Friday, December 4, 2020

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Steve Beaton claimed victory at the Lakeside in the Embassy World Championship back in 1996 but only after losing twice in the first round before that triumph.

As part of the Golden Arrows Podcast series, Beaton looked back on that and admitted one goal spurred him on for the rest of the week.

“I just wanted to get through the first round again. I was playing well enough, it started to play on my mind a bit. It was such a relief to get through the first round and I just started going on from there,” said Beaton.

“That actually fired me on for the rest of the week anyway because I think I was averaging 96 over the week.”

On how he slept the night before the final, ‘The Bronzed Adonis’ said that he didn’t sleep much but it is the same even now: “You’re obviously just thinking the game through and how you’re going to play. I probably got a few hours sleep in the end, even now when you play in matches; sometimes the night before it’s hard to sleep. It’s hard to put it out of your mind.”

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More than 47 years after the iteration of the illustrious British Darts Organisation (BDO), it seems to be no more.

In recent weeks, more and more counties have switched from the BDO in the county BICC system to the United Kingdom Darts Association (UKDA). They were formed at the end of May 2020 to go alongside the BDO and Tri-Nations to battle for control of the county system.

Interested counties could make it known until Monday evening if they wished to defer their membership over to any of the two new associations. 42 had already defected as of Sunday; and on Monday evening, the UKDA signalled the end of the BDO with the eight remaining counties also joining the association.

This includes Lincolnshire, who have involvement from the BDO Chairman, Des Jacklin. 54 counties in all; with four more added made sure of the UKDA running proceedings going forward.

“It hasn’t been an easy period in our sport and there is certainly no mass celebrations at the UKDA tonight,” said UKDA CEO Colin Savage in a press release. “Yes we have achieved our goal; but it is also a very sad day for the game of darts. The BDO system has been what we all have known, loved and invested time in. And I as well as many have shed a tear today.”

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Darter Alan Glazier is hospitalized after suffering a heart attack. In addition, he is also infected with the corona virus.

Darts commentator John Gwynne reports on Twitter that 81-year-old Glazier is currently being treated in a hospital in Manchester.

The Englishman competed nine times in the BDO World Championship at Lakeside from 1978 to 1987, where he reached the semi-finals in 1986. The Ton Machine reached the final of the News of the World Darts Championship in 1979, which he lost to Bobby George.

I know that the #darts community will want to join me in wishing all the best to legendary player Alan Glazier. On suffering a heart attack, the 81-year old ‘Ton Machine’ from Rochdale was taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary where he is also being treated for Covid-19. #BDO #PDC

— John Gwynne (@OnlyJohnGwynne) September 3, 2020

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The BDO has revealed the first information about the BICC season for 2021/22, including the first nine county teams for the competition.

BDO Chairman Des Jacklin confirmed Yorkshire, Cornwall, Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, West Midlands, Humberside, Isle of Wight, Wiltshire and Worcestershire will remain with the BDO for the next darts season.

”Several other Counties have had their vote and we are awaiting official confirmation that will be published in the following days, these Counties must inform their own members before the BDO will publish”, Jacklin said in a statement.

He added: I can also confirm that I have been contacted by several County teams that have already had their vote and chosen to play in a rival Organisation but have since had a change of heart due to the BDO being a more viable option and indicated that they will not be playing in the rival Organisation and will be registering with the BDO BICC for the forthcoming season. These names will be added to the list when it is deemed appropriate by the individual County concerned.”

Chairman Des Jacklin

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The latest quiz is here and it tests your knowledge on previous World Champions in both codes (BDO and PDC) between 1978-2020.

Overall in this quiz, there is 70 to guess from over the years from the very first back in 1978 in the BDO; to the start of the PDC World Championship back in 1994.

You have 10 minutes in all to guess every World Champion; click here to take part in the Quiz and let us know through Facebook how many you got right?

Photo: Chris Sargeant/Tip Top Pics

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Martin Adams is one of a few players that has always remained loyal to the British Darts Organisation (BDO) over the years; but he has drawn the honest conclusion that it has in fact finished.

The problems in the BDO stem from the commercial organisation going into liquidation. There are no tournaments in sight including the World Championship; with the current attention being on the County side of the game with many leaving to join the likes of the UKDA.

According to three-time Lakeside Champion Adams, it was done at the World Masters last year; as well as that it is ‘unrecoverable’.

“I have got to be honest. I think unfortunately the BDO has died. It died at the World Masters in my view. That was a very sad sad day, what more can you say. I just think it’s unrecoverable,” said ‘Wolfie’ to Darts World at a drive in exhibition in Scotland.

“I think it’s beyond saving now. When you go into voluntary liquidation, that’s nails in the coffin. I think we actually buried it with Olly Croft, the founder.”

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The BDO has been making regular headlines for all of the wrong reasons lately. Despite the plethora of issues, the sport continues to see support from punters, who regularly bet on the outcomes of the games and major events.

If you want to get involved, you can find all of the latest darts betting odds here. But how did the original home of professional darts see such an unbelievable fall from grace?

Historical issues

Problems at the BDO are certainly nothing new. After enjoying a purple patch in the ‘70s, by 1984, the organisation had lost many of its main sponsors. By 1989, the only BDO tournament that was nationally televised was the World Championship.

This lack of sponsorship and televised events bothered the players, who felt that there wasn’t enough being done to ensure they could make a living from professional darts. That’s why, the following year, a group of players, including many former World Champions, broke away to form the WDC (now the PDC).

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It was revealed on Saturday that the WDF were still looking to host a World Championship this year and that discussions remain ongoing with relevant parties but that isn’t the case with their intentions to host a WDF World Masters.

Last year saw the WDF terminate their association with the BDO after the fiasco surrounding the World Masters; as a result with senior figures such as Richard Ashdown and Nick Rolls involved; they have stamped their ambitions to run their own in the future taking over the amateur side of the game.

Only 20 ranking tournaments took place so far this year; as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic; the hopes to host these tournaments have been diminished; with the World Masters set to take place next year instead.

Ashdown said in a statement regarding the future of the WDF: “We continue to liaise with our organisers regarding the status of forthcoming ranking events that still hope to run in 2020.

“Despite our best efforts and intentions, unfortunately there will be no WDF World Masters at the end of the 2020 season. Without national championships, ranking events and qualifiers being played since March; to assemble 600+ players from 60+ countries would be extremely difficult.

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Tony O’Shea has been runner-up in the final of the BDO World Championship on three separate occasions including in 2012 when he lost 7-5 to Christian Kist.

O’Shea spoke on the Golden Arrows Podcast recently about how tough circumstances awaited him before the final and that despite it not being an excuse, it was playing on his mind before the big match.

“I was behind early on. I’m not a good starter anyway and I never have been. To be that far behind, just take one leg at a time and then when you get the set again it’s one leg at the time,” said O’Shea on the Golden Arrows Podcast.

“I’ve actually started writing a book and it’s going to be in the book. The night before my son and grandson were actually down visiting the Lakeside and I found them somewhere to stay. They were actually loading a car actually right outside the Lakeside and I didn’t go to bed until 4am because they had to be taken to hospital.”

“I’m not saying that’s an excuse but that was on my mind and I didn’t really sleep the night before. Sometimes I wondered if that hadn’t happened, you never know.”

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Tony Martin has been appointed as the Players Director for the United Kingdom Darts Association (UKDA), it has been announced.

Martin has been appointed due to an ‘extensive knowledge of the darting system‘; UKDA believe he will be a ‘fantastic asset’.

He will work closely with the counties involved and players; to help develop and grow grassroots darts using the UKDA system.

During his career, he has competed in both the BDO and PDC; he has gone from grassroots to captaining his county.

The 39-year-old is also of course the husband of three time World Champion, Anastasia Dobromyslova.

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