The Viking is out to pillage village darts team

England's Andy Fordham celebrates after winning the final of the Darts World Championships against countryman Mervyn King, right applauding, 6-3,  in Frimley Green, England, Sunday Jan, 11, 2004. (AP Photo/Max Nash)

England's Andy Fordham celebrates after winning the final of the Darts World Championships against countryman Mervyn King, right applauding, 6-3, in Frimley Green, England, Sunday Jan, 11, 2004. (AP Photo/Max Nash)

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A former world darts champion could soon be taking aim for a pub team in the Chorley league – if he is allowed to play.

Andy Fordham, who won the BDO world darts championship in 2004, has paid £2 to register with the White Bear in Adlington.

But he must wait to find out if he is eligible to turn out for them – under the rules of the Chorley Darts and Dominoes League.

Members are due to meet this evening to decide whether Andy – nicknamed The Viking – gets the ‘oche’ from the league.

White Bear landlord Martin Watkinson invited Andy, who lives in London, to play for his darts team when he is in the area.

The pair have been friends for 20 years after meeting through darts competitions and see each other about once a month.

Martin said: “I think it would be good for the league.

“Half of the people I have told so far have said they would love to play him, even if they got beat.

“I asked if he would sign for our darts and dominoes team and he said he would.

“When he comes up for exhibitions and stays at mine, he can play for us.”

But not everyone is happy and Martin says the issue surrounds the league’s ‘rule four’, which says county or country players cannot play if they do not live in the borough.

He said: “I’m surprised with the reaction I have got from it. I would have thought that people would love to have played him, but it’s caused arguments about rule four. But I have looked at rule four and it says you are not allowed a country or county player who lives outside the borough, but he’s not a country or county player anymore.”

Andy, 53, said: “Martin’s just a good mate. If I’m ever up that way, I’ll go and stay there, I’ve done exhibitions in his pub. If I’m there and they’d like me to play, I’ll play.

“I’m not trying to upset anybody. It’s just good fun, a good way of meeting people, having fun with people and it’s a chance for people to see how you really are.”

He said he was hoping the vote would go his way.

The committee has already voted 4-1 in favour of letting Andy play, said Martin, but all members will now get a vote at tonight’s meeting.

Martin plans to speak at the meeting to put his case and said he will even phone Andy during the meeting and put him on loud speaker if members wish to talk to him.

He said he would be “disappointed” if Andy was not allowed to play and that it would not just be the White Bear that would benefit if he did take part.

“If it’s away, it will do the pub good that he’s playing at,” he said.

No-one from the league was available for comment.