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  • No.1 SEED: STEPHEN BUNTING
    • STEPHEN BUNTING
      England
      Born 9/4/85
      Lives in St. Helens.
      Nickname: ‘Bullet’.

      Lakeside Best: Quarter-Finals 2011

      The 2012 Winmau World Masters Champion ( he is the only male player to have won the Winmau Boys title 2001 and now the World Masters) his first major title. Just a few weeks later he won two more major titles, the Sunparks Masters and the Zuiderduin Masters. Remarkably, he did not qualify for the 2012 World Pro, but his road to Lakeside2013 has included four singles titles in the last 12 months: Top of Ghent, Welsh Classic, Granite City Open and the England Classic England Classic (which he also won in 2010). He was also runner-up in the BDO British Classic and Mariflex Open. A proud England International, he won the Man of Match Award in the victorious 2010 BDO British Internationals with an outstanding 35.63 single darts average in England's match against Scotland. He was only 18 when he made his debut as the youngest player in the 2004 Lakeside World Pro and is a former BDO Young Player of the Year and British Teenage Champion. A player since the age of 12, he enjoys football, fishing, snooker and computing. He became a father for the first time in July 2012, when his son Toby was born.
  • No.2 SEED: MARTIN ADAMS
    • MARTIN ADAMS
      England
      Born 4/6/56
      Lives in Peterborough.
      Nickname: ‘WOLFIE’.

      Lakeside Best: WORLD CHAMPION 2007, 2010, 2011.

      His road to Lakeside 2013 includes winning the 2012 Mariflex Open and Semi-Final spots in the 2011 Winmau World Masters, British Classic and Zuiderduin Masters. He is three times Men’s World Master 2008, 2009 and 2010, and three times World Pro Champion 2007, 2010 and 2011, he was 2010 and 2011 Dutch Open Champion. He is also the .nine times British Pentathlon Champion. In 2012 he captained England Men to victory in the Six Nations Cup and the BDO British Internationals (a repeat of 2010 and 2011) .He led England Men to WDF Europe Cup success in 2010 and also won the Europe Cup Pairs title with Scott Waites. He won the same title in 2009 with John Walton and has now done so with three different partners. He is England’s most capped player and its longest serving captain. A Semi-Finalist in the 2011 Winmau World Masters, his numerous titles are too many to list, but he has made more Lakeside appearances than any other player – this will be his 20th consecutive Lakeside.
  • No.3 SEED: SCOTT WAITES
    • SCOTT WAITES
      England
      Born: 17/2/77
      Lives in Halifax
      Nickname: ‘SCOTTY TO HOTTY’

      Lakeside Best: QUARTER-FINALS 2008, 2009 & 2010

      The 2012 Top of Ghent and Czech Open Champion, he was 2011 Winmau World Masters Champion (Quarter-Finalist 2010) and his road to the Lakeside includes the 2011 Zuiderduin Masters title and 2011 BDO Gold Cup Pairs and 2012 British Open Pairs Champion (with Garry Thompson). His titles also include the 2011 Swedish Open, 2011 BDO British Open and the 2011 WDF Wold Cup Men’s Singles titles. He was runner-up in the 2011 Turkish Open Men’s Singles and a Semi-Finalist in the Men’s Pairs. He is also 2010 Czech Open, Turkish Open Singles and Pairs Champion and Grand Slam Of Darts Champion (runner-up in 2009). A Quarter-Finalist in the 2009 Zuiderduin Masters, he was runner-up in the 2009 BDO British Classic. He won the 2008 Swedish Open, 2008 BDO Gold Cup Men’s Singles and 2008 Belgium Open. He played for England in the 2009 WDF World Cup in America and in the victorious 2010 WDF Europe Cup, when he won the Pairs title with Martin Adams, and the 2011 WDF World Cup where he won Team and Men’s Singles Gold Medals. He’s also enjoyed victory with England in the 2010, 2011and 2012 Six Nations Cup and BDO British Internationals. Away from the oche he has an ambition to appear in the TV soap opera Emmerdale as an ‘extra’ playing darts in the Woolpack!
  • No.4 SEED: TONY O’SHEA
    • TONY O’SHEA
      England
      Born 9/5/61.
      Lives in Stockport.
      Nickname: ‘SILVERBACK’

      Lakeside Best: RUNNER-UP 2009 & 2012

      The 2009 and 2012 Lakeside World Pro runner-up (Semi-Finalist 2004), he was also runner-up in the 2012 Winmau World Masters. He is 2012 Dutch Open and Polish Open Champion and was 2011 Northern Ireland Open Champion and 2009 Scottish Open, BDO International Open, Welsh Classic and Turkish Open Champion. And just for good measure he was 2009 WDF World Cup Singles Champion. Runner-up in the 2009 England Open and a Semi-Finalist in the 2009 Winmau World Masters, he was a Quarter-Finalist in the Grand Slam of Darts. One of his memorable highlights came in the 2007 International Darts League when he hit a 9-darter and won a sports car (Opel Tigra) on his 46th birthday! His numerous successes include runner-up spots in the 2011 German Open and Swedish Open, and Semi-Finals in the 2011 England Open and Dutch Open, plus a Semi-Final spot in the 2010 Zuiderduin Masters and Quarter-Finalist 2012. . He’s a former golf green-keeper who has enjoyed a hole-in-one, and a devoted Stockport County FC fan.
  • No.5 SEED: ROBBIE GREEN
    • England
      Born 19/7/74 Liverpool
      Lives in Wallasey
      Nickname: ‘KONG’

      Lakeside Best: SECOND ROUND 2011 & 2012

      The 2011 Scottish Open and 2011 Center Parcs Masters Men’s Singles Champion, he is 2012 England National Singles and Belgium Open Champion and was runner-up in the 2012 BDO British Open and Scottish Open and also runner-up in the 2009 Winmau World Masters.. He was 2010 Northern Ireland Open Men’s Singles Champion (Quarter-Finalist 2011) and a Semi-Finalist in the 2011 England Masters and runner-up in the 2010 Zuiderduin Masters. The 2009 Winmau World Masters and Welsh Masters runner-up, he was a Semi-Finalist in the Northern Ireland Open and a Quarter-Finalist in the UK Open. He’s a Cheshire County player and who recorded an incredible 42.94 single-dart average during the 2010 Inter-County season. A proud England International, he enjoys fishing, golf, boxing and football and supports his home town of Liverpool FC.
  • No.6 SEED: ROSS MONTGOMERY
    • Scotland
      Born 16/1/62 Lives in Glasgow
      Nickname: ‘THE BOSS’.

      Lakeside Best: SECOND ROUND 2009 & 2012

      A Semi-Finalist in the 2012 Zuiderduin Masters and 2011 Winmau World Masters he was also 2011 BDO Gold Cup Singles Champion. He won the 2010 Zuiderduin Masters (Semi-Finalist 2011) and the Welsh Open and Belgium Open in 2011. He was runner-up in the England Masters and England Open and a Semi-Finalist in the British Open and Zuiderduin Masters. He was runner-up in the Isle-of-Man Open Men’s Pairs and German Open Men’s Pairs (with Martin Adams). He was 2008 BDO British Classic Champion, England Open Champion and runner-up in the BDO International Open. He represented Scotland in the 2009 WDF World Cup in the USA and Republic of Ireland. A self-employed handyman, he played American football for the Glasgow Diamonds for 11 years, but retired through injury and has been playing darts ever since
  • No.7 SEED: JAN DEKKER
    • Netherlands
      Born 25/6/90.
      Lives in Dienthe.
      Nickname: ‘DOUBLE DECKER’.

      Lakeside Best: Semi-Final 2011

      Having made his Lakeside debut at just 20 in 2011, he reached the Semi-Finals. He is the 2012 BDO British Classic Singles Champion and the 2011 Mariflex Open Champion. He was a Semi-Finalist in the BDO British Open, German Open, Welsh Open and Zuiderduin Masters. He was also a Quarter-Finalist in the BDO British Classic and reached the Last 16 of the 2010 Winmau World Masters. He’s a student who made an impact last year by playing in a jacket. He enjoys poker and soccer.
  • No.8 SEED: WESLEY HARMS
    • WESLEY HARMS
      Netherlands
      Born 11/6/84.
      Lives in The Netherlands.
      Nickname: 'Sparky'

      Lakeside Best: Semi-Final 2012

      Winner of the England Open and Swiss Open, he made his debut in the 2012 Lakeside World Pro and reached the Semi-Final. He was also a Semi-Finalist in the 2012 Winmau World Masters and 2011 Isle of Man Open. He’s one of the tallest players in darts and one of his characteristics is wearing gloves before he plays (he has naturally cold hands and wears the gloves to make his hand sweaty and improve the grip!). His nickname comes from the fact that he is an electrician by trade!
  • No.9 SEED: ALAN NORRIS
    • ALAN NORRIS
      England
      Born 2/12/72.
      Lives in Bo'ness Scotlan.
      Nickname: 'Chuck'

      Lakeside Best: Quarter-Final 2012

      Runner-up in the 2012 Zuiderduin Masters (hitting two 170 checkouts in the process) he was 2010 and 2011 French Open Men’s Singles Champion and 2011 Luxembourg Open and Welsh Masters Champion. He was runner-up in the 2011 Czech Open and German Open. A Semi-Finalist in the 2011 Antwerp Open and a Quarter-Finalist in the 2011 Swiss Open and Top of Ghent. He's also Welsh Masters and French Open Champion. He was a Semi-Finalist in the 2009 Zuiderduin Masters and 2009 British Open Pairs Champion. When he lived in Sweden he was their No.1 in 2007 and 2008. He was also 2007 Swedish Master and a Semi-Finalist in the 2007 Finland Open, 2008 Welsh Open and Welsh Classic. He’s been playing darts since the age of 9 and also enjoys rugby, cricket, football, snooker and F1. His ambition is to win either the World Pro or World Masters - or both!
  • No.10 SEED: GARY ROBSON
    • GARY ROBSON
      England
      Born 19/6/67.
      Lives in Cramlington, Northumberland.
      Nickname: ‘BIG ROBBO’.

      Lakeside Best: QUARTER-FINALIST 2007, 2009, 2011.

      2011 England Open and England National Singles Champion, he was 2011 Scottish Open, Northern Ireland Open and Polish Open Semi-Finalist and 2010 Flanders Open Semi-Finalist. He reached the Quarter-Finals of the 2011 German Open, 2011 BDO British Classic, 2011 Center Parcs Masters, 2011 Swedish Open and BDO International Open. He was a Quarter-Finalist in the 2011 Winmau World Masters and a Quarter-Finalist in the 2010 Zuiderduin Masters. A Quarter-Finalist in the 2011 Latvia Open, he was 2010 Scottish Open Quarter-Finalist, 2010 German Open Men’s Singles Semi-Finalist and Pairs Champion. He was runner-up in the 2010 BDO International Open (a Quarter-Finalist in 2009) and a Semi-Finalist in the 2010 Flanders Open and 2009 Zuiderduin Masters. A Semi-Finalist in the 2009 BDO British Classic, he was 2007 Isle-of-Man Champion and among his numerous titles he was 2005 World Darts Trophy Champion and runner-up in the 2004 Dutch Open.
  • No.11 SEED: MARTIN ATKINS
    • MARTIN ATKINS
      England
      Born 24/12/65.
      Lives in Leeds.
      Nickname: ‘THE ASSASSIN’.

      Lakeside Best: QUARTER-FINALIST 2012.

      The 2012 BDO British Open Champion and runner-up in the 2012 Czech Open he was 2010 Isle-of-Man Open Men’s Pairs and 2010 England Classic Men’s Pairs Champion (with John Walton) he was a Quarter-Finalist in the 2010 Welsh Masters and 2010 BDO British Open and a Semi-Finalist in the 2010 Northern Ireland Open (he was 2009 Champion). In 2011 he reached the Last 16 in the Isle Of Man Open, Antwerp Open, BDO British Open, Welsh Open, Swiss Open and England Classic to secure his 2012 Lakeside place. He was runner-up in the 2009 BDO British Open and Semi-Finalist in the 2008 BDO British Open, Swiss Open and Vonderke Masters. Quarter Finalist in the 2009 Zuiderduin Masters, he was crowned England Open and Isle-of-Man Open Pairs Champion, and a Semi-Finalist in the 2007 Winmau World Masters, Dutch Open and Swiss Open. He has won many titles and is a proud England International who was in the victorious 2010 BDO British Internationals team. A master-technician in the motor trade, other than darts he enjoys football and fishing. His No.1 ambition is to win a major title – especially the Lakeside World Pro!
  • No.12 SEED: SCOTT MITCHELL
    • SCOTT MITCHELL
      England
      Born 5/6/70.
      Lives in Bransgore, Dorset.
      Nickname: ‘SCOTTY DOG’.

      Lakeside Best: First Round 2010, 2011 & 2012.

      2012 Zuiderduin Masters Semi-Finalist, he was 2011 BDO Gold Cup Men’s Pairs runner-up (with Paul Carter), 2010 Center Parcs Masters Champion (Semi-Finalist 2011) and 2009 and 2010 Swiss Open Men’s Singles Champion. He was a Quarter-Finalist in the 2011 England Classic, England Open, 2011 Top of Ghent, 2011 Zuiderduin Masters and a Quarter-Finalist in the 2010 BDO International Open and a Semi-Finalist in the 2010 Belgium Open. He made his England debut in 2009 and was a member of England’s victorious team which won the 2010 BDO British Internationals. He was 2009 British Pentathlon runner-up, a Semi-Finalist in the 2009 Finland Open and runner-up in the 2009 Swiss Open and Antwerp Open Pairs. Owner of his own landscape gardening business, he’s a keen golfer and moto-cross enthusiast.
  • No.13 SEED: STEVE DOUGLAS
    • STEVE DOUGLAS
      England
      Born 17/11/77.
      Lives in Gillingham, Kent.

      Lakeside Best: Second Round 2000 & 2012.

      He made his Lakeside debut in 2000 and had to wait until 2010 to make his comeback! His 2011 successes include runner-up in the Latvia Open, a Semi-Final spot in the Mariflex Open and Luxembourg Open, and Quarter-Final places in the Scottish Open and BDO British Open. He also reached the Last 16 in the 2011 Isle of Man Open, German Open and England Classic. A member of the victorious England team in the 2010 BDO British Internationals (having won his first England cap in the Internationals at Lakeside in 1999) he was a Semi-Finalist in the 2010 Dutch Open. A product of the BDO youth system, his first major success came at the European Youth Championships in 1995, when he competed in the very first England youth side and went on to win the Boys Singles at just 17. He has a very impressive County record, having made over 100 appearances for both Kent and London with many ‘man of the match’ performances. He is co-owner and administrator of the BDO Players Forum.’
  • No.14 SEED: GEERT De VOS
    • GEERT De VOS
      Belgium
      Born 6/10/81.
      Lives in Aalst, Belgium.

      Lakeside Best: Second Round 2012.

      He made his Lakeside debut in 2012 as the only player from Belgium to play on the famous stage - and now he's back as a Seed! He is German Open Champion and was a Quarter-Finalist in the 2011 WDF World Cup Men’s Singles, 2011 Dutch Open, 2011 German Open and 2011 Romanian Open, and a Semi-Finalist in the 2011 French Open. A proud International who has played in WDF Europe and World Cups, he’s been a player for 16 years and his favourite football team is Barcelona.
  • No.15 SEED: RICHIE GEORGE
    • RICHIE GEORGE
      England
      Born 18/12/89.
      Lives in Ardleigh, Essex.

      Lakeside Best: Debut 2013.

      The son of Bobby George, Richie started playing darts at the age of 2 and made his debut in the Boys World Masters at the age of 14 shortly after being diagnosed with diabetes. He has enjoyed a remarkable year and his seeding position has been earned with his competition results in 2012. This includes being runner-up in the BDO International Open, Semi-Final spots in the Swiss Open and Welsh Masters and a Quarter-Final position in the Finland Open. This will be his debut in the World Pro and he has his own business as a qualified instructor in the management of violence and aggression.
  • No.16 SEED: DARRYL FITTON
    • DARRYL FITTON
      England
      Born 5/5/62.
      Lives in Stockport.
      Nickname: ‘DAZZLER’.

      Lakeside Best: Semi-Finals 2005 & 2009.

      2011 Polish Open Champion (Q/F 2012), he was runner-up in the 2011 Zuiderduin Masters and a Semi-Finalist in the 2011 Isle-of-Man Open, 2012 England Masters, Luxembourg Open and Top of Ghent. 2010 England National Singles Champion, he was a Quarter-Finalist in the 2010 Turkish Open Men’s Singles and a Semi-Finalist in the Men’s Pairs and Mixed Pairs. The 2009 Zuiderduin Masters Champion (in which he hit a perfect 9-Dart leg) he was 2009 Isle-of-Man Open Champion and runner-up in the 2009 Denmark Open. Winmau World Masters runner-up in 2007, he was 2008 Turkey Open Champion, runner-up in the 2008 Northern Ireland Open and Semi-Finalist in the inaugural Zuiderduin Masters. He has numerous titles and was a proud member of the England team in the 2009 WDF World Cup in the USA, and the 2010 hat-trick winning England team in the BDO British Internationals, Six Nations Cup and WDF Europe Cup. He’s a Lakeside favourite and away from the oche supports Liverpool FC.

MEN’S QUALIFIERS:

MARK BARILLI, Scotland: Born 14/11/73. Lives in Greenock.
LAKESIDE BEST: First Round 2009, 2010 and 2011.

The 2008 Scottish Masters Champion made his Lakeside debut in 2009 and has never progressed past the First Round. In 2012 he was a Quarter Finalist in the Granite City Open and a Semi-Finalist in the England Masters and Swedish Open. He also reached the Last 16 in the Welsh Open and is a proud Scotland International.

JASON CULLEN, Republic of Ireland. Born 11/6/88. Lives in Enniscorthy, Co.Wexford.
Nickname: 'JAYO'
LAKESIDE BEST: DEBUT 2013

The two-times Irish National and Irish Masters Champion, he is the Irish No.2 and is a proud International (capped 39 times) who has represented the Republic of Ireland in the WDF Europe Cup Youth in 2004 and was runner-up in the Singles. He also played in the WDF World Cup in Perth and in 2012 he was in his national team for the WDF Europe Cup and the Six Nations Cup. A stonemason by profession, he has been playing for 12 years and enjoys horse-riding and hunting.

RUNE DAVID, NORWAY. Born 22/10/85, Lives in Oslo.
Nickname: The Incredible.
LAKESIDE BEST: Debut 2013

After winning through the tough International Play-Offs in Hull, he more than lived up to his nickname of 'The Incredible' with what can only be described as an incredible performance in the 2012 Winmau World Masters. With a flamboyant stage presence and unusual throwing style, he beat Martin Adams in the Last 32 and was enthusiastically supported by his sister, darts player Rachna David. Born in Norway, he is from Indian origins and is a Liverpool supporter who enjoys both tennis and table-tennis

JEFFREY de GRAAF, The Netherlands. Born 21/11/90. Lives in Schugen.
LAKESIDE BEST: Debut 2013

A player for only 6 years, his road to Lakeside 2013 included being crowned 2012 Isle-of-Man Open Champion and Romanian Open Champion. He was a Semi-Finalist in the 2011 Top of Ghent and a Quarter-Finalist in the 2012 England Classic and Granite City Open. A pipe-fitter by trade he likes to keep fit in the gym

TONY ECCLES: Born 8/1/70 Lives in Hartlepool.
Nickname: The Viper.
LAKESIDE BEST: Quarter-Finals 2007

Having last appeared at Lakeside in 2007, his road back to the Home of World Darts includes winning the 2012 Scottish Open title. He was a Quarter-Finalist in the Welsh Open, BDO International Open, Mariflex Open, England Masters and Welsh Masters, and reached the Last 16 in the Belgium Open, Antwerp Open, Granite City Open and BDO British Classic.

JIMMY HENDRIKS (Netherlands). Born 19/3/94. Lives in Castricum, The Netherlands
LAKESIDE BEST: Debut 2013

An outstanding player who has come through the Dutch youth system and enjoyed wins in the WDF World Cup and Europe Cup Youth and was also 2011 Winmau Boys Master and 2011 Zuiderduin Masters Youth Champion. In 2012 he was crowned Lithuanian Open Champion and enjoyed Quarter-Final places in the German Open, Welsh Masters and Swiss Open. He's a bit of a Pairs specialist who has enjoyed 2012 victories in the Isle-of-Man Pairs (with Tony O' Shea, the England Open Pairs (with Brian Dawson) and the German Open Pairs (with Scott Mitchell). Still only 18, he has already been playing for 9 years and has his own darts range for Target Darts. Away from the oche he supports Ajax.

PAUL JENNINGS: England Born 22/9/76 Lives in Hartlepool
Nickname: ‘Jenno’
LAKESIDE BEST: Quarter-Final 2012

A Lakeside debut ant in 2012, he went on to win the 2012 Denmark Open and was 2011 Finland Open, Swiss Open and Latvia Open Singles Champion. A Semi-Finalist in the 2011 Welsh Open and a Quarter-Finalist in the 2011 BDO British Open, 2011 Swedish Open and 2010 Center Parcs Masters. A scaffolder by trade, he has been playing darts for 16 years and enjoys playing golf and spending time with his wife and children.

CHRISTIAN KIST, Netherlands: Born 21/4/86. Lives in Vroomshoop.
LAKESIDE BEST: WORLD CHAMPION 2012.

Having made his Lakeside debut in 2012 as a qualifier, he played sensationally and emerged as the 2012 Lakeside World Champion at the first attempt. Runner-up in the 2011 Swiss Open, he also earned points in the 2011 German and 2011 Belgium Open. He was a Quarter-Finalist in the 2011 Top of Ghent. His best results of 2012 came in the Belgium Open when he was runner-up and a Semi-Final place in the Mariflex Open. He's now been playing for 14 years and is a Dutch International who is a road worker by trade. He supports Ajax and enjoys holidaying in Spain.

DAVE PRINS, England: Born 16/11/68. Lives in Peterlee, Co.Durham
Nickname: ‘The Badger’
LAKESIDE BEST: First Round 2010, 2011 & 2012

He is 2011 and 2012 Hungarian Open Champion, and was runner-up in the 2012 Dutch Open and a Quarter-Finalist in the BDO British Open and International Open. A Semi-Finalist in the 2011 BDO British Classic and 2011 Polish Open, he was 2010 Isle-of-Man Open Singles Champion. He plays virtually every night in Superleagues, local leagues and teams, as well as practicing every day. A warehouse operator by trade, he’s a Durham County player who enjoys horse-racing, football and films. He used to play football and is a Sunderland fan

BENITO van de PAS, Netherlands Born 18/1/93
LAKESIDE BEST: First Round 2012

Still only 19, he made his Lakeside debut as the No.14 Seed in 2012, but was beaten by Alan Norris in the opening round. He is 2011 German Open Champion and was a Semi-Finalist in the 2011 England Open, Scottish Open, BDO International Open and the Swiss Open. He was also a Quarter-Finalist in the 2011 Dutch Open and 2011 Czech Open and made the Last 16 in the 2011 Center Parcs Masters, Antwerp Open and Mariflex Open. A player for only 7 years he enjoys Spanish holidays and supporting his favourite football clubs, Eindhoven and Liverpool. He’s a student who is studying accountancy, so he’s good with numbers!

WILLY VAN DE WIEL: The Netherlands. Born 15/4/82. Lives in Rijen.
Nickname: 'Free Willy'
LAKESIDE BEST: Second Round 2012

His 2012 results include runner-up places in the Antwerp Open, Swedish Open and Lithuanian Open. He was also a Semi-Finalist in the 2012 Dutch Open and a Q/finalist in the British Classic. A proud Dutch International, he was a member of Holland’s victorious 2009 WDF World Cup winning team, and also the 2008 WDF Europe Cup Silver Medal winning team. Winner of the 2008 Norway Open. A carpenter by trade his ambitions are to win the Lakeside and Winmau World Masters titles.

GARY STONE, Scotland: Born 19/6/81. Lives in Larkhall.
Nickname: ‘Stoney’.
LAKESIDE BEST: Second Round 2012

Having made his debut in 2012 after coming through the tough Lakeside International Qualifiers in Hull, this year he had to wait agonisingly for the 2012 Winmau World Masters Champion to be already qualified for Lakeside - and No.1 Seed Stephen Bunting duly obliged! He was runner-up in the 2012 Welsh Classic and a Semi-Finalist in the Lithuanian Open. He has only been playing for 5 years and is an East Renfrewshire county player who has made three International appearances for Scotland. He’s a fencer (of the garden variety!) by trade and enjoys golf and supporting Rangers FC.

GARRY THOMPSON, England: Born 9/1/65. Lives Silsden, W.Yorks.
Nickname: ’The Recliner'
LAKESIDE BEST: Quarter-Final 2010 & 2011.

Now given the nickname 'The Recliner' by his fellow players (because he is known as the most laid-back player in darts. He is 2012 Swedish Open Champion and was a Semi-Finalist in the German Open and Belgium Open. 2011 BDO Gold Cup Pairs Champion (with Scott Waites) he was runner-up in the 2011 BDO British Classic and 2011 French Open. He was also a Semi-Finalist in the 2011 German Open, BDO International Open and 2011 Czech Open. He won the Man of Match award in England’s victorious 2010 BDO British Internationals team, with a 31.31 average in the match against Wales. An engineer by trade, other than darts he enjoys football and horse-racing.

JOHN WALTON: England .Born 10/11/61.Lives in Sheffield.
Nickname: ‘John Boy’
LAKESIDE BEST: WORLD CHAMPION 2001

2000 World Masters and 2001 Lakeside World Pro Champion, he won the England Masters Men’s Singles in 2010 and 2011. His road to Lakeside includes Quarter-Final places in the 2012 British Open, Belgium Open, Mariflex Open, Zuiderduin Masters and Welsh Masters. He was Semi-Finalist in the 2011 Dutch Open and Antwerp Open, the 2011 BDO Gold Cup Singles. He was also a Quarter-Finalist in the 2011 German Open, Welsh Open, BDO British Open, Winmau World Masters and Isle-of-Man Open. He was a Semi-Finalist in the 2011 Turkish Open Singles and Mixed Pairs. He is a three time British Pentathlon Champion and was a member of England’s victorious 2010 BDO British Internationals team. His numerous titles are too many to list and he is a proud Yorkshire county and England player. He has the distinction of recording three 9-Darters in important competition: He is the only player to have hit one in the history of the Winmau World Masters (2007), his next was in the 2009 Antwerp Open, and his third in the 2010 Six Nations Cup in Ireland. The latter created a record because it was achieved in a on-leg format and was the first ever recored by an England International. Married to Sally, his hobbies include computing and websites and following Rugby League side Bradford Bulls.

WAYNE WARREN (Wales). Born 12/6/62. Lives in Treorchy.
Nickname: 'Yank'
LAKESIDE BEST: First Round 2005.

Having made his Lakeside debut in 2005, he returns after coming through the tough International Play-Offs. His 2012 results include being crowned BDO International Open Champion, reaching the Semi-Finals of the England Open and the Quarter-Finals of the Welsh Open and England Masters. A roofer by trade he's a devoted fan of Arsenal FC.

JAMES (Jamie) WILSON 25/2/72 Lives in Huddersfield.
Nickname: ' Jammie Dodger'.
LAKESIDE BEST: Debut 2013

Winner of the 2012 Jersey Classic and runner-up in the 2012 Jersey Open, he was runner-up in the 2011 Center Parcs Masters His 2012 successes include a Semi-Final spot in the England Open and Swedish Open and Quarter-Final spots in the BDO International Open and England Classic. A roofer by trade he has only been playing currently for 4 years after 10 years out of the sport. He is a former winner of ITV's 'Bullseye' and has played and won for England twice