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Straight and True

Andy is originally from Stoke-on-Trent but has been living in Ayrshire, Scotland since 2008. He has been playing darts for over 20 years and has competed at the Lakeside World Championships three times. He decided in January 2015 that he wanted to further his career and chose to attend ‘Qualifying School’ with the Professional Darts Corporation. Qualifying School saw over 400 darts players from around the world take to the oche to try and secure a place on the Professional Circuit. Andy had a great few days and topped the Order of Merit Table and secured a two year card to play on the Professional Circuit. Andy is currently ranked 59 in the world in the PDC Order of Merit

Q&A

You’re originally from Stoke-on-Trent, when and what made you move to Ayrshire?
I met my now fiancé, Kaileigh who is from Ayrshire and this was the reason for my move north of the border. It’s been a while now, I moved up back in 2008.

Where is your favourite place in Ayrshire and why?
We are very lucky where we live as we are very close to the beach and having a dog I have to say my daily walks down the beach are great. The view of Arran is fantastic.

You’ve recently added Irvine-based Phoenix Taxis to your list of sponsors. How important are sponsors and how will you work with each other?
Sponsors are extremely important, their continued support makes my job of playing darts a lot easier. I enjoy working closely with my sponsors whether that be at Events or Appearances and enjoy getting to know them personally by inviting them to attend any PDC Events throughout the season.

A professional darts player’s year is mainly spent on the road at various competitions, but how do you like to spend your time at home?
It is very hectic at times so a weekend at home is great. We enjoy travelling down to Stoke-on-Trent to see my son Lloyd and daughter Ebony. We also enjoy taking our son Bailey out and about with our dog, Peppa. If there is any other free time I spend it on the Dartboard practising.

You’ve been along and helped out at the North Ayrshire Darts Academy. How important is it to see youngsters playing the game? Any names to look out for in the future?
Youngsters are the future of darts so it’s vital to encourage and support them at an early age. North Ayrshire Darts Academy is fantastic and the players are going from strength to strength. I would say Arron Douglas who has just recently been picked to play with Scotland is definitely a name to watch for.

What are your aims for the coming year on the PDC circuit?
This year the aim is to continue to move up the rankings and try and secure my spot at as many televised events as possible. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at the Grand Slam of Darts and more so the World Championships so securing a spot at these Events are top of my list.