Although Eric’s pomp was probably during the 1980’s it’s lovely to see this coverage of triumph in the 1977 Winmau World Masters. Just think that, in the modern era, he would still have been eligible for the World Youth Championship and the Development Tour!
The article itself describes a high standard including attempts at twelve darters and a tough field. The mention of £2,000, and the noting of the respect the title would earn Eric, hint at just how quickly the Masters was becoming a highly valued crown to win. The mention for Paul Reynolds seems warranted as it was no mean feet to reach that final.
The pictures tell us a story: The stance, the familiar ‘praying mantis’ throw style, and the emphatic celebration are all already in place. The package, which our ‘Coach’ asserts was both the template and aim for any professional, was almost complete.
One thing missing? No mention of the ‘Crafty Cockney’ nickname. More on that another day……