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The Power: My Autobiography Hardcover – 20 Oct 2003
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‘If the Normans had been greeted by The Power at Hastings, they would have turned around and gone home’ Sid Waddell
The ten-times world darts champion, Phil Taylor is largely responsible for taking darts into the 21st century. Eschewing drink and advocating fitness to improve performance, Taylor covers around 500,000 miles a year competing across Britain, and in countries as far apart as the USA and China. Brought up in the back streets of the Potteries, where his Dad tried to turn him into a boxer, Taylor's first job saw him earning #75 a week in a factory making ceramic toilet handles - and by the age of 25 he had never thrown a dart in anger. Then he attended an Eric Bristow darts exhibition, and the "Crafty Cockney" became his mentor and friend and loaned him #10,000 to play the pro circuit. Within five years Taylor had won his first of ten world titles. In his book, Taylor describes how Bristow coaxed, bullied, humiliated and often literally punched him into making it as a pro. He is candid about the booze culture of the game, while revisiting the memorable matches and recalling vivid stories featuring the likes of Bristow, Cliff Lazerenko (who once had 20 cans of lager before a match), John Lowe and the legendary Jocky Wilson.He tells of how a dispute between the professional players and the British Darts Organisation in 1992 almost led him to give up the game for good and goes into detail about the worst six months of his life, when he was accused and convicted of sexually assaulting two female fans. This is a human story of a man having to come to terms with unparalleled success in his professional career - determined to win his eleventh world title in 2003 - yet taunted by shame and tragedy in his private life. See all Product description
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Other players, the latest Van Gerwin, have a spell at challenging his throne but he’s seen off so many for well over 20years.
The book captures the high's and the low's of his career. From starting off when Eric Bristow sponsoring him, winning his first World Championship, to his darkest hour when he was charged with assault and to present day. It is also interesting to learn about the dispute between the British Darts Organisation and the Professional Darts Corporation (what was formerly the WDC) and how it affected the lives of darts players on all sides.
Phil covers events from some legendary matches and there are some nice stories about some of the players also. We get the run up to his televised nine dart finish and also read about Team Taylor.
Overall you'll find yourself turning over the pages of this book with ease.
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