DOVER DARTS HALL OF FAME
The Dover Invitation
Darts League launched the “Dover Darts Hall of Fame” to
recognise inductees for their contribution to the local
game. This will be a permanent fixture at our summer
presentation nights where a professional dart player will
present a memento to the inductees to mark the occasion and
the players of the league will also have the opportunity to
show their appreciation.
ALBERT KEMP AND BRIAN
ALBERT PICTURED WITH PAUL PERKINS AND AL
TERRY AT LAST WEEKS PAIRS. ALBERT HAS
SERVED OVER 35 YEARS ON DARTS COMMITTEES IN
BRIAN HAS A WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE IN DARTS,
PLAYING FOR KENT IN 70S AND 80S. BRIAN
STILL CONTINUES TO SUPPORT ALL LEAGUE EVENTS
to follow soon.
Dover Invitation Darts League is delighted to
announce the 2012 Hall of Fame entrant as Ash Battie,
Captain of the Bull A.
has been Captain of this side since the formation of
the league in the summer of 2004, and has a truly
remarkable level of success in both the summer
campaigns and the winter which this league took
control of in 2007.
and his team, playing from several different venues
over the years, have picked up an amazing eight
league titles in the summer campaigns out of a
possible nine, with runners-up in 2008.
the winter league they have picked up three division
one championships and two runners up places, out of
Another amazing record is in the team knockout
competition, winning all four main knockouts since
its inception in 2008.
has also had success in pair’s knockouts. Only two
weeks ago he won the Blind Pairs with the Diamonds
Brian Pearce and with Paul Perkins in 2007/08.
In the summer of 2007 he won the league pairs with
long standing team mate Gary Mills.
is massive supporter of Darts in Dover and also
recently joined the sub committee for Dover
Invitation Darts League Community and Charity Fund.
Winning a title in this league is tough, retaining
is even harder, however to be the side that everyone
wants to beat for the best part of ten years
requires a good leader.
Knowing Ash like I do, he will always say it is down
to his team, but on this occasion, ASH WE SALUTE
Ash will be
formally inducted at the Ted Hankey Pro Night.
The Dover Invitation Darts League latest inductee in
to the hall of fame is Ritchie Buckle. Over the
last 30 years Ritchie has dominated the local scene
and been a force across the County of Kent.
Ritchie has made the TV stages of three PDC events,
the 2002 World Grand Prix, 2004 UK Open and 2004
The 2004 World Championships was Ritchie career
highlight when he reached the 3rd round,
defeating Jan van de Rassel 3-1 in the first round
and then experienced American Steve Brown 3-0 in the
His run was ended by two times world champion Dennis
Priestley in a classic match, 4-3.
the 2002 World Grand Prix he shocked the world of
darts by beating the then number one in world Alan
Warriner Little 2-1.
In the last six years Ritchie has won three league
singles titles, a divisional singles title, two
blind pairs wins partnering and Wayne Venes and
James Warr, a league pairs win with Dave Simmons and
also became a member of the 170 club.
Summer 2008 Ritchie set a league campaign record of
18 180’s in just sixteen games and followed this in
the Winter 2008/9 with a superb 15 in the same
number of games. The maximums were flowing once
again in the winter 2008/9 season with Ritchie
hitting another 14 180’s.
Tony, the towns most successful ever dart
player had a distinguished professional
career that lead to multiple titles all over
1977 to 1983 were Tony’s trophy laden years,
winning the prestigious British Open, WDF
Europe Cup Singles, WDF World Cup Pairs with
Cliff Lazarenko, the Nations Cup Triples
twice and the Indoor League.
He beat Eric Bristow 4-0 in the final of the
WDF Europe Cup Singles and
reached the World Professional Darts
Championships semi-finals four times, losing
twice to Eric Bristow and twice to John
Tony had the honour of playing for his
Country in 23 singles matches, winning 15 of
We have true legend of darts playing in our
league, humble about his achievements and
when talking to him about those great years,
it is like he remembers every dart.
Tony, WE SALUTE YOU!
TONY IS PICTURED WITH ERIC
BRISTOW AND JOHN LOWE AFTER LIFTING THE
NATIONS CUP TRIPLES.
If you have played darts in Dover over the
last 50 years, you know Billy Bell. Now 78
years old, he is still playing on Fridays
and Sundays in Dover.
Billy has played darts up to County standard
back in his prime darting years, the 70’s.
He was in fine company, playing in the same
County side as Tony Brown and Dave Whitcome.
Bill has picked up local league titles for
fun, whilst most importantly playing darts
with his friends.
Sides including the likes of John Petts,
Calvin Chaplin, Brian Morris and Dave Green
dominated the Dover leagues throughout the
late 80’s and the all of 90’s.
He is a staunch supporter of his local
league and an ever present at the
knockouts. A great player and a great man
who is respected by every player in the
YOU’RE A DOVER LEGEND!
In 2002 Paul
Turner took over the Dover Friday Night
Invitation Dart League, the league had 24
teams in three division`s, today the league
has 37 sides playing in four divisions. We
also now have knockouts (team, singles,
pairs & blind pairs) , a successful Dover
open & pro nights. Paul also runs the
website which takes up about 2 hours every
weekend. In 2007 PT took on the running of
the winter league as well. Playing wise Paul
plays for the Diamond and is a former Dover
singles and pairs runner-up as well as being
a former Dover super league player. The dart
players of Dover owe you a lot Paul