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When An Irishman Was At The Heart Of One Of Darts' Most Iconic Moments

When An Irishman Was At The Heart Of One Of Darts' Most Iconic Moments
Colman Stanley
By Colman Stanley
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The BDO Embassy World Darts Championship, 1990: when only one world championship existed, boozing beside the oche was still par for the course, and averages were mostly in the 70s and 80s.

The second round of that year's tournament pitted Ireland's Jack McKenna, from Newbridge Co. Kildare, against American Paul Lim.

What seemed like a game of little consequence would go down in the history of darts, featuring one of the sport's most iconic moments.

Paul Lim would hit the World Championship's first ever 9 darter, and would remain the only man to have hit one in a world championship until 2009, when Raymond van Barneveld struck in 2009 in the PDC World Darts Championship.

Paul Lim's would remain the only ever 9 darter hit in the BDO version of the competition.


For Jack McKenna, his greatest claim to fame in darts was being on the receiving end of this legendary leg of darts from Lim.

Paul Lim 9 Darter At World Darts Championship

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In an interview with the Sunday Tribune from 2010, Jack McKenna brilliantly remembered the 'old days' in darts, and the drinking habits of one of the icons of the game.

“I used to try and warn them but they wouldn’t listen. Take Jocky Wilson. I saw him when he came on the scene first and you’d beat him. The next minute he was winning the Masters. It was the drink. I remember I played Jocky in the World Cup singles first round, Friday morning, nine o’clock. He was shivering. No drink in him. Too early. I bet him well and shook hands and he dropped the darts and his flights went all over. He couldn’t hold them with the shaking.”


“We were checking out of a hotel in Toronto one time and the Scottish manager called me over. Jocky’s bill for drink in the room was 5,000 for 10 days. He was on pints of Bacardi. First time I knew he was doing it, I was over at the Masters and was getting a bottle of orange. Jocky came over and says, ‘Bacardi’ to the barman. Your man gives him a small one, and you’d want to see his face. ‘No, come back here you. See that pint glass, fill it to the top, and put in a dash of coke.'”

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