Mic Drop, with John Fowler. Episode 3 Preview.

One of the most popular new features in Darts World is the Mic Drop column. John’s style, and many anecdotes, are proving popular with readers across the darting world.

Here is a taste of what to come in the November Edition (Print):

Mic Drop: Tales from the Open Road!
Every MOnth with John Fowler (BDO Referee & Official)

Hello, again Darts family. Where do I start this edition?

Only one word needed, WOW!!! Having recently become a contributor to Darts World, I was wondering what would be next on the agenda. Then, a couple of months ago, I was in Germany and noticed two missed calls on my mobile phone and a message on Facebook saying “Call me urgently please”. So I rang, the number turned out to be the BDO Chairman and I was pleasantly surprised to be asked if I was available to join the new group of BDO referees and if I was available for the World Darts Trophy weekend in Blackburn.

Naturally, I was only too happy to accept. 

On the afternoon that my appointment was due to be made public, I decided to go out for a training walk along the canal towpath. From the moment it was announced, I had to sit down on a bench by the lock for 90 minutes because my mobile phone went into meltdown.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you that took the time to contact me for your very kind messages.

Very humbling to an old country boy like me…….

Complete article available in Darts World Magazine (Print & Digital) November 2019. Get your copy or subscribe here: www.dartsworld.com/product/magazine/

Darts World Contributor to Make TV Debut! John Fowler Joins BDO Officials.

Congratulations to Darts World columnist, and dartsworld.com, contributor John Fowler who has been confirmed as an official for the upcoming World Trophy to be screened on Eurosport.

Speaking to John, before the official announcement, it was clear that he was delighted to be asked but waiting nervously for the official confirmation. Those who have read his MIC DROP column will know that John has gathered a huge amount of experience in darts over the last few years. His enthusiasm for the game is unbounded and he is a strong personality who can carry authority on stage.

The BDO has recruited a new team of officials following the departures of a large percentage of the previous stage team. Paul Booth will offer some experience as the highest-profile recruit.

From running his own small scale knockouts, and hosting exhibitions in local clubs, John progressed to working with most of the biggest names in darts. He has refereed County weekends and overseen many competitions. He has clocked up thousands of miles, travelling within the UK, journeyed all over Europe and the wider world to MC and host events.

It is remarkable that John will reach the top level of his chosen profession within 5 years of deciding to pursue his dream.

John will make his BDO debut at the end of this month, at The Kings Hall in Blackburn. We hope he still has time to share his experience with us at dartsworld.com.

BDO World Trophy – Day 1 – Big names exit on opening day!

Credit: David Gill / DG Media

It was a day of upsets in the 2017 BDO World Trophy as reigning champion Darryl Fitton, Danny Noppert and Jamie Hughes all exited in the men’s bracket. With a major shock also coming in the women’s competition, read on to find out more.

Debutant Conan Whitehead was the man who dumped out reigning champion Fitton, 6-4 in a matter of 20 minutes. A sensational 104 checkout was among the highlights from the Gillingham-born Whitehead, and there was little Fitton could do to defend his title and halt the rampaging Barbarian.

Earlier in the day Jamie Hughes fell at the hands of Jeff Smith in a mouthwatering clash. Whilst not living up the pre-match hype, Smith produced a high standard of finishing to end Yozza’s dreams of picking up a first major championship victory.

Joining Hughes on the ride back home was highly fancied Danny Noppert after being bullied into submission by fellow countryman Willem Mandigers. The latter scored consistently throughout the match, with Noppert failing to convert various opportunities to reach the second round. Mandigers will certainly be a threat in the coming days.

In possibly the best encounter of the evening’s action, Darius Labanauskus showed his steel to the block out big Swede Dennis Nilsson. The Lithuanian produced the sensational darts in the contest but it was Nilsson who topped the scoring charts, four maximums for him. But it was the consistent finishing of Labanauskas the pulled him through into round two.

Martin Atkins was the final big name to topple, this time at the hands of Nick Kenny. The 23-year-old shot onto the scene last year and has been making a name for himself ever since. Adding scalps such as the Yorkshire captain can only increase his reputation. Any further progression would be a real building block for the Welsh youngster.

Martin Phillips joined the ranks for the second round with a resounding victory over Carl Dennell. The 57-year-old has failed to make it past the last 16 in his two decades at the helm but, with the home crowd roaring him on, it could just be the extra incentive the Welshman needs. If his clinical performance against Dennell is anything to go by, he could be a serious threat in this year’s World Trophy.

Mark McGeeney progressed to round two with a simple victory over Wouter Vaes. The Gladiator has fared well on the tour in 2017 but is yet to add a TV title. With performances like this he could be a real threat to the big names this year.

Ross Montgomery rounded off the action in the men’s draw, comfortably beating American qualifier Joe Chaney. As his name suggests, ‘The Boss’ dominated the match, totting up five 180s and hitting six perfect darts. It was a decent showing from the Chainsaw in his debut TV match, but it was the Boss who ruled the roost and squeezed through to the next round.

In the women’s section, number three seed Aileen De Graaf dispatched Lindsey Ashton 4-1 with minimum fuss, with her mother Lisa Ashton not fairing any better.

The Lancashire Rose has been on the top of her game in the past 18 months, but in the biggest shock of the day Anca Zijlstra dumped her out of the tournament in the deciding leg. Ashton 3-2 behind early on, levelling proceedings with a sumptuous 121 checkout on the bullseye. She then followed it up with a sensational 171, but Vijlstra kept things simple took her chance on double two to open up the women’s bracket.

The Golden Girl Trina Gulliver breezed through the opening stages of the competition making light work of Maria O’Brien. Could the 10-time World Champion be in line for a seventh World Trophy triumph? Home favourite Rhian Griffiths whitewashed Lorraine Winstanley with a 100 per cent checkout rate, putting the likes of De Graaf and Gulliver on alert. She will definitely be a name to watch out for in round two.


Willem Mandigers 6-4 Danny Noppert

Nick Kenny 6-4 Martin Atkins

Jeff Smith 6-2 Jamie Hughes

Darius Labanauskas 6-3 Dennis Nilsson

Conan Whitehead 6-3 Darryl Fitton

Martin Phillips 6-0 Carl Dennell

Mark McGeeney 6-2 Wouter Vaes

Ross Montgomery 6-3 Joe Chaney


Rhian Griffiths 4-0 Lorraine Winstanley

Aileen De Graaf 4-1 Lindsey Ashton

Trina Gulliver 4-1 Maria O’Brien

Anca Zijlstra 4-3 Lisa Ashton

BDO World Trophy 2017

BDO World Trophy 2017

BDO World Trophy 2017The draw has been made for the BDO World Trophy, to be held over four days at the end of May (at the Barry Memo Arts Centre between 26th-29th May 2017.)

The World Darts Trophy currently held by Stockport’s Darryl Fitton and Lisa Ashton, kicks off with Ross Montgomery taking on Joe Chaney in the men’s event and recent Welsh Open winner Lorraine Winstanley up against Rhian Griffiths in the women’s event.

Holders Fitton and Ashton have opening clashes against Conan Whitehead and Anca Ziljstra respectively.

Order of Play – Friday 26th May 2017

Ross Montgomery v Joe Chaney
Lorraine Winstanley v Rhian Griffiths
Danny Noppert v Willem Mandigers
Nick Kenny v Martin Atkins
Aileen de Graaf v Lindsey Ashton
Jamie Hughes v Jeff Smith
Darius Labanauskus v Dennis Nilsson
Trina Gulliver (MBE) v Maria O’Brien
Darryl Fitton v Conan Whitehead
Martin Phillips v Carl Dennel
Lisa Ashton v Anca Ziljstra
Mark McGeeney v Wouter Vaes

Saturday 27th May 2016

Scott Waites v James Hurrell
Sharon Prins v Rachel Brooks
Wesley Harms v Yuya Higuchi
Richard Veenstra v Andy Fordham
Deta Hedman v Paula Jacklin
Glen Durrant v Brian Dawson
Geert de Vos v Peter Machin
Corrine Hammond v Fallon Sherrock
Scott Mitchel v Umit Uygunsozlu
Martin Adams v Cameron Menzies
Anastasia Dobromyslova v Sue Edwards
Dean Reynolds v Jim Williams

BDO World Darts Trophy announced

The winners of the 2016 World Darts Trophy Darryl Fitton & Lisa Ashton.
Photo : David Gill / DG Media


The BDO have moved to alleviate any fears and quash the rumours gathering pace on social media that the World Trophy was to be cancelled by releasing a statement that the World Trophy will go ahead and will definitely take its place on the BDO darting calendar.

Players and fans were showing concern as it was rumoured that the BDO had said players would be free to do exhibitions on the usual weekend that the Trophy is scheduled causing concern in some quarters. Yesterday 12th April 2017, a statement read that they (the BDO) were delighted that the World Trophy would take place from Friday 26th May – Monday 29th May, with a switch from the fabled Lakeside venue to the Memo Arts Centre, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan.

Usual rules will apply with 32 men completing, consisting of the current top 16 ranked players seeded in the first round, joined by 16 others, including 9 from regional qualifiers from around the world and a chance for 3 more to join the event via the playoffs at Pontins, Prestatyn on Friday 12th May before the Welsh Open. 4 more qualifiers will be added from those highest ranked on the BDO table who have not qualified, including crowd favourites Brian Dawson and Andy Fordham.

The women’s event will be made up in a similar vein with the top 8 in the rankings to be seeded to be joined alongside 6 more ranked 9-14 in the table of merit, whilst 2 more will join the party from the previously mentioned qualifiers at Pontins. The event will see the return of former winner (2013) Anastasia Dobromyslova who returns to the oche after the birth of her son in February of this year.

Both the men’s and women’s current World Trophy holders will be back to defend their titles over the weekend, with Darryl Fitton and Lisa Ashton hoping to collect the titles once again. They will be up against a strong field as current BDO world champion Glen Durrant will be looking to add the Trophy to his list of accolades and the evergreen Deta Hedman will be aiming to live up to her number 1 seed status.

Full list of seeds – World Trophy


1 – Glen Durrant (Eng) 2 – Mark McGeeney (Eng) 3 – Jamie Hughes (Eng) 4 – Scott Mitchell (Eng) 5 – Dean Reynolds (Wal) 6 – Danny Noppert (Ned) 7 – Darryl Fitton (Eng) 8 – Wesley Harms (Ned) 9 – Ross Montgomery (Sco) 10 – Scott Waites (Eng) 11 – Darius Labanauskas (Lit) 12 – Martin Phillips (Wal) 13 – Martin Adams (Eng) 14 – Nick Kenny (Wal) 15 – Geert de Vos (Bel) 16 – Richard Veenstra (Ned)


1 – Deta Hedman (Eng) 2 – Lisa Ashton (Eng) 3 – Aileen de Graaf (Ned) 4 – Anastasia Dobromyslova (Rus) 5 – Corrine Hammond (Aus) 6 – Lorraine Winstanley (Eng) 7 – Trina Gulliver MBE (Eng) 8 – Sharon Prins (Ned)

As time of going to press no details have been officially released regarding any television coverage.

Lisa Ashton smashes world record average


2015 World Champion Lisa Ashton today broke the televised average record in a women’s match– with a sensational 98.84 in her BDO World Trophy quarter-final with Corrine Hammond.

Ashton cruised to a 5-1 victory against the Australian, hitting 14 ton-plus scores in just six legs, and checked out on 118 to secure the win.

The Bolton brunette smashed Trina Gulliver’s record which had incredibly stood for 17 years – 97.56 in the 1999 World Masters final.

Speaking to the World Trophy’s broadcaster Dave following her win, Ashton said: “I’m so happy with that game, it was brilliant. I’m over the moon.”

The 45-year-old had a look of surprise when she was informed that the world record had indeed been broken.

“I struggled a lot in my first game (vs Casey Gallagher) but today it all clicked together”, said Ashton. “If I keep up that level of performance for the rest of the tournament I couldn’t ask for anything else.”