THE WAY TO DO IT! By BOBBY
Pro Life got no news on the PDC then? I have to ask because
his column in last month’s issue was filled with his
usual whinging about the BDO, EDO and the usual ‘suspects’!
wouldn’t normally bother, but the question is why does
it trouble him so much?
what makes me laugh is that he gets it all wrong anyway! Take
the World Masters and him saying that he’d ‘heard’
that there are going to be 16 Seeded players at Bridlington
this September – well he heard wrong! There will be
8 seeded players in the last 16 of the BBC televised Mens
I don’t believe there should be any seeds in the World
Masters they should only be seeded on their board!
BBC schedule the World Masters in consultation with the BDO
and it goes out on a weekend that gives the best possible
far as England Darts Organisation is concerned, there is no
‘partnership’ with the BDO. The EDO is independent
although they should really work together but the BDO don’t
want anything to do with them and its nothing to do with Pro
I do actually agree that no matter what some might think of
Colin Saunders, at least he’s always had a voice and
a passion for darts, and tried to make things happen within
the EDO but they got rid of him and sent him to Coventry –
not a bad place for him to go mind you although he told me
he doesn’t like it much! Only joking Col when one door
closes another one will open mate!..
a final note, was it just a coincidence that Fernando Lopez
of Portugal chose to show off his impressive grasp of English
and his knowledge of the BDO in the Letters section of the
same issue, and the only other big letter was once again having
a go at The Legends?
reckon there must be a bit of telepathy going on…..or
perhaps it’s a bit of extra mischief making from you
it nice to get old and still be popular and working! Three
cheers for the Legends Darts Club (LDC).
THAT’S THE WAY TO PRO LIFE IT!
am delighted to say that the popularity of The Legends is
continuing at such a pace that there are already loads of
dates in the diary
for next year and me, Eric and Lobo will be entertaining
three days every week at Butlin’s Minehead, Bognor Regis
and Skegness throughout this summer.
a total of 23 dates at Butlin’s in July and August -
which should qualify each of us to call ourselves Redcoats!
THE WAY TO REDCOAT IT!
in July (on the 18th to be precise) we will be at one of the
most famous seaside showbiz venues (not easy to say after
a couple of pigs ears!) in England – the North Pier
in Blackpool (see poster) which is about two miles long! We’ll
have to get our roller-skates out!!
while on the subject of showbiz venues, me and Eric and Phil
had a great night at the Palace Hotel in Manchester, when
we were VIP guests at a Variety Club of Great Britain tribute
to the legend that is Engelbert Humperdinck.
Variety Club made an award to him to mark not only his long
and successful career as a singer, but also his considerable
charitable work. He was also chuffed that he has been given
the Freedom of the City of Leicester (his home town) and can
now drive his sheep (if he had some) down the main road!
was a really great and enjoyable night in Manchester with
lots of show business stars. Cannon & Ball got on my nerves
a bit (no, a lot!) by shouting ‘180’ or ‘Rock
on, darts’ every time they saw me, but I was knocked
out with the terrific singing talent of Joe Longthorne.
an artist! And what a shame that TV cameras were not there,
because this would have made a fantastic variety show……’An
Audience with Engelbert, Joe, Eric, Phil & Bobby’.
we were asked to speak, but I did most of the talking and
before we got up I told Eric about Engelbert’s visit
to George Hall and me calling him by the wrong name.
can’t mention any of that’ Eric said before we
got up, but I couldn’t resist!
explain, Engelbert came to George Hall to play a game of darts
for the BBC’s ‘A Leg With Bobby’ (this was
seen during the World Pro coverage). He was due to stay for
an hour, but 8 hours later, after drinking all my brandy,
he was still there!
didn’t have a problem with that because he’s a
genuinely nice bloke, but I misheard him when he told me his
nickname. I had been calling him Engelbert and he said: ‘Please
call me by my nickname ‘Enge’ – that’s
what all my mates know me by’.
I was flattered that he considered me to be his mate, but
I misheard him and started calling him by a name that sounded
similar (rhyming more with hinge than Enge!) but had a rude
meaning (I will have to leave it to your imagination!).
when Eric told me not to mention the story I just couldn’t
He kicked the back of my ankle (just like old times on the
oche!) and gave me loads of funny looks.
swear he blushed, but everyone else (including Enge) laughed
their heads off so I kept on going. I also told the audience
that after losing to me in that ‘Leg With Bobby’
he challenged my boy Richard for a fiver and lost.
to completely ruin his day, Robert came in and asked if he
was the bloke from our local garden centre before giving him
another thrashing on the dartboard!
the gentleman he is, he took it all in good fun and gave me
an IOU for Richard’s fiver, and he even managed a smile
when I told everyone that his darts playing wasn’t too
bad, but his singing could do with improving! Blimey I am
still covered in bruises from Eric’s ankle tapping!!
THE WAY TO ENGE IT!
than that, one of the highlights of the night was when we
all joined in with Engelbert as he sang his biggest ever hit
‘Please Release Me’ - but another one quickly
followed when Phil Taylor made a winning bid of £5,000
for a special Variety Club watch.
was a nice gesture by Phil, because the money was all for
charity, but by one of those strange coincidences, I just
happened to be on the same table as the bloke who actually
made the watches for the Variety Club.
got on very well and I was amazed and flattered when he not
only showed me one of his watches, but gave it to me!
what made me smile was Eric saying that it felt like going
to Morrison’s: Buy One, Get One Free!
THE WAY TO AUCTION IT!
a couple of days after being with Enge in Manchester he appeared
on Channel 4’s ‘Paul O’Grady Show’
and not only mentioned me, Eric and Phil, but also said some
lovely things about darts.
was great publicity for our sport, because Paul O’Grady
has done loads of things on darts in his shows and I have
made a couple of appearances in recent years. Enge also mentioned
that he has his own pub in the garden of his Leicester house
and in pride of place is his own personal dartboard.
in the middle of being interviewed by Paul, Enge mentioned
his Variety Club honour and the fact that he’d met three
real ‘stars’ – Phil Taylor, Eric Bristow
and yours-truly, who he described as a ‘colourful character’.
also said that he’d had a darts lesson from Phil and
another one from me, but nothing from Eric (that’s why
they call him ‘Crafty’).
interview ended with Paul O’Grady saying to Enge: ‘Don’t
you think that darts players are lovely people?’ And
the legendary singer, who surely modelled his sideburns on
Olly Croft, not only agreed with him but also said loads more
smashing things about darts.
THE WAY TO O’GRADY IT!
had 12 really top businessmen come to The Legends recently.
We are talking shipping magnates and captains of industry,
and they had the time of their lives.
organised a slap-up meal for us afterwards in a swanky Indian
restaurant, and what they liked most of all by what they saw,
was affordable entertainment with huge appeal.
this rate we’ll be appearing on luxury cruise liners!
Watch this space!!
THE WAY TO CRUISE IT!
of cruising, when I went to Cardiff the sat-nav was no use
at all, because there are so many roadworks in the City Centre
that it was impossible to get to the theatre.
where the BBC make ‘Dr.Who’ and I could have been
on another planet in the Tardis as I went round and round
and got absolutely nowhere! Trouble is, far from being a Time
Lord like Dr.Who, I was actually running out of time as I
tried to get round what seemed like hundreds of barriers,
road closures, ‘temporary’ traffic lights and
workmen digging holes everywhere!
desperation when I spotted a police station I pulled over
and went if for some help and directions.
they didn’t arrest me! Quite the opposite. The officer
on the front desk was so helpful that he came back to the
car with me and not only showed me the way, but actually got
out and moved barriers so that I could get through.
was more than a police escort because I had my own personal
policeman on board……what you could call a Bobby
thanks to him I made it to the theatre on time. For obvious
reasons I can’t name him (he might get into trouble)
but he restored my faith in the good old British police force.
THE WAY TO BOBBY IT!
Allo! That’s about it for another month. Don’t
forget to come along to a night with The Legends and have
a bit of fun!