Today we are pleased to say we are joined by the darts ‘Legend’ that is the 1983 world champion Keith Deller.
Deller, amazingly won the 1983 world championship defeating Eric Bristow in a terrific final with Deller taking out 138 to win the title, the 138 finish has since become so special with the finish now named as ‘the Deller’.
He amazingly won the title after having to win a qualifier just to reach the world championship, becoming the only qualifier in world darts history to win the world title.
Deller also held the world record for the fastest three legs of darts in 301, which he completed in 97 seconds.
He was on the wrong end of John Lowe‘s first televised nine darter.
Deller also became the first player to average over 100 at the 1985 world championship quarter final vs John Lowe.
Nowadays Deller works for Sky Sports, working as a spotter for the TV cameras with his knowledge of the game and the players, helping the director and the camera by letting them anticipate where the next dart will be thrown.
Deller is also manager of two times world champion Adrian ‘Jackpot’ Lewis, a player who Deller has managed before.
Thanks for joining us Keith, first question, how is Adrian feeling with his second round match with Andrew Gilding fast approaching?
“Adrian will be doing the same as his 1st game which is practicing hard and preparing to put in another great performance”
You are a spotter for Sky Sports as well as managing Adrian, how did that all come about?
“I was asked by Sky to see if I could help the cameras 20 years ago on the finishes and I have been doing it ever since, Adrian asked me the first time to manage him and it went well with Adrian winning two World titles”
You are the only qualifier to even win the World Championship, just describe how that feels?
“‘ It was great to be the only qualifier to win the world championship but it was even more special that I had to beat the top 3 players in the world to win the World Championship”
Since you stopped playing at a professional level, the standard has just gone crazy, with 100+ averages not being good enough to win matches, what is the reason in your opinion ?
“People go on about averages too much and averages mean nothing when you lose”
You are Adrians manager, what do you do to help him get motivated for tournaments?
” We always have a chat on the day about who he is playing but Adrian knows what he needs to do and we try and make sure that he is relaxed on the day and ready to play”
Who is the toughest opponent you have ever faced?
” My toughest opponent in the 80s was Eric Bristow and in the PDC Phil Taylor. 2 great champions”
You held the world record for the fastest three legs of 301 in just 97 seconds, how did that come about?
” I was first asked to try it on the TV programme Record Breakers which was great fun”
You were on the wrong end of John Lowe’s first ever televised nine darter, how pleased were you for him as well as keeping your head on the game?
” It was great to see it close hand but I would rather have been 2-0 up in sets but it was a great achievement.”
We know you are an avid Ipswich Town supporter what do you like to get up to in your spare time?
” I like watching Ipswich but my other passion is playing in celebrity golf events”
We also know you are busy all year with the Exhibition circuit, how is that going at the minute?
” My exhibition and corporate events are going great and have a very busy 2016″
The team at Target sponsored you, that must be great for you with your own range of darts etc, how do they help you?
” They are a great dart company and I have been them for some time which I’m very pleased”
What is the best advice you have ever recieved?
” To practice hard and play in as many tournaments as possible”
Who is your biggest inspiration?
” My Wife Kim who always try to keep me positive”
Do you miss playing competitive darts in the PDC, and do you still play in local competitions etc ?
” I miss the buzz of playing on TV but not the hours of practice”
We thank you for your time Keith, and enjoy the rest of the World Championship.