UK Darts Issue 9 - December 2013 - Page 24

The Tr Krispy Brown Talks To Scott Johnson As the darts year comes to an end, many players, young and old, experienced and new to the PDC will be thinking about the 2014 Qualifying school. There are rumours of more players from the BDO giving it a go this year, due to the extra option of the 2nd “Challenge” tour if a tour card isn’t won. Krispy Brown took the opportunity to talk to a young p l a y e r, Scott Johnson, who has played on the challenge tour this year, and taken part in the world youth championships. He will be heading to Wigan in the new year hoping to gain his ProTour tour card, and he thought it would be good to hear from one of those wanting to live the dream of PDC professional darts. Stoke-On-Trent and moved to Trent Vale, Stoke-On-Trent In 2001. My hobbies are fishing, playing darts obviously and playing music on my guitars and other various instruments. I currently work at Stoke City Football Club and Port Vale Football Club as a steward. When did you first take up darts, and when did you realise you wanted to be a professional darts player? I was introduced into darts by my childhood friend Jake Jones, who is a well accomplished dart player and England International from Stoke-On-Trent, at the age of 1213. I then spent many weekends away at the Welsh Open which Jake took part in. Jake was playing for Staffordshire County Youth Darts under Mrs Pat Smith and asked me if I’d like to come along and sign up. First of all, for those darts fans reading this and seeing your name for the first time, tell us a bit about yourself? I am 21 soon to be 22 in May 2014, I was born in Hanley, I played my first game for Staffordshire County Youth that day and hit an average of 10.19 or something very similar, looking back how it’s embarrassing, but I was over the moon because I won 2-1. After entering my first tournament at Fegg Hayes Club and reaching