Robert Thornton leads MAD Challengers

By Editorial Staff 10/08/2021

ROBERT THORNTON will lead the lineup of challengers when he attempts to deprive James Richardson of his MAD European belt and title next month in the Volunteer Rooms, Irvine, Scotland.

The Thorn has won major titles in every format of darts he has played and is sure to pose a big threat to the in-form Richardson who claimed the belt on MADs opening night back in 2020.

Thornton is hugely popular in Scotland, and elsewhere, and he will likely have a vocal army of supporters in the Scottish venue as well as those watching via broadcast means. 

Back in  2007, the Scot claimed the Winmau World Masters, long considered second only to the World Championship in the WDF/BDO system, he has also twice reached the Lakeside qtr - finals. He has also claimed many of the biggest independent prizes in Scotland including the Portland Open and Scottish Masters.

After switching to the PDC The Thorn enjoyed a career full of huge highs and equally dramatic lows. Rob claimed Pro Tour titles throughout 2009 and regularly afterwards but major success eluded him until the UK Open of 2012. After falling out of the top 32 things had looked grim for the likeable Stevenston man, yet a remarkable turnaround saw him take the title with a resounding victory over Phil Taylor.

Despite another dip in form and various health-related difficulties, the then 48-year-old surged to victory in the 2015 World Grand Prix and again take his place at the top table.

At the age of 54 Thornton recently lost his tour card but has found new possibilities in MAD, World Seniors Darts, and The Modus Live League. His challenge for the European title would once more write his name into the history books at the first man to win major WDF/BDO, PDC, and MAD titles.

Richardson will not be blinded by sentiment however, he is not called Ruthless for no reason, he has also found an alternate path after skirting the PDC's elite over the last decade. Recent superb performances in the Modus League and a real knack for online play seem to indicate that James is comfortable with how he plays and likely to be very determined to hold onto a title he was the first to claim.

Look North then, in September for a series of clashes that could have a bite, a bit of local rivalry, and a real cracker of a main event.

Lead Image/Graphic: MAD



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