Honour's list place for darts star?

DARTS bosses are campaigning for oche ace Bobby George to be included in the next Honour's List.They believe no-one is more deserving of recognition than the 58-year-old legend, who lives in a self-built mansion in Ardleigh, near Colchester.

DARTS bosses are campaigning for oche ace Bobby George to be included in the next Honour's List.

They believe no-one is more deserving of recognition than the 58-year-old legend, who lives in a self-built mansion in Ardleigh, near Colchester.

The British Darts Organisation (BDO) is aiming to see George rewarded by The Queen.

BDO spokesman Robert Holmes said: "He definitely deserves it – maybe it should be Arise Sir Bobby?"


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He added: "Bobby does so much work for charity and has helped to create the image of darts.

"I can't think of anything more fitting. It is something we have been talking about for a while – and we'd love to see it happen."

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Mr Holmes said darts officials would also like to see some recognition for BDO director Olly Croft, dubbed the Godfather of Darts.

Mr Croft, 70, founded the governing body of the sport in the front room of his house in Muswell Hill, North London.

Mr Holmes added: "Clive Woodward got knighted for winning the Rugby World Cup with England, which is all well and good, but England has won the Darts World Cup 11 times under Olly Croft – we think that deserves some recognition too."

George, a two-time world championship finalist, is currently commentating for the BBC on this year's event at Frimley Green.

He didn't start playing darts until he was 29 – but became Essex Masters' Champion within a month of first picking up a set of arrows.

The star, famed for his candlebras, glitter shirts and showmanship, won the News of the World Championship twice and represented England on numerous occasions.

George has also starred in a gangster film, Dog, and is fronting the BBC's Sport Relief event this summer.

He is challenging darts players to score as many points as possible in four minutes in an event to mark the 50th anniversary of Roger Bannister's sub-four minute mile.

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