Not So ‘Angry Anderson’. Gary’s More Musselburgh Mellow.

GARY ANDERSON admits that he’s too “chilled” and doesn’t get angry enough on the oche anymore.

Less ‘Angry Anderson’ these day.’s Gary is more “The Mellow Scotsman’.

The Flying Scotsman narrowly missed out on the Home Tour online title, losing to Nathan Aspinall in the final group on Friday night.It was agonisingly close for Ando, losing just one game out of 12 for the entire tournament but it was a costly defeat to The Asp.

But the two-times World Champion, 49, revealed that he’s far more laid-back these days. He said:

“I’m getting more older and chilled now, I don’t get angry. It used to work. You played tournaments with folks shouting in the background ‘hope you get beat’ and stuff like this. The only way to punish them was to beat the boy you were playing. That kind of gave me the fire. 

“Then when folk start supporting you, it kills that fire off.

It’s weird. If I do get a bit of a pee on, I do seem to play well.”

Ando had originally pulled out of the tournament because of poor WiFi signal. But after The Sun newspaper story revealed his patchy internet plight in mid-April, a local firm came to his rescue. It almost delivered a fairytale finish with victory.However, Aspinall won the crucial fourth game clash in the final group 6-5 and it proved to be the pivotal moment of the tournament. He continued:

“Nathan goes on these silly four/five leg demolition jobs. Once he starts scoring like that, he’s tough to beat.

“I bet he’s jumping about like a jack rabbit ready to throw,

that’s what he’s like! He’s a fantastic player, absolutely fantastic” . 

“I had a good hour before we played, felt like they were going well. “Nathan’s scoring over the past few weeks has been fantastic. He makes a wee mistake on the doubles but he’s that far ahead on the scores, it makes it quite easy for him.

Jack Rabbit Slims? Aspinall inflicted Gary’s only defeat of The Home Tour.

“If he hits his scores and doubles like he usually does, he takes some stopping.“ “I was just starting to get into it again. But this has been good, I’ve learnt some technology, it’s been a learning curve, I’ve enjoyed it.”

Anderson also confirmed the folklore tale that his first first ever three visits to a dartboard ended in 180, 140, 180 scores. He added: “Yes that’s true. It came very very easy.

If you speak to any of the boys in Scotland, the counting, that’s what let me down. 

“I knew if I got to the final I wouldn’t have to mark, that helped me quite bit.”


Aspinall Claims Home Tour In Style.

Nathan Aspinall was crowned champion of the PDC’s first-ever home-staged event by winning the Low6 Home Tour Championship Group on Friday night.

As the innovative tournament reached its climax with the final night of action, Aspinall recorded a hat-trick of wins over Gary Anderson, Jonny Clayton and Jelle Klaasen to seal top spot.

The Premier League star, who would have been defending his US Darts Masters title in New York this weekend, kicked off the night in strong fashion with a 6-3 defeat of Dutchman Klaasen.

Gary Anderson also began with a win over Jonny Clayton, before the Scot was edged out 6-5 by Aspinall in one of the highest-quality games of the tournament, which proved crucial in the final standings.

Anderson bounced back with a win over Clayton, to ensure the fate of the title would remain unresolved heading into the last game of a series which began on April 17.

However, Aspinall was not to be denied, as the former UK Open champion held his nerve to defeat Clayton 6-4 and clinch the title.

“I hope all the fans have enjoyed it in these tough times for everyone,” said Aspinall.

“Thank you to the PDC and Low6 for putting on a brilliant tournament.

“I think a lot of us were sceptical at the start but we’ve all loved it. I’ve fully enjoyed taking part and I’ve also won it, so happy days!

“With the announcement today that the World Matchplay will go ahead on its originally scheduled dates I can’t wait to be back on the stage and on TV.”

Spanning across 43 nights, the Home Tour began with a 32-group first phase, with live darts broadcast from the homes of 101 PDC Tour Card Holders, with Luke Woodhouse’s nine-darter the memorable highlight.

Ten nights of Play-Offs action followed, before Friday’s Championship Group ended with glory for Aspinall.

Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs
Championship Group
Friday June 5
Nathan Aspinall 6-3 Jelle Klaasen
Gary Anderson 6-2 Jonny Clayton
Jonny Clayton 6-2 Jelle Klaasen
Gary Anderson 6-5 Nathan Aspinall
Gary Anderson 6-3 Jelle Klaasen
Nathan Aspinall 6-4 Jonny Clayton


Aspinall Just A Tub Player!

NATHAN ASPINALL made history by becoming the first-ever PDC title winner is his own kitchen…and then jumped in his hot tub to celebrate.

‘The Asp’ added another PDC title to his UK Open Trophy!

The World No.7 added to his UK Open and World Series titles by taking Home Tour glory in a nail-biting finish on Friday night. The Asp won a crucial fourth game over Gary Anderson in a deciding leg 6-5 and then overcame Jonny Clayton in a similar fashion with double eight to take the title.

He also beat Jelle Klaasen on the way to the title and then held up a makeshift dinner plate he turned into a trophy after his 12th successful game win. He said: “I’m really pleased to win this.

On a plate! The Asp shows his everyman side.

It actually means a lot. “I found Gary’s anger side. I wasn’t that focused at the start. It’s hard on your own, I’m just in my kitchen.”

“I tried to focus so hard at the end of the day he’s one of the best players to ever throw a dart.

Any win over Gary whether it’s at home or on the World Championship stage”.

 “I wanted to be crowned the winner of this, it was a fantastic game.

I’m sure the punters loved that. “I’m now going to jump into my hot tub to celebrate! ”

Aspinall has now won three events this year despite the lockdown and now has his sights set on glory at the Matchplay from July 18.He said: “I’ve hardly been practising during lockdown to be honest, it’s been horrendous. I’ve been trying to play in a few online comps and getting beat first round and second round. I’ve been rubbish to be fair.“In the Home Tour the first few weeks I was pretty poor but I’ve started putting the work in because the rumours were that the Matchplay was going ahead. It takes a couple of weeks to get back to your best.“

“I’m not sure about the Pro Tours, I have a feeling they might put a couple on which I hope they do.“I am up there with the best on the world, I was playing really well before the break. Obviously no one can help what happened, it’s been a tough time for everyone.

“I’ve had two months off with the family, it’s been lovely. Enough’s enough now, I’ve got a job to do, I want to get back to being on the tour.”


Pix: Taylor Lanning & Feature Pic: PDC

From Sublime To Slime: The Asp’s Journey!

NATHAN ASPINALL reveals he has gone from sublime arrows to making slime with his daughters. The World No.7, who has roared up the rankings over the past 18 months, is getting used to life at home, social distancing shopping for his grandparents, and homeschooling.

Although its a myth that snakes are ‘slimey’, The Asp is doing his best to put that right!

Stockport star The Asp takes his place in the PDC Home Tour Championship group tonight against Gary Anderson, Jonny Clayton, and Jelle Klaasen. He admits: “I spent the first week of lockdown making slime with my two daughters. I leave the clearing up to the missus!“We haven’t got the biggest back garden, so it’s just been painting and a bit of homeschooling. We have Brooke who is eight and Milly is two.

 “We immediately set up a bit of a routine with Brooke doing an hour or two a day of school work and proper activities. It’s hard for the kids because they’re not seeing their friends so we have to do our best for them”.

Nathan continued:

“It’s hard for everyone really. I’ve been doing the shopping and get medication for my grandparents who live just five minutes away. They’ve been self-isolating for three weeks now. They leave a list under the green bin, I collect it and then leave the stuff outside their front door.”

“I’m actually loving spending time at home. It’s going to really tell me how strong my relationship with the missus is!

“We were planning to get married next year. It’s good for us to see how it is to be a normal couple day after day. “We were meant to book the venue last week but we couldn’t do that because they are not taking any further bookings.”

Aspinall admits that he is so relieved after two World Championship semi-finals and a UK Open win gave him money in the bank to survive the Covid-19 lockdown. But the kind-hearted rising star is concerned along with other top players of the plight facing pals and rivals on the breadline.

He said:

“I feel very lucky to be in an OK situation”. A lot of my family are in trouble with work. My mum works for the Co-op, my dad and stepdad are both self-employed and have no savings and are very worried.

“If push came to shove, I will do my best to help my family. I do look at my life and think ‘Thank God I’ve got this money in the bank’.

“It’s not even just getting through the situation we are in now. But when it all gets back up and running, the pressure I would have been under would have been incredible. I would be in debt and needing to put food on the table again.

“It’s been really hard for the players outside the top 32″.

When it does all start up again that’s what so many players will be facing, real pressure to win matches.“Any money that they have managed to save will have gone just surviving through the lockdown.“I’ve been in that position before and it’s really not nice, trust me. It’s so hard to play darts with that pressure.”

“To be fair to the PDC and PDPA they are constantly in touch with us and have been a real help throughout this time.”


Pix: Taylor Lanning

The Asp will attempt to capture another PDC title this evening when he does battle, with Gary Anderon, Johnny Clayton, and Jelle Klaasen, for the Low6 Home Tour title.

Championship Group
Friday June 5 (1930 BST)

Nathan Aspinall v Jelle Klaasen
Gary Anderson v Jonny Clayton
Jelle Klaasen v Jonny Clayton
Nathan Aspinall v Gary Anderson
Gary Anderson v Jelle Klaasen
Jonny Clayton v Nathan Aspinall
All games are best of 11 legs.

Fans in the UK & Ireland can watch through the Sky Sports App.

As well as being shown through a series of bookmakers’ websites, the Low6 Home Tour will also be broadcast live by a number of the PDC’s international broadcast partners listed below.


Ando’s Gunnar Do It!


GARY ANDERSON is ready to do a ‘Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’ and come off the bench to be a sensational PDC winner.

Anderson is ready to ‘do a Ole’. LFC fans might prefer to think of their own ‘Supersub’ David Fairclough!

The Flying Scotsman went viral after The Sun newspaper exclusively revealed on April 17 that a lack of strong WiFi signal made him pull out of the Home Tour.

However, thanks to that story a local firm sorted his broadband and now the double World Champ is unbeaten in nine matches. Ando goes into the final tonight (Friday) aiming to go out in a blaze of glory in Solskjaer style, who famously came off the bench to win Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United the Champions League in 1999.

He said: “I could be the first name on the Home Tour trophy – and I hope I’m the last.“If we are playing this tournament again in 2021, we’ll know the virus is still around. “I’m still getting used to the set-up because I’m useless with technology. I had to get Rachel to help me on the first night. “Playing at home over the internet, using screens and tablets to find out how the other guy is doing, has been weird and I’ve found it quite difficult at times”.

“But now I’ve come this far, it would be nice to win it – and maybe, in years to come, we’ll look back at 2020 as the summer we were locked down.

“I was the first winner of the Phil Taylor Trophy when it was named after him at the World Matchplay, so maybe this is a chance for another ‘first’. But I’m really looking forward to getting back on stage – I want the hunger back.”

The PDC are ready to reveal their plans for the World Matchplay which was set to be played at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool from July 18. It is likely that will be played behind closed doors, possibly at a different venue.

There may be a lot for Gary to ponder over the coming months?

Anderson added: “It’s always a laugh at Blackpool because the start of the tournament coincides with the start of the kids’ school holidays in Scotland, so there were always loads of Jocks in the crowd.

“The Winter Gardens is always a great place to play, but if we have to hold it behind closed doors this year it will be very different”.

“As it stands, the players coming from overseas will have to go into quarantine for two weeks when they arrive in the UK. “Even if you are only coming over from Holland, that means you have to spend two weeks in a hotel before you come out to play darts – and not many hotels are open yet. Where are they going to stay? “And how are players based in Britain supposed to get to the venue if there are no hotels available? Do we drive ourselves to the venue? There are lots of things to sort out”.

Double World Champion, and the first winner of the Phil Taylor Trophy, would miss the ‘Jocks’ in the crowd at Blackpool.

“If they move it to later in the year, so be it – but there is already going to be a heck of a lot of darts at the back end of the year already, and you wonder if there will be enough hours in the day for all of it.”


Pix: Taylor Lanning

Low6 Home Tour: Asp & Ferret Fight To Final Group.

Nathan Aspinall and Jonny Clayton claimed the final two places in the Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs Championship Group with superb displays in Thursday’s Semi-Final Group Two.

A high-quality penultimate night of the innovative home-broadcast event saw four members of the world’s top 16 in action, with Clayton and Aspinall winning two games apiece as they progressed to Friday’s Championship Group.

2019 UK Open champion Aspinall opened the night with a ten-dart finish and produced a 12-darter in the deciding leg of his opening tie with Clayton.

Rob Cross averaged 107 as he edged his 11-leg clash with a 13-dart finish against Aspinall, who bounced back to take victory in his winner-progresses contest with Joe Cullen courtesy of a 14-darter.

(PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG) NATHAN ASPINALL IN ACTION

“It means a lot,” said Aspinall. “I wanted to get through to the finals night and I’m very happy.

“Every game I’ve played tonight, the other players were brilliant. Tonight I wanted to play well and I produced good stuff.”

Clayton, meanwhile, raced to a 6-1 win over Cross in their decisive match to top the Semi-Finals Group Two table on Leg Difference from Aspinall.

Clayton responded to his narrow opening loss to Aspinall by coming from 5-4 down to defeat Cullen in a deciding leg, and reeled off five successive legs against Cross to seal his spot in the Championship Group.

“I’m chuffed to bits,” said Clayton, who has also been working delivering food parcels in his local area in recent weeks during the lockdown period.

“Let’s see what happens tomorrow night now. It’s going to be a tough night on Friday, they are great players in there and it’s going to be a hard job for me – but hopefully I can top the group again.”

Aspinall and Clayton join two-time World Champion Gary Anderson and former Lakeside Champion Jelle Klaasen in another strong line-up as the quartet compete in a round-robin format on Friday to claim the Low6 Home Tour title.

The tournament, which began in April, has featured 101 PDC Tour Card Holders competing from their homes on four continents, and also saw a nine-dart finish from Luke Woodhouse on Night Two.

The Low6 Home Tour Championship Group can be watched live and free through PDCTV for registered users (new users can sign up for FREE here), as well as through bookmakers’ websites and international broadcasters.

Registered PDCTV members can also watch for FREE through the official PDC App.


Feature Pic: Taylor Lanning

Freemium Day 13: Lucky for Some!

In May, Darts World launched its special ‘Lockdown Archive’ also known as ‘Darts World Freemium‘. The archive was set up to help entertain darts fans during these tough times.

Back in April 2018 Gary Anderson featured on our cover. Gary and Michael Smith also gave an interview for the magazine, John Gwynne offered his thoughts on ‘darting around’ Australia and Rob Cross’s (Target) darts were reviewed.

With Gary reaching the final of the PDC Home Tour last night we thought fans might enjoy a look back at his previous success. There are more than 50 issues available, free of charge, by simply clicking here.

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

In the meantime, enjoy our gift of free content to you by clicking here and signing up: FREEMIUM


Rob Getting Cross With Social Media Abuse.

ROB CROSS believes that constant online abuse from fans will “alienate” players from social media. The 2018 World Champion is bidding for a place in the PDC Home Tour final tonight (Thurs) against Nathan Aspinall, Joe Cullen, and Jonny Clayton.

Reigning World Matchplay champion Rob Cross is getting fed up with the increase in social media abuse. (Pic: Taylor Lanning)

But the Hastings star, 29, admits that he feels the escalating problem of online attacks on players will stop them interacting with fans – and that’s a big worry for the sport. Over the last month Jelle Klaasen, Kyle Anderson, Peter Wright, Paul Nicholson, and Cross have been given major stick on Twitter. 

He said: “It’s getting way out of hand. I think most of the charm of darts is that the players are down to earth, in the main none of us are divas. “I think darts is the working-class sport now. We love to be amongst the fans, we do exhibitions so much and we all love it. “But over the past few weeks it has got so bad online that I think players will stop using social media, it will alienate them. I know players that are just going to not do it anymore. That would be such a shame.

“I definitely stepped back from social media a couple of years ago when myself and my family were getting death threats. You just don’t want to see that sort of thing.”

Cross admits that he has been on the receiving end of insults despite winning both his Home Tour groups and suffering the loss of his grandad to coronavirus. But he has also praised the PDPA for being so proactive to protect the players and giving them advice. He added: “I’ve played in the Home Tour despite losing my grandad to Covid-19 just a few weeks ago. We’ve had a really tough time.“

“My nan has moved in since he died and straight up I’ve not practiced hardly at all. We’ve had the funeral to deal with and naturally all the grief. It’s been a horrible time for us all. “Yet after winning both my group stages so far, my social media has been full of insults at me! “A link was put up on one thread pointing out the PDPA online abuse statement, and the guy replied that I deserved all the abuse”.

“I just think players will stop talking to fans. It’ll be such a bad thing because the minority will ruin it for everyone else.”

“Most of it is people losing bets and then blaming the player for it. The stupid thing is that I can guarantee no player in darts ever goes out to lose a match, we want to win every time. “The PDPA are brilliant, I have to say that. They are always quick to get in touch if abuse has been excessive. It’s just a shame no one can solve the problem because Twitter won’t change it.”

Plenty to to think about for ‘Voltage’.(Pic: Taylor Lanning)

Cross is now concerned for pregnant wife Georgia who is suffering from SPD as she carries their fourth child. He added:

“She’s on crutches at the moment, so it’s really tough for her. We think she’ll be induced in August. If it gets any worse she’ll have to use a wheelchair until the baby is born”.

“Life certainly isn’t dull. We’ll crack on with the Home Tour. I don’t think I’ve played that well, I’ve just done enough each time but it has been difficult to concentrate on darts over the past few weeks.

“If I can win this Home Tour it will be nothing short of a miracle considering what’s been going on.”


Home Tour Semis: Anderson And The Cobra Through!

Gary Anderson and Jelle Klaasen secured places in the Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs Championship Group on Wednesday.

Jelle Klaasen joins Gary Anderson in the final group!

Two-time World Champion Anderson and former Lakeside Champion Klaasen booked their spot in Friday’s Home Tour decider by claiming wins over Dave Chisnall and Mike De Decker in their opening two matches of Semi-Finals Group One.

Chisnall gained consolation with a 6-5 win over De Decker in their final match of the night, before Anderson saw off Klaasen 6-2 to top the Group One table.

It now makes it nine victories in a row on the Home Tour for Anderson, having won all three of his groups undefeated. 

The final two places in Friday’s Championship Group are on offer in Thursday’s Semi-Finals Group Two, as top 16 stars Rob Cross, Nathan Aspinall, Jonny Clayton and Joe Cullen face off.

The Low6 Home Tour can be watched live and free through PDCTV for registered users (new users can sign up for FREE here), as well as through bookmakers’ websites and international broadcasters.

Registered PDCTV members can also watch for FREE through the official PDC App.

Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs
Semi-Finals Group One – Wednesday June 3 (1930 BST)
Gary Anderson 6-5 Mike De Decker
Dave Chisnall 2-6 Jelle Klaasen
Mike De Decker 3-6 Jelle Klaasen
Gary Anderson 6-3 Dave Chisnall
Dave Chisnall 6-5 Mike De Decker
Jelle Klaasen 2-6 Gary Anderson

Home Tour Semis Underway!

Jonny Clayton completed the semi-finals line-up of the Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs by winning Group Eight last night.

World number 15 Clayton maintained his unbeaten record on the Home Tour, claiming a hat-trick of victories to book his place in Thursday’s second night of semi-finals action.

The Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs continue with the first night of semi-finals tonight, featuring Gary Anderson, Dave Chisnall, Jelle Klaasen and Mike De Decker.

You can catch all of the Low6 Play-Off action live for free on PDCTV from 1930 BST
WATCH FREE FROM 1930 BST