for a dart that ticks many boxes at a lower cost.

The Family Game:

Reader will be very familiar with this beginner or introductory product. Many will have had one as youngsters and may well think of getting their own children started this way.

The combination of simple basic board that is reversible to play a simpler, bullseye based game, with a couple of sets of basic darts has been repackaged nicely and is sure to do well as always.

The Alloy Dart: In addition to the 80% version of Chizzy’s dart there is an alloy model that will be classed as cheap and cheerful. It carries the Chizzy name, and the branding, while appearing to be a coated brass style barrel.

Taken together with the Chizzy signature dart, and the shirts and accessories available, it is clear that Chizzy is now the brand leader for Harrows and that they hope this backing will lead to continued or expanded success, for their man, over coming years.

The Future:

In addition, Harrows have begun assembling a small team of up and coming players both here in Europe and across the world in the Australian and Asian markets. Players such as Josh Payne are showing superb progress and may well provide the brand with a a smooth transition in the future.

Oblivion: The latest non player barrel from Harrows.

Together with other, widely praised, recent product launches, that include new point technology and some very distinctive barrels, it seems that Harrows are well and truly back in the top echelon of darting brands. We at Darts World hope that this does as much for the game as it managed in the 1980’s and beyond.

Harrows 2020 Launch. A Mixed Bag From a Hallowed Name.

This week Harrows joined the brands to have launched their 2020 collections. The usual email and advertising trailers were followed by a glitzy social media release of each model and their latest accessories.

Following their summer signing of Dave “Chizzy” Chisnall, and their recent success with Glen Durrant, it may well be worth keeping an eye on the brand that was home to both Eric Bristow and Dennis Priestley in their pomp!

Six dart main models of darts were released and seem to follow a pattern of being focused on the innovative looking grip and striking looking colour schemes.

The Avanti sets the pattern for the complex grip with three separate groupings of grips. The combination of the black and vivid green nitride produces a striking look. The barrel is reminiscent of a ‘Wolfram’ shape but with a much more pronounced grip that looks on the aggressive side.

Paragon is another striking model added to the range for 2020. It appears that the Blk and Red version of Wolfram has set a pattern. Paragon is an interesting looking dart with diamond shape indentations cut into the barrel in between the traditional ring cuts. The nose is not dissimilar to a John Part (Hero Edition) style.

Four more models have been launched, Noctis is an interesting duo of blk darts with silver highlights, one Lowe style barrel and one straight model, they are a nice looking but not especially distinctive barrel. It is noticeable that even Harrows have felt the need to improve upon their typical bomb style barrel and innovate in the grip area. Strix, Vice & Vespa make up this year’s new barrels.

Looking past the headlines of the product launch, which are always the main new models and any new player items, those of us sad enough to be interested in technical innovation have noted the point technology launches.

Harrows have seemed to be lagging behind in this area which is a great surprise. The UK based company have been behind some of the most popular, and innovative, accessories over the years. Dimplex flights, Alamo stems and various flight styles have all been championed by this no-nonsense manufacturer.

The various points launched for the 2020 collection, together with an obvious emphasis on promoting them, seem an attempt to both catch-up and surprise their competitors. Firstly the machine points reverse the standard of cutting grooves or patterns into the point and replace it with machining them to produce a raised pattern or grooves.

There are at least three versions in at least two colours of each point style. They are also available in standard and collared points in order to compete with Target’s Storm and Winmau FreeFlow. The first appearance suggests that they will do so. The conversion version is available in fewer options but may well prove popular with those who play both formats.

The final chapter of the launch was accessories focused, including an addition to the case range. It is a bulk 12 set holder and probably only useful to collectors or mini stallholders! The flights added were mainly specific to the new darts models and coordinated accordingly. Nice colour combinations were added and the Velos range was extended and promoted further.

The Avanti Range looked to most noticeable as it looked to combine the styling of the new range with the recent embossing tech being used on many new flights.

Overall this was a good tight launch. Keeping the numbers down to half a dozen, or so, on the new darts ranges, seems sensible and the focus on points and other improvements may well reassert Harrows in this area.

MVG on the Move? Major Brands Shuffling Their Cards.

Rumours have abounded, for quite a while, that World No.1 Micheal Van Gerwen might soon be looking to maximise his profile with a change of equipment manufacturer. The evidence that this is true seems to be mounting.

On the move? MVG may be restructuring his brand associations.

The darts’ business is like any other that deals with talent or creativity. The personalities and their decisions are the highest capital. Their decisions and possible future plans are a constant source of worry, gossip and rumour to all those with a stake in the game.

It’s a bit like that moment in the Premier League Transfer Window when everyone is waiting for the big deal to be done so that all the others can be kicked into gear.

The current and future plans of MVG are currently of interest to many. Unusually, amongst multiple major champions, he has never been attached to one of the bigger darts brands. Try to think of another multiple World Champion who is not associated with Unicorn, Harrows, Winmau, Target or Red Dragon.

Micheal was signed to a relatively small Masterdarts in his early days and then he joined start-up XQ Max as soon as his second successful spell began. Neither of these can offer the exposure, distribution or volume that one of the biggest names can manage.

Indications have been building for a while that MVG will soon leave XQ Max and head for one of the biggest names in the business.XQ Max has also gone with the idea of adding new but lesser names to their roster. There have been few new MVG items from XQ in recent months and the many of their previous products are appealing in unusual places for reduced prices. This has been the case for almost twelve months.

MVG in his Masterdarts days. But would you want last years kit in your Xmas stocking?

This seems to be accelerating with retailers discounting many MVG products substantially. This is a bonus for fans in one way. They can pick-up special edition products for up to half price in the lead up to Christmas. On the other hand, some may be disappointed not to own the latest design. A bit like getting last years football strip for Xmas!

Target seems to be refreshing their line-up and focusing on the next generation. Unicorn may be forced back into the “transfer market”. Gary Anderson has not returned strongly, from injury, and may not recapture his imperious major event form. Harrows have, slowly but surely, reasserted themselves as a player again. Their association with Glen Durrant was a perfectly timed partnership. The capture of Dave Chisnall seems a very shrewd move and suits their brand style and image. They also have an interesting squad of younger but solid players, Josh Payne is a fine example, who provide strong support and may have their own day in the sun.

Chizzy – An Example of Life After Target?

Finally, Winmau have been quietly reasserting themselves as an industry-leading force. They have a fine combination of legendary figures ( Rees, Priestley, Hankey etc.) and current/recent champions ( Gurney, Whitlock & Waites) on their books. They also have a wide range of products and excellent distribution networks. For many years Winmau seemed to lean toward the BDO side of darts. This was mainly as it was seen as a grassroots code. With Winmau wanting their boards, and other products, to be seen by as wide a cross-section of the darting public as possible.

Legendary Champion Dennis Priestley is part of the Winmau stable. Still inspiring new products in 2020.
Pic – Winmau promo

However, there is a gaping hole in the Winmau CV. They have no recent PDC World Champion. Although Dennis Priestley is a cross-code champ he was not with Winmau in his earlier career and for many he is at least as strongly associated with Harrow & the BDO. Their current stable includes at least 7 World Champions and multiple other finalists.

So, it appears to me that Winmau may well be best placed to capture MVG. He could join an already strongly established brand and both would boost the other. The extensive range of boards, cabinets, accessories, clothes and much more could be easily exploited. Winmau have recently shown a, previously unimagined, nimbleness and flexibility with their special edition ranges. Could they be about to fill that aforementioned gap by making a huge move?

So keep your eye out for MVG bargains in unusual places. Clearance routes and eBay often provide clues and opportunities. But in the meantime look-out for moves and reactions from the best-known brands in darts and for a big announcement from MVG.

J.R.Lott – Writes for Darts World Magazine, and other outlets. He has extensive knowledge of the darts industry and simply loves all aspects of darts!

Pics: PDC or BDO (if not directly credited)

Harrows Coup or Target Exodus? Chizzy Joins List of Departing Stars.

Harrows today launched a range of products attached to their latest recruit. Dave ‘Chizzy’ Chisnall has joined the Herts based company.

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Chizzy has enjoyed success whilst with A180 and Target.
Pic: PDC

Chizzy has been attached to a few manufacturers over the years. Beginning with A180 who initially made a simple version of his (Bristow style) dart and then a gold fusion version. Target, then took Chizzy directly onto their books and produced several versions.

Despite the St. Helens man claiming both a Players’ Championship and a European Tour title, in 2019, it appears that the market for such variations may have run its course.

Harrows, by contrast, seem to believe that the current World no.12 may have more to offer. The same seemed to be the case for a popular pundit, and former star player, Wayne Mardle. The former Harrows and Target sponsored player recently switched to Legend darts.

It seems, that Target or some of its signature players have decided to seek their fortunes elsewhere. Disagreements with marketing style or disappointment with return on investment might be some of the reasons behind these changes.

Will more follow these two through the exit door and who will replace them?


Could Target Halt the Resurgence of Harrows?

With Target about to land another star name? How will Harrows respond if they are to lose their biggest draw?

Pic: Christopher Dean / Scantech Media Ltd/PDC Darts 07930 364436

Most would agree that Target darts have surged in success, and importance, over the last few years. Their revamped product range, player portfolio and media presence, has installed them at, or near, the top of the tree. According to their Twitter feed, Target is going to unveil the latest addition to an already packed stable of elite players.

It has long been rumoured that Glen Durrant, three-time Lakeside champion, will join Target’s star-studded stable. Whether or not this is a successful or profitable move, for both parties, will be for later assessment. One thing for sure is that ‘Duzza’ will leave a big hole in his current sponsors line up.

Harrows are one of darts oldest and most storied names. They are, perhaps, most associated with Eric Bristow. The ‘Crafty Cockney’ spent more than thirty years, both whilst playing professionally and in his celebrity/pundit time, with the Enfield (London) founded firm. Other star names such as Dennis Priestley, Mark Dudbridge and Wayne Mardle have been part of the Harrows team over the years.

The model used is low on player numbers and high on loyalty. Their current roster includes only four players. Two UK steel tip players and two who feature in the soft tip arena. Harrows were early adopters, from 1987, of the soft-tip game. In addition, their name is associated with many popular accessories such as ‘Dimplex’ flights and ‘Alamo’ stems.

This approach has paid off very well in the last few years, the success of Durrant has meant that harrows were again associated with a star name to build around. Their no-nonsense production and quality design ensured that many of their non-player models were also very popular.

The decision to sign and then stick with Josh Payne also seems to have been paying dividends. Payne has returned to winning ways and quietly reestablished himself as a force to be reckoned with. The combination of Josh and Glen in the PDC seemed to be working very well reestablishing the Harrows name within, arguably, the most visible arena of professional darts.

Harrows will now be faced with an interesting decision. Do they attempt to keep up this momentum by seeking a high profile replacement? Or do they stick to their, product centred, model and sign another name that could be developed over time? This means less initial financial risk. A third possibility would be to invest in a player with name recognition but perhaps had a lean period. They could then show the customary loyalty and assist in the players return to their full potential. Perhaps ‘The Harrows Hammer’?

From our Special Correspondent.