Today I will be chatting with the man they call ‘Goldfinger’ Andrew Gilding the world number 28 got his PDC Tour card at the first attempt in January 2014 winning his card on the very first day beating Jamie Bain 5-0 in his last match.He then went on to reach the final of a UK Open Qualifier in Wigan beating RvB,Phil Taylor and James Wade on the way he played Stephen Bunting in the final and lost 6-5 he picked up £5,000 and qualified for the UK Open. His best achievement was this year he reached the UK Open Semi final losing out to winner MvG.
hievement was this year he reached the UK Open Semi final losing out to winner MvG.
TS: Thanks for joining me Andrew, first of all congratulations your new 3 year deal with Red Dragon Darts, how is this year going for you after your success at the UK Open?
AG : “Thanks Tom, It’s going quite well, Minehead was a huge weekend for me, I managed to follow it up with a nice little run to a semi-final on the tour just after and picked up a little here and there since to keep me up in the yearly rankings.
Great to be working with Red Dragon, took a trip to the factory in Wales just recently”
TS: What are your targets for the rest of this year?
AG: “I’d like to qualify for the World Grand Prix and Players Championship Finals, It’d be great to get a win on the tour,another run on the telly would be good”
TS: You come from Norfolk, there a lot of good players in the PDC from Norfolk Peter Wright, Darren Webster, Mervyn King, James Hubbard, Jason Lovett, youngster Declan Salter do you practise with any of these guys?
AG: “I’ve had a throw with Peter and Darren before, I’m more of a solitary practice person now though, keep it quiet and focused. I was born in Norfolk, but I’m living in Suffolk now and proud to play for Suffolk County”
TS: The World Matchplay in Blackpool is coming up very soon and you have qualified are you looking forward to it ?
AG: “Not sure if I’m mathematically certain to qualify but I’m in a very strong position. It’s a great venue for atmosphere but the heat is immense there, certainly unique and yes I’m looking forward to it a lot”
TS: Are there any young upcoming players we should be looking out for?
AG: “You mentioned a few but fellow east anglians Nathan Derry, Curtis Hammond, Brett Claydon”
TS: Who inspired you to play Darts?
AG: “I grew up watching Eric Bristow, John Lowe, Jockey Wilson. I’d have to say my fave back then was Lowe”
TS: Who is the toughest opponent you have faced?
AG: “I’ve had some scraps with MvG and Anderson but the most nerve racking was playing Phil Taylor because it was Phil Taylor”
TS: What is your favourite win in the PDC?
AG:” beating Phil in a semi on tour was amazing”
TS: You have a very ‘Different’ throwing technique than others you stand a lot to the left of the oche is there any reason?
AG: “I have tried everything to improve my throw, I’m not 100% sure why it helps but it feels good, keeps my arm nicely upright, helps me arch my back. I’d like to throw from the middle because it makes every double the same distance to throw but whatever works I suppose”
TS: Final question where do you see yourself this time next year?
AG: “Making a living playing darts is more than I ever dreamed of, I’ll keep trying for more though of course, top 16 is where the real rollercoaster begins so that’s the big goal, next year might be a stretch but I know I can produce the darts, just need to be more consistent”
TS: Thanks for your time Andrew and the best of luck in the future.