Darts legend John Lowe has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to the sport. Lowe received the MBE, for services to darts and charity, from HRH The Duke of Cambridge, on Thursday.
Lowe classed the experience as “one of the most memorable days in my life” joining the late Eric Bristow in receiving the award.
One of the stars of darts’ first golden era, Lowe claimed the World Championship three times. His consistent, understated style cast him opposite the flamboyance of Bristow and the unpredictability of Jockey Wilson. Lowe’s three world titles were captured in three different decades (the 1970s, 80s & 90s), making him the first span the generations. His 1987 World title included victories over Bobby George and Jockey Wilson as well as a superb 6-4 victory over the then rampant ‘Crafty Cockney’.
As one of the founder members of the WDC/PDC Lowe managed to extend his career and take on the next generation of stars including the likes of Priestly and Taylor. From the British Pentathlon title in 1976 the last 16 in the UK Open thirty years later in Lowe maintained the highest standards of performance and conduct. His 2001 Qtr-Final victory over Martin Adams was perhaps the best later illustration of his overall talent.
Lowe will also be forever in the history books for hitting the first televised perfect, 9 Dart, leg. His route of 180, 180, T17 T18 Double 18, and the exciting commentary ensure that this moment will be remembered as long as darts is played. He captained a remarkable England side which went undefeated during his time in charge.
Since retiring from full-time professional darts Lowe has raised funds for Macmillan and other charitable causes as well as enjoying exhibitions and regular golf. He has recently returned to prominence via social media and a new darts model.
It is hard to think of a more deserving example, of such an award, than John Lowe MBE. The game of darts, together with his family and many friends will celebrate with him.