Eric Bristow
British darts player
Eric Bristow
Eric Bristow MBE (born 25 April 1957) is an English darts player, whose skill at the game in the 1980s helped turn it into a worldwide spectator sport. He is a five time BDO world champion.
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Nadine Dorries and Eric Bristow went an extra mile for me
Bucks Free Press - about 4 years
Well I made it safely back from Western Australia, and three days later opened in panto in Bournemouth with a bout of merry seasonal lurgi and promptly lost my voice.
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I'm A Celebrity 2012: Eric Bristow reveals he placed bet on himself to reach the final
Daily Mail (UK) - about 4 years
The controversial I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here contestant revealed to his fellow camp mates that he has places a £20,000 bet on himself to make the final six of the competition.
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I'm A Celebrity 2012: Colin Baker and Eric Bristow to go head-to-head in I'm A Celeb Bushtucker trial to see who leaves the camp
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
It's been a series of twists and turns, but the latest development will certainly keep all the I'm A Celeb campmates on their toes.
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I'm A Celebrity 2012: I'm A Celeb's Eric Bristow takes another swipe at Helen Flanagan after she has a fake tan mishap...and admits that she can't even blow dry her own hair
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
She's not had the easiest of times in the I'm A Celeb jungle.
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Darts champ in Leigh
Leigh The Reporter - almost 5 years
FIVE time World Darts Champion Eric Bristow is visiting Leigh later this month.
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LIVE DONCASTER RACING BLOG! - Sportinglife.com
Google News - over 5 years
Even Eric Bristow could hit with one of them. 1610: Could do with Rasmy hitting the frame here but concerned he was very much on his toes through the preliminaries. Doesn't need to be keen in the race. 1605: Scoop is still transcribing the Krone
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Essex: The Two Ronnies, darts and me - East Anglian Daily Times
Google News - over 5 years
The other characters, like Jocky Wilson and Eric Bristow, you'll never see their like again, unfortunately, because the amount of money involved in the sport is off the scale. It's so competitive”. Patrick's obviously got a soft spot for Bobby George,
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Meet darts champ Eric Bristow in Langold tonight. - Retford Today
Google News - over 5 years
DARTS champion Eric Bristow makes a guest appearance at Jays Music Bar on Doncaster Road in Langold tonight, Thursday 1st September. The charity night starts at 6pm and raffle winners can pitch their skills against Eric in the bar
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Special guest at biggest match in darts - expressandstar.com
Google News - over 5 years
'The Milky Bar Kid' was the youngest-ever world champion after his shock win over the much-fancied Eric Bristow 28 years ago, before the sport divided into the PDC and BDO factions in 1994. Lewis and Adams will also play six punters each on the night,
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Rain, not rioting, in Northumberland - FarmersWeekly
Google News - over 5 years
I was reminded of the words of Sid Waddell, the legendary darts commentator: "When Alexander of Macedonia was 33, he cried salt tears because there were no more worlds to conquer Eric Bristow is 27." We are now in the middle of the school holidays and,
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Riots force Maguire deal to be done over cup of tea on the M4 - Daily Mail
Google News - over 5 years
Fred Done himself was at York to conduct the draw for starting stalls of Thursday while his darts player Eric Bristow has been doing the rounds at his re-branded shops in the city. There has also been a mobile advertising truck driving round York
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ED2011: Dave and Charlie fight the Battle Of Britain - ThreeWeeks News
Google News - over 5 years
Whereas the most famous Southern darts player was Eric Bristow, the Crafty Cockney. He was accused of punching his wife in the face but was eventually cleared. So that's better. DG: I don't understand the credit crunch, but I'm pretty certain if you
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Sid Waddell: The Shakespeare Of Darts Commentary - Sabotage Times
Google News - over 5 years
Eric Bristow's only 27. Sure he could do the straight-up gag (There's only one word for that – magic darts! or Keith Deller's not just an underdog, he's an under-puppy!) but Waddell is incapable of cliché: his similes enter your brain, leave the merest
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7歲鏢神 連勝世界冠軍17局 - AM730
Google News - over 5 years
英格蘭冒出一位小鏢神,將5屆飛鏢世界冠軍Eric Bristow殺個片甲不留,創下連勝他17局的驕人戰績。令冠軍更汗顏的是,對手是年僅7歲的男童。 在西北英格蘭的飛鏢循環賽,只有4呎4吋高的Nathan Butcher(圖),混在牛高馬大的對手中半點也不輸蝕,2歲開始擲鏢的他,3歲即擲出3
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Thieves can’t make us close - Falkirk Herald
Google News - over 5 years
On Friday, August 26, darts legends including Eric Bristow, Bobby George and Bob Anderson will take part in an exhibition match. Tickets for both events are available in advance from the venue
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Bullseye: which other gameshows deserve a live comeback? - The Guardian (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
From Friday 14 October to Sunday 20 November, a makeshift Bullseye crew comprising Eric Bristow, Bob Anderson and John Lowe – along with new presenter Neil Wheatley – will traipse up and down the country from Catford to Llandudno offering audience
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Eric Bristow on target for TV revival - The Guardian (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Bullseye: Eric Bristow joins a new version of the quizshow. Photograph: Christopher Lee/Getty Images Stay out of the black and in the red, nothing in this game for two in a bed. What do you mean what are we talking about?
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Darts: Old mentor helps Taylor rediscover his power game - Stoke & Staffordshire
Google News - over 5 years
PHIL 'The Power' Taylor says darts legend Eric Bristow helped him get back to the top. Taylor last night ended 12 months without a major title by winning the SkyBet Mobile World World Matchplay with an 18-8 demolition of James Wade at the Winter
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Tattenham Corner - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
... the leading northern trainer-jockey combination, tried to show off their skill at darts before racing at York today when competing in the presence of former champion Eric Bristow and commentator Sid Waddell – brought in by helicopter in by sponsors
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Eric Bristow
    FIFTIES
  • 2012
    Age 54
    He was voted out on 29 November 2012, finishing fourth out of 12 celebrities.
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    In 2012, Bristow participated in the reality show I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!
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  • FORTIES
  • 2005
    Age 47
    Bristow was alleged to have punched her in the face during a drunken row in their bedroom on 29 April 2005.
    More Details Hide Details He was eventually cleared of the charges. After the case was concluded Bristow said that his wife had just got a new boyfriend and wanted a divorce and he was now living with his children at his mother's house in Leek. Bristow was also involved in a public disturbance in Hanley, which was by chance recorded by police reality show Street Crime UK, and then broadcast as part of an episode of the show. Bristow lives now with his partner Rebecca 'Bex' Gadd (born 7 August 1978), from Addlestone,Surrey. Bristow has son, James Bristow and a daughter, Louise Bristow plus 2 grandsons. Away from darts, Eric enjoys football and is a supporter of Chelsea FC. Bristow also enjoys drinking Guinness as can be shown on his Twitter page. Bristow was awarded the MBE for his services to sport in 1989. He appeared in an episode of Never The Twain 'Definitely Not Cricket' in 1986.
    In 2005, Bristow was accused of assaulting his wife.
    More Details Hide Details North Staffordshire magistrates ordered him to stay away from the family home in Milltown Way, Leek, Staffordshire and he was remanded on conditional bail.
  • 2004
    Age 46
    In 2004, Bristow played John Lowe, with Bristow showing glimpses of his old form, as he won that match by 6 legs to 1.
    More Details Hide Details In 2009, Bristow, John Lowe and Bobby George participated in a theatre tour of the UK and Ireland, hosted and presented by comedian Duncan Norvelle. The way players hold a dart when playing the game has no rules nor recommended technique - players grasp a dart simply in the manner with which they feel comfortable. Bristow became known more than other players, however, for his style, which involved the extension of his little finger in a similar manner to the drinking of tea, often but falsely attributed to the English upper class - "me perked-up right pinkie" he called it. Yet when he pulled the dart back from aiming position, he circled it with all of his fingers, therefore leading to speculation that the routine with the little finger was worthless to his throw. When asked about it by Chris Ashley live on Trent Sport radio, recorded on a short profile film called "Arrows" made by John Sampson in 1979 while following Eric Bristow touring Britain's clubs and pubs, Eric Bristow stated live on the radio interview, "that is not a gimmick, that is the way I first started playing darts and lot of people said 'is that a gimmick?', it's not."
  • 2000
    Age 42
    Bristow's last appearance came at the World Championships in 2000 - ending his 23 years run of playing in the event and he ceased playing the sport professionally.
    More Details Hide Details He now works mainly as a pundit and occasional commentator for Sky Sports during PDC tournaments, whilst continuing to travel and play on the exhibition circuit. Bristow returned to TV screens as a player in 2008 on Setanta Sports to compete in the BetFred League of Legends tournament, beating Bobby George in the opening match 7-5. No longer the great player he once was, Bristow failed to maintain his form, and didn't win another match in the tournament, failing to qualify for the semi-finals and finishing bottom of the League of Legends table.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1997
    Age 39
    His swansong came in a classic semi-final at the 1997 PDC World Championship which he lost, ironically, to his protégé Taylor.
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  • 1990
    Age 32
    He was never the same player again but did regain the number one ranking briefly in 1990.
    More Details Hide Details Bristow had come across a raw darts talent in Stoke-on-Trent in the late 1980s and sponsored him with about £10,000 to fund his development in the game, on the understanding that the cash would be repaid. The player was Phil Taylor who would go on to usurp his mentor as the greatest darts player ever, with Bristow often on the receiving end of his brilliance. Bristow's form deteriorated alarmingly in the early 1990s and he was dropped from the Merseyside team (his third county) where he played with his international team mate Kevin Kenny and then the national side. The split within darts - another governing body was formed - saw Bristow become a founding member of the Professional Darts Corporation. At the World Matchplay event in Blackpool, Bristow made six appearances and never managed to win a single match.
  • 1989
    Age 31
    In 1989, he married Jane Bristow (born 1962).
    More Details Hide Details Bristow has two children from his marriage to Jane - daughter Louise (born 1991) and son James (born 1993).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1987
    Age 29
    It seems, looking back at footage of his career, that it was gradually building up - the fluent throwing action had slowed in the previous year and he certainly struggled in April 1987 in the Nations Cup where he was particularly ragged for England.
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  • 1986
    Age 28
    During the Swedish Open in November 1986, he found himself unable to let go of his darts properly - a psychological condition known as dartitis, a bit like the yips in golf.
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  • 1983
    Age 25
    He was a winner of the World Cup Singles on four occasions (1983 beating Jocky Wilson, 1985 beating Tony Payne, 1987 beating Bob Sinnaeve and 1989 beating Jack McKenna) and won the News of the World Darts Championship in 1983 beating Ralph Flatt and 1984 beating Ian Robertson together with countless other major tournaments including the British Open and Swedish Open three times each and the North American Open on four occasions.
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  • 1982
    Age 24
    During the 1982 Arrows Chemicals British International Championship match in Scotland, Bristow was subject to what Darts World Magazine called "the most sustained barrage of jeering witnessed at a Darts match".
    More Details Hide Details He played to the crowd during his game with Harry Patterson; following a Treble 20, he turned to the crowd (more booing..) next dart, Treble 20, he turned to the crowd (even more booing, shouting..) third dart was single 20 but he smiled and the crowd applauded. As well as his world championship exploits, Bristow also lifted the prestigious Winmau World Masters crown no fewer than five times (1977 beating Paul Reynolds, 1979 beating Canadian Allan Hogg, 1981 beating defending champion John Lowe, 1983 beating Mike Gregory and 1984 beating Keith Deller). He also reached the final in 1989, losing to Peter Evison.
  • 1980
    Age 22
    Bristow won his first world championship in 1980, defeating fellow Londoner Bobby George, and so began a decade's worth of domination, in which he would retain his title in 1981 and win it again in 1984, 1985 and 1986.
    More Details Hide Details Like his snooker contemporary Steve Davis, however, he had to cope also with a shock defeat during this period, when young unknown Keith Deller beat him in the 1983 final, not to mention Steve Brennan in the previous year's 1st Round. He finished as runner-up on four other occasions up to 1991.
  • 1978
    Age 20
    From 1978 to 1987, Bristow was in a relationship with former darts player Maureen Flowers.
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    He was fortunate to have been around at the right time as television began showing increased interest in the sport in the late 1970s, with the first world championship occurring in 1978.
    More Details Hide Details This, allied to the fact that a governing body had been formed in January 1973 and that Bristow had not only supreme talent for one so young but an imposing personality and uncontained self belief, enabled him to make a very successful living. Cocky and arrogant, he invariably wound opponents up before and during matches with his gamesmanship. Crowds would boo Bristow when he was on stage, no less so than in Scotland, an atmosphere in which he revelled.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1976
    Age 18
    The nickname of the Crafty Cockney was given to Bristow when he visited an English pub of that name in 1976 during a visit to Santa Monica, California.
    More Details Hide Details Bristow wore a shirt (which he received from the same pub) depicting a uniformed British policeman, a Union Flag and the title Crafty Cockney whenever he took part in a tournament. Eric was also educated in the grammar school tradition having passed his eleven plus exam during the late 1960s. Bristow emerged as the most successful and consistent darts player of the 1980s, reigning as number one in the world rankings from 1980 until 1987.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1957
    Born
    Born on April 25, 1957.
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