Mic Drop: Optimism raises its bald head

By John Fowler 02/06/2021

I can’t tell you how much better it feels to planning for the season ahead with a bit of my usual optimism. Rebookings for last year’s cancelled events and new inquiries are beginning to come in thick and fast. Interest is coming in from across the darts world, Germany, Belgium, Jersey, and even the middle east may be on the agenda for 2021/2.

Although I love to referee and call competitive darts, it’s working closely with individual players and enthusiastic members of the darts family that often provides the most fun and the best stories. The advent of World Senior Darts will give us all another chance to see just how good, and how competitive, these legends are. But they also provide superb entertainment.

Back in 2016, I was MC for two former World Champions and legends, Dennis Priestley and John Lowe. There was a draw for audience participation and one of the opponents drawn to play John Lowe was a young lady who was working behind the bar and had never played before. I approached John and suggest we play the “69 game”. He gave me the nod and away we went. Now I won’t give you all the ‘hen night humour’ details here but suffice to say that ‘Jane’ planted her last dart in the middle of the bullseye and you could tell why John has the nickname ‘Old Stoneface’. As we open everything back up I would encourage you to book up a night out to a darts exhibition as soon as possible. The mixture of entertainment and social interaction is just what we all need.

University Challenge

arts is proving increasingly popular with students; some of my favourite evenings are the nights with University clubs and societies. Pairs challenges against experienced players or fun competitions go over exceptionally well. Even the elite sports centre, Loughborough University, regularly stages these light-hearted evenings.


Help Wanted?

I couldn’t help but notice that the age bar for the newly touted World Senior Darts is 50 years of age, which seems about right from a player’s perspective. I wonder if it applies to us officials as well? Might be time to invest in a few new waistcoats though, I am sure they must have shrunk in the wash during lockdown….

Take care readers and we will speak again soon.


John Fowler is an independent referee and MC for darts and other sports-related events. He has officiated at World Championships and worked with many of darts biggest names.

Catch up with John tales and travels in Darts World Magazine


Twitter: @jayeff


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