- John Walton (darts player)
Darts player infobox
playername = John Walton
fullname = John Michael Walton
nickname = John Boy
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1961|11|10
homecounty = Yorkshire
homecountry = England
since = From the age of 9.
darts = 18g (handmade).
BDO = since 1993
Cotton Eyed Joeby Rednex
currentrank = 19 (BDO)
BDO World = Winner 2001
World Masters = Winner 2000
World Darts Trophy = QF 2005
Int. Darts League = 2nd Rd 2005
PDC World =
Grand Prix =
UK Open =
Premier League =
tournament = World Cup Champions Team
World Cup Pairs Champions
Europen Grand Prix
Europe Cup Pairs Champions
resultyears = 2001, 2007
achievement = 2001 BDO Sports Personality of the year
Only third player in history to win the World Masters and the World Championship in the same season
Record holder for most BDO World Ranking points scored in a year (2001)
Record holder for the most legs won without reply (14 legs v Marko Pusa, World Championships, 2001)
First player to hit a
nine dart finishat World Masters (2007)
November 17, 2007John Walton (born November 10, 1961 in Bradford, Yorkshire) is an English dartsplayer who is a former World Champion. He has adopted the nickname John Boy and uses the tune "Cotton Eye Joe" by Rednexas his walk-on theme.
Walton picked up some small tournament victories in the early stages of his career, including the Websters 150 Championship in 1993 and the Highlands Open Championship in 1996 but didn't manage to qualify for the World Championship until 1999 when he lost 0-3 to
Roland Scholtenon his first round debut.
He failed to qualify for the World Championship in 2000, but in the autumn of that year he won the prestigious
Winmau World Masters. Despite that success, he was 50/1 with the bookmakersto win the World title in the New Year, and his Masters form possibly led to him being tipped by darts pundit Bobby Georgeat the start of the BBC televised coverage as a possible winner.
He opened his 2001 campaign with a 3-1 first round win over
Richie Daviesand averaged an excellent 100.62 during the match. He then beat Mervyn King 3-0 with another high average of 99.00. His quarter-final victory over Marko Pusasaw Walton achieve an incredible 14 consecutive legs, which still stands as a record in either version of the World Championship. Not surprisingly, the result was a 5-0 whitewash.
Walton then beat
Wayne Mardle5-3 in the semi-final and Ted Hankey6-2 in the final to become World Champion and also one of only a few players to have held both the Winmau World Mastersand World Championship simultaneously. He joined Eric Bristowand Richie Burnettas the third player to win them in the same season.
He has enjoyed only moderate success since his 2001 World Championship victory - the defence of his title ended with a second round loss to
Colin Monkand he went out in the second round to Richie Daviesin 2003. He did manage to reach the 2004 quarter-finals, but lost 1-5 to Raymond van Barneveld. In 2005 he lost to Darryl Fittonin the second round and he was knocked out by Stephen Roberts in 2006. Another second round defeat, this time to Gary Robsonfollowed in 2007. He lost in the first round of the 2008 event, but this was unsurprising as his opponent was reigning Winmau World Masterschampion Robert Thornton.
He hasn't won any of the major open events since his successful year in 2001 when he took the British Open, British Classic, Belgium Open, Scottish Open and Portland Open. Overall his tournament success has dried up since winning the world title, but he continues to maintain a high world ranking by progressing to the quarter-final and semi-final stages of several Open darts events.
Walton made history at the
2007 Winmau World Mastersin Bridlington by hitting a televised nine dart finish. It was the first time a player had hit a nine-darter in the 34 year history of the event and was the first on BBC television since Paul Lim's historic World Championship feat in 1990.
BDO World Championship Results
* 1999: First Round (lost to
* 2000: "Did not qualify"
* 2001: Winner (beat
* 2002: Second Round (lost to
* 2003: Second Round (lost to
* 2004: Quarter-Finals (lost to
Raymond van Barneveld1-5)
* 2005: Second Round (lost to
* 2006: First Round (lost to Stephen Roberts 0-3)
* 2007: Second Round (lost to
* 2008: First Round (lost to Robert Thornton 0-3)
Walton was the first player to have won either version of the
World Professional Darts Championshipwearing spectacles. Martin Adamsbecame the second in 2007 and Mark Webster became the third in 2008.
Has played 145 times for Yorkshire and 37 times for England.
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