The ‘voice of darts’ Sid Waddell dies

SID WADDELL ... the voice of darts, who has died at the age of 72.
SID WADDELL ... the voice of darts, who has died at the age of 72.

THE ‘voice of darts’ Sid Waddell has died aged 72.

Raised in south east Northumberland and a pupil of Morpeth Grammar School, the commentator and writer was diagnosed with bowel cancer in September last year.

A statement from his manager Dick Allix read: “With great sadness, we announce that following a long illness, broadcaster and author Sid Waddell died peacefully with all his family around him late last night, Saturday August 11th, 2012.”

Waddell was a central part of Sky Sports’ coverage of PDC darts events since 1994 and was known for his colourful and excitable commentary style, with his best-known lines including “There’s only one word for it – ‘magic darts”’.

Born in Alnwick in 1940, the son of a miner gained a scholarship to St John’s College Cambridge and read modern history.

After leaving university he joined Yorkshire Television, where his Indoor League shows darts for the first time

He then moved to the BBC in 1978 to commentate on the new World Professional Darts Championships.

Sixteen years of success saw him then become the face and voice of Sky Sports’ darts coverage.

His linguistic capabilities captured the affection of the viewing public as he helped darts attract a new audience

Away from the oche, Waddell had 11 books published and wrote the sport-based BBC children’s programmes Jossy’s Giants and Sloggers, receiving a Screenwriter’s Guild nomination for best scriptwriter for the latter.