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Tributes are paid to Scottish darts legend Jocky Wilson

Tributes are paid to Scottish darts legend Jocky Wilson

TRIBUTES have been paid to the former world darts champion Jocky Wilson who has passed away at the aged of 62.

Born John Thomas Wilson he will be forever remembered as Jocky by his many fans. 

He is regarded as one of the men who helped raise the profile of the game of professional darts, helping make it more popular and ensuring that today’s top players have access to large money prizes.

The former miner, who lived in Kirkcaldy in Scotland, had turned professional in 1979.

During his career he won the world title twice, in 1982 and 1989, as well as being the British champion on four occasions and Scottish Masters champion three times.

Many of his greatest battles took place in smoke-filled halls where it seemed he and his opponents appeared to be sustained by copious quantities of beer. In Jockey’s case the lager was usually followed by vodka and coke chasers.

Jocky’s world championship victory over Eric Bristow in 1989 is regarded by many as one of his greatest games. Bristow, who was known as the Crafty Cockney, had battled back from being 5-nil down to put Jocky under pressure at 5-4, but the Scotsman held his nerve to win the final 6-4.

With his toothless grin (although he did invest in some dentures early in his career) Jocky won the hearts of fans from across the darts world.

He was even to feature on the BBC’s Top Of The Pops show when Dexy’s Midnight Runners, playing their cover of Jackie Wilson Said (I’m In Heaven When You Smile), put up a photo of Jocky instead of the American soul singer Jackie Wilson.

Jocky retired in 1996 and was to become a virtual recluse.

He passed away after suffering a lung disorder.

To see Jocky Wilson playing at the top of his game, click here.


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