Mic Drop: Not bad for an old boy

By John Fowler 05/10/2020

HELLO, again readers. How are you getting on with this unusual situation? How are you coping? I hope you're all staying safe and looking forward to getting back to real darts. It is interesting reading all the different opinions on social media. Unfortunately, it seems to me that even the so-called experts are confused about it all.

Since my last contribution, we have seen the sad demise of the BDO.  Although I was only a referee for about 12 months, I had some wonderful experiences working with some fabulous people, and for that I will be eternally grateful. There are things going on moving forward, hopefully, I can elaborate in my next report. Good luck to the UKDA in the future. Also, it will be interesting to watch MAD Darts expand.

It’s been great to see that there are some darts being played but I can’t wait until we are back to some kind of normality. I personally have had a couple more postponements, but to offset those, a couple more new bookings for 2021. Not a lot else happening, apart from turning 62 a few weeks ago, but that was just like any other day in the present times. I did have a throw the other week in my local club. I only played 3 legs, but the next day my arm felt like it was about to fall off so instead of throwing, I sat and talked about the old days with an old Oxfordshire stalwart and legend that some of you may remember by the name of Olly Varney.

Olly has just turned 81 and is thinking about making a comeback in the local league when we eventually get started again. We had great fun reminiscing. He beat the late great Eric Bristow MBE on TV in the British Professional in 1987, his final leg was a 12 darter that included a bounce out (100,80,180,141gs). He, like Staffordshire legend Lionel Smith, was still hitting 30+ single dart averages in super league and county games aged 70+.

Olly and I were both members of the Swan, Bicester team that were 1983 super league champions of Great Britain. (Not as if I am one to brag though, eh!)

Stay safe, keep healthy, see you at an event very soon I hope.

-----------ENDS---------
John Fowler is an MC, host, and referee. 

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