His nickname is “the Power”. But he doesn’t look very powerful does he? A small man with ugly tattoo’s on his arms, short grey hair, and a hideous shirt with the sponsors colours, no doubt. But he is in good company. Steven Bunting is called the Bullet, but he looks like he stays as far from a bullet as he possibly can…
Phil “the Power” Taylor was born on 13th August 1960 in Stoke-on-Trent (Like Adrian Lewis also from this city).
Phil has won over 200 professional tournaments which include an unprecedented 83 major titles and a record 16 World Championships. He won eight consecutive World Championships from 1995 to 2002 and reached 14 consecutive finals from 1994 to 2007 (both records). No darts player has a winning record in matches against him.
He has won the PDC Player of the Year award six times (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012) and has twice been nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, in 2006 and 2010, finishing as runner-up in the latter. He was the first, and to date, the only person to hit two nine-dart finishes in one match, in the 2010 Premier League Darts final against James Wade. He has hit a record 11 televised nine-dart finishes (and 19 overall). The crowd has a song that is called Taylor Wonderland and it sounds very impressive:
People will sing that to you “There’s only one Phil Taylor”… How wonderful that must feel. And they sing it everywhere. If he wins. If he looses they are “walking in the Taylor wonderland”.
It seems such a big honour to me. But in the last game Mr. Taylor put earplugs in his ears so he can concentrate better on his game…. I was so disappointed in him. He did not want to hear, “there’s only one Phil Taylor anymore”. Maybe he’s heard it one time too many.
One thing these darters can do all, well two actually is drink beer and do there times tables. And they do it very, very well. So, girls and boys, do your times tables because some day they will sing for you: There’s only one…..