To commemorate John Part’s dazzling 7-2 victory to become the Ladbrokes PDC World Darts Champion, the good old Beeb has put together a collection of some of the best quotes ever to emerge from the oche.
There’s Andy “The Viking” Fordham on his dietary requirements: “Before a match I like to relax with 25 bottles of Holsten Pils and six steak n' kidney pies.” That one comes from his Myspace page, incidentally, not something you’d expect a darts player to have.
There’s commentator Ray Stubbs’ remark to Sports Minister Richard Caborn: “Darts really can help with literacy.” Or numeracy, perhaps?
Then there’s Merv King’s legendary excuse for his defeat in the 2003 Lakeside final: “I asked for the air-conditioning to be turned off, because it was blowing my darts all over the shop.”
And of course there are some gems from that walking quote machine, commentator Sid Waddell. Like: “Bristow reasons; Bristow quickens; aaaaah Bristow!”, for instance. And: “William Tell could take an apple off your head, [Phil “The Power”] Taylor could take out a processed pea.”
It’s a great collection though my favourite Waddellism is missing: “When Alexander the Great was 33 he cried salt tears because there were no more worlds to conquer. Eric Bristow is only 27.”
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