Diary of a Darts player - Andy pays tribute to ‘best landlord’ Woody

MY PREPARATION for this weekend’s PDC Pro Tour events at Crawley have been going well.

On Wednesday, our Brighton Nomads were away to league leaders Bexhill, a strong team featuring Adrian Gray and Shayne Burgess. I was on second, and despite an early scare where my opponent checked out a 122, I went on to win the match 3–1.

The rest of my team didn’t fare so well, with Adam Hart being our only other winner.

So on to Friday, and our Hastings Rileys team were away to the Royal Albert. We put in a superb performance throughout, and ran out fairly easy winners against strong opposition.

This league is a great format and a good source of match practice.

I’ll end this week on a very sad note, as I’ve just been told that sadly our legendary landlord ‘Woody’ from our days playing at the Three Cups, The Jack Fullers and The Barley Mow, has passed away.

Woody in my eyes was a perfect pub landlord, he was an ‘old school character’ and always looked after his customers. When Woody and Babs were in charge, you knew you would have a good night.

I was privileged to have played darts in teams from his pubs for many years, and he would also come along and play a mean game himself, that said he’d usually play in his Wurzel Gummidge style hat and a waistcoat, so he didn’t look like your typical dart player!

We will all miss him and our thoughts go out to his family and friends. A celebration of Woody’s life is being held at the Three Cups Inn, Punnetts Town, on Sunday July 8, 12noon start, all welcome.