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Andy Fordham obituary

Darts world champion and fans’ favourite who may have achieved much more but for his unhealthy lifestyleAndy “the Viking” Fordham, who has died aged 59, was one of the world’s most popular darts players, instantly recognisable with his mane of long hai…

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Wayne Warren beats Jim Williams to become oldest BDO world champion

• Warren, 57, wins 7-4 after trailing 2-0 at O2 Arena• ‘This is a dream and might be my last chance,’ says winnerWayne Warren won an all-Welsh final to become the oldest BDO world champion with a 7-4 victory over Jim Williams at the O2 Arena.The 57-yea…

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BDO world darts championships failing to find their target

Event at the O2 Arena is losing its appeal with prize money slashed and spectators staying awayOn Thursday afternoon in the Indigo at the O2 Arena, two men appeared at the British Darts Organisation World Championship filled with enthusiasm for the day…

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Fallon Sherrock pulls out of women’s BDO world darts after prize money is cut

• ‘Unexpected changes to event’ behind Sherrock’s withdrawal• Men’s and women’s events in London hit by poor ticket salesFallon Sherrock will not take part in the upcoming BDO women’s world darts championship after “unexpected changes to the event”, he…

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One hundred and eighty – a darts photo essay

Photographer Alicia Canter went to the Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green to sample the unique atmosphere of the BDO ChampionshipsThe BDO World Darts championships is one of the two annual world professional darts championships, the other being the…

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One hundred and eighty – a darts photo essay

Photographer Alicia Canter went to the Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green to sample the unique atmosphere of the BDO ChampionshipsThe BDO World Darts championships is one of the two annual world professional darts championships, the other being the…

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Deta Hedman determined to finally deliver women’s darts world title

Beaten three times in the BDO final at Lakeside in the deciding set, the 57-year-old Royal Mail worker clocks up 14-hour shifts to be able to find time for darts

Deta Hedman knows better than most about the challenges of elite semi-professional sport. Hedman spent this week working her usual 14-hour shifts for Royal Mail, finishing at 4am, so that she could take time off for the BDO World Championship at Lakeside in Frimley Green. In the next week she will do a bit of daylighting as one of the world’s best darts players and an analyst for Channel 4, who are showing the tournament for the first time.

Related: BDO world championship is a faltering relic that’s worth clinging on to | Sean Ingle

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Deta Hedman determined to finally deliver women’s darts world title

Beaten three times in the BDO final at Lakeside in the deciding set, the 57-year-old Royal Mail worker clocks up 14-hour shifts to be able to find time for darts

Deta Hedman knows better than most about the challenges of elite semi-professional sport. Hedman spent this week working her usual 14-hour shifts for Royal Mail, finishing at 4am, so that she could take time off for the BDO World Championship at Lakeside in Frimley Green. In the next week she will do a bit of daylighting as one of the world’s best darts players and an analyst for Channel 4, who are showing the tournament for the first time.

Related: BDO world championship is a faltering relic that’s worth clinging on to | Sean Ingle

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BBC to show new Champions League of Darts from Cardiff

• Leading eight players from PDC order of merit to take part
• Corporation to cease covering BDO world championships

sThe BBC is to show a new Champions League of Darts to be held on 24 to 25 September at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff.

Featuring the leading eight players from the Professional Darts Corporation order of merit, the Champions League will see the contenders split into two groups of four players.

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Glen Durrant sails through to BDO World Championships quarter-final

• Top seed beats Larry Butler 4-0
• Wesley Harms, Jamie Hughes, Dennis Harbour and Jeff Smith also through

The No1 seed Glen Durrant continued his serene progress to the quarter-finals of the BDO World Championships at Lakeside on Wednesday.

Durrant beat Larry Butler 4-0 and will next face Scott Waites or Geert de Vos, who play on Thursday.

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Martin Adams loses to Jeff Smith in BDO World Darts Championships

• Three-time champion Adams loses 3-0 to Canada’s Smith
• Smith to play 15th seed Brian Dawson in last 16

Three-time champion Martin Adams is out of the BDO World Professional Darts Championships after defeat by Canada’s Jeff Smith at Lakeside on Tuesday.

The 59-year-old Englishman won the title in 2007, 2010 and 2011, but Smith, the 2015 semi-finalist, was the victor in a clinical display. Adams, the No2 seed behind Glen Durrant, had received a bye to the round of 32, but was beaten 3-0 by Smith.

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Third seed Jeffrey de Graaf dumped out of BDO world championships

• Richard Veenstra beats Jeffrey de Graaf 3-2 in Lakeside debut
• Jamie Hughes, Martin Atkins and Martin Phillips enjoy straight-sets wins

Richard Veenstra enjoyed a memorable debut at the Lakeside when he dumped the third seed, Jeffrey de Graaf, out of the BDO World Professional Darts Championships.

Veenstra got the better of his fellow Dutchman, who produced a 10-dart finish early in the third set, in a 3-2 thriller to book a last 16 clash with England’s Martin Atkins, who enjoyed a straight sets victory over the 14th seed, Pip Blackwelll, at Frimley Green.

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Scott Mitchell beats Martin Adams to win BDO World Championship

• Mitchell holds his nerve to seal nail-biting 7-6 Lakeside win
• ‘It’s everything dreams are made of. I can’t believe it’
• Sean Ingle: BDO is a faltering relic that’s worth clinging on to

Scott Mitchell held his nerve to land his first BDO World Championship crown with a nail-biting 7-6 win over Martin Adams on Sunday night.

The 44-year-old had won only two matches on his previous five visits to the Lakeside before this year’s tournament but against a three-times champion he stayed calm when it mattered most to win the £100,000 top prize.

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Scott Mitchell beats Martin Adams to win BDO World Championship

• Mitchell holds his nerve to seal nail-biting 7-6 Lakeside win
• ‘It’s everything dreams are made of. I can’t believe it’
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BDO world championship is a faltering relic that’s worth clinging on to

Ridiculed by its rival PDC championship, the BDO still retains the Lakeside venue, broad audiences and a launchpad for careers in darts
• How darts produced the biggest Christmas cheers

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Spit, sawdust, bullseye! – how we all learned to love darts

I used to laugh at darts. But not any more. This weekend’s PDC world championship final promises all the thrills of a penalty shoot-out – and blessed relief from the vainglories of other sports

When the comedian Mel Smith died in 2013, most of the tributes on TV included his famous “darts sketch”, from the 1980s TV satire show Not the Nine O’Clock News. In the sketch Griff Rhys Jones is Dai “Fat Belly” Gutbucket, competing against Smith, as Tommy “Even Fatter Belly” Belcher. Puffing away on cigs, they stand by a table groaning with bottles of booze, the joke being that instead of throwing doubles, they’re downing doubles; brandy, vodka, and so on.

Oh how we laughed, the young, savvy, Guardian-reading – there, I’ve said it – audience for that show. But in recent years, darts has become much more than a reliable source of cheap laughs for the chattering classes. Its major events sell out fast (darts historian Patrick Chaplin tells me World Championship tickets were the eighth-quickest seller online this year, not far behind Kate Bush and Fleetwood Mac), while TV audiences approach a million on Sky, and top two million for a rival tournament on the BBC.

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A night at the darts: a stag and hen party with the spirit of a holiday camp

As the BDO final approaches, Zoe Williams spends an evening at Lakeside among the sport’s most-ardent fans

Lakeside, home of darts – I had no idea what romance the name alone conjured. The assertive Eighties branding makes it look like a Little Chef, and the lobby has the air of a place where you’re still allowed to smoke indoors. It is swarming, the crowd expectant but comradely, more Royal Wedding than Black Friday. In the entrance is an empty glass cabinet: “Due to a robbery,” a sign reads, “we have regretfully lost all the rewards and trophies that Bob Potter OBE and Lakeside have earned over 50 years.” Here stands darts. Disappointed, but unbowed.

More and more of British life, from Ascot to Comicon, reveals itself upon closer examination to be an excuse for fancy dress. The British Darts Organisation (BDO) world championships – known (but never to them) as the poor relation of the Professional Darts Corporation, whose event takes place at Alexandra Palace – looks like a stag night, crossed with a hen night, organised by a TV professional, trying to recreate a Butlins. Some of the costumes have been months in the planning – a table of friends from the Isle of Wight are dressed, two as the Mario Brothers, two as Bananas in Pyjamas, along densely packed lines of cultural nostalgia.

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The sad story of Jocky Wilson

In the 1980s he won two world titles, was watched by millions on TV, and even appeared on Top of the Pops. But then it all went wrong for darts legend Jocky Wilson. Continue reading…