Ageing Bulls

By Alex Moss 11/05/2021

Darts World 574 includes contributions from a wide range of dart community voices. Alex Moss is the host of Weekly Dartscast and together with his co host Burton De Witt explores the topical issues from stats to chats, below he explores the advent of World Seniors Darts with the tours co-promotor Jason Francis:

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Who would have thought the most anticipated event on the darts calendar would not include one current PDC tour card holder?
The launch of the inaugural World Seniors Darts Championship has been greeted with widespread excitement from darts fans young and old.

At the time of writing, no fewer than 15 former world champions have been announced in the line-up for the first tournament, which is pencilled in for February 2022.

Phil Taylor, the sport's most successful player, is the star attraction and will be among the favourites, as he bids to add a seniors world title to his 16 world titles won across the BDO and PDC.

Jason Francis, who is co-promoting the event with Modus, runs a hugely successful seniors tour in snooker, which now sees their version of a World Championship held at the iconic Crucible Theatre and shown live on the BBC.

“I saw another gap in the market,” Francis said on the Weekly Dartscast podcast. “The big thing I learnt from going from Snooker Legends exhibitions to competitive World Seniors Snooker, was that the players still want to compete.

“Look at the names we’ve already announced. Who’s not going to excited at the prospect of Phil Taylor playing Martin Adams?

“It doesn’t matter what the era is. They want to beat each other just as much as when they were in their prime. “The players will have to take it seriously. It’s not an exhibition. They’re going to have to put months of work in, and the rewards will be there. “We’ve named a big minimum winner’s prize (£25,000) and we’ve done that for a reason. It sends out a message. This is a serious competition.”

(Listen to the full interview with Jason Francis on episode 196 of the Weekly Dartscast, available on iTunes, Spotify & all good podcast providers.)
With still the best part of a year before the first two legends toe the oche for the tournament’s opening match, details on the venue, tickets and possible TV coverage are to be confirmed.

It has been 13 years since Bob Anderson won the League of Legends, live on Setanta, back in 2008. With the buzz created already from its launch, one hopes this will be the start of a long-lasting event that becomes a staple on the darts calendar.


2022 World Seniors Darts Championship (confirmed players - age of the player in brackets)

Phil Taylor (60), Keith Deller (61), Bob Anderson (73), Martin Adams (64), John Walton (59), Wayne Warren (58), John Lowe (75), Ted Hankey (53), Dennis Priestley (70), Andy Fordham (59), Richie Burnett (54), John Part (54), Les Wallace (59), Tony David (53), Trina Gulliver (51).
Since publication, World Senior Darts has announced more ambassadors and a new group of eight players for the inaugural event. These include Tony O Shea, Peter Manley and Robert Thornton.


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