Friday, July 10, 2020

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Andy Fordham spoke recently about making a full recovery from a blockage in his bowels in which he said he is probably about 90 percent better, he also discussed the current state of the BDO.

The BDO which saw the World Championship and World Masters go into disarray and as a result Des Jacklin resigned only to return a month later.

For Fordham, as a former World Champion with the organisation, he is sad to see the current state of proceedings but thought the Indigo was the right move.

“It breaks my heart the way it’s gone. It’s where it all started, it needed to move forward. They never got the right person in to do it, you did need a Barry Hearn,” said Fordham on Winmau TV in conversation with Phill Barrs.

“The Indigo is a great venue, it’s up to date. Unfortunately I mean as much as I love playing at Lakeside and if I had the opportunity I’d love to play there again. The Indigo I think it’s that step forward that sometimes you need to do.”

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There are 67 players in all that have made 12 or more appearances in the World Championship in both codes (PDC and BDO) and today’s quiz revolves around that.

Going back to 1978, there are the usual suspects that are easily guessable as well as some players who are more difficult to guess.

There is hints in the form of their debut year and which code they first appeared in as of course many players have appeared in both World Championships. As well as their nationality.

Can you name all 67? Click here to take part in the latest quiz. There are 15 minutes in all with the average player getting 56% of it right so far.

Photo: Chris Sargeant/Tip Top Pics

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Andy Fordham is close to making a full recovery after previously being hospitalised in late February due to severe abdominal pain and as a result, blockage in his bowels.

Fordham said he is ’90 percent’ better and that he is losing weight and starting to feel good again extending to even playing some darts despite admitting himself that he may not ever be back to tournament level again.

“I’m probably about 90 percent better now. It was a blocked bowel and there was nothing coming out at all and when it finally started to go, it weren’t nice. The people in the hospital are just unbelievable, you can’t praise them enough,” said Fordham on Winmau TV in conversation with Phill Barrs.

“I think I’m always going to have a couple of issues but compared to what I was, I feel so much better. I lost loads of weight, but I’ve learnt from last time. I’ve been moving around a lot more, I’ve had a couple of goes on the dartboard. It’s slowly picking up.

I won’t say I will be getting back to tournament standard but if you don’t try you don’t know.”

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In mid-April, Nick Rolls was appointed as the new Secretary General of the World Darts Federation (WDF). In recent years he has been active as a referee at the BDO.

Last year, however, Rolls stepped down from the BDO together with his fellow referees Marco Meijer, Antony Dundas; Charlie Corstorphine and Richard Ashdown; as a result of being dissatisfied with the current management in the organisation; now he has found a new role and new goals.

“We hope with the WDF to take over the role of the BDO in the long term; so we definitely want to organise two majors; including a kind of Masters tournament and also a World Championship,” said Rolls in conversation with RTL7 Bullseye Podcast.

In recent years, eight players from the BDO system have each been allowed to participate in the Grand Slam of Darts. “We are discussing this with the PDC and it is the intention that the WDF will designate these places from 2021,” Rolls concludes.

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Wayne Warren became BDO World Champion at the start of the year and spoke about the interesting series of events since then. From finding out about the reduced prize fund, for lifting the title at the Indigo, to missing out on exhibitions and being paraded as World Champion due to Coronavirus.

“It’s everyone’s dream to be World Champion. To have what I’ve had, it’s a nightmare not a dream. I was hoping to get as many exhibitions in as I could.  The ones I did do, I did some for charity because we had a lot of floods up this way. I took the cup and everyone was really loving it,” said Warren to Red Dragon Darts.

“Everything’s cancelled, we don’t know when we’re going to start. Everything’s blank to me at the moment, just hanging in there.”

Reduced prize fund and current state of BDO

Warren also spoke about finding out about the aforementioned reduced prize fund. As well as about Des Jacklin performing a U-Turn and returning as chairman and where as a result his future lies.

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The new iteration of the Remote Darts League continues on Tuesday night with Paul Hogan and Darren Herewini both involved.

Hogan ended up in the playoffs during the first edition of the Remote Darts League so was automatically invited into the second edition. He lost out to James Richardson in the final.

There will be debuts tonight for Darren Herewini who will be known as appearing in World Series events as well as the BDO World Championship at the start of the year.

‘Apocalypse’ himself is currently ranked number two with the WDF; also he won the 2019 WDF World Cup Singles title so will be a potential outside bet for many.

Laura Turner will also make her debut tonight. The current Ladies BDO World Number Eight and BDO World Championship Quarter-Finalist is one of four female participants in the competition.

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Des Jacklin has been voted back onto the BDO Board at their online meeting this past weekend, it has been revealed only weeks after leaving his post as Chairman.

Jacklin announced his resignation just under a month ago with his tenure in the BDO seemingly over but he was voted back onto the board albeit not as the Chairman by majority decision.

It is understood that he received 66 percent of the votes from the counties; but initially declined the position due to seemingly a lack of trust; but he later reversed his decision and is now back on the BDO board.

It has been further noted that Jacklin will oversee finances; before a final decision is made on his new role at the next AGM.

Jacklin was the Chairman of the BDO during a period which saw them come under increased criticism; due to moving the World Championship to the Indigo at the O2, the World Masters fiasco; as well as a decreased prize fund for their biggest tournament of the year which saw the lowest winners’ cheque in the Men’s tournament since 1989.

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On Monday evening, the third night will be played in the Remote Darts League with the competition which includes some well known faces from the BDO and WDF circuits competing.

League leader Jim Williams will lock horns with ‘Silverback’ Tony O’Shea who currently sits third in the standings. Wes Newton and John Walton begin the night with the latter looking for his first win of the campaign

The same can be said for Paul Hogan and Dean Winstanley who are seventh and ninth respectively with the former in that position by virtue of two draws.

Then it is a battle of joint fourth with Alan Norris facing off against Darryl Fitton. Gary Robson and James Richardson are next in the penultimate game of the night before Williams and O’Shea face off.

From Saturday, April 18, nine nights will be played to complete the league with the playoffs set to be played on Monday April 27.

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The first two matches have concluded on the second night of the Remote Darts League which involves BDO/WDF players and Jim Williams and Tony O’Shea are first to add two points tonight.

Williams started the evening by easing past initial league leader Gary Robson in a 7-3 win. Despite both averaging 90, for ‘The Quiff’ the difference came in the doubles with 7/16 (43%) compared to 3/16 (18%) for ‘Big Robbo’. As a result, he will go top for the time being with four points.

O’Shea was facing off against his fellow Stockport ace Darryl Fitton in a match between two fans favourites and it was ‘Silverback’ who came through against ‘The Dazzler’ in a 7-5 win.

It was a match that saw Fitton lead throughout until 5-5 when O’Shea put it to parity and from there, he surged to one away suddenly at 6-5.

But he had some trouble in getting over the line, he was down to 96 but in the end it took him 26 darts after initially getting down to 96 and a potentially make able finish. What matters though is that O’Shea leaves the second night with the points.

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On Sunday evening, the second night will be played in the Remote Darts League with the competition which includes some well known faces from the BDO and WDF circuits competing.

Darryl Fitton and Tony O’Shea, will lock horns in an all-Stockport affair as the fans favourites face off. Jim Williams and Gary Robson open proceedings up while Paul Hogan aims to get off the mark when he faces James Richardson.

Also Alan Norris will take on John Walton, with Dean Winstanley and Wes Newton closing the evening’s play.

From Saturday, April 18, nine nights will be played to complete the league with the playoffs set to be played on Monday April 27.

All matches can be viewed live from this link.

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