I am a BIG fan of the ‘Limestone Cowboy’ Bob Anderson, and feel that whilst highly respected and County darts Royalty, that he unfairly gets missed out when the holy trinity of darts of Bristow, Lowe and Wilson are mentioned of the 80’s
It should really be the fabulous 4 in my opinion with Anderson included as whilst an argument could be made for Keith Deller after his incredible 1983 win against Bristow (having beaten Wilson and Lowe on the way) , the fact of the matter is that outside of Bristow, Lowe and Wilson, no one was more successful that Anderson who won:
World masters: 86,87,88 (3 years in a row)
World Championship: 88
World Matchplay: 87
British Matchplay: 88,89
World Number 1: 87,88,89
This isn’t even including a whole raft of opens and world events including winning the Pacific Open in 87,88 and 89.No one else even comes close and he was the first darts player to bring the aggression to the oche that currently Michael Van Gerwen has become popular for.
What’s more Anderson’s longevity has been incredible:
Competed in 24 consecutive world championships (1984-2008)
2 consecutive PDC world Championship semi-finals in 2004 and 2005 when aged 57 and 58
And this incredible professional career was capped off by winning the League of Legends trophy in 2008, beating Keith Deller in the final.
An incredible career if ever there was one. Please check Anderson out on Youtube as the guy was and still is amazing.
Furthermore it is often said that you should never meet your hero’s for fear of being disappointed. Well that does not count with Anderson. I have met the man and he is incredible, a real gentleman, fantastic with his fans it was an honour to meet the man and he is fantastic in exhibition s’s and still even at 68 throws incredible darts.
Please check him out as he was and is an incredible man and talent