Blue Toon visit for “King of Darts” Bobby George

Sandy Garvock and Gordon Willox with darts legend Bobby George
Sandy Garvock and Gordon Willox with darts legend Bobby George

The “King of Darts” Bobby George was in Peterhead recently after being invited up by the Peterhead Darts League.

The darts legend was asked to come up as part of the Peterhead Darts League Exhibition and Presentation night held on Friday, August 8.

The special event night is held every year to present trophies to the best players of the season.

Sandy Garvock of the Peterhead Darts League said: “Every year we try and bring a different celebrity dart player to the event.

“Last year we had a visit from Davie Hanson, the director of Scottish 
Darts Exhibition.”

Speaking to the Buchanie about his visit to the Blue Toon, Bobby said: “My mum was from Aberdeen so I have been up here before but it was many years ago.

“I have been a dart player for around 38 years and I have met loads of different people.

“The people and players at the event tonight will all be here to try and beat me but that is fine, I’ve done my bit and now I’m more of a fun player.

“Playing darts is like Christmas Day to me, it is a party day.

He added: “All the players here have been playing darts over the years so it should be a good night, I’m looking forward to it.”

When asked about how his playing skills match up now compared to back in his championship winning years, Bobby said: “My darts is like the weather now - it’s either really sunny or really stormy.”

Bobby famously broke his back in the 1994 World Championships but he continued to play and reached the final where he competed against doctor’s advice and lost 0-6 to John Part.

He said: “It was agony, I couldn’t wait to get to the hospital afterwards.”

In recent years, Bobby has taken on charity work while watching his son, Ritchie George, rise through the professional darts ranks.

Last year Ritchie reached the semi-final of the BDO World Darts Championship, losing to eventual champion Scott Waites and he was also ranked 13th in the world.

Bobby said: “He is better than me now but I still beat him when we play 
now and again.”