Tuesday, January 13, 2004

One hundred and eighty!: Norse power

How quickly a week passes. Congratulations to Andy Fordham on his triumph in the Embassy World Darts Championships - a very popular winner, not least because his opponent in the final Mervyn King is a bitter, grumpy tosser. It's unusual, to say the least, to find a sportsman at the absolute top of his game who looks like a cross between a redneck extra from 'Deliverance' and the Stay-Puft marshmallow man from 'Ghost Busters', but there's no denying Fordham's a fine darts player, and a bit of a legend with fans and fellow professionals alike. Thanks also to Andy for providing the first unmissably gripping bit of TV of the New Year - his sensational comeback from 4-2 down in the semi-final to beat reigning champion Raymond Barneveld 5-4. It was enough to make me want to seek out the Queen's Arms pub in Woolwich, which he runs with his wife, just to shake his hand.

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