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Darryl Fitton (born 5 May 1962 in Stockport, Cheshire, England) is an English professional darts player. He is nicknamed The Dazzler and comes to the stage dancing to the Madness song "One Step Beyond" wearing sunglasses. It is one of the most popular walk-ons with the audience. Before embarking on a career in darts, Fitton worked as an undertaker.
|Born||5 May 1962|
Stockport, Cheshire, England
|Home town||Stockport, Cheshire|
|Playing darts since||1978|
|Darts||24 Gram Target Darryl Fitton Silica|
|Walk-on music||"One Step Beyond" by Madness preceded by intro to "Sunshine of Your Love" by Cream|
|Organisation (see split in darts)|
|Current world ranking||(BDO) 32|
|BDO majors – best performances|
|World Ch'ship||Semi Final: 2005, 2009, 2017|
|World Masters||Runner Up: 2007|
|World Darts Trophy||Winner (1): 2016|
|Int. Darts League||Semi Final: 2004|
|Finder Masters||Winner (1): 2009|
|PDC premier events – best performances|
|World Matchplay||Last 32: 1997|
|Grand Slam||Quarter Final: 2008|
|Other tournament wins|
England National Ch'ships
Isle of Man Open
|Hemeco Open Rosmalen 2010|
Open Paradiso 2012
Open Paradiso 2012
Vonderke Masters 2008
Fitton debuted in the BDO World Championship in 2003 as a qualifier, but lost 1-3 to fellow qualifier John Burton in the first round. In 2004, he returned to Lakeside, again hitting a 180 score with his very first turn. He reached the quarter-finals before being beaten by Andy Fordham, who went on to win the title. The following year, he reached the semi-finals, this time losing out to Raymond van Barneveld in a hard-fought 5-3 scoreline, as van Barneveld went on to win the title that year. After that, Darryl did not win a match at the World Championship for the next two years, losing to Martin Adams and Phill Nixon in the first round of the 2006 and 2007 championships respectively. Fitton did reach the final of the Winmau World Masters in 2007, leading Robert Thornton 5-2 before Thornton hit back to win 7-5.
In the 2008 World Championship, Fitton got beyond the first round for the first time since 2005 when he bossed his match against Davy Richardson, running out a 3-1 winner with a 94.86 average. In the second round he put in one of the most dominant performances of the World Championship when he averaged over 100 in a 4-0 hammering of Gary Robson. However he lost 5-1 in the quarter-finals to number-one seed (and eventual champion) Mark Webster.
Darryl is known as a consistently high scorer, he once held the record for best average in a full, televised match. His 6-0 win against Davy Richardson in the 2004 International Darts League saw him hit a three-dart average of 114.15. This was, at the time, the highest three-dart average on a televised tournament.
Fitton reached the semi finals of the 2009 BDO World Championship, beating Mark Salmon in the first round and then defeated 12th seed Simon Whitlock in round two. He followed up with a 5-4 win over fourth seed Scott Waites before bowing out to his friend Tony O'Shea in a 6-4 defeat. Fitton then claimed the 2009 Dutch Open title, beating Willy van de Wiel in the final and then the Isle of Man Open title, beating World Champion Ted Hankey in the final.
Fitton won the 2009 Zuiderduin Masters beating Martin Adams in the final 5-2. He also achieved the magic nine dart finish against Ross Montgomery and was given £4,000 which he donated to a local Charity. In the 2010 BDO World Championship, he was beaten by eventual finalist Dave Chisnall 3-1 in the first round.
Fitton also lost in the first round at Lakeside in 2011, 3-0 against second seed Stuart Kellett winning just one leg. Fitton managed to retain some form later in the year by reaching his second Zuiderduin Masters final, where he narrowly lost to Scott Waites having had two darts to win. However, Fitton would once again lose in the first round at Lakeside in 2012 losing 3-1 against fourth seed Robbie Green.
After a quiet 2012 season, Fitton entered the 2013 BDO World Darts Championship as the 16th seed. He narrowly defeated Benito van de Pas 3-2 in the first round to secure his first win at Lakeside since 2009. He then caused a big upset by defeating top seed Stephen Bunting 4-2 in the second round. In the quarter-final, Fitton was defeated 5-2 by Wesley Harms. Fitton's form improved after this but his 2014 World Championship was ended in the first round by Tony Eccles, in Eccles's last tournament before being convicted of child grooming. The following year, Fitton reached the quarter-finals again beating previous year's runner-up Alan Norris en route, before losing to Glen Durrant.
World Championship ResultsEdit
- 2003: 1st Round (lost to John Burton 1-3)
- 2004: Quarter Final (lost to Andy Fordham 4-5)
- 2005: Semi Final (lost to Raymond van Barneveld 3-5)
- 2006: 1st Round (lost to Martin Adams 1-3)
- 2007: 1st Round (lost to Phill Nixon 1-3)
- 2008: Quarter Final (lost to Mark Webster 1-5)
- 2009: Semi Final (lost to Tony O'Shea 4-6)
- 2010: 1st Round (lost to Dave Chisnall 1-3)
- 2011: 1st Round (lost to Stuart Kellett 0-3)
- 2012: 1st Round (lost to Robbie Green 1-3)
- 2013: Quarter Final (lost to Wesley Harms 2-5)
- 2014: 1st Round (lost to Tony Eccles 1-3)
- 2015: Quarter Final (lost to Glen Durrant 2-5)
- 2016: 1st Round (lost to Dennis Harbour 2-3)
- 2017: Semi Final (lost to Danny Noppert 3-6)
- 2018: 2nd Round (lost to Glen Durrant 1-4)
|BDO World Championship||DNP||1R||QF||SF||1R||1R||QF||SF||1R||1R||1R||QF||1R||QF||1R||SF||2R||DNP|
|Zuiderduin Masters||Not held||DNP||RR||RR||QF||NH||SF||QF||W||RR||F||RR||RR||QF||QF||DNP||NH|
|World Darts Trophy||Not held||DNP||2R||2R||QF||2R||1R||Not held|
|International Darts League||Not held||RR||SF||QF||RR||QF||Not held|
|BDO World Trophy||Not held||2R||2R||W||1R||DNQ|
|Grand Slam of Darts||Not held||DNQ||QF||RR||RR||DNQ||2R||DNQ|
BDO major finals: 4 (2 title, 2 runners-up)Edit
|Winmau World Masters (0–1)|
|Zuiderduin Masters (1–1)|
|BDO World Trophy (1–0)|
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score[note 1]|
|Runner-up||1.||2007||Winmau World Masters||Robert Thornton||5-7 (s)|
|Winner||1.||2009||Zuiderduin Masters||Martin Adams||4-2 (s)|
|Runner-up||2.||2011||Zuiderduin Masters||Scott Waites||4-5 (s)|
|Winner||1.||2016||BDO World Trophy||Peter Machin||13-9 (l)|
- (l) = score in legs, (s) = score in sets.
|13 December 2009||Ross Montgomery||Zuiderduin Masters||2 x T20, T19; 3 x T20; 2 x T20, D12|
|2 February 2015||Martin Adams||Dutch Open||3 x T20; 3 x T20; T20, T19, D12|
|114.15||May 2004||Davy Richardson||2004 International Darts League||Last 32 group||6-0 (l)|
- "Fitton confirms Q-School debut: 'Decided to stop playing BDO'". Darts News. Retrieved 17 January 2018.