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.

“All Hair and No Flair” They Said. How Wright Proved Them Wrong!

THEY said he was all hair and no flair. It was just a novelty act, a multi-colored Mohican, style over substance. He was even called a ‘clown’. But boy, has Peter Wright proved everyone wrong.

Wright’s flair has added to a game previously dominated by polo shirts and polyester!

In truth Wright, 50, is a total contradiction of persona v personality. The oche punk look could not be further from his real character. He’s quiet, reserved, and verging on shy, very softly spoken and often emotional. Wright was close to tears when he admitted: “My mum was 16 when she had me and my dad was in jail.“But her sisters didn’t think she was up to bringing me up at one stage and they were apparently talking about taking me off her.

Wright burst on to the elite scene six years ago by reaching the World Championship Final and has since been consistent at the highest level before landing the big one on New Year’s Day.

Ask anyone about darts and where once they’d talk about Eric Bristow or Phil Taylor, now they say: “That bloke with the colourful, spiky hair.”Wrighty admits he grew up watching the likes Ziggy Stardust and Boy George which inspired the hair – and the best is yet to come on the oche.

He added: 

“I know what people have said about me, I know people thought I was just a novelty and a weird haircut.“

When I was young I experimented I did have some sort of Mohican and I used to colour the back of my head with food dye!

“In the charts then were David Bowie, Boy George and all that lot all dressed up as well. “It was my idea of colouring my hair for darts. It was the Blue Square UK Open and I decided to have blue hair for it, I think that was 2009. “But I always believed in my own ability”.

“The hair, the clothes are just my stage persona. That’s what prepares me for matches, my warpaint if you like.”

 “I like to learn from other players, watch the top guys such as Phil, Michael (Van Gerwen), Gary (Anderson) and Adrian Lewis and pick up their best points. “I always go out to keep improving and that’s brought me to where I am now. But there’s a lot more to come.”

The ultimate reward! Snakebite captures the games’ biggest trophy. (pic: Taylor Lanning)

This wonderful down-to-earth guy Wright has shut down all the haters. The “clown” took the biggest crown.


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Wright’s No ‘Plastic Jock’- The Truth Behind Snakebite’s National Pride.

I’m passionate about my upbringing. I was only taken from Scotland so my mum could keep me. “I’m happy to tell my story now and hope people realise that I am a true Scot. I hate it when people say I’m not

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Peter Wright invites many assumptions, to be made about him, most are false. But perhaps the most hurtful are those concerning his national identity! The ‘plastic Jock’ tag is easily thrown around by those seeking to provoke controversy on social media or to gain a reaction from fans and supporters, but it does not hold water.

Wright might be based in Suffolk and sound more Bernard Matthews than Billy Connolly but his heart beats blue and white Saltire after his early life in West Lothian. Wright admits his burning passion for Scotland was born after his mum RAN AWAY with him when he was just three years old. He revealed that one night his young mum Jean took him away 40 years ago leaving West Lothian for London.

Wright, 49, has never met his father, who was in jail when he was born, and has lived an almost nomadic lifestyle since his mum left Scotland with him in 1973. In truth, he is a total contradiction of persona v personality. The oche punk look could not be further from his real character. He’s quiet, reserved and verging on shy, very softly spoken and emotional.

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Wright was close to tears when he admitted: “My mum was 16 when she had me and my dad was in jail.“But her sisters didn’t think she was up to bringing me up at one stage and they were apparently talking about taking me off her.

“So my mum decided one night to just run away with me to London when I was only three.“It was obviously a very difficult time for her but that’s the only reason I left Scotland.“We were in London until I was 18 and then I’ve lived in so many places since then – Suffolk, Norfolk, Cheshire, Ayrshire. “I’ve probably turned out for more counties in darts than any other player – I’ve represented all the places I’ve lived in. “I’ve settled in Suffolk now and my mum lives above my wife’s hairdressers down with us. But my heart still remains in Scotland. “My true identity is that I am Scottish – I’ve got Scottish blood running through my veins. “I’m passionate about my upbringing. I was only taken from Scotland so my mum could keep me. “I’m happy to tell my story now and hope people realise that I am a true Scot. I hate it when people say I’m not. I’m proud of my country and even prouder to represent it.” Wright burst on to the scene six years ago by reaching the World Championship Final and has since been consistent at the highest level before landing the big one on New Year’s Day.


Pictures by Taylor Lanning

Freemium Day 12: Wright and Warren Warren Win Worlds.

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Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs: Group One Details Confirmed.

The fixtures for Group One of the Low6 Home Tour Semi-Finals have been confirmed ahead of Wednesday’s event.

Gary Anderson and Peter Wright will lead Wednesdays action.

The innovative home-broadcast event reaches its conclusion this week, with the Last 32’s challenge to take the title culminating in the Championship Group on Friday.

The players who won through from Groups One-Four in the Last 32 will compete in Group One of the Semi-Finals, with two-time World Champion Gary Anderson headlining Wednesday’s action.

Dave Chisnall, the winner of 15 PDC ranked events, is joined by former Lakeside Champion Jelle Klaasen and Belgian prospect Mike De Decker, a four-time PDC Unicorn Development Tour event winner, in bidding to claim the two places in Friday’s Championship Group.

The round-robin action remains the best of 11 legs for the semi-finals, with Anderson’s tie with De Decker opening proceedings from 1930 BST ahead of the meeting between Chisnall and Klaasen.

All Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs action will be broadcast live on PDCTV for FREE to ALLregistered PDCTV users, regardless of membership type.

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

Fans in Great Britain and Ireland can also watch the action through the Sky Sports app.

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

Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs
Last Eight Group One
Wednesday June 3 (1930 BST)

Gary Anderson v Mike De Decker
Dave Chisnall v Jelle Klaasen
Mike De Decker v Jelle Klaasen
Gary Anderson v Dave Chisnall
Dave Chisnall v Mike De Decker
Jelle Klaasen v Gary Anderson
* Top two players qualify for Championship Group

The fixtures for Group Two of the Low6 Home Tour Semi-Finals will be confirmed following Tuesday’s Last 32 Group Eight.


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Anderson Delighted With Progress, Despite ‘Pete Tong’ Counting.

GARY ANDERSON remains unbeaten in six PDC Home Tour matches despite admitting he can’t count quick enough.The Flying Scotsman won his last 32 online streaming group without defeat in fine style on Thursday night.

Anderson hopes to again be triumphant, despite a few subtraction issues. His ‘Pete Tong’ counting does not seem to have held him back so far!

It means he has won all half dozen matches so far and goes into the semi-finals in a tournament he almost couldn’t play in because of lack of WiFi signal. That SunSport story prompted the broadband issue to be solved and now he’s one of the few top seeds left in the competition.

But, the twice World Champion admitted to a small isuue:

“I started well and then it went Pete Tong. I’m struggling with going for different numbers on the board in case I can’t count up quick enough. You know what my counting is like, it’s absolutely atrocious.“

So I’m scared to go for 19s if I’ve got to add it up. I’ll get the calculator out!”Anderson dropped just six legs in three matches, dumping Nick Kenny 6-2, Luke Humphries 6-1 and Jamie Lewis 6-3.

The Somerset-based star is the top-rated player still left in the Home Tour having seen Peter Wright, Glen Durrant, Stephen Bunting, Gerwyn Price, and Michael Smith all crash out in recent weeks. He added: “It still feels strange, you still wait for the boy to walk in front of you before you throw darts. It takes a bit of getting used to, very weird.“I play darts here but if I’m someone, they are here in person. It’s listening to the phone, can’t see it, watching the score pad. Then try and listen to the third dart hit the board so you can get ready to throw. I’m getting used to it though, I think.”

Gary & reigning World Champion Peter Wright will get to defend their title after all! (L lustig PDC)

Anderson and reigning World Champion Wright will get a chance to defend their World Cup victory in August.

The 2020 BetVictor World Cup of Darts is now set to be held from November 6-8 in Graz as Austria prepares to host the event for the first time. The 32-nation World Cup had been originally planned to take place in Hamburg in June, but was amongst the tournaments postponed recently due to the global coronavirus pandemic. Last year Wright and Anderson claimed the title for the first time by defeating Ireland’s William O’Connor and Steve Lennon in the final. England and the Netherlands have won the World Cup four times apiece since the tournament – which is unique on the PDC circuit for the combination of Doubles and Singles ties – was introduced a decade ago.


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Anderson ‘Masks’ Concerns Of Written Off Year!

GARY ANDERSON believes that this year will be “written off” with doubts that the World Matchplay will go ahead. The two-times World Champion goes into the last 32 of the PDC Home Tour online streaming event tonight (Thurs) against Luke Humphries, Nick Kenny, and Jamie Lewis.

Gary Anderson has concerns about the holding of the World Matchplay.

But Ando, 49, has revealed he does not feel the Matchplay can happen in July and is happy to just wait for the all-clear from experts.

He said: “I don’t know if it can run at all to be honest. They are telling you, you have to stay away from people. “If we are up in Blackpool, we are up staying in hotels. You have air con which is flying through other rooms. “I will wait until we get all the all-clear and it will be back to normal. They have got to take in hotels into consideration. 

“Where are you going to stay? It’s the same when you sit on an aeroplane. If somebody has a cold, by the time it comes through on the air con, everyone ends up with it. “I think it will be the same in hotels and venues. I don’t have a clue. I will wait until I get the green flag to say it’s safe to come out.

“If we are seven or eight weeks behind on the ProTour then we could have a week in Barnsley. Play for the seven or eight days that we need to catch up. That’s not a problem. But the same again – staying in hotels. Can the boys abroad travel? Can they get flights across?

I think this year will be written off, to be honest.”

However, when darts does make it back on the big stage for TV cameras, players and officials could be wearing Anderson branded masks – all proceeds going to the NHS.

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He added: “Hopefully they all sell. Dee Smith at Burghley Sports came up with the idea. So, hopefully, load of folk will buy them, make loads of money and we can pass that on to the NHS. “They have been brilliant. You hear about it on the news every day. It’s not just the nurses and doctors, you have the admin staff, the cleaners in hospital, anyone who has something to do with the emergency services. They are right in the line of fire. Hats off to them and thank you very much.

“It would be a bit strange if fans wear them. Even stranger standing on stage, playing with them on! But you never know. Listen get fingers out of your pockets, get a couple bought, and it will go to a good cause. Hopefully we will see loads of them.

”Anderson also admits that he feels for fellow countryman Peter Wright who has had his World Champion year ‘stolen’ from him.

He added: “I haven’t thought about that but it could be. But if this Worlds were to go then he would score an extra year doesn’t he? There will be downs and pluses. “So, it’s a a shame, you play all your life to lift that title and then get it taken away, well the tournaments don’t happen, and you aren’t mentioned as the World Champion.”

Now Anderson faces a tricky Home Tour group including Humphries who became the first Premier League Challenger to win a match against him in March. Ando admits that playing online is a very different experience, adding: “It was strange. I struggled with Dan talking in between each leg. I was pacing up and down. You have got someone you can see when you throw the last darts. So, you know when to walk. I was standing there listening for the thuds on the dartboard. It was hard, you know. But it was fun also.

“I have had a few throws since Barnsley. I have been a home teacher. It takes up all my time. The school have been great and sent Tai plenty of stuff through. It’s coming through the internet. So we have been struggling to print a lot off. He’s up and running now. 

“Rachel deals with a lot of it, more than I do. I have got patience that lasts about five minutes. Two young kids test your patience. They do test it. It’s hard for them as well as they cannot see their friends or go to the nursery. They are stuck as well. 

“Fortunately they have a decent-sized garden and get chucked out of there for a couple of hours every day.

“There are ducks, chickens in the morning. I am up usually at 5.30am, letting them out. Tai gets up at 7am, 7.30am. I am the one who gets up and does his job. He needs to learn.”


Gary Anderson was talking to Darts World’s Phil Lanning

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Wright’s Fears For Wife.

PETER WRIGHT fears his wife could end up in a wheelchair as she goes in for a vital operation on her back.

Peter WWright with wife Jo.

The reigning World Champion is worried as Jo, who produces his amazing hair designs, has a major spine op today (Sat) after it was cancelled last month because of the Covid-19 crisis.

Wright, 50, said: “I’m very nervous about it to be honest. It is a massive worry for us. It’s a very big operation as it is on her spine. 

“But it will also put her into the vulnerable category for coronavirus. We’ve been through this as a family and Jo was adamant she wanted to go ahead with it.

“The operation could go wrong and she could end up in a wheelchair.

“I’m always a house husband anyway, I do all the work. I can’t even escape now to play darts all over Europe, so I have to do as I’m told or I’m in deep trouble!

“The strange thing is that this enforced time at home has worked out really well for us. Because if the op had gone ahead I would have been at home permanently to look after Jo which I couldn’t have done if I’d been away playing.

“I did say to her the plan was I would miss the Premier League if she wanted me to. But she said no way, I was to carry on playing.

“It’s a condition that Jo has in her spine that has progressively got worse over the years. It’s giving her pain with nerves so the operation has to happen, she is having her spine fused together in the lumber region and will be in hospital for 3-5 days. It will also include four to six screws and plate or rods put in her spine.”

World No.2 Wright will hope Jo is recuperating after her op when he takes his place in the last 32 of the PDC Home Tour on Tuesday night.

Snakebite is the top seeded player  left in the competition alongside the likes of Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Nathan Aspinall, Glen Durrant and Dave Chisnall.

He added: “Of course I’ll hit the practice board now. I think Dimitri will help me. I’m still in the competition, I’m the World Champion and I think I’ll win it. You ain’t seen nothing yet!

“It was a tough last group to win over Justin Pipe, Krzysztof Ratajski and Adam Hunt. Justin is always awesome, he never gives up. It’s never easy playing Justin. I used to look up to Justin when I was trying to get better and improve myself when he was winning all the Players Championships. He’s a quality guy and a quality dart player.

“We all know that Krzysztof is a fantastic player and he’s going to get even better in the future. He’s immense.

“All he does is practice and practice and try and be better than anyone else. Respect to him, he’s a hard man to beat.

“But obviously my first concern right now is Jo and that she comes through this op all safe and successful.”


Wright Cooking Up A Home Tour Bid.

PETER WRIGHT has turned into Gordon Ramsay in lockdown as he cooks up a bid for the PDC Home Tour title.

Arrow to Arrows?

The reigning World Champion has gone all a la dart carte with the frying pan looking after the family during the coronavirus crisis. Wright, 50, takes his place tonight (Tues) in the last 32 of the online streaming event against Ryan Murray, Cristo Reyes and Jelle Klaasen.

Snakebite has been working flat-out on his farm building a 40 foot greenhouse, helping new born chicks settle into life while Jo has been making face masks for her hair salon – when it re-opens – and knitting clothes for Michael van Gerwen’s new baby boy.Plus Snakebite has been taking on lockdown lodger and fellow player Dimitri Van den Bergh at chess, archery and pool.He added: “I’m actually loving time off to be fair. We’ve been very busy. I’ve worked out that I’m a good cook as well. Jo tells me I am anyway!“I’ve been making sweet and sour chicken balls, toad in the hole, corned beef pie, poached eggs and my favourite roast dinners.“

Jo is also a dressmaker as well as a hairdresser. I organised her sewing room at last so now the sewing machine is at full blast. She’s made a hat and clothes for Michael’s young baby as well as face masks for when the salon finally opens again.“We’re also building the new 40-foot polytunnel greenhouse which is really hard work and I’ve found a way of growing tomatoes out of a two-liter bottle. Plus we’ve also got some new rabbits. It’s never not busy here!

“But obviously my first concern right now is Jo and that she comes through this op all safe and successful.” 

World No.2 Wright is in bullish mood after winning his qualifying group a week ago and is the top-seeded player left in the competition alongside the likes of Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Nathan Aspinall, Glen Durrant, and Dave Chisnall. He added: “Of course I’ll hit the practice board now. I think Dimitri will help me. I’m still in the competition, I’m the World Champion and I think I’ll win it. You ain’t seen nothing yet!

“It was a tough last group to win over Justin Pipe, Krzysztof Ratajski and Adam Hunt. Justin is always awesome, he never gives up. It’s never easy playing Justin. I used to look up to Justin when I was trying to get better and improve myself when he was winning all the Players Championships. He’s a quality guy and a quality dart player.

“We all know that Krzysztof is a fantastic player and he’s going to get even better in the future. He’s immense.“

All he does is practice and practice and try and be better than anyone else. Respect to him, he’s a hard man to beat.”