BDO Darts Beard Preview 2014

The British Darts Organisation (BDO) World Championships started on Saturday and I was interested to see the beardy prospects for the title.

The main contender has to Martin “Wolfy” Adams:

Martin AdamsAdams takes part in his *21st* consecutive World Championships and is looking for his 4th title. The beard has been ever-present and is looking dignified with the grey spreading further every year.

The third seed is Tony “Silverback” O’Shea (Don’t you just love darts nicknames?):

Tony O'SheaSporting a neat goatee these days, Tony has been known for his facial hair for many years. The Silverback has reached the final of the World Championships three times but has never won. Perhaps this new streamlined look will do the business this year?

If you had to draw a generic darts player, it’s likely you’d draw Daryl Fitton:

Darryl FittonThe big man’s got it all. Tats, belly and beard. Beautiful. Seeded at number 5, has got a genuine shot at the title but has never made the final.

Alan Norris has had an interesting career. He’s lived in Scotland, Spain and Holland and played darts for Sweden and England.

Alan NorrisAnother be-goateed dartist, Alan is an outsider in the World Championships and ranked at 27 in the world.

What I love about all these guys is that despite being very eloquent and giving good interviews, you just know each of them could knock ten bells out of you without even trying. I always imagine Tony O’Shea and Martin Adams as opposing Cockney Mafia bosses in a Guy Ritchie film.

Unfortunately that’s pretty much it for darts beards in the BDO. I went into this thinking there’d be at least 10, but there’s a new generation of young, clean-shaven darts players from the continent. Actually, it’s probable most of them are too young to grow a beard.

Hopefully, the gentleman above can inspire them.

**UPDATE** Wolfy has whitewashed the Silverback in the first round!