Andy McCardle alias the Doc with Gary Stone

Grand Finalists of the Premier League 2015
Stuart Ironsides &Scott Gardiner
Player with fabulous potential, youve been warned!
Lewis Coult the man with the biggest smile!
Grandad stiil throwint the treble 19,s
Allan Tilley a star from the past and still making the finals
The Walk on Girls
Abit of glamour on the night, well done.


Murryfield Bar Premier League Finals

  Well a superb night of darts and when you see so many cracking dart players plus spectators in a pub on a Wednesday night you know something special is happening, and it was all down to one man Mr Andy McCardle or to the general public (the Doc).

From the start Doc ran this brainchild competition of his with consummate ease, every week the draw was on the board the markers knew where they had to be and the league tables etc were published and up to date weekly. And this man give him his due ran the competition with rules and guide lines and everyone knew what they were from the start. And that takes some doing!

Well on the night after all the chalk dust had settled ok marker pens had their lids back on, we came to the last two darters left standing and the were Stuart Ironsides & Scott Gardiner, these two players did what no other player could do they out scored and hit more winning doubles than anyone else and after 16 weeks of league play and putting their opponents to the sword on the night of the finals they were the best two players left standing. And as the old adage goes there can be only one! And it was Scott Gardiner who claimed the title of Premier League Champion, congratulations to both players for making the final and once again THANK YOU to the organiser who not only organised the competition from start to finish, He also had Scottish International player and now PDC player Gary Stone their to present the prizes, also Michael Burgess for the pictures and photos of the nights entertainment, and of course the sponsorship of the Murryfield sports bar itself , who without their support these events could not happen, So what do you do with a winning team like that, You run another one, and I for one am looking forward to it. What else would you do on a Wednesday night!


Dart Dates for your eyes only!


August 15th

£500 in the kitty for the Bentswood Inn Stoneyburn Open Darts comp, 1pm registration!

August 19th

Murrayfield Bar Premier league ‘B’ Finals night

August 22nd

Forfar Open Strathmore Halls, John Street, Forfar, Angus

August 23rd

Airdrie Working Men’s Club, European Challenge Darts Open

August 26th

Murrayfield Bar Premier League ‘A’ Finals -presentation

August 28th

Portobello Masters

September 5th

The Flask Saltcoats £300 guaranteed

September 12th


September 11th-13th

England Classic Bunns Leisure, Selsey, England

September 26th

Dundee Open T.B.C.

September 26th

Scottish Youth Grand Prix 2 CISWO Club Glenrothes

October 18th-25th

Turkey Open TBC, Grand Harber Hotel, Kemer Antalya Turkey

October 23-25th

Harpers Open Darts Wick



October 24th

Scottish Youth Grand Prix 3

November 6th-8th

Latvian Open


Czech Open TBC


WLYDA updated 23rd August

Maximums 171-180 league table updated,

Quick games dart average 25 per dart or 20 darts or better league table updated,

Checkout league table with finishes of 75 and better updated.

If you see a stat missing PLEASE drop me a line, always good to give



Paraffin Lamp Summer League

Arran Edwards crowned champion of the Paraffin Lamp Summer league.

Report to follow, as and when it wings its way to me.


Paraffin Lamp Finals Night

The final four men left standing in the league saw John Charleston from Uphall who plays for the Volunteer Highway Men get the better of Davie Aitken from the Commercial bar Nomads in West Calder by a score line of 6 games to 4. The second semi final was a real close affair with both players from the Brigands who ply their darting trade from the Paraffin Lamp and it was Arran Edwards who just edged out fellow team mate Gordon Bruce by the odd leg in 11 by a score line of 6 games to 5.

  So after many weeks of competitive match play it saw the finals being contested between Arran Edwards and John Charleston, and it was the man from Craigshill, Arran Edwards who claimed the title with a 7 games to 4 victory over John Charleston from Uphall.

  The prize fund paid out saw the champion receiving £300, £150 for the runner up, both semi finalists receiving £75 each and the quarter finalists being paid £25 for their efforts on the ocky.

  Top shots from the nights play saw no fewer than 5 players recording maximum 180’s and they were, Gordon Bruce 4x180’s, Arran Edwards 3x180’s, Martin Deegan, Scott Cameron, Pete Hastings all firing in 1 x 180 apiece. Top finish came from TWO PLAYERS with John Kirk and Gordon Bruce both hitting a 118 game shot Gordon also firing in a 100 take out.

  Fast games saw Arran Edwards 2 x 13 darters, Gordon Bruce 13 darter plus a 16 and 2 x18 dart games.

  So with only the Brucefield Farmers summer league finals to be played out that ladies and gentlemen of the ocky almost concludes the summer league fixtures.

  If anyone has more news of competitions being played please drop me a line and let’s give( CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE)



Congratulations are in order to Iain Lyon who won the B Finals competition last night, at the start of the whole competition Dangermouse was the whipping boy, but boy oh boy did he get his act together, well done mate different class and a credit to the event, well done also to Gerry McMorrow who fought bravely in a really good Final but just wasn't to be in trying to get over that finishing line but a great effort nevertheless, thank you to all who played last night in the event,you are a credit to the sport of darts, some of your walk on songs were just bloody brilliant lol.

(report from organiser The Doc Andy McArdle) 



Once again a member of the W.C.D.D.L. has achieved a perfect finish.

John Charleston has joined Bunny Forrest, William Borland and Stevie Duncan in recording the highest finish in the sport of darts a magnificent 170. You can go a long time without even hearing or seeing one of these perfect shots, but here we are in the summer leagues and there have been four recorded in different leagues, Fabulous shooting from these marksmen of the W.C.D.D.L.


John Reidy (centre) sponsor of the Bentswood Open
Jim Mitchell and Joe Bata, Finalists Aug 015


Bentswood Open

Saturday 15th August.

Once again the Bentswood Inn, in the heart of Stoneyburn did darts proud sponsoring another open tournament with substantial prize money on offer for the brave players who were willing to give it a go!

Perhaps not the biggest turnout for one of these events, but a very good quality field were in for the action, players from the Borders, Musselburgh, Tranent, Shotts and and good to see BIG Callum Russell from Forth also taking to the ocky (who said he was past it!) and a large contingent from Edinburgh took to the ocky, however only a few local players, wondered what happened to a lot of the usual suspects!

Anyway once the draw was done and the chalk dust settled it saw Lothian county player Joe Bata and Livingston’s Jim Mitchell take their places in the grand final, not much in it with Mitchell taking the first leg and then Joe claiming the second and wonder what would have been the outcome if he had hit tops for the third to break Mitchell’s throw, however he did not, and it then saw the local Livingston player go on to take the title by a score line of 4 games to 1.

Fastest recorded game of the day a 12 darter from the winner with scores of 60-140-180-121 g.s.

Many thanks to the organisers and the sponsors who did a cracking job all afternoon in running the tournament smoothly. The break bown in prize monies went like this £200 for the winner, £100 for the runner up, £60 for both semi finalists, and £20 for each of the quarter finalists, so once again many thanks to John Reidy mine host of the Bentswood Inn for supporting local darts, and hope to see more of you at the next one which is already in the pipe line for next year!



Well the usual suspects were there yes the trip to the Granit City saw a host of West Lothian players make the journey North on Friday.

With many of the counties favourite darting sons and daughters in attendance, here is a rundown of the most news worthy items, Kieran Bird &William Borland taking the scalp of The Rocket man Ronnie Baxter in the men’s doubles on Sunday fabulous performance with William putting in the finishing touches with bull’s eye treble 15 and double twenty cracking arrows from these stars of the ocky. John Skippy Charleston playing awesome darts and winning his board convincingly before bowing out in the last 32 and receiving £50 for his gallant effort, only double trouble costing him in his last match. Mitchell just one game better making the last 16 and receiving £100 for his days work on the ocky. Congratulations go to Andy Boulton on winning the event overall against Jamie Bain in the grand final 8-5. Also to Deta Headman who once again kept the crown on her head winning the title for I believe the fifth time some player this lady. Gary Stone & Allan Chuck Norris taking the doubles title over Harry Todman & Ryan Murray in the men’s pairs.

Couple of photo’s to follow, but for now a couple of days with no alcohol and boy do I need it?




Once again a great turn out for the annual meeting with over fifty dart enthusiasts turning up to help make the decisions for the forth coming season!

And there were changes made at committee level and playing of matches formats.

After many seasons as match secretary Mr. John Kirk was not able to attend and a new match secretary was voted onto the committee so your committee for the season 2015-16 is Match secretary Mrs. Connie Bamburry, League secretary Mr. John MacDonald, Chairman/Treasurer Jim Mitchell.

Once again the league is in a healthy position as in finances and it was decided that no increase should be made in team registration and player registration and they would stay the same as in the past season.

Changes to the competitions however was on the cards and it was decided by a unanimous decision that the K.O. Cup should return to being played over two nights in the East Calder Doo Club, the format also was changed and instead of a league format it would now be seven singles matches this was to save time as many of us know if in the past you received a bye and had to wait it could be almost 10pm before you toed the ocky. The new format is 7 singles of 701 and it will be bull up with the team/player called out first throwing for the bull’s eye to see who has the right of throw, this takes away the advantage of a coin toss and it is now down to skill!

One huge difference is in how many matches will be played by the teams in the league, as many off the players were unhappy with only 16 league matches per season and with pubs and clubs crying out for more business it was decided unanimously that each team would play each other three times, and it would depend on how the teams were pulled out to see who would get the home tie (twice)this ladies and gentlemen is to try and help out the pubs in the league as we are all aware times are hard and darts are played in pubs and clubs! So let’s try and support the publicans that support us!

Also approved by the body of the hall was to once again go ahead with a exhibition night, (chairman will report back at the next delegates meeting on any news for this event) Also competitions will be played as per usual in the Doo Club however we players will know beforehand if the finals will be played upstairs or downstairs this is so that our youth players will know if they can compete or not. Now youth players can only play in the function hall upstairs and we will try to accommodate them as far as we can however we cannot change the competitions because of them as the majority of players are JUST over the age of consent and in this democratic society the majority do have the edge!

The next meeting for delegates is on the 2nd September in the Doo Club starting at 8pm. The K.O.Cup will commence on the 9th September.

The league table with dates etc will be on line in about ten days time.

The leagues for the forthcoming season  nine teams per league, On a slightly sad note we have to say good bye to the Stirrup Stane Cowboys who through no fault of their players from last season have had to pull out of the league due to not enough players so on behalf of the league thank you Archie and team for your commitment to the league and hopefully you may well be back in the future. On a slightly more upbeat note I would like to welcome the Logan Lea club and the Inn from Kirknewton on joining the league look forward to seeing you at the competitions and hearing about your exploits on the ocky.

The only thing now is what nick name we are going to give to you any ideas! Drop me a line.

Chairman W.C.D.D.L.






Well after a brief period for holiday commitments the final’s night had arrived and with 15 of the finalists in attendance and with only young gun Jamie Banks unable to attend due to a double booking he was playing Dave Chizzy Chiznel in an exhibition match down the far distant west well Ayrshire to be truthful!

So john Somerville and Shaun Robertson played off for the right to play in the final draw and it was John Somerville who came through to claim a place against William Harraughty.

So with some absolutely fabulous matches with the games being best of 9x501 at the start here are the results remembering there was a redraw after each round which was overseen by Tam Laird and Christopher Mitchell. On the night only two match boards were used with two boards closed as not to interfere with play and this then left two boards for practise.

Callum Wilkinson 3 v 5Kieran Bird. Martin Deegan 5 v 3 Wullie Jack.

Jimmy Johnston 2 v 5 Rex Brady.  William Borland 5 v 2 Paul Weir.

Derek Bird 5 v 2 Graeme Bird.  Stevie Duncan 1 v 5 Graham Borland.

William Harraughty 5 v 1 John Somerville. Gary Christie 0 v 5 Jim Mitchell.

And so to the redraw for the quarter finals.

Graham Borland 4 v 5 Jim Mitchell. William Borland 5 v 3 Derek Bird.

Kieran Bird 3 v 5 Rex Brady. Martin Deegan 0 v 5 William Harraughty.

And once again the redraw for the semi finals which now saw the matches extended to 11x501.

Jim Mitchell 6 v 3 Rex Brady. William Harraughty 6 v 5 William Borland.

And ladies and gentlemen we now had after twelve weeks of league play and their final knock out section we had the finalists and the format now the best of 13x501.

Jim Mitchell 7 v 1 William Harraughty.

So the breakdown of prizes went like this

Jim Mitchell £210/ William Harraughty £155/Rex Brady & William Borland £100 each/ Graham Borland-Derek Bird-Kieran Bird-Martin Deegan £75 each/ Callum Wilkinson-Wullie Jack-Jimmy Johnston-Paul Weir-Graeme Bird-Stevie Duncan-Jamie Banks-Gary Christie receiving £50 each.

This brought the total paid out to £1265 for the last 16 players. However just before leaving the house to go to the venue a envelope containing a registration payment from Frank Crook was put through the letter box, so thanks to Frank Crooks money being received it was decided that with all the envelopes being made up with the prize fund there would be £15 for the fastest leg and £15 for highest finish.

Here are the results of fast games high finishes and maximums recorded on the nights play.

Wullie Jack 20 darter plus a 92 game shot. Martin Deegan 2x18 darters plus finishes of 84 and 96.

Paul Weir 1 x 180. Graeme Bird 16 darter. Graham Borland 1x180 along with finishes of 114 and 72 game shots plus games finished in 1x16-2x18and 1x19 darts. Derek Bird finishing games in 16-17-18 darts. John Somerville 17 darter. Rex Brady 180 plus 2x17darters 18 darter and a 20 dart game. William Borland with 4x180’s plus games finished in 3x16 darts a 15 darter a 20 dart game and a 13 darter and finishes of 88 and a 120 claiming both the extra prizes on offer on the night.

William Harraughty finishes of 76-96 and 113 also firing in 2x17 darters and 3x19 dart games plus a maximum 180.

Jim Mitchell 5x180’s plus games finished in 1x14, 3x15, 1x16, 5x17, 5x18, 2x19 and games shots of 72-80-84-91-99-110. And that ladies gentleman of the ocky was the finals of the Cawburn Premier Friday night league. So many thanks to Malky for the sponsorship and also doing the presentation for us, without the sponsorship of darting venues like this these competitions could not take place so many thanks to the bar staff and management of the Cawburn for giving us a great place to play darts. THANK AGAIN APPRECIATED.

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Well not really, however the first Summer League Champions have been crowned, Playing in the West Lothian Mixed Doubles League which was a brand new venture this year, where by all the players were put into an open draw and partners were then picked to play as a team. The format for this new event was 5x501 with a double start format. Each leg had to be played and was worth one point but there were ten points for winning the match so simply put win 3-2 the winners received 13 points and the losers 2 points.

Now this was played in a league format where each team played each other once so every match played was critical as there was no return game!

And the pair that managed to claim the title and be the first to have their names engraved on the brand new trophy was Connie Bamburry and Jim Mitchell who finished the league with 129 points and also received £200 for their efforts.

In runners up spot it saw Karen Heeps and Graham Bird with 103 points and receiving £120 for second place. And in third only two points behind Karen and Graeme were Kathy Henderson and Ian Stevenson on 101 points. All the teams received cash money for their efforts. And a huge thank you to the East Calder Doo Club for sponsoring this event with £500 paid out to the twelve teams who took part and of course as Aldo said one week hey it is almost like a cake club! Thanks to Gillian Bell who brought homemade sponge cakes topped with butter icing and cream to keep all our energy levels boosted during the matches when half time was called. Much appreciated.

Now on our last night Monday 2oth July it was decided to have a flyer with once again the format being mixed doubles and names once again pulled out the hat at random, And after some superb throwing it saw Avril Bird and Jim Mitchell toe the ocky against a pairing who came out together again Karen and Graeme Bird, Karen and Graeme took the first leg in this best of 5x501 final showdown but back came Avril and partner to secure the title winning the next 3 legs to claim the money on offer£50 and a final score line of 3-1. Many thanks to our organiser Connie Bamburry and her trusty side kick (Rocky1)

Back on Line.

After a problem with the keyboard, it did not like the bath I gave it with my morning coffee, we have now replaced it with a brand new shiny one!


Deegan & Thorburn Show

Well Saturday past saw a competition held in the Vollunteer Arms in Uphall, And with Martin and George taking charge of this one it saw a good turn out unlike the last one where dart players were missing!

This time round though with the competition under new organisation it saw 34 players take to the ocky.

Now I don't have the correct scores but the last 16 went like this.

Peg Brown bt Ian Stevenson, Matt Heeps bt Martin Deegan, William Borland bt Daniel Coffee, Graham Borland bt Andrew Davidson, Pet Hastings bt James Cummings, Frank Quinn bt Callum Wilkinson,

John Hanlon bt Ralph Hirst, David Morton bt Gary Christie.

Quarter finals panned out like this, Peg Brown bt Matt Heeps, Graham Borland bt William Borland, Frank Quinn bt Pete Hastings, John Hanlon bt David Morton.

Semi Finals saw, Peg Brown bt Graham Borland, Frank Quinn bt John Hanlon,

And so to the grand Final, Peg Brown bt Frank Quinn.

Congratulations to both players the reports I have heard said you were both playing superb darts and quite rightly you were the best two darters on the day.

Once again thanks must be given to Martin Deegan for running the tournament and to George Thorburn for helping to raise so much prize monies well done, without people like yourselves organizing

and putting lots of effort into these competitions they would not happen.

So though I was not there through work commitments my hat is doffed to both of you. 



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