Today we are joined by the reigning World Darts Trophy Champion ‘The Dazzler’ Darryl Fitton ahead of the Grand Slam of Darts this weekend at the Wolverhampton Civic, Fitton is in the the same group as Phil Taylor, Ian White and Darren Webster.
Fitton is known as a true legend of the BDO circuit and has been committed to the BDO since joining in 2002, The Stockport based star of course won the World Darts Trophy last year after beating Peter Machin in the Final, Fitton was won over 16 titles in 14 years of playing in the BDO hitting numerous nine-dart finishes.
The most memorable one being at the Dutch Open in 2015 in which he hit the perfect leg against Martin Adams despite losing the match. Fitton has played Darts since 1978 and is a true Legend of the Game and a player who all of the Darting World have the upmost respect for.
Thanks for joining us Darryl, first of all congratulations on qualifying for the Grand Slam of Darts which takes place this Weekend, are you looking forward to it ?
” Can’t wait Tom, I have played in this event 3 times before and looking forward to Saturday night “
You’re in tip top form going into the Tournament after winning the World Darts Trophy and the Luxembourg Open recently, how much confidence does that give you ?
“ It’s always a good feeling winning a Major and then having a good start to the BDO calendar in winning Luxembourg , I’m enjoying my darts again which is always a good thing “
Do you regret not switching to the PDC while you were in your prime ?
“Yeah I wish I would of tried a few years back (in my prime) but I’m only young still plenty of life in me”
Do you still play local darts in Stockport ? we hear the standard is very high even at pub-level ?
” Yeah I have always played local league ! It has so many good players I remember one year our team (Armoury B) had 3 players who had reached the finals of the Winmau World Masters and 3 other county players and we finished 2nd in the league ! I think Stockport is one of the Top places around for darts like Stoke, St Helens , Bolton etc. “
Who’s your best friend in Darts ?
“I travel a lot with Tony O’Shea on the exhibition , tournament circuit and have known him for 40 years ! We’re more like brothers “
What rule would you change or bring into Darts if you could ?
“PDC Challenge tour players not to play in BDO events “
What do you like to get up to away from Darts ?
“Relax at home with the family “
You are quite popular on the Exhibition Circuit is this something you enjoy doing ?
“I enjoy it but it’s tough going “
Favourite Darts Commentator ?
“I like Chris Mason he does his homework in the players “
What are your Targets/Ambitions going into the last quarter of the year ?
“My target as always been to win the lakeside World Championships and always will be “
You joined Target Darts some time ago along with your Stockport pal Tony O’Shea how is the vibe around the team at Target ?
“I have been at Target for four years now and it’s good to be on the same team as Phil Taylor , Adrian Lewis , Tony O’Shea etc., but most of all the Target products are fantastic “
Your favourite achievement in Darts ?
“So far winning the BDO World Trophy but I’m aiming higher “
How do you prepare for a big match ?
“Just relax as much as possible , listen to my Hypnodarts CD’s “
How often do you practise ?
“I have a few throws at home when I can but mostly I step up the practice nearer to a big event so at the moment I’m putting in 2/3 hours a day “
Last of all just for fun, what did you have for your Tea this evening ?
“Home made Chilli con carne “
Thanks for your time Darryl, and we wish you all the best at the Grand Slam this weekend..