By John Lowe, Jul 15 2015 08:13AM
I have had many requests over the last few months asking if I can get hold of any copies of my autobiography "Old Stoneface" well I am pleased to say I have managed to secure 30 copies, a little insight into the contents, it is the story of my life on the Oche and off, how I handled the many weeks and years of travelling the world and how it effected my personal life, the day I met and played the greatest sportsman of all time Muhammed Ali, the true story of the split between the BDO and the players, I call it the five year war, the PDC and the players and much much more ..............................
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By John Lowe, Jul 7 2015 08:21AM
The World Matchplay will commence at the Winter Gardens on July 18th and finish on July 26th, Phil Taylor is bidding to win his 8th consequtive Matchplay Title, if that is not remarkable then his 15 wins in this event since it's introduction in 1994 most certainly is, the only other previous winner of the Match Play in the field is James Wade.
Full draw and bracket for the Match Play:
BetVictor World Matchplay
First Round Draw & Draw Bracket
Michael van Gerwen (1/12) v Benito van de Pas (7/1)
Justin Pipe (1/2) v Jamie Lewis (13/8)
Simon Whitlock (4/5) v Jelle Klaasen (Evs)
Ian White (5/4) v Stephen Bunting (8/13)
Peter Wright (4/7) v Kim Huybrechts (11/8)
Mervyn King (4/6) v Andrew Gilding (6/5)
Adrian Lewis (1/12) v Joe Murnan (7/1)
Michael Smith (2/7) v Gerwyn Price (11/4)
Phil Taylor (1/20) v John Henderson (9/1)
Raymond van Barneveld (1/5) v Andy Hamilton (7/2)
Dave Chisnall (2/7) v Jamie Caven (11/4)
Robert Thornton (8/11) v Keegan Brown (11/10)
James Wade (1/4) v Kyle Anderson (3/1)
Brendan Dolan (10/11) v Vincent van der Voort (10/11)
Gary Anderson (1/8) v Steve Beaton (5/1)
Terry Jenkins (4/11) v Mensur Suljovic (11/5)
Betting odds by Bet Victor.
Full coverage will be on SKY Sports TV.
Photograph: Phil Taylor bidding for his 16th Match Play Title.
By John Lowe, Jul 6 2015 08:21AM
James Wade won the 13th players championship in Wigan but the final shake up is changing a little, Keegan Brown the World youth champion of a year ago is making his mark on the senior circuit reaching the top 4 before losing to a in form Wade, Andrew Gilding also making the top 4 before losing to the ever improving Kim Huybrechts 6-4, Huybrechts going on to take Wade to a last leg decider and a place in the Worlds top 16. Sundays championship the 14th produced yet another new semi-final line up, Wade out to Mensur Soljovic in the top 16, Huybrechts gone to Rowby John Rodriguez in the top 32, it was Jelle Klaasen who was making his mark on the championship this time and Ian White who is never far away from the winners spot, the final went to Klaasen 6-2 and the cheque for £10,000, it must be noted Michael Van Gerwen and Gary Anderson did not enter and Taylor and Lewis did not reach the late stages of both events, are things starting to change at the top of the table that has become a little static over the last few years, it will take a lot of money to points related earnings to change things at the top but the more the Huybrechts and Brown's keep improving we can expect a few changes at the lower end of the top 16, and that can only be good for the sport and the players aiming to make their mark and secure automatic places in major events.
By John Lowe, Jul 4 2015 09:04AM
The Legendary Bullseye Show broadcast for 13 years on ITV in the UK will be brought back to our screens by way of a documentary made for Challenge TV. The show hosted by comedian Jim Bowan became a huge success attracting up to 16 million viewers each week, contestants would be made up of 3 pairs, one would be the dart thrower the other would try to answer questions secured by the acuracy of the dart, each round would win money, the pair with the most money would go through to Bully's Prize Board, here both players would throw at the numbers to reveal what prizes they had won, then they would be asked to gamble everything for a chance to win Bully's Star Prize hidden behind the curtains, this may be a Speed Boat, A fitted Kitchen, A Car, or a Holiday for four, if the contestants decided they could not score 101 or more in 6 darts the second place contestants would be asked if they wanted to try and win the Top Prize, sounds easy to describe but far better to watch the documentary featuring myself, Bobby George, Eric Bristow, Jim Bowen, Tony "In One" Green and many followers of the show and some contestants who took part, for a preview take a look at the trailor: https://youtu.be/UVr5kjJckcs
By John Lowe, Jul 1 2015 07:07AM
The Betvision Norwich Darts Masters total amount raised was £10,106.70 and the winners who will benefit from this wonderful fundraising effort are:
East Anglia Childrens Hospices, the NOOK Appeal, Star Throwers Cancer Care Support in
Wymondham, Chapel Road School for severely disabled children in Attleborough and a local community grant giving fund, The Norfolk Rescue Services NARS will also be supported within the fund.
This is a remarkable achievement and one that darts players and supporters can look upon with pride knowing their sport has once again provided a platform of help where it is most needed, The Lord Russell Baker Foundation is a very worthy and serious fund raising organisation that uses many other activities to raise funds, it speaks volumes that they chose darts to be a part of their efforts, and very pleasing to realise the wonderful outcome, I am sure the Norwich Darts Masters will continue to be a fixture in the Norwich diary for many years it will certainly be an entry in John Lowe's.
A massive thank you to everyone who contributed in any way, you are all winners.
By John Lowe, Jun 30 2015 10:28AM
Received a few messages recently asking about Alan Evans the fiery but competitive Wesh player many regarded the world number 1 in the early 70's. Alan died in 1999 at the age of 49, he had been suffering with bad health for a number of years, I am sure Alan would have been able to step up to the plate with the modern era of players, the first world championship at Nottingham produced a semi-final between alan and his good friend Leighton Rees that produced a spot of magic, Alan had opened the match with a maximum and at 2-2 it was evenly matched, then Leighton produced this: 137-180-180 D2, a 10 dart leg,the least ever shown on TV at that time and remember the board had big round wires and loads of staples, it remained the record until 1984, Leighton won the match and proceeded to the bar where he smoked a large cigar and downed more than a few Lagers in celebration, Alan approached and cooly said "Leighten Pickfords have just called they are interested in being your transport" Pickfords are a house moving company in the UK, Leighton replied "So you didn't buy me a present for beating you" Yes, "I bought you a waterbed, Lake Windermere" that was Alan's humour, sharp just like his darts.
Photograph: Alan Evans in the late 70's.
By John Lowe, Jun 29 2015 07:23AM
The Norwich Betvision Charity Darts night at norwich F.C. on Saturday night was a huge success, promoted and hosted by Lord Russell Baker who used the night to support his many local charities throughout Norfolk, the night began with a superb buffet for the VIP ticket holders who also took the chance to have their photographs taken with the four professional players, Eric Bristow, Keith Deller, Peter Manley and myself, the night started in earnest when the rest of the 400 plus audience arrived, Paul Booth was the MC for the night, John Fowler the caller, each professional played against 3 people from the audience before a short break, a auction of sporting memorabelia was conducted by Paul with a great response from members of the audience, then it was time for the Norwich Darts Trophy tournament, Eric Bristow played Keith Deller and Peter Manley played myself, the final was between Keith and myself, the format of best of 3 legs 501 left no room for mistakes and I went into a 1-0 lead with a break against the throw and my first maximum of the night, I threw another maximum in the second leg and opened a considerable lead but then the dreaded double trouble happened, I could not buy or find a finish and the game went 1-1, Keith opened the leg and held on to become the first inaugural winner of the Norwich Darts Trophy. Many of my good friends came out to support the charity and at the same time say hello, I lost count of the number of photographs I had taken with people I first met over 30 years ago now introducing their sons and daughters, facebook and twitter was certainly very busy ! my congratulations go to Lord Russell Baker and his fine team for organising the night, it was first class from beginning to end, a pleasure to be part of what I am sure will bring much needed support to many people, thank you everyone who came along and thank you Norwich.
By John Lowe, Jun 25 2015 09:01AM
For anyone who thinks dart playing is not a respected money earning profession then take a look at the story of the stats below, Michael Van Gerwen needs just £7,250 to reach the magic one Million mark, the top 8 players are around or above a quarter of a Million and 16th place player justin Pipe is on £191,250, all earned within the PDC 2 year ranking system, the prize fund goes down to the top 100 where Chris Dobey has £5,250, the incentive for players to reach the top have never been more encouraging, it may take quite a time for anyone to overtake Michael Van Gerwen at the top but when we take a look at the World Youth Champion of a year ago Keegan Brown and look how he has progressed in such a short time amassing £46,250 in prize money, changes at the top of the ladder are only a matter of time, it is not just earning the ranking money and sitting there comfortable knowing you are thousands of pound clear, it is when the two year period ends and money earned outside of that period is deducted, if you are not performing well at that time an inevitable drop down the table becomes a relaity, it's a challenge for the guys looking up and making their way up but it can be duanting for the players who know it's only a matter of time before they will be going down, a good system, but can be short term for some and the need to look after the finances they have is more than important.
Pos Name Prize Money
1 van Gerwen, Michael £992,750
2 Taylor, Phil £605,250
3 Anderson, Gary £584,000
4 Lewis, Adrian £433,000
5 Wright, Peter £365,250
6 Wade, James £291,250
7 Chisnall, Dave £248,250
8 Whitlock, Simon £248,000
9 Thornton, Robert £220,500
10 White, Ian £213,500
11 Dolan, Brendan £212,250
12 King, Mervyn £211,000
13 Jenkins, Terry £200,750
14 Smith, Michael £196,500
15 van Barneveld, Raymond £192,750
16 Pipe, Justin £191,250
9 Dart Game
John Lowe. three times champion of the world in three seperate decades, the 70's, the 80's and the 90's, the first player in the history of the sport to achieve the perfect game of 501 on Television, in 1984, winning £102,000, winner of over 1000 titles world wide, simply: The Legend of Darts.
About John Lowe
30 year anniversary 9 dart interview
Mr Maximums: Cliff Thorburn the first player to do a 147 Snooker clearance on TV and myself the first person to do the 9 dart 501 on TV
John appeared on ITV's Amazing Greys in 2014 he had to hit as many targets as possible in 30 seconds, all the targets where different heights and lengths, if the competitor beat John he would win £10,000, John won by a margin of 9.
John Explains his darts set up
One of John's favourite charity's is The Variety Club of Great Britain who raise many thousands of pounds by organising golf days around the country, the aim is to buy Mini Coaches for Children, in the picture John is at St Piere Chepstow and the Coach in view is about to be present to a School in Birmingham.
Royal Palm is John's favourite resort in Tenerife situated in Los Cristianos, it has everything you could ask for to make your stay enjoyable, immaculate in every way, all English TV and Satelite channels, quite, secure, close to excellent restaurants and friendly Bars, for a full tour of Royal Palm click the photograph above. Make sure you inform the Manager Neil I sent you, it makes a difference.
John's Tips from the Top
Unicorns YouTube Channel and all the interviews with John, click the buttons to view.
John talks to Tungsten Tales and explains his practise routine before a match and why he does it his way.
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The next generation of players begins now.
30 seconds of John Lowe
Beware of imitations, this is the John Lowe
World Champion Darts in Tungsten Titanium
also available in Tungsten, note the 21 grm
model has 7 grove rings.
John Lowe's Sporting Heros
A quick fire 30 seconds of John Lowe
John's in depth career interview
John talks about his sporting heros
John talks to Unicorn about his amazing career
The moment in history that changed the sport and
the life of John Lowe forever: 13/10/1984
6 perfect bulls
The Dart designed by John Lowe developed and produced by Unicorn to win over 1000 titles world wide - copied and used by others to win countless major titles - this is where the Evolution started.
John Lowe - The Throw 1978-2008
John was Unicorns first World champion
The Throw of a World Champion
John is credited by many professionals in the sport including
Phil Taylor to have the perfect throwing action, this video shows John's action from 1978 through 2008, the only thing that changes is the speed of throw and John decides that when knowing who his opponent will be, for full detail record on your mobile and slow down to see all movements.