Patrick Chaplin’s: The Last Word. Women,World Champions And The BDO!

To give our online readers some extra material, during the current times of increased isolation and physical distancing, we are re publishing som epieces from recent editions of the Darts World Magazine (Print Edition). Below Is Patrick Chaplin’s from February:


Headliner Hogger? Fallon Sherrock
Pic: Christopher Dean / Scantech Media

So the World Championships are over for another year; one a spectacle, the other, well I’m not so sure…

But of course the one person who hogged all the headlines was Milton Keynes’ Fallon Sherrock and deservedly so. What a performance! You don’t need me to tell you the story. We all know that Fallon became the first female player to beat a top male player in a World Championship and went on to beat another before falling to a third. In all my years of writing about the ladies game I’ve never known anything like it and I guess neither have you.

The media response to Fallon’s breaking through the ‘glass ceiling’ was immense, even warranting column inches in The Economist magazine! Journalist Bo Franklin wrote

Ms Sherrock, a far cry from the beer-bellied blokes who used to typify the game, symbolises how, in recent years, darts has gone from a peculiar British pastime to an entertainment juggernaut with transatlantic ambitions.

This has been great for Fallon who will surely go on to even better things but it’s also so good for women’s darts. Now that women’s darts has attracted the world’s attention what will happen? How can the momentum be maintained? I was hoping that it would start with impressive ladies’ performances in the BDO World Championships which largely, I have to say, disappointed.

Sadly Fallon’s success was, if only temporarily, overshadowed by the BDO having to slash the prize money in its World Championships something that, it appears, warranted Fallon withdrawing from that tournament. Part of me felt disappointed for her and the sport of darts but the other part said “Good on you Fallon. You now have control.”

Fallon will now work with her management and the PDC (probably harder than she has ever worked before) and who knows where it may lead. Of course, other women have preceded her by qualifying for the PDC World Championships. I expect the best of them, including Lisa Ashton, Anastasia Dobromyslova and Mikuru Suzuki, to lead the rest of the pack into this new era of women’s darts. If the opportunities present themselves then I am absolutely sure they will embrace them and that many others will then follow.

Fallon has shown that it can be done. (We all knew it could. We just didn’t know exactly when.) A top woman player can beat top men. Now all we need is for a woman to go one better and become PDC World Champion, I guess not yet awhile, but having said that who thought Fallon could beat Ted Evetts, let alone 11th seed Mensur Suljovic and then give Chris Dobey a run for his money? Come on. Be honest!

2020 will be a very important year for women’s darts. Who’s to say they can’t emulate the success of women in cricket and football who have made great strides in their sports in such a relatively short space of time?

Just under the wire, of 50 years of age, Wright claimed his first World title.
PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG PETER WRIGHT PETER WRIGHT WINS

Emotional scenes too when, at last, Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright lifted his first world title, so well-deserved. We’ve all watched him come so close but fail at the final hurdle. He desperately wanted to win the title before he was 50 and he did just that by the narrowest of margins (He reaches that age next month) but he also broke his duck by at last beating MvG in a major final. No more ‘The Nearly Man’, I can see Wrighty taking all before him this coming year buoyed up by that singular, vital win at Ally Pally and a new found confidence born of that success and guaranteed financial stability.

New Signings for 2020 include MVG & VVV!

And talking of MvG, I was thrilled to learn in early January that ‘Mighty Mike’ and his great friend Vincent van der Voort have both been signed by WINMAU. Reaction on social media has been incredible with many agreeing that WINMAU is by far the best place to be. How can I disagree with that? After all, WINMAU sponsor my research! No surprise though that business has been ‘crazy’ for MvG and Vincent’s products at WINMAU since the very moment of the announcements of the signings.

On a much sadder note it seems, at the time of writing, that the BDO is in turmoil and that January 2020 will go down in darts history as the month that the organisation responsible for making darts what it is today descended into terminal decline. I have no inside knowledge, and writing this a few days before the BDO World Championship ends, can only judge from what I read in the national newspapers, social media and the BDO website. PDC Chairman Barry Hearn, was reported in Metro as stating “They’re f***ed”.

Certainly that appears to be the case but part of me hopes that the organisation that started the ‘modern era’ for darts can think deeply about its future and, if it decides that it has one, goes about carefully redefining its purpose and reassessing its worth. Who knows? The BDO Board may decide that it can serve no useful purpose in which case then this previously ground-breaking darts organisation will, like the NDAGB before it, be consigned to the history books.

Can the BDO survive? I’d appreciate your views. However, it may well be that, by the time you read this, the question is purely academic.


Patrick Chaplin patrick.chaplin@btinternet.com

Patrick is adarts historian, enthusiast and academic. His work is supported by Winmau and can be seen in fuller detail here.

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Highlights include:

  • JR Lott – Duzza’s Year
  • John Fowler – Mic Drop
  • Guess Who – Win a Signed Set of Red Dragon Darts.
  • World Champions – Reviews of the PDC & BDO Championships & Red Dragon’s Unique Trio.
  • Player of the Month – Who has impressed this month?
  • Unsung Heroes – Who is in the months spotlight?
  • Wizard’s Wizdom – Colin Osborne spells out his affection for the UK Open and the changing nature of the darts season.
  • County, Open and League darts reports and results.
  • Patrick Chaplin – The Last Word

Darts World – February Issue – A Chat with Glen Durrant & Loads More.

The February Issue of Darts World magazine will be out shortly. This month’s issue is packed full of with columns and pieces on subjects across the darting world. Here are a few you may want to look forward to:

John gives us the Indig02 lowdown.

Mic Drop John Fowler gives us another insight into his life on the road. This month includes the BDO World Championships and working with a legend.

Glen Durrant JR Lott in conversation with the three time World Champion. Everything from ‘The Hitman’ being a better player than him! Through to trying avoid the news of his Premier League selection.

Choose Your Weapons – We look at a World Record setting dart used by a current World Champion.

Guess Who? – Your chance to win a signed set of Red Dragon darts.

Colin Osborne Joins Darts World!

Wizards WizdomColin Osborne looks back to the start of his career and takes a closer look at today’s game.

Player of the Month – Nominate a player who deserves to join our Hall of Fame, see who has won last months award and you could earn yourself a set of Pro-Line darts from Winmau.

County News & The Circuit – All the results, news and reports from around the UK.

The Last WordPatrick Chaplin always had the last word. What will he hold forth on this month?

The Last Word – Preview of Patrick Chaplin’s February Column.

So the World Championships are over for another year; one a spectacle, the other, well I’m not so sure…

PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG ‘QUEEN OF THE PALACE’ FALLON SHERROCK IS ACCLAIMED BY THE CROWD.

But of course the one person who hogged all the headlines was Milton Keynes’ Fallon Sherrock and deservedly so. What a performance! You don’t need me to tell you the story. We all know that Fallon became the first female player to beat a top male player in a World Championship and went on to beat another before falling to a third. In all my years of writing about the ladies game I’ve never known anything like it and I guess neither have you.

The media response to Fallon’s breaking through the ‘glass ceiling’ was immense, even warranting column inches in The Economist magazine! Journalist Bo Franklin wrote

Ms Sherrock, a far cry from the beer-bellied blokes who used to typify the game, symbolises how, in recent years, darts has gone from a peculiar British pastime to an entertainment juggernaut with transatlantic ambitions.

This has been great for Fallon who will surely go on to even better things but it’s also so good for women’s darts. Now that women’s darts has attracted the world’s attention what will happen? How can the momentum be maintained? I was hoping that it would start with impressive ladies’ performances in the BDO World Championships which largely, I have to say, disappointed.

Sadly Fallon’s success was, if only temporarily, overshadowed by the BDO having to slash the prize money in its World Championships something that, it appears, warranted Fallon withdrawing from that tournament. Part of me felt disappointed for her and the sport of darts but the other part said “Good on you Fallon. You now have control.”

Fallon will now work with her management and the PDC (probably harder than she has ever worked before) and who knows where it may lead. Of course, other women have preceded her by qualifying for the PDC World Championships. I expect the best of them, including Lisa Ashton, Anastasia Dobromyslova and Mikuru Suzuki, to lead the rest of the pack into this new era of women’s darts. If the opportunities present themselves then I am absolutely sure they will embrace them and that many others will then follow.

Fallon has shown that it can be done. (We all knew it could. We just didn’t know exactly when.) A top woman player can beat top men. Now all we need is for a woman to go one better and become PDC World Champion, I guess not yet awhile, but having said that who thought Fallon could beat Ted Evetts, let alone 11th seed Mensur Suljovic and then give Chris Dobey a run for his money? Come on. Be honest!………….


Patrick goes on to discuss Peter Wright’s victory, the BDO Championship and much more.

Patrick’s column and newsletter is supported by Winmau

Find more of Dr Darts work, and check out his monthly newsletter, at patrickchaplin.com

Darts World January Edition – Available Now!

The January (2020) Edition (No.565) of Darts World is available now for subscriptions or purchases head here: https://www.dartsworld.com/product/magazine/

Highlights include;

John Fowler’s Mic Drop: John Looks forward to his World Championship debut for the BDO at the 02 arena in January. As always he includes some anecdotes from his travels and MCing. See how his tips faired at the PDC Worlds!

Reviews – Daryl Gurney’s Special edition signature dart is reviewed in depth

Letters to the Editor: returns with some interesting opinions and comments including a review of Dr Eddie Normans contributions to our sport.

Olly Croft Obituary – Patrick Chaplin offers his fulsome tribute to the founder of the BDO.

All our usual features such as Tournament News and County Results are included as well as Competitions and chances to win darts equipment from Winmau and Red Dragon.

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Darts Historian Pays Tribute to Olly Croft

In next months DartsWorld Dr Darts, Patrick Chaplin pays fulsome tribute to Olly Croft (OBE). Here is a section of the piece:

For more than forty-five years there has been no more charismatic or controversial character in world darts than Olly Croft OBE.

I was privileged to have met Olly on a number of occasions and always found him to be very amenable and helpful and, not surprisingly, so passionate about the sport he loved. From the early 1970s Olly and his colleagues on the BDO transformed darts and, naturally, we are all extremely grateful for that.

When Olly first joined a darts team in the London Super League in 1967 he was hooked and soon became involved with the organisation of the league. At that time darts was in the doldrums and although there was an extant national darts association it was floundering and becoming ineffective. Olly, a self-made businessman, visualised the potential of darts and set about changing the game forever. He had ‘massive aspirations’ for darts locally, nationally and globally and he was to achieve them all.

After several meetings with interested parties during 1971 and 1972, Olly invited darts organisers from across the country to meet at his home in Muswell Hill in north London in January 1973 to formally discuss the setting up of a new national darts organisation. The British Darts Organisation (BDO) was established and from that day forth the game of darts was transformed, first into a national and subsequently, by the establishment of the World Darts Federation (WDF) in 1977, a world sport. Darts was no longer bound to the public house. It was all around, at live venues and on television. The world was becoming one huge oche………


The Full version of this tribute will appear in next months edition of Darts World.

Darts World December issue – Out Now!

Championing The Sport of Darts…. for more than 40 years, the latest issue of Darts World (no. 564) is now available.

Gerwyn price appears on his 2nd DW issue in 3 months.

Highlights include;

The Harrows Barbados Festival of Darts – 17 years on The Barbados Festival Goes from Strength to Strength.

Unsung Heroes – Who is Latest Player To Be Given Overdue Credit?

The Last Word – Patrick Chaplin discusses fantasy biographies and darts books that might make good Christmas gifts and even novelty darts items from years gone by.

Win a set of Pro-Line darts every month.

Competitions & Prizes – Win a Set of Winmau Proline Darts or a signed set of Red Dragon Arrows. Player of the Month & The Name Game feature again in this months edition.

Choose Your Weapons – Check Out the Target Swiss Point (03) our testers at A.I.M and their team seemed very impressed.

County Lines – Our monthly round-up of news, views and results from the county circuit.

Catch Up with John Fowler’s adventures.

Tales From The Open Road – John Folwer’s Latest Anectdotes.

This Darting Life – Open events, charity functions and loads more…….

Around the Boards – North American & other regional news & information.

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Out Now – Grab Your November Copy of Darts World Magazine!

MVG at the Grand Prix, Unsung Hero, Top 5 Bargain Barrels, County News, Competitions and Loads more! Order yours here: http://www.dartsworld.com/product/magazine/

Look out for highlights, previews, competition winners and extended articles all at dartsworld.com.

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Between the Covers! What’s in November’s Issue

We are just over a week away from the latest edition of Darts World. You may have noticed we are adding more and more features and contributors every month. Here are few to look forward to ……..

  • Colin Lloyd: answers ‘The Big Questions
Former No.1 Colin Lloyd talks to Darts World.

Our regular interview with one of the nicest people in darts.

Who does Lloydy think has the best throw?

Who would he rather be?


John Fowler: Life on ‘The Open Road

Our newly adopted BDO Official gives his inside view.


  • Choose Your Weapons: Target Swiss Point.
Look out for our reviews of this ingenious new system

We look at the latest point system and the Swiss Point 03 model.


  • Patrick Chaplin: Gives ‘The Last Word‘ every month. November finishes with Patrick’s thoughts on everything from Olly Croft to Shayne Burgess!

  • JR Lott: Introduces us to his Unsung Heroes

Player of the Month – Win a Winmau Prize, Guess Who? – Win a Set of Red Dragon Darts

In addition, there will be; Towe The Line, Top 5 Value Darts, County Lines, and much more………

Our next edition will be available on November 1st, to buy or to subscribe go here:http://www.dartsworld.com/product/magazine/

The Last Word – Patrick Chaplin Darts Biography, Olly Croft and More…November Preview.

In his regular column, for Darts World, Dr Champlin looks at many different areas of darting history. November will be no exception:

Patrick Champlin. A Doctor of Darts!

I am always on the lookout for new books about darts especially biographies of famous (and not so famous) darts players and so it was with great interest that I read in last month’s Darts World of the publication of Shane Burgess’s biography Everyone Gets Fifteen Quid.

I must admit that I nearly stopped reading it after a few pages. The language used was very ‘colourful’ (perhaps too colourful for a sensitive soul like me) and I thought there was no need at all to call literary giant George Orwell a c***.

But I persevered and, at present, am more than halfway through this raw, ‘in your face’ personal exposé of life on the road in professional darts. I loved his players’ view of being part of the BDO tournament trail (some super insights there) and his irritation at how, once he had joined the PDC, there was little either he or anyone else could do about the juggernaut that was Phil Taylor. (At least Phil inspired him to buy a campervan!)

Shane’s book made me think about biographies of top players that have been published in the past. (Modesty forbids me from mentioning my involvement with John Lowe’s biography Old Stoneface (2005) and Trina Gulliver’s Golden Girl (2008).) How far back could I go? Which player published the first darts players’ biography/autobiography?

Surprisingly no one has recorded the life of any pre- or early post-war darts heroes. No biography exists of either Jim Pike or Joe Hitchcock, both legends of the game. East Anglian darts star George Caley published a book titled How to Improve Your Darts in 1950 which included a couple of pages of biographical notes, mainly about his astonishing record, but the rest, as the title suggests, was instructional.

During the period 1950 until the early 1970s no biographies of darts players or indeed any darts books at all were published except for Noel E. Williamson’s work simply titled Darts which appeared in 1968. Noel mentioned Joe and Jim but only in passing.

In fact darts fans had to wait until 1973 to read about the life of a top darts player and who better to kick things off – AT LAST! – than Tom Barrett the only man, up until then, to have won the prestigious News of the World title two years in succession and one, if not the, most well-known names in darts at that time.

Ghosted by journalist Harry Weaver and cleverly titled Darts, Tom’s biography not only gave us a superb insight into his early life and life as a professional darts player but it also provided readers with fascinating information about his travels around the globe, as an ambassador for Unicorn Products, how the first super leagues were formed, a brief history of the National Darts Association of Great Britain (NDAGB) and his predictions for the future.

The chapter ‘Where do we go from here?’ began

‘The most dynamic figure in British darts today is Olly Croft….He brings to darts the same energy and enthusiasm that made him a success in business. While the ordinary club secretary is concentrating, quite naturally, on next season’s fixtures in his local league, Olly is thinking about an inter-city league covering the whole of Britain, and how he can go about arranging the first international between Britain and the United States.’

Read the full column (Supported by Winmau) in Novembers Darts World Magazine (Print or Digital). Here:http://www.dartsworld.com/product/magazine/