To see videos of some famous
"9 darters" click on the following links;-
Lowe 9 Darter" "Barneveld
9 Darter" "Phil
Taylor 9 Darter"
- The first man to
sell matched sets of brass darts was a Hungarian salesman of boiler linings
named Frank Lowy. He went on to found Unicorn darts, still the largest darts
manufacturers in the world.
- In November of
1989, Tony Jones recorded 28 perfect 180 scores in just one hour and 25
minutes for a charity event in Manchester, England.
- An impressive
7-man superstar line up consisting of Bob Anderson, Eric Bristow, John Lowe,
Chris Johns, Martin Phillips, Alan Warriner, and Ritchie Gardner established
a 15-minute fast-scoring mark of 8,806 points in a charity throw at the 1988
British Professional Championships.
- Big Cliff
Lazarenko fired his first 9-dart perfect 501 game at an exhibition at the
Aberlynon Leisure Centre. Using 25-gram titanium tungsten darts, he threw
two 180s and a T20, T19, D12 for the 141 out in the last match of the night.
- Paul Lim of San
Bernadino, Calif. threw a perfect 9-dart 501 leg at the 1990 Embassy World
Championships. Because he did it before the TV cameras he received £52,000
($88,000 US) for his remarkable achievement.
- Some dart players
in England think throwing darts can get boring, so they take some six inch
nails and use them instead. Joe Hitchcock used to love to beat "the
champs" in this fashion. One of his favorite tricks was to
"nail" a button from between someone's outstretched fingers.
- The late Jim Pike,
a darts legend in England before most of you even threw one, was such a
marksman that he could shoot a cigarette from someone's mouth with a dart -
AND STICK IT IN ANY DOUBLE.
- The average speed
of a dart hitting a board is around 64kph (40mph).
- London, 1937. The
late and great Jim Pike went around the board on doubles, retrieving his own
darts, in the time of 3 minutes 30 seconds. He did this shooting from the
old distance of 9 feet.
- Can you score more
than 180 with 3 darts? - Turn 16 to the top of the board and it becomes 91.
Three triples give you 819.
- At an exhibition
match at the Gipsy Stadium, in England, in July 1977, Muhammed Ali faced
former Welsh champ Alan Evans. With Evans scoring only on triples, Ali won
hitting a bullseye on the way out and immediately proclaimed himself darts
champion of the world.
- On February 21st.,
1989, at Buckingham Palace, London, Eric Bristow became the first dart
player to receive the coveted Member of the British Empire award (M.B.E.).
Mr. Bristow admitted he was nervous meeting the queen, saying, "It was
more nerve-racking than any TV final." This gives him the right to have
the letters M.B.E. present after his name.
- In June of 1978,
All-World John Lowe captured a 1001 leg in 22 darts:
140-180-140-100-140-140-125-D18. John averaged 137 per throw or a grand 45.6
per dart en-route to this memorable game.
- Pat Irwin of the
Mitre hotel, playing in a double start/double finish 501 match, hit a 170 in
(Dbull-60-60) and a 170 out (60-60-Dbull) in the same leg, in April of 1987.
- Probably the most notable individual effort occurred on
October 13, 1984 in the quarter-finals of the MFI World Matchplay
Championships. The match featured British stars John Lowe and Keith Deller
with Lowe hitting the first televised nine-dart perfect 501 game in the
history of the sport. For the record he went: 180-180-141 and collected
(eventually) a cheque for 102,000 pounds for his efforts. (Ironically, due
to complex tax laws, Lowe could not pocket a penny from the jackpot until
two years later, as the currency sat in a British bank waiting for final
- Dartboards are
made from compressed biscuits of African sisal.
- The maximum
allowable weight and length for a dart is 12 inches and 50 grams.
- In the British
Dart Organization (BDO), Indian Sikhs are exempt from the rule forbidding
- In 1896, Brian
Gamlin, a British carpenter, arranged the numbers on the dartboard as we see
them still today.
- Eric Bristow got
his nickname "The Crafty Cockney" not from his accent, as some may
think, but from a T-shirt he picked up in a California darts pub.