Wifi woes force Flying Scotsman to miss event

Former Berwickshire player Gary Anderson had to withdraw from a darts tournament for one of the most unusual reasons ever last week.

Thursday, 23rd April 2020, 12:30 pm
Gary Anderson (library image)

These are unusual times and, in the absence of live sport because of the coronavirus outbreak, darts officials organised the PDC Home Tour schedule, which began at the weekend.

Players would play one another by throwing their own arrows at their own board at home, streaming the results on the PDC website.

Each night of the event would see four players meet in a round-robin format, comprising the best of nine-leg matches, with the winner of each group going into the next round.

However, ex-Eyemouth player Anderson, dubbed ‘The Flying Scotsman’ and a two-time world champion, was unable to take part in the 32-night schedule – as the wifi signal at his home in Burnham -on-Sea, Somerset, was not strong enough.

He told a national newspaper: “I was up for it but when we did tests of my Wi-Fi, it’s just not reliable enough. It doesn’t surprise me. I struggle to pay bills online in my house – it’s really frustrating.”

“I did want to take part. It would have been something different to try and win.”

Anderson (49) played in his native East Lothian and Falkirk, as well as Berwickshire, before going on to achieve top-level success in the BDO and landing the World Championship in the PDC (Professional Darts Corporation) in 2015 and 2016.

He later moved to the south west of England, where he helped run a pub before concentrating solely on his darts career.

Internet difficulties also denied Darryl Gurney a place on the ‘home tour’.