The Outrageous True Story of Darts
The hilarious and exhilarating true story of darts by the sport's true legend
Bellies and Bullseyes is simply the greatest account there will ever be about the sport of darts - as told by one of its most legendary characters - Sid Waddell. It mixes Sid’s own personal journey from the coalfields of the North East with the entire history of the sport. What is revealed is a hilarious yet epic Darts Babylon, covering every significant event and every character to walk the oche from Eric ‘The Crafty Cockney’ Bristow to Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor.
In words as ripe as his commentaries, Sid brings an authentic whiff of fags, hard drink, hot tungsten and moist polyester to the whole cabaret. Sid has been friend and confidante to most of darts’ stars over the years as well as being instrumental in the game’s progress himself. Nobody is equipped to tell the story quite like he is.
From the early days of hustling in bars and the 1960s money-race pub competitions that spawned the likes of John Lowe and Leighton Rees, to ITV’s brilliantly daft The Indoor League and the glory days of BBC’s coverage; from the bling of Bobby George and the belly of Jocky Wilson to the awesome professionalism of Phil Taylor; from smoky Northern working men’s clubs to the Houses of Parliament; this is the complete, incredible story of darts.
“Sid Waddell's commentaries are the black puddings of sports reporting, savoury, hot and bursting with blood and guts”
Nancy Banks-Smith, Guardian
“We are lucky to be alive in the era of Sid ”
Giles Smith, Daily Telegraph
“Entertaining ... an enjoyable and important read from the man who has been at the heart of many of the great moments in the history of the sport”
“A fascinating, well-structured, readable and at times hilarious history of modern darts”
“Terrific ... a must-read for all darts fans”
Stuart Pyke, Sky Sports
“Waddell's true story is a tragic-comic one of conquerors and casualties, and he tells it with wit and sympathy”