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Darting Divide

To me Darts is a wonderful sport, an enjoyable game that is great to take part in and even better to watch, both whilst having a beer or 3 with mates! But there’s a lot to it behind the scenes which has kept darting fanatics arguing for years now.There are two organisations that essentially run the sport of professional darts, firstly the British Darts Organisation (BDO) who have been in operation since 1973, and secondly the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) which was formed in 1992 by a group of 16 players (including all former World Champions still playing). It isn’t hard to find plenty of articles written about the split in professional darts, so I won’t go into detail about the reasons of the split.The thing is, fans are just as split as the organisations are. The BDO is very traditional, very old school, as are a large number of its fans. The PDC however, is loud, brash and very publicity-heavy thanks to the chairman Barry Hearn. There is also a gulf in talent, which has been…

Festive Frustrations

The festive period is usually one filled with football fixtures, so much so that teams in the top flight complain and moan about wanting a winter break. Well after looking forward to this period full of footy it turned out that Concord Rangers (and many other teams at this level) actually got an unwanted winter break!You don’t have to look very far to read various opinions on how the yearly postponements can be avoided, hell even I stuck my oar in this time last season with some ideas of my own. However nothing has really changed and once again the weather decimated the Christmas fixture lists. Last year the main culprit was snow, but this year it’s been the near constant heavy rainfall which has done the deed.After Concord Rangers impressive 4-0 victory in the Essex Senior Cup Quarter Final at home to Canvey Island, the scheduled fixture at home to Havant & Waterlooville was the first to be hit by the weather. A waterlogged pitch meant that the next fixture for the Beachboys woul…