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DARTING CLASSICS: Mardle topples Taylor at Ally Pally

In the latest instalment of my darting classics series, I delve into the archives to reflect on a thrilling PDC World Championship quarter-final clash between Phil Taylor and Wayne Mardle at Alexandra Palace in December 2007.

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Being Barney – the doyen of Dutch darts

When sporting legends call time on their careers, their impact is measured predominantly by their haul of silverware, and the vast majority of darters will be envious of Raymond van Barneveld’s extensive trophy cabinet.

Yet having also put darts on the map in the Netherlands whilst inspiring a generation of European talent in the process, his legacy remains just as prominent.

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Raymond van Barneveld: The final chapter of the last survivor!

‘Risin’ up, straight to the top
Had the guts, got the glory
Went the distance now I’m not gonna stop
Just a man and his will to survive’

Raymond van Barneveld’s career has been littered with glory. He’s maintained his place in the elite for three decades and gone the distance against several darting legends, although the last survivor of his generation will indeed stop – this year’s World Championship marks his final competitive event before retirement.

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