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By Eric Bristow

ERIC BRISTOW MBE is taken into account to be the best darts participant of all time. He was once an unmistakable determine at the oche in the course of his Nineteen Eighties heyday, and have become popular not only for the variety of international titles he received yet for his conceitedness on degree and stale it.

In this candid account Bristow unearths how darts proved a salvation from his adolescence as a cat burglar, shoplifter and thug, introducing him to a brand new global of beer, babes and undreamed of good fortune. And in his quick upward push to the pinnacle he offers interesting insights into the characters that pioneered darts in these early days and the way, while his personal profession started to slide on the finish of the last decade, he educated his protégé Phil 'The energy' Taylor, turning him into the main profitable participant darts has ever known.

Bristow holds not anything again as he finds his conflict with dartitis, a mental which left him not able to allow cross of the dart and nearly destroyed his profession; his courting with female friend and previous women's international darts champion Maureen vegetation; and his occasional all-too-public falls from grace.

Bristow's existence tale is a thrill-a-minute experience during the raucous global of darts and the way it has helped to form and force his existence during the last 40 years.

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