REGULARS at the Woodman Inn in Batley Carr got a pleasant surprise last week when former world darts champion John Lowe wandered in off the street looking for a game.
Lowe was in town to take part in a ‘Rugby League Darts Dazzler’ at the Frontier club, where darts legends teamed up with rugby players like Super League stars Danny McGuire and Eorl Crabtree to raise money for the grassroots game.
He popped into the town’s premier sports pub, run by former Yorkshire and Barla GB player John Foulstone. The Woodman runs football and pool teams and for many years has had successful darts teams.
Lowe, a three-time world champion who threw the first-ever televised nine-dart finish, walked in and immediately asked after his old pal Gerry Haywood.
Haywood, a former professional and regular Yorkshire player, used to play for The Woodman.
Lowe warmed up for his appearance and chatted about how it had always been an ambition of his to throw at the ‘Batley Variety Club’, as he’d always thought of the Frontier.
Said landlord John: “It was a nice surprise, and he was a really pleasant, friendly bloke. If he fancies joining a pub team, he knows where we are.”