Bob Anderson, Darts Legend
Bob Anderson was known as the Limestone Cowboy back in his day, and it is fair to say that he left a lasting legacy on the world of darts. Bonusbets.com looks at his career.
As a top player of the 1980s, he was the first player to win the World Masters Series three times in a row and added to that the World title in 1988. He and fourteen other players formed the World Darts Council in 1992, and after many legal shenanigans, this eventually went on to become the PDC, which is the darts behemoth of today.
Anderson still competes, but only on the exhibition circuit, though he is always a great follower of the profession game, and keeps up with what is going on. The player, originally from Somerset in the Southwest, is pleased with the development that has been made in the game, and with the direction that it is going in the future.
“I could see the game growing, and there were endless possibilities – given the right captain of the ship, should I say, I’m perhaps surprised that it’s grown as fast as it has, as quickly as it has. But I’m delighted it has. Very proud, every time I look at the boys and watch the shows. I see the viewing figures, and I see the popularity around the world. I think in some small way, I had something to do with that.”
But the famous split between the different organisations could have caused huge problems, and the WDC could have folded entirely. It was a risky move, but one that ultimately paid off. “We did stick our neck on the block,” he remembers “I try not to [think about failure]! I’m sure that there was that possibility. But I was equally confident in my ability, and the ability of my co-founders, to carry the day. And that we did. Everything wrong, but everything right. Jocky and I crossed swords on several occasions. It was inevitable that we weren’t going to see eye-to-eye. I was six foot three, and he was only five foot seven!”
Anderson spoke of Jocky with a twinkle in his eye, as Jocky Wilson was one of the sports most notorious characters. A phenomenal player he came with a somewhat combustible attitude and became the feature of a recent documentary on the BBC which was a tell-all type story. Although Anderson had nothing but high praise of the Scot.
“He was an absolute dynamo. A tremendously talented, pugnacious – sometimes offensive – but what a dart player. When I first started watching and joining the ranks of the top boys, I watched Jocky throw. His eye-hand coordination was unbelievable. You’d never look at Jocky and say ‘that’s the style you wanted to be copying’. No, no, no. He did everything wrong, but got everything right.”
Now with the Darts Premier League in action, with its big names, and massive stars, Anderson is sure that Jocky would have fit right in. Here’s hoping that he would have been able to win big as well.