THE WAY TO DO IT! By BOBBY
I reckon Tom Baynton of Bicester must be related to Pro Life,
because he moans in the same way about me, Olly Croft and
poor old John Gibson of Canada. One thing’s for certain,
Pro Life and Tom don’t like it up ‘em!!
a rest, Tom and admit that if you don’t like my column
(even though you read every single word I write!) and can’t
understand John Gibson, how on earth can you understand the
ramblings of Pro Life?
my column features me and what I am up to. I write it! You
see, Tom, once I used to be big-headed, but I’m perfect
never been all about me. I’m far too modest for that.
I also like to have a bit of fun and comment on what’s
going on in darts month after month.
Perhaps Tom would be happier and more interested if I wrote
about him and Bicester?
might be, but I don’t think the thousands of other Darts
World readers would. And just to irritate him a bit more,
I have to say…….
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I don’t think Pro Life will take too kindly to The Legends
on Setanta being described as a copy of the Premier League
people serious? The Legends was what it said on the box and
in the title: It’s a group of former top players –
Legends of the sport – coming together on TV to show
that we (well some of us, at least!) can still throw a dart
been a smashing reunion that was competitive, fun and, for
some of us, just as frustrating as it was when we were in
important of all (and this is where I think it annoys certain
people) the public loved The Legends. We had people from all
walks of life and what a mixture of ages, ranging from youngsters
to moms, dads, grans and grandads!
If I can
go all Churchillian for a moment: It might not have been good
enough for some people, Tommo, but it was good enough for
most people, and the important thing is that Setanta and its
viewers loved it!
(who shall remain nameless) described it as the biggest comeback
since an elephant’s foreskin! Personally, I think it’s
been bigger than the return of Take That and the Spice Girls
have to be the Posh one, but Eric would have to be Scary Spice
after frightening poor old Tom with his mask!
shame that some people have had a humour bypass. It was just
a bit of fun, Tommo. In fact, Eric said to me afterwards:
‘I wish I’d been born with that mask, Bob. At
least everyone would have recognised me and I might have been
a real legend like you!’
E! Anything to cover that famous conk!
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for certain – The Legends will be back, bigger and better
than ever in 2009. That’s if we can find enough time
because we are all fully booked until this time next year!
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the way, before I get off the subject of Eric, I must tell
you about his recent visit to George Hall.
to ask me: ‘Which of your dogs will I be sleeping with,
resist could I? I told him: ‘Eric, I ain’t got
one ugly enough to sleep with you!’
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me laugh when I read that we need FOUR new legends! Legends
are not made in a shed, you know! Legends are created, and
if there are a few modern day legends around today, I don’t
think they are ready to quit the mainstream just yet –
even though they’d probably have more fun if they did!
shame that some people can’t accept that The Legends
series has been a fantastic success on TV and in venues all
around the country. It’s been good for darts and far
more positive than any jealous criticism.
he is having a pop at are the ones who made darts the huge
success it was then and still is today.
Get a life,
Tom, but not a Pro Life!
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more thing: Pro Life claims that the BDO copy everything that
the PDC does. Pardon? I think he will find that after 35 years
the BDO has done most things that the PDC have thought of
– and more.
Hearn’s claim of the ‘exciting new concept’
of Pro-Celebrity darts on ITV this month. Excuse me?
Pull the other one and buy a BDO Diary. In there you will
see that the BDO had the first ever TV Times/BDO Pro Celebrity
Darts way back in 1973 – and it ran for a few years.
The first Pro-Celeb Champions were the legendary Alan Evans
and the equally legendary Acker Bilk!
that Barry’s ‘exciting new concept’ is actually
35 years old!
playing darts on TV is nothing new. I have been doing ‘A
Leg With Bobby’ on BBC (featuring stars from stage,
screen and sport) for several years now every weekday afternoon
at the Lakeside World Pro. I also captained one of the teams
(Andy Fordham captained the other one) in a whole series of
‘Showbiz Darts’ on Challenge TV a couple of years
featured a couple of the stars in the PDC’s ‘new
concept’ – Phil Tufnell and the eventual Showbiz
Darts champion Michael Le Vell from Coronation Street.
serves me right, Pro Life had his usual pop at this. Not because
it was rubbish (it wasn’t) but because it was BDO and
featured ‘yours truly’.
wonder what he must have thought of my appearance on the Paul
O’Grady Show last month ? Stars don’t come much
bigger than Paul, unless you happen to count America’s
latest singing sensations The Jonas Brothers, Pub Landlord
and TV’s ‘Happy Hour’ host, Al Murray, and
of course 10 year-old Jordan Singh, who beat the lot of us
to win Paul’s Darts Challenge for the third year on
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there is very little that is new or original in darts that
wasn’t first thought of by the BDO! But then, they say
that impersonation is the greatest form of flattery!
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On to a
really exciting concept, John Smith’s People’s
Darts and the first Regional Finals this month for ‘ordinary’
pub players – and I will be at most of them.
(posh word!) comes at just the right time, because all those
pub players suffering from the effects of the credit crunch
will have something to cheer them up at last!
is that all those who love a game of darts in their local
pub and club (men and women aged 18 and over) will have the
best opportunity they have ever had to actually go to Lakeside
and play on the most famous stage in world darts.
hundreds of pubs have signed up so that ‘ordinary’
players from ‘ordinary’ pub teams can get on that
famous road to Lakeside next January. There was lots of information
in last month’s Darts World, but the idea is that eight
top pub players will come through the regional finals to play
from the Quarter-Finals to the Final at Lakeside during the
be competing in the real World Pro of course, but they’ll
be getting the darting experience of their lives!
it’s a bit like the X-Factor of darts, because all the
players will be competing for a chance to enjoy the unique
Lakeside experience and win lots of dosh for the charities
of their choice at the same time.
a fantastic opportunity for pub players to play at ‘the
home of world darts’ in front of packed audiences and
the BBC cameras.
I am the
Simon Cowell (only fitter and better looking!) of the John
Smith’s mentors, and will be joined by John Boy Walton,
Martin Adams, Mark Webster and Ted Hankey during the regional
finals, in mentoring visits to players pubs, and ultimately
at Lakeside to see who can be the John Smith’s People’s
Champions from the eight regional finalists.
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it all off in the first of the regional finals for the Yorkshire
competitors (should be a talented bunch) will be John Boy
Walton, who will be at The Irish Centre, Leeds on November
9th to watch the action and hand out a few tips to the players.
knows all about Lakeside. He was crowned Embassy World Champion
there in 2001 and is a regular on that famous stage. He’s
there again by right next January and one of those Yorkshire
pub players will be following in his footsteps
World Champion Martin Adams will be in Bishop Auckland for
the Scotland and North-East regional finals at Coundon WMC
on November 16th and is hoping that it is a ‘howling’
(get it) success for two areas that are well known for producing
is then down to me. I will be at Willenhall Social Club, Coventry
on the 22nd for the Central and South Wales regional finals,
before moving move on to Blackburn on the 23rd for the North
West and North Wales regional finals at King George’s
Hall (named after me!).
the very last regional final will be at Lakeside on November
30th for the battle between the South of England players.
Lakeside World Champion, Mark Webster and 2000 World Champion
Ted Hankey, will be on hand to show off their darting skills
and pass on a few tips to the players – not least of
all, what it feels like to stand on that stage as Champion
o the World.
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Adam & Eve it? Next month it’s the 35th Winmau World
Masters at The Spa, Bridlington on BBC – hosted by ‘yours
truly’ and Ray Stubbs – then it’s Xmas and
New Year before we are all back at Lakeside for the big one,
the BDO World Pro.
getting excited already, but at my age that’s not very
hard – ask Marie! Until next month, Be Lucky and May
The Darts Be With You!