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Dave Whitcombe

PUNCH BACKS DARTS LEGEND IN COMEBACK BID

Dave Whitcombe on a comeback bid - 2005

30th March 2005 One of the 1980s’ biggest names in the world of darts is preparing for a triumphant comeback with the support of Punch Taverns.

Twice World Masters champion and World Championship runner-up, Dave Whitcombe, is stepping up to the oche once again this year in a packed itinerary of major tournaments both in the UK and abroad.

Backing him all the way is leading pub company, Punch Taverns, which is financing much of his travel and accommodation expenses.

And the former champ, who these days is better known as the landlord of the Gore Court Arms pub at Sittingbourne, reckons he’s got what it takes for a top 20 world ranking.

He said: “I’ve spent the last few months catching up with the sport again by watching major tournaments and I know I am good enough to compete with the top 20 players.

“The challenge now is to get back onto the circuit and translate that ability into solid results.”

Over coming months, Dave is set to compete in events as far apart as Taunton and Las Vegas as he bids to propel himself back to the top of the sport.

Geoff Brown, marketing director for Punch Taverns, said: “Throughout the late 1970s and 1980s, Dave was a household name and has even been described by current World Darts Champion, Phil Taylor, as one of the greatest players in the history of the game.

“We are very proud to be supporting Dave in this exciting comeback and wish him the best of luck for the year ahead.”

Punch Taverns operates around 7,800 leased and tenanted outlets throughout the UK in partnership with local entrepreneurs. Dave will continue as lessee of the Gore Court Arms throughout his comeback attempt, combining family holidays with events that take him away from the business for extended periods.

For more information, please contact Nick Trueman or Jules Kerby at Seal Communications on 0121 200 0780

Email nicktrueman@sealcommunications.co.uk

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