It was a good friend of mine, Sheila Handley (a well known Essex darts enthusiast) who first suggested back in 1999 that I should have a website. At first I was hesitant because I thought it might interfere with my PhD research.
Quite the contrary.
The global darts community responded well to its introduction and indeed a number of valuable contacts were established with people I would otherwise not have known existed, contacts which contributed to my final PhD thesis.
I thank Sheila from the bottom of my heart for all her help and encouragement and for bringing my work to the attention of millions.
Thanks are due too to some of my favourite people in darts which include Tony Wood, former editor of Darts World magazine, darts journalist Wayne Baker, Paul ‘Dartoid’ Seigel, Glen Huff of Seattle and of course my great friends, three-time World Professional Darts Champion, John Lowe and seven-times Women’s World Champion Trina Gulliver.
Thanks too to my sponsors, the WINMAU Dartboard Company, especially Ian Flack and Simon Hall.
But I would have achieved absolutely nothing without the love and support of my wife Maureen. She has helped me through the bad and even worse times and shared with me some great times.
Long may it continue.
December 2009 (Revised July 2012)
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