Darts fans have been voting with their voices at the Ally Pally as night after night they have livened up the party by standing and chanting in unison: “Stand up if you hate Boris.”
The fans at Alexandra Palace in London are famous for their fun-loving nature and creating a raucous atmosphere.
With the nation on the brink of another lockdown as the latest covid variant Omnicron races its way through the population the country has grown impatient of the Prime Minister’s decision making throughout the pandemic.
The crowd at the Ally Pally are making their feelings abundantly clear towards Johnson with a nightly tirade towards in his direction.
The World Championships is the showpiece of the darting calendar and fans attend in their thousands throughout the three-week event.
Many travel to London from other parts of the country to dress up, party and watch some top class sport during the festive season.
The comical chanting amongst the fans can be as entertaining as the sporting contest onstage, as they banter between each other.
The Toure brothers, who won titles in numerous countries in two illustrious and successful career, were the subject of one darts chant that went viral.
As usual the standard on the oche has been at a world class level. In the opening few days of the event two virtual unknowns – Willie Borland and Darius Labanauskas – have thrown a perfect nine dart leg on the famous Ally Pally stage.
The nine dart leg is comparable to the perfect 147 break in snooker and throwing one in the world championships is an elite achievement that all the top stars want on their CV by the time they retire.
Queen of the Palace Fallon Sherrock failed to repeat her heroics of the 2019 edition of the event, when she became the first woman to win a match in the PDC World Championships, and backed it up with a follow up victory over top 20 opponent Mensur Suljovic. This time Sherrock was beaten 3-2 in the opening round by veteran Steve Beaton. The ‘Bronze Adonis’ was making a record 31st appearance at the event.
Three time winner Michael van Gerwen is seeking his first world title since 2019, while 2020 winner Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright will is another of the top contenders.
A strong Welsh contingent is led by defending champ and world number one Gerwen Price, closely followed by his World Cup winning team-mate and Premier League champion Johnny Clayton.
Plenty of other talented youngsters and veterans could be the ones to get their hands on the prize.
If you have never watched the darts on TV before, then it is a great display of mind, ability and nerve between hugely skilled competitors.
The fans are famous for their hard drinking and crazy costumes but they certainly didn’t miss an opportunity to make their feelings heard just a stone’s throw away from the Prime Minister’s home and chosen location for office meetings during a national lockdown.
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