Patrick Chaplin: F.A.Q

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are a few of the questions asked time and time again, I do my best to solve the question for you, don't forget to drop me a line if you have an annoying nagging question you need unravelling.


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Numbers on the Dartboard

This is probably the most asked question about the origins of the modern game. Who was the devious person who structured the segments of the dartboard in such a frustrating manner?




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Where Does The Word Oche Originate?

This is one question that I am asked time and time again and one for which I can only offer a theory.

'Oche' as a word meaning the throwing line that a dart player stands behind to throw his or her darts is comparatively recent, being introduced by the British Darts Organisation in the mid-1970s.......

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First Back-To-Back 180s on TV

In response to one of the ‘Questions I Can’t Answer’, Wayne Robinson of the University of the Sunshine Coast, in Queensland, Australia, e-mailed me to say he believed that Barry Atkinson, an English darter now residing in South Australia was the first player to throw two 180s back-to-back on TV.

But was he?

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Who Threw The First 9-Darter?

I receive a good number of darts history questions via my web site, but one I received in February 2003 from a dart fan in the Netherlands really set me thinking.

The question was:
‘Do you know when the first 9-dart finish was thrown in the history of darts? And I mean ‘In what year?’ I was wondering when that happened.’

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imgWho are the Walk on Girls?

The Walk on Girls are a popular addition to the modern day darts tournament and I often get asked who are they.  Although copyright abuse by others does not make it possible to regularly update this section, I hope you will enjoy the information and images I am permitted to provide...

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imgWhy Three Darts?

Another interesting question it is not one I had thought about till it was first asked, but it was interesting to discover the answer........


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imgWhy 501?

The very first games of darts consisted of throwing three darts at a random number target and the highest score with those three darts won the game. But then things became a little more sophisticated.

But "Why 301 and 501?" Read on to find out

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