Phil Taylor returns to play darts on BBC for first time in 29 years
Darts legend Phil Taylor is set to play on the BBC for the first time in 29 years.
The 16-time World Champion will take part in the inaugural JenningsBet World Seniors Darts Championship in February next year.
The event will be broadcast on the BBC live from the former venue of the PDC World Darts Championship, the Circus Tavern.
The last time Taylor performed on the mega TV channel, he was seen losing in the second round of the 1993 BDO World Championships at Lakeside.
Soon after he made the switch to the PDC, where he would dominate the sport.
‘The Power’ retired following the conclusion of the 2018 World Championships, where he reached the final but was soundly beaten 7-2 by Rob Cross.
Taylor will feature in a 24-man field at the World Seniors event, including the likes of Martin Adams, Ted Hankey, Bob Anderson, Richie Burnett and Peter Manley.
Ray Stubbs will be the presenter and former Soccer AM host and darts fanatic Helen Chamberlain will serve as a roving reporter.
Back in April it was reported that Taylor would be coming out of retirement to compete in the brand new tournament.
He tweeted: “Delighted to have been invited to take part in the first World Senior Darts Championships. Rest assured I will be after winning it as well.”
It will be a tough test for the multiple-time champ though, as 1988 world champion Bob Anderson plans to spoil the party.
“Lots of positivity coming out from Facebook and Twitter for the World Seniors Darts Champs. It’s been a long time coming and just what darts people want.” he penned on twitter.
“I’ll be putting in the practice hours on the board and giving it my best shot. Can’t let Phil Taylor have it all his own way!”
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While the world champion of 1983 Keith Deller added: ”When I was asked to play in the World Seniors tournament I could not say yes quick enough.
“I know with Modus Darts and Jason Francis promoting the event this will be fantastic. Old rivalries and scores to settle.”
The event was organised by MODUS Darts Management and chairman of World Seniors Snooker, Jason Francis.
This is a wonderful opportunity for fans to see legends of the past step onto the oche and do battle once again.
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