Darts legend to play at working men’s club

Phil Taylor lifts the trophy after winning the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final at Alexandra Palace, London.
Phil Taylor lifts the trophy after winning the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final at Alexandra Palace, London.

Legendary darts player Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor is to appear at a working men’s club in Harrogate next week.

The professional player, the world’s greatest ever, is to host an evening at Bilton Working Men’s Club next Friday, April 5.

Excitement is building in Bilton before the event, especially as local fans have been offered the chance to play against him.

“It’s a big thing for Harrogate and a great coup for the club,” said club treasurer Alan Huddart.

“People are coming from as far away as Hull. There’s a lot of excitement, particularly in the local darts leagues which have run some competitions for the right to play him.

“There’s a lot of interest in that, with people thinking they would like to try and beat him. Whether they can or not is another matter.”

Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor is widely regarded as the best darts player of all time, having won more than 190 professional tournaments.

Some even say, with his 16 World Championship wins, that he is the greatest sportsman ever.

He has won the PDC Player of the Year award six times and has twice been nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, finishing as runner-up in 2010.

He is also the only person to hit two nine dart finishes in one match.

Born in Stroke-on-Trent, Phil Taylor left school at 16 and went to work making ceramic toilet roll handles for £52 a week.

He first came to the attention of well-known player and sponsor Eric Bristow in the 1980s, while playing in the pubs of Stoke.

As well as 16 World Championships, he has won 13 World Matchplays, Ten World Grand Prix, five Las Vegas Desert Classics, four UK Opens, Six Premier Leagues, one World Series Of Darts title and four Grand Slam of Darts title.

“It’s such big news for the Bilton Working Men’s Club,” said Mr Huddart.

“There are plenty of other places he could have chosen in Harrogate.

“But we heard his promotor was looking for a venues so we approached him first.”

“It’s a good venue, and the atmosphere will be great.”

Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor is to be at Bilton Working Men’s Club from 7pm on Friday, April 5.

There will be a question and answer session and some demonstrations before a tournament with local players.

More than 200 tickets have already been sold for the event but there are still some left.

To buy tickets or to find out more call 01423 504345 or email info@biltonwmc.co.uk