MAD Icons: The Title Winners.

More Icons have been announced by the MAD team. The honorary title acknowledges the performance, and contributions to darts, of those who have claimed the big titles and entertained millions. The announcements yesterday concentrated on those who have captured almost 60 World titles, whilst today seeks to acknowledge players who have won what can be described as major, elite or significant events.

Will Lloydy be a playing Icon? It would certainly please many to see him back on the Oche.

These mad icons stretch back 32 years (a good number in darts) and include winners of the Winmau World Masters, The World Matchplay, The World Trophy many others from both main codes. Even the last couple of winners of the News of the World event made the cut. The latest list contains past great names such as Peter Evison, Martin Phillips, and Rod Harrington as well as more recent champions such as Jim Williams and John O Shea. Gance down this group for a slice of darting excellence from the last 3 decades:

The Title Winners:

  • John O Shea
  • Adam Smith-Neale
  • Martin Phillips
  • Tony West
  • Mark Dudbridge
  • Graham Hunt
  • Colin Monk
  • Erik Clarys
  • Rod Harrington
  • Dave Whitcombe
  • Peter Evison
  • Jim Williams
  • Geert De Vos
  • Peter Machin
  • Daryl Fitton
  • Gary Robson
  • Ross Montgomery
  • Mike Gregory
  • Paul Cook
  • Darren Herewini
  • Tony O Shea
  • Dick Van Dijk
  • Roland Scholten
  • Larry Butler
  • Colin Lloyd
  • Alan Warriner
  • Paul Nicholson
  • Kevin Painter
  • Colin Osborne
  • Dennis Smith

Of course every list provokes controversy, disagreement and arguement.

But as Steve Brown of MAD said:

“MAD Icons have made a special contribution to darts already and have much more to offer, this group has won old classics, innovative new events, and titles of great significance.

MAD feel they have much more to contribute and may find a home with us….”

Talking to Steve this week has been a very interesting experience for Darts World. The birth of something new is often difficult and there are always bumps in the road. Yet Steve and the whole mad team seem prepared for this and are simultaneously planning far ahead and for tomorrow. The ‘MAD Icons’ program seems to represent that perfectly.

Steve wants to recognise many great players who have helped create the game but are in a situation where their opportunities to play or even play a role have been severely limited. Does he envisage that many will wish to play MAD events and perhaps even seek a road back to the elite level? But that others just love the game and the fans and friends they have met along the way. He sees MAD as proving a link between eras, codes, and generations while hoping many of them find it to their liking and stay.

Darts World can see many difficulties ahead for Steve and MAD but also that the success of the JDC and Virtual demonstrates a determination to succeed and a record of delivery.

We wish them, and especially the ‘MAD Icons’, the very best of luck in their endevours!