All sportsmen having captured the championship title as the world number one once or twice in their respective disciplines can rightfully call themselves remarkable. Those extremely rare individuals that managed to conquer an army of their peers on five or more occasions become heralded as heroes and legends, but what do you call a man that collected more half the number of available world crowns in his long and illustrious 25-year career? What do you call the remarkable athlete who displays sixteen personal World Darts Championship trophies in his cabinet? You simply call him Phil “The Power” Taylor, the greatest arrow slinger to ever have graced the oche!
Phil Taylor, born on the 13th of August 1960 in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent as son to Doug & Liz Taylor, played soccer/football during his childhood until he left school aged 16. During the 1960s his father worked at Platt’s tile factory, one of the potteries Stoke is famous for, expecting his son to one day follow in his footsteps. At the time his family bought one of the dilapidated terraced houses in Tunstall, one of Stoke’s run-down areas for £100, where the family slept on the ground floor due to the condemned upper floor, windows boarded-up with half the glass missing.
After buying their first television with money saved and scraped money together the installer found the Taylors had no electricity. Eventually, the family borrowed power via a wire running to one of the neighbour’s houses. During his early working life, he held down a variety of jobs from a sheet metal worker only to spend the greater part of his early days earning £52 a week producing ceramic toilet roll handles.
He never played darts seriously until he moved into a terraced house in Burslem and a few months after wife Yvonne gave him a set of darts for his birthday. He started playing the occasional weekly game at a local pub that also happened to Eric “The Crafty Cockney” Bristow’s hangout. Later the same year he received a selection to become part of the county darts team, then already competing at super league level. Later the same year Bristow became his sponsor, and after a loan of £10,000 given on condition, Taylor quit his full-time job, with the immediate family living finances taken care of he started his career as a professional darts player.
After an uninspiring first year where he received a beating during the North American Open’s first round, he settled in by taking his first title at the 1988 Canadian Open. He won a number of further titles until qualifying and entering the 1990 World Championship ranked as a 125:1 unseeded outsider to face and defeat his mentor Bristow in the final, capturing his first World Title.
This victory over his sponsor, mentor, and friend became the kick-off to a stellar 25-year career at the top. It that saw him become the greatest darts player the world had ever seen and establishing a host of unbeaten and unchallenged records such as winning 218 professional tournaments comprising of 85 major titles. These included capturing 16 World Championships winning 8 of his titles consecutively from 1995 to 2002, reaching 14 World Championship finals consecutively from 1994 to2007, establishing numerous all-time records along the way.
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Winning PDC Player of the Year award 6 times, twice nominated BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Taylor became the first player to ever deliver, not just one but two spectacular 9-dart finishes in one match against James Wade in the 2010 Premier League Darts final eventually achieving 22 perfect 9-dart finishes, with a record 11 of them on live television. He set numerous highest average point scores during major matches, becoming the first player to reach 111, 113.43, mostly breaking his own records. His three dart averages per match being the highest in the game’s history, no other player ever having a head-to-head win record against Phil. These are just some of the highlights marking a vast number of records and titles too numerous to list.