WikiWirral values you and your opinion.
Forum Stats
12225 Members
65 Forums
72748 Topics
980528 Posts
91 posts in the last 24hrs
Max Online: 7831 @ 8th Apr 2013 4:18pm
Who's Online - Click Me
103 registered (11kendo, 15 invisible), 1903 Guests and 210 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Social Media : Follow Us


(Views 7days)This Weeks Most Read
Doris is on her way 827
TS Indefatigable 496
Patio work 390
vet fees 330
Internet Explorer Not Working 321
Hezballah 280
Is This ART ? 221
Chef's knife. 204
Dangerous Tumble Dryers 172
Seeking old pictures of Egerton Street area, Birkenhead 168
New General Forums
Is This ART ?
by granny
Yesterday at 09:56 AM
Wirral track renewal
by snowhite
22nd Feb 2017 2:42pm
Ice in the 1800's
by granny
21st Feb 2017 9:47pm
Am I missing something ?
by dizdazdoz
16th Feb 2017 12:46pm
New Wirral History
Seeking old pictures of Egerton Street area, Birkenhead
by yoller
19th Feb 2017 7:53pm
TS Indefatigable
by granny
18th Feb 2017 3:32pm
RIP : Chris Kay
by granny
31st Aug 2016 9:25am
Children's home on the Overchurch
by xleahx
26th Apr 2011 7:01pm
423 Archers, Wirral Mark Rake, Wirral, Merseyside
by derekdwc
13th Sep 2009 10:50pm
Forum Tips
Photo Gallery Forums
fireworks on the Mersey last night
Hadlow train station
Topic Replies
Dangerous Tumble Dryers
by diggingdeeper
Today at 12:23 AM
Doris is on her way
by diggingdeeper
Today at 12:09 AM
Patio work
by rossie
Yesterday at 09:34 PM
Sony Smartwatch 2
by Mike_Hoylake
Yesterday at 09:25 PM
Chef's knife.
by lincle
Yesterday at 08:51 PM
Aerial engineer
by Dilly
Yesterday at 08:15 PM
roofers
by thisledous
Yesterday at 06:33 PM
Is This ART ?
by starakita
Yesterday at 03:33 PM
Brother printer
by NestonCYC
Yesterday at 01:41 PM
February
M Tu W Th F Sa Su
1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28
Recent Posts : What's On ?
Lion Salt Works/Weaver Hall Museum
by venice
19th Feb 2017 12:19pm
Wirral TUC Meeting re Update on Wallasey CLP Suspe
by RUDEBOX
13th Feb 2017 8:50pm
Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#638223 - 15th Dec 2011 7:14pm Darts goes cash crazy as PDC World Championship be
ResearcherTony Offline
Smartchild

Registered: 28th Nov 2011
Posts: 614
Loc: Wallasey
Whoever would have thought that toeing the oche and chucking a few arrows at a dartboard could make you a millionaire?

Time was when players like Leighton Rees, the first world champion in 1978, earned more by playing money matches down their local club than they did in national competitions.

A few handshakes, a few more pints of beer and a couple of quid in the back pocket were deemed a right royal reward by men who were happy just playing in the Pub.

Rich pickings: Champion Adrian Lewis had a bumper pay day in an event full of Christmas glamour
Even when the likes of Eric Bristow, John Lowe and Jocky Wilson enjoyed the 1980s terrestrial television heyday, fame far outstripped fortune.
Welcome to the new sporting gentry. As the Ally Pally throws open its doors to herald the seasonal opening of a latter-day Christmas tradition — the Ladbrokes PDC World Darts Championship — those stepping up on stage to the strains of all manner of walk-on anthems now earn more than the majority of the fans bellowing their support.

Total prize money on the PDC tour stands at £5million a year. Back in 1993 when the world’s leading 16 players set up the organisation to arrest the decline being presided over by the sport’s governing body, the BDO, they were lucky to share £100,000 between them in 12 months.

It means they need be electricians, publicans and tree fellers no more. Well, not unless they want to be — like Mark Webster. A semi-finalist for the past two years, the 28-year-old Welshman still works part-time as a gas-registered plumber in Denbigh. While money is the only thing most of his competitors would like to smell in their day jobs, Webster finds unblocking drains and pipes rewarding.
Almost giving up the day job: 2008 BDO champion Mark Webster is still a practising plumber
‘I don’t work as frequently now, maybe four or five days a month, but it’s a nice distraction,’ Webster said. ‘When you’re having a bad time on the dart board, as I did for a few months this year, it can stress you out. Doing the plumbing makes me forget about the darts.

‘I’ve been quite comfortable this year with my darts earnings, but I always tell myself there is something to fall back on. That helps.’

Webster, the 2008 BDO world champion, appreciates the financial struggles others have fought in order to give darts its nouveau-riche status.

One of those is fellow Welshman and another BDO champion Richie Burnett, whose chronic decline in form in the years which followed his 1995 success ultimately led him to the dole queue. The two men face each other in the pick of the first-round matches.

Getting in the spirit: The event last year was full of Christmas glamour
Webster said: ‘I remember Dennis Priestley telling me how in the first world championship after they broke from the BDO, they struggled to get 24 players. The prize money was quite low then, but the gamble paid off because the money in the PDC is unreal now. I’m one of the lucky ones. I came into the sport at the right time.

‘It’s great at the minute. The viewing figures say that, apart from Premier League football, darts gets the best viewing figures on Sky. You can’t ignore that. Hopefully it will keep going and going.’

Webster will be privately thankful he is in the bottom half of the draw — the one without Phil Taylor in it. His main rivals for a place in the final for the first time appear to be the enigmatic James Wade and defending champion Adrian Lewis, who has rarely repeated the form which saw him throw a perfect nine-dart leg when winning the title 12 months ago.
Taylor, beaten by Webster at the quarter-final stage last year, once again bestrides the event. Only once since his first world title in 1990 has he gone more than a year without recapturing his crown.

His 15 world titles during that span will never be matched but, even at the age of 51, he is still favourite to add to that tally in the darting fiesta which takes in Christmas and the New Year before the winner walks away with another £200,000.
_________________________
the truth is out there

Top
Sport Advertising
Click me for more Information......

WikiWirral Numbers : Between 150 and 200 New Members Every Month. With Over 3,500 unique visits and 35,000 Page Views each day. Average +500 Search Engines Daily and over 1,000,000 Million Page views a Month. Advertising from £20 . Click Me
#640340 - 19th Dec 2011 7:45pm Re: Darts goes cash crazy as PDC World Championship be [Re: ResearcherTony]
ResearcherTony Offline
Smartchild

Registered: 28th Nov 2011
Posts: 614
Loc: Wallasey
James Richardson caused one of the biggest upsets in the History of the PDC World Championship with a 3-0 victory over Raymond van Barneveld.
_________________________
the truth is out there

Top

Moderator:  Mod 
Random Wirral Images

Click to View Topic.
Newest Topics
Aerial engineer
by ponytail
Yesterday at 06:01 PM
roofers
by thisledous
Yesterday at 04:44 PM
Chef's knife.
by Beethoven
Yesterday at 12:39 PM
Is This ART ?
by granny
Yesterday at 09:56 AM
Doris is on her way
by granny
22nd Feb 2017 8:43pm
For Sale & Free
Sony Smartwatch 2
by Mike_Hoylake
Yesterday at 09:25 PM
Brother printer
by saltytom
Yesterday at 11:02 AM
Mk6 Golf TDI 1.6
by Cjoshea
22nd Feb 2017 11:05pm
TV wall mount wanted.
by j_demo
21st Feb 2017 7:53pm
Samick Greg Bennett UK50 Ukulele
by j_demo
20th Feb 2017 9:24pm
Featured Member
Registered: 21st Sep 2012
Posts: 3
Newest Members
Bradshawbatho, raybb, CliveK, vonny, Vkj530
12225 Registered Users
Today's Birthdays
No Birthdays
New Wirral Info
Aerial engineer
by ponytail
Yesterday at 06:01 PM
roofers
by thisledous
Yesterday at 04:44 PM
Lion Salt Works/Weaver Hall Museum
by paxvobiscum
18th Feb 2017 9:19pm
Patio work
by steamfan
18th Feb 2017 3:45pm
Ceiling needs smoothing
by yr20405
15th Feb 2017 1:52am
News : New Topics
Dangerous Tumble Dryers
by diggingdeeper
Yesterday at 02:03 PM
Doris is on her way
by granny
22nd Feb 2017 8:43pm
Hezballah
by venice
17th Feb 2017 11:15am
On-street parking charges dropped
by oldpm01
15th Feb 2017 9:10am
Thousands raised for children of cancer couple.
by fish5133
13th Feb 2017 3:01pm
New Enthusiast Forums
Chef's knife.
by Beethoven
Yesterday at 12:39 PM
irish music entertainer for St Patrick's night
by kazaroo
22nd Feb 2017 3:07pm
Internet Explorer Not Working
by fish5133
22nd Feb 2017 12:25am
vet fees
by eggandchips
20th Feb 2017 12:01am
Sea Shepherd
by venice
16th Feb 2017 1:06pm
(Views 24hrs)Trending Newest Topics
Is This ART ? 221
Chef's knife. 204
Dangerous Tumble Dryers 172
roofers 131
Aerial engineer 116
Wirral Sunrise Sunset
Sunrise Fri 7:09am
Sunset Fri 5:41pm
Local Time Fri 2:39am
WikiWirral Can . . . .
Advertising Click me
To Advertise with
Wikiwirral Click Me