Former world darts champion John ‘Jocky’ Wilson was hailed as the ‘Braveheart’ of the game yesterday following his death at the age of 62.
A star of the golden era of darts, famed for downing lager with vodka chasers during matches, he died at his home in Kirkcaldy, Fife, after a battle with lung disease.
Tommy Cox, who managed Wilson from 1988-1996, paid tribute to the man who helped lay the foundations of the modern game.
Wilson, who won world titles in 1982 and 1989, founded a breakaway professional darts championship in the 1990s which helped the sport shed its working-class image and attract a new generation of fans.
Prince Harry is known to enjoy the game and went to London’s Alexandra Palace last year for the World Darts Championship.
Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor, the 15-time world champion, said: ‘With the likes of Eric Bristow and John Lowe, Jocky made the game what it is today.’
Wilson, born in Kirkcaldy, was to many, the quintessential darts player, playing with a cigarette in one hand and drinking.
by The Punjapit Alliance