Scotty Dog’s views on BDO Worlds, being a darts double, farming and more
We are delighted to be joined by 2015 BDO world champion Scott Mitchell, who shares his exclusive thoughts to Sam Barnard for Darts World ahead of his ninth successive Lakeside appearance, in Part 5 of our 2018 BDO World Championship profile/interview series.
Scotty Dog is one of the BDO’s elite names, gaining darting immortality when lifting his first world title back in 2015, and he’s still hungry for more!
He was seen on our TV screens at the 2017 Grand Slam of Darts, his third successive appearance at the cross organisation event, where he battled the likes of fellow former BDO Worlds finalists Dave Chisnall and Stephen Bunting.
Mitchell also recently reached the Finder Masters semi-finals – narrowly losing to eventual champion Danny Noppert – for the third time in preparation for Lakeside, after another successful year where he won titles at tournaments such as the England National Championships, Swedish Open and Belfry Open.
Scott talks to us about all of the above and more, including how he got into the sport, balancing farming with darts and being a darts double for Hollywood star Johnny Depp!
So, read on for our exclusive Scott Mitchell interview and profile, the fifth in our series, ahead of the 2018 BDO World Championship from January 6-14…
Scott Mitchell profile
Date of birth: 05/06/1970 (age 47)
Place of birth: Bournemouth
County represented: Dorset
Nickname: Scotty Dog
Walk-on song: Who Let The Dogs Out? by Baha Men
Darts used: Winmau Scotty Dog Mitchell darts 24g
Sponsors: Winmau, Sunrise Motor Services, Designs by Sazz, Piddle Brewery
Twitter handle: @scottydogdart
Favourite double: Any that I hit!
Favourite checkout: 146, my first big one on TV
Favourite tournament: Floor tournament – Dutch Open, TV tournament – Lakeside
Favourite country played in: They are all good for different reasons, but Swiss Open will always be one of the favourites as it was my first big win
Toughest players faced: Again all tough but hardest thing is keeping my own concentration
Players to watch in future: Jared Cole, Keelan Kay
Sports/darts heroes growing up: Bobby George, Bob Anderson
Best mates in darts: I’ve got a few, Darryl Fitton, Scott Waites, Andy Fordham
Favourite food: Steak
Favourite films/TV shows: Top Gun, Hawaii Five-0, Neighbours, Country File
Favourite band/musician: Bon Jovi
Hobbies outside of darts: Watching Speedway (Poole Pirates) and football (AFC Bournemouth)
Current day job: Cutting grass, feeding cows
Ultimate darting ambition: To keep playing well as long as I can, to get Dorset county to BICC Premier League
Scott Mitchell interview
How do you rate your chances going into the 2018 BDO Worlds?
Nobody goes there to make the numbers up, we all go there to win…
What makes the tournament special to you? After your incredible win in 2015, how did that change your career and life?
Being part of Lakeside’s history is very special indeed.
As a person winning has not changed me, it just made me more recognisable really.
It has opened some very different possibilities for me, i.e. being a darts double on Eastenders and films (such as London Fields for the likes of Johnny Depp and Billy Bob Thornton!).
After your recent appearance in the 2017 Grand Slam, how much do you enjoy the tournament and testing yourself against some of the PDC’s biggest names?
The Grand Slam of Darts is a really hard tournament to qualify for, so to have done it three years on the trot is a big achievement in itself I feel.
It’s lovely to go back and see your old mates.
The BDO have had their issues over the last year or so, is there anything you’d like to see improve or change?
There’s is always room for improvement in any business..
After lifting the BDO’s holy grail and reaching the semis in many other premier events, do you believe you have at least another Major title in you?
Of course, don’t we all.
How do you balance your farming life and playing darts in terms of travelling all around Europe and practising?
Farming life always comes first… darts second.
It’s not always easy to get a good balance. I’m lucky that the farming quieter time coincides with Lakeside practice.
How did you get into darts? And at what stage did you realise you were good enough to compete with the BDO’s best?
My Young Farmers’ Club darts team were short of a player when I was 16, so was drafted in at short notice.
I think I first realised I was ok enough to give it a go on the circuit when I played jelly klaxon (Jelle Klaasen) at the UK Open in 2007.
What do you make of your beloved AFC Bournemouth and boss Eddie Howe presently? Could you ever have imagined they’d be where they are now a few years ago?
I was at Bournemouth the night they got promotion (in the 2014/15 season). What a great night and well deserved.
Eddie is a local man that led us to the dreamland that is the Premier League, and the fans are enjoying the ride.
It’s a far cry from the club nearly winding up (in 2008)…
And finally, are there any standout World Championship finals that you remember watching as a spectator in the past, that perhaps personally inspired you.
The game I remember most is 1983, Keith Deller v Eric Bristow.
With Deller being the underdog (and winning 6-5), it proves that if you have three darts in your hand everybody has the same chance.
Many thanks to Scott for speaking to us this week, and best of luck at Lakeside!