The Flying Scotsman’s views on PDC Worlds, becoming a father again and more
We are delighted to be joined by two-time world champion Gary Anderson, who shares his exclusive thoughts to Sam Barnard for Darts World ahead of another title attempt at the Ally Pally, in Part 5 of our 2018 PDC World Championship profile/interview series.
The Flying Scotsman needs no introduction, being a two-time world champion and a nine-time Major winner across both organisations.
A premier event trophy has so far eluded Anderson 2017, but he has still reached finals at the last PDC Worlds back in January, The Masters and Champions League, as well as claiming titles such as the Perth and Dubai Masters.
The birth of his daughter this year of course has trumped all other achievements, and resulted in less playing time overall, but his hunger and desire for silverware is bigger than ever.
So, read on about the above and more for our exclusive Gary Anderson interview and profile, the fifth in our series, ahead of the 2018 PDC World Championship from December 14 – January 1…
Gary Anderson profile
Date of birth: 22/12/1970 (age 46)
Place of birth: Musselburgh, Scotland
Based: Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset
Nickname: The Flying Scotsman
Walk-on song: Jump Around by House of Pain
Management company: Dunvegan Enterprises
Sponsors: Unicorn, Rix Motor Company
Twitter handle: @GaryAnderson180
Favourite double: Tops
Favourite tournament: World Championship
Favourite country played in: Scotland
Toughest player faced: Phil Taylor
Players to watch in future: Michael Smith, Chris Dobey, Chris Quantock, Adam Hunt
Sports/darts hero growing up: Jocky Wilson
Best mate in darts: Adrian Lewis
Hobbies outside of darts: Relaxing!
Current/previous day job: Made fireplaces
Ultimate darting ambition: To win world title number 3
Gary Anderson interview
Firstly, many congratulations to you and your partner on recently welcoming a new baby daughter to the world. How does it feel becoming a father again?
It feels amazing. It’s such an incredible experience and I’m lucky to now have a daughter, although that scares the hell out of me.
I’ve had three boys so I’m very happy now.
You’ve previously credited the birth of your son Tai in 2014 as inspiration for your successes since, do you hope for a similar rise in your performances again now too?
I think so. Must been something about the cost of nappies that motivates me to win more!
Seriously, though, my instinct as the bread winner kicks in and that makes me want to win just that little bit more for my kids.
With the PDC Worlds and other big ranking tournaments coming up, you have the chance to regain the number two spot in the Order of Merit and close the gap on MvG. How much would it mean to you to eventually be world number one? Is it a big goal of yours to get there?
I’ve got to be honest, being world champion again is my only priority.
World ranking doesn’t really bother me. It’s trophies and titles that motivate me.
Playing in fewer tournaments this year, is it becoming your aim to pick and choose entering certain events now like Taylor and Barney have done, or will you go back to taking part in more again next year?
My manager Tommy Gilmour and I look at my diary at the start of each year.
With so many tournaments now it is absolutely vital not to get burnout and keep as much energy for Majors as possible.
Obviously, the past year I’ve wanted to be at home a bit more because the baby was due.
But we will look at my 2018 commitments and make a judgement in the New Year.
What are your main goals for 2018? Is there a particular title besides the Worlds you want your hands on again or for the first time?
Not really. I want to win every tournament I enter but the Worlds is the one everyone wants the most.
What affect will the loss of Phil Taylor from next year have on darts? Will the sport be the same without him? And have you thought about how many more years you’d like to play at the top?
Phil is the greatest and always will be.
But the sport will move on without him, new names are emerging already and that’s good for the sport.
I’ll keep playing as long as I enjoy it, and I’m enjoying it right now.
How is the state of darts in Scotland right now? Can we expect any youngsters coming through to join you as being a world champion in the coming years?
There are a few guys coming through on a local level and a new academy has opened which is wonderful for Scottish darts.
I think that will definitely produce a lot of talent.
And finally, besides your own successes, what are your memories of World Darts Championship events in the past? Do any in the past stand out in particular, that inspired you to make it in the sport?
I just remember my dad watching Jocky Wilson and Eric Bristow [in the 1989 BDO Worlds final].
I watched it in the front room and loved it. The rest, I guess, is history!
Many thanks to Gary for speaking to us this week. Join us for part 6 of our PDC Worlds interview series next time, where we’ll hear the thoughts and views of Ian White.