Bellies and Bullseyes: The Outrageous True Story of Darts (Google eBook)
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.
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Review: Bellies and Bullseyes: The Outrageous True Story of DartsUser Review - Goodreads
Me and my Dad loved Sid (a bio of Sid would be very welcome) and this book has the feel of him sitting down and telling you the tale of darts in person. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Review: Bellies and Bullseyes: The Outrageous True Story of DartsUser Review - Jerry Smith - Goodreads
I was a big fan of Sid Wadell as darts was breaking through on our TV screens in the early 1980s and was saddened to hear of his demise this year. There are few commentators that define their sport in ... Read full review