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SIX NATIONS 2013: Andy Farrell – Jim Telfer "arrogant England" jibes are just a Scotsman trying to stir passion

Farrell: Telfer's 'arrogant England' jibes are just a Scotsman trying to stir up passion

By
Alex Lowe, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

16:15 GMT, 29 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:53 GMT, 29 January 2013

JIM TELFER EXCLUSIVE

Lions legend: Jim Telfer was critical of England

England are too arrogant, pretentious and condescending to realise they're not as good as they think they are!

Click here to read the full explosive interview

Andy Farrell has insisted he does not recognise the accusation of 'arrogance' that has been levelled at the England squad by Lions legend Jim Telfer.

Responding to Sportsmail's exclusive interview with the former Scotland coach, Farrell revealed the players have laughed off the jibes, which he believes are designed to get the Scots fired up before their trip to Twickenham for Saturday’s Calcutta Cup showdown.

The England management under Stuart Lancaster have worked hard over the last 12 months to eradicate any sense of arrogance from the national team.

Big week ahead: The England squad in training at Pennyhill Park in Bagshot on Tuesday morning

Big week ahead: The England squad in training at Pennyhill Park in Bagshot on Tuesday morning

Farrell said: 'I definitely don’t recognise anything he has said.

'People say this every year about the English anyway. It has stuck now. That is why we take it tongue-in-cheek. We know exactly what we are about.

'A couple of the lads have seen it and they are all taking the mick out of each other. They think it’s quite funny about those who have been mentioned. There are a few jokes flying around the place.'

Telfer told Sportsmail that England, who beat New Zealand on the same weekend as Scotland lost to Tonga, are not as good as they think they are.

Impressionable England scrum-half Ben Youngs (above) and wing Chris Ashton (below)

Impressionable England scrum-half Ben Youngs (above) and wing Chris Ashton (below)

Impressionable England scrum-half Ben Youngs (above) and wing Chris Ashton (below)

He said: 'They are too arrogant, too pretentious and too condescending to realise they have a problem.'

Chris Ashton, Danny Care, Ben Youngs and Manu Tuilagi were named as 'very impressionable' players who let the All Blacks win go to their heads.

There was credit for England’s coaching team of Lancaster, Farrell and Graham Rowntree, who Telfer described as: 'All from the North and all down to earth.'

Lancaster’s first aim when he took interim charge of the England squad a year ago was to reconnect the national team to their roots.

On the ball: England backs coach Andy Farrell, and with captain Chris Robshaw (below) on Tuesday

On the ball: England backs coach Andy Farrell, and with captain Chris Robshaw (below) on Tuesday

Talking tactics: England backs coach Andy Farrell (right) with captain Chris Robshaw on Tuesday

Top post: England boss Stuart Lancaster

Top post: England boss Stuart Lancaster

In the wake of the 2011 World Cup disappointments, Lancaster wanted to restore a sense of pride in the jersey from within the squad and a sense of pride in the England team from the public.

England now prepare for the RBS 6 Nations in Leeds rather than in Portugal. They drew 6,000 to an open training session at Headingley and Lancaster last Friday held a seminar for 500 grass-roots coaches.

Telfer’s comments have certainly stoked the boiler ahead of Saturday’s Six Nations opener at Twickenham, where Scotland have not won in 30 years.

'He’s Scottish isn’t he, very passionate about his country and he wants to give his lads as much belief as he can,' Farrell said. 'He cares about his country.

'It is him trying to do the right thing by his own country, to try and motivate them.

'That is what he has always been about really – passion and stirring a few feathers up along the way. It is what you want, a bit of passion.'

Ricky Burns to face Mexican Miguel Vazquez in world title unification match in March

Burns eyes Wembley glory! Champion set for world title unification fight with Vazquez

By
Martin Domin

PUBLISHED:

11:25 GMT, 14 January 2013

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UPDATED:

00:07 GMT, 15 January 2013

Ricky Burns will take on Mexican Miguel Vazquez in a mouthwatering lightweight world title unification clash at Wembley Arena on March 16.

The Scotsman has been out of action since brutally knocking out British rival Kevin Mitchell in Glasgow last September and turned down the chance to face American superstar and WBC champion Adrien Broner in Atlantic City next month.

But Burns, 29, will instead bid to add Vazquez's IBF belt to his own WBO strap in what will be the toughest fight of his career to date.

Fully focused: Ricky Burns will return to the ring in March against Miguel Vazquez

Fully focused: Ricky Burns will return to the ring in March against Miguel Vazquez

'The last time I boxed down at Wembley against Michael Katsidis, the crowd were excellent,' Burns said. 'I'm really looking forward to it.

'This is a dream come true for me. Any boxer would be happy winning two world titles at two weights and retire, but for me I want to continue winning more world titles, unifying them and stepping up the weight divisions. Vazquez is a top fighter and one that I’ve been after a long time so I’m over the moon that it’s happening.'

Burns also denied he was avoiding American superstar Adrien Broner after turning down the chance to fight the unbeaten 23-year-old in Atlantic City.

'Anybody that knows me, knows I'm a fighter,' he added. 'I want to fight the best. i didn't feel seven weeks was enough time to prepare [for Broner], I need 12 weeks.'

Having won the WBO
super-featherweight title with a shock victory over Roman Martinez in
2010, Burns became a two-weight world champion the following year, first
winning the interim WBO lightweight belt against Michael Katsidis
before being awarded the strap outright when Juan Manuel Marquez
relinquished the title.

Fight club: A Queen Elizabeth look-alike poses with Nathan Cleverly, George Groves, Dereck Chisora and Burns

Fight club: A Queen Elizabeth look-alike poses with Nathan Cleverly, George Groves, Dereck Chisora and Burns

Burns made a successful first defence
against Ghanian Paulus Moses last March before his stunning
fourth-round victory over Mitchell in front of 10,000 passionate home
fans.

He was due to face Liam Walsh at the
ExCeL Arena in London in December but his opponent pulled out after a
car accident. His replacement, Jose Ocampo, then withdrew just days
before the fight after his trainer died.

Vazquez, meanwhile, has lost three of
his 36 fights but only to the highest calibre of opponent. He suffered
defeat on his debut by compatriot Saul Alvarez in 2006 and was also
beaten in a rematch two years later.

Title showdown: Burns celebrates his victory over Kevin Mitchell in September

Title showdown: Burns celebrates his victory over Kevin Mitchell in September

Sandwiched in between came a unanimous
defeat by Timothy Bradley, who has gone on to become a two-weight world
champion with a controversial victory over Manny Pacquiao last year.

Also on the Wembley card will be
Nathan Cleverly's mandatory defence of his WBO light-heavyweight title
against Robin Krasniqi, George Groves' European super-middleweight clash
with Mohamed Ali Ndiaye and Dereck Chisora's return to the ring,
assuming he is granted a licence by the British Boxing Board of Control.

Arsenal"s Arsene Wenger adamant Sir Alex Ferguson should"ve been punished for Mike Dean confrontation during Manchester United"s 4-3…

Why is everyone scared of Fergie Wenger adamant Ferguson should have been punished for Dean confrontation over Evans own-goal

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11:41 GMT, 28 December 2012

Arsene Wenger believes Sir Alex Ferguson should have been punished for remonstrating with officials during Manchester United's 4-3 win over Newcastle.

Referee Mike Dean decided not to report Ferguson and the United boss escaped the FA’s wrath despite harassing Dean, the linesman and the fourth official about Jonny Evans's controversial own-goal on Boxing Day.

When asked if the Scotsman should have received some form of punishment, Wenger said: 'If he didn't behave like he should have done, then yes.

'He will be the first to say that. We sometimes go overboard on the touchline and when you do that, you have to be punished.

'Whether it's me or Fergie or anyone else in the world, the rules are the rules. It is not rules for one person and rules for another. It's the same for everybody.'

Poor decision: Ferguson was unhappy with the officials after Evans's controversial own-goal

Poor decision: Ferguson was unhappy with the officials after Evans's controversial own-goal

Poor decision: Ferguson was unhappy with the officials after Evans's controversial own-goal

He added: 'We love the Premier League. It is watched all lover the world so we want it to be respected by fans for its behaviour.

'Should
you behave like that – no. I did not always behave as I should and you
can call that a bad example, yes. So when you go overboard, you have to
be punished.

'The message it sends out when you look at the pictures is just not to behave like that.'

Wenger was also unconvinced that any
official should be afraid of Sir Alex, regardless of whether they're
playing at Old Trafford or not.

'Why should anyone be scared of
anybody You have the rules. You observe the rules, or not the rules.
Why should anybody be scared of Ferguson, I don't understand that

'There are rules and the referees act on that. They are professional people, they are paid for that. It's as simple as that.

'On the day they made a mistake. It does not mean they are not honest but they made a mistake.'

The Arsenal manager was sent to the
stands by Dean at Old Trafford in 2009 after kicking a bottle when his
side were denied a goal that would’ve secured a point for the Gunners.

Off you go: Dean sent Wenger to the stands at Old Trafford in 2009

Off you go: Dean sent Wenger to the stands at Old Trafford in 2009

Off you go: Dean sent Wenger to the stands at Old Trafford in 2009

After
the match on Boxing Day, Ferguson told BBC: ‘I thought it was a bad
decision, he (Cisse) was in an offside position first of all and then he
grabbed Jonny Evans’s arm and if that is not interference I don’t know
what is.’

Opposing manager
Alan Pardew called for Ferguson to be punished after his team lost to a
last-gasp winner from Javier Hernandez .

Pardew said: ‘I think Mike Dean might feel slightly disappointed he didn't do something about it. I think the pressure that was on him was tough for a referee to take.

‘Sometimes when you reflect on a game you think you might have acted differently. You do that as a manager and I think he might have done that as a referee.

‘But it's an emotional game and apparently they had a cordial discussion. I've had a few of those myself and sometimes I've ended up in the stands as a result of that cordial discussion. I think there were a lot of things the FA could look at. But it seems they are looking at none.’

Raymond Van Barneveld beats Gary Anderson at World Darts Championship

Van Barneveld dismisses Anderson to set up World Championship quarter-final with Whitlock

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00:06 GMT, 28 December 2012

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UPDATED:

00:08 GMT, 28 December 2012

Raymond van Barneveld produced a clinical display on Thursday night at Alexandra Palace as he brushed aside an out-of-sorts Gary Anderson 4-0.

The five-time world champion set up a last-eight tie with Simon Whitlock when he averaged 93.35 against ‘The Flying Scotsman’ who had a shocking double success rate of just 18%.

Reigning champion Adrian Lewis and pre-tournament second favourite Michael van Gerwen also advanced to the quarter-finals on a star-studded day at the World Darts Championship.

Clinical: Van Barneveld averaged 93.35 against Anderson

Clinical: Van Barneveld averaged 93.35 against Anderson

The match was all but over at the start of the fourth set despite a few finishing problems for the Dutchman. Both players missed doubles in the opening leg before Barney hit double five to break throw.

Van Barneveld then held throw to lead
2-0 before the third leg saw a hatful of missed doubles before Barney
eventually hit double three to book his place in the quarter-finals.

He
told Sky Sports: ‘I was surprised Gary missed a lot of doubles. I
played well in the first set and held my throw to go 3-0 and just
thought “hold your legs and you will be alright”.

‘Gary
Anderson hit 19 180s against John Bowles and survived three match
darts. You can hit 180s but you have to hit your doubles. Averages are
fantastic but you have to hit the doubles.

Quarter-finalist: Van Barneveld will face Whitlock next

Quarter-finalist: Van Barneveld will face Whitlock next

‘When I saw the draw I thought “Wow it is really hard for my opponents”.’

Defending champion Lewis also won his third-round tie on Thursday night despite a mid-match blip against Kevin Painter.

‘Jackpot’
forged into a 2-0 lead before ‘The Artist’ fought back to level at 2-2,
only for Lewis to win the next two sets to seal a 4-2 win.

Defending champion: Lewis hopes to retain his title

Defending champion: Lewis hopes to retain his title

In the first match of the evening, Van Gerwen overcame a foot injury and the challenge of Colin Lloyd 4-1 to set up a mouth-watering quarter-final tie with Lewis.

The Dutchman, who averaged 98.96, came out firing on all cylinders as he raced to the opening set in under eight minutes.

And despite a third-set blip to allow ‘Jaws’ back into the match, Van Gerwen won six of the next seven legs to advance to the last eight.

Injured: But Van Gerwen shrugged off a foot problem to beat Lloyd

Injured: But Van Gerwen shrugged off a foot problem to beat Lloyd

In the afternoon session, 2010 runner-up Whitlock edged past Dave Chisnall 4-3 in a gripping contest.

‘The Wizard’ led three times but saw his advantage wiped out on every occasion and was forced into a deciding set.

Chisnall then took a 3-2 lead in the final set before the Aussie hit a stunning 152 checkout to draw level on his way to winning the final set 5-3.

Whitlock said: ‘When I fell 3-2 down in the final set I was well aware that I had to produce something special and I did that with the 152 finish.’

Barrier: Whitlock faces Van Barneveld next

Barrier: Whitlock faces Van Barneveld next

DAY 11 RESULTS

Afternoon Session
Wes Newton 4-1 Mark Walsh
Simon Whitlock 4-3 Dave Chisnall
James Wade 4-0 Vincent van der Voort

Evening Session
Michael van Gerwen 4-1 Colin Lloyd
Gary Anderson 0-4 Raymond van Barneveld
Adrian Lewis 4-2 Kevin Painter

Elsewhere, James Wade cruised into the quarter-finals as he beat Dutchman Vincent van der Voort 4-0.

‘The Machine’ averaged a lacklustre 89.61 in comparison to ‘The Dutch Destroyer’s’ 95.7, but Van der Voort’s poor finishing cost him dear as Wade only dropped five legs.

Wade will play Wes Newton in the last eight as ‘The Warrior’ beat Mark Walsh 4-1 in the first match of the day.

Seven of the world’s top eight players remain in contention for the 2013 World Darts Championship as the quarter-finals kick off on Friday.

The full draw for the last eight is:

Taylor v Hamilton (Friday)

Whitlock v Van Barneveld (Friday)

Lewis v Van Gerwen (Saturday)

Newton v Wade (Saturday)

Kevin Doyle is Everton and Aston Villa target

Everton and Villa vying for Doyle but Wolves unwilling to sell after Fletcher departure

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05:59 GMT, 27 August 2012

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UPDATED:

06:17 GMT, 27 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Everton and Aston Villa are attempting to pry Republic of Ireland striker Kevin Doyle away from Wolves.

Toffees boss David Moyes has long been a fan of the striker but his chances of getting Doyle have been reduced by Sunderland's purchase of Steven Fletcher.

Paul Lambert could do with extra artillery at misfiring Villa and Doyle could be the man to team up with Darren Bent and get the goals flowing.

On the move Kevin Doyle could leave Wolves

On the move Kevin Doyle could leave Wolves

Wolves picked up a healthy 14million for the Scotsman and, along with 10.75m from West ham for winger Matt Jarvis, do not need to sell the hitman.

Manager Stale Solbakken said: 'I have not heard anything about Doyle leaving and hopefully he will stay.'

However winger Stephen Hunt is a player the Wolves boss does not mind leaving.

The 31-year-old has just one year left on his contract and Wolves have picked up winger Razak Boukari, 25, on a season-long loan from Rennes.

Everton meanwhile are hoping to seal the M'Baye Niang deal with Caen on Monday for close to 2m.

Craig Levein says Scotland can reach World Cup 2014

I took this job to get us to the World Cup! Levein insists Scotland can qualify

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UPDATED:

11:51 GMT, 24 August 2012

Scotland manager Craig Levein is determined to end the country's long wait to qualify for a major international tournament.

The country have not qualified for a World Cup or European Championship since they made the group stages at France '98.

Levein's side missed out on Euro 2012 after finishing behind Spain and Czech Republic, but the Scots put on two encouraging displays against the world and European champions.

Positive: Craig Levein believes he can take Scotland to the World Cup

Positive: Craig Levein believes he can take Scotland to the World Cup

Scotland have been drawn in a difficult qualifying group for Brazil 2014 along with Croatia, Serbia, Belgium, Macedonia and Wales.

The Scotland boss has been encouraged by a recent friendly win over Australia, however, and is hopeful the team can challenge for qualification.

'I am very confident. This is the strongest squad I've had for a while so we are ready to go,' Levein said.

'The reason I took the job is to qualify for a major competition.

I was fortunate to play in Italia '90 so having experienced that, it is in my head that I want to qualify with Scotland as the manager.

Line up: Michael O'Neill, manager of Northern Ireland, Levein, Roy Hodgson, manager of England and Chris Coleman, manager of Wales

Line up: Michael O'Neill, manager of Northern Ireland, Levein, Roy Hodgson, manager of England and Chris Coleman, manager of Wales

'There is no bigger incentive for any Scotsman than that.'

Levein, who starts his qualifying campaign at home against Serbia on September 8, is confident he has the calibre of player he needs to succeed in qualifying.

'The squad is improving individually, there are a lot of the players playing in the Premier League now,' said Levein, who was speaking at the Vauxhall Road to Brazil 2014 media conference in London.

'A few years ago there were five or six players playing in the Premier League and now it's 16 so that's the indication of level they are playing at.

'International football is at a similar level to the Premier League so if you can play week in week out at that level they will be able to transfer that to international level.'

Aston Villa target Paul Lambert to replace Alex McLeish at the end of the season

Lambert tops Villa's wishlist to replace fellow Scot McLeish in the summer

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UPDATED:

08:18 GMT, 27 April 2012

Paul Lambert has emerged as the front runner for the Aston Villa job should the club decide to sack Alex McLeish in the summer.

McLeish’s position is expected to be reviewed at the end of the season regardless of whether the team remains in the Premier League.

Villa have been on dreadful run where they have picked up just one win in 13 games has left the Midlanders just three points clear of third-bottom Bolton.

Impressive first season: Paul Lambert has kept Norwich in the Premier League in their first season

Impressive first season: Paul Lambert has kept Norwich in the Premier League in their first season

Tuesday’s defeat to the Trotters means Villa will end the season with their lowest tally of home league victories since they were formed 138 years ago.

Owner Randy Lerner and chief executive Paul Faulkner have publicly backed the boss.

But McLeish, an unpopular appointment after managing rivals Birmingham, looks doomed and the Villa hierarchy have been impressed by Lambert.

Looking for a change: Alex McLeish has struggled at Villa this season

Looking for a change: Alex McLeish has struggled at Villa this season

The Scotsman, 42, has taken Norwich to successive promotions and guided them to a safe position in the Premier League.

The Canaries, who host Villa on the last day of the season, would fight all the way to keep Lambo.

But if they were forced to look for a new boss, Cardiff chief Malky Mackay — a ex-Norwich hero — would be a contender along with Birmingham’s Chris Hughton.

Phil Taylor powers past Raymond van Barneveld to continue unbeaten start to Premier League

Taylor powers past Van Barneveld to continue unbeaten start to Premier League

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UPDATED:

22:37 GMT, 12 April 2012

Phil Taylor believes the pressure of qualification got to Raymond van Barneveld as he dominated the Dutchman 8-3 in Sheffield.

The Power won five legs in a row from to continue his unbeaten start to the campaign and he feels he is benefiting from already being assured a place at finals night.

He said: 'There was a lot of pressure on Barney to qualify as there is for all the players so I am glad I have qualified.

'It is one of those tournaments you cannot win over three or four weeks. You have got to win it over 15 or 16 weeks. It is a fantastic competition and I want to keep winning because I’m not going to be here long now – I’m 52!'

Solid victory: Taylor

Solid victory: Taylor

Taylor has never been beaten by Van Barneveld in the Premier League and it was he who started faster in the battle of the crowd favourite, racing into a 3-0 lead. Barney took longer to settle than The Power but the Dutchman held his throw twice to reduce his arrears to 4-2 at the break.

The Power was still in a strong position as the players resumed, but a missed dart at double 16 allowed Van Barneveld to break back to just one leg behind.

But the turning point in the match came in the next leg when the Dutchman missed a hatful of chances at doubles and Taylor cashed in to restore his two-leg lead.

And Barney never recovered and Taylor took the next three legs to secure his ninth win in the 2012 Premier League.

Elsewhere, reigning Premier League champion Gary Anderson kept his outside chance of making the playoffs alive as he endured mixed fortunes in week 10.

Anderson, who played twice after missing week eight in Cardiff, was brushed aside 8-3 by James Wade in the first match of the evening before squandering a 7-4 lead against Andy Hamilton.

The Flying Scotsman shared the first two legs against The Machine, in the first match of the evening, before falling 3-1 behind. Anderson immediately broke back before losing four legs on the spin as Wade secured a draw.

And despite winning the next leg on his throw, Wade hit double top to seal victory in the next leg and move up to third in the table and consign Anderson to his fifth straight defeat.

But, just as time was running out on his playoff hopes, the Scot beat the World Championship finalist to stay in the semi-final mix.

It started well for the Scot as he won the first leg against the throw before hitting a 101 checkout in the next leg. But, much to Anderson’s despair, Hamilton won the next four legs to take a 4-2 lead into the break.

As the players returned to the stage, though, it was The Flying Scotsman’s turn to string together a sequence of legs and he moved from 4-2 down into a 7-4 lead.

But Anderson wasn’t short on chances in the next three legs but, once again, his finishing let him down, before Hamilton checked out on 102 in the 14th leg to earn a draw.

Both men needed a win and they sit level on seven points, three behind fourth-placed Van Barneveld with four games to play.

In week 10’s other match, Simon Whitlock kept his semi-final hopes on track with an 8-5 win over Kevin Painter.

It was a game of two halves between The Wizard and The Artist. Both men struggled to hold their throw in the first six legs and 3-3 was a fair reflection at the interval.

The Aussie then stepped it up a gear and took three consecutive legs to surge clear of Painter. And despite the best efforts of The Artist, he couldn’t force a break of throw and Whitlock sealed victory in the 13th leg to stay second behind Taylor.

Jocky Wilson, darts legend, dies at 62

Darts in mourning after two-time world champion Wilson dies, aged 62

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UPDATED:

12:45 GMT, 25 March 2012

Former world darts champion Jocky Wilson has died at the age of 62.

Wilson, who won world titles in 1982 and 1989, had recently been suffering with a lung disorder and died at home in Kirkcaldy, Fife just two days after his birthday.

The Scotsman was rarely seen in public having retired from the sport in 1996.

Champion: Jocky Wilson, who won two world titles, has died aged 62

Champion: Jocky Wilson, who won two world titles, has died aged 62

A statement on the official Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) Twitter page read: 'We are very saddened to hear of the death of former World Champion Jocky Wilson. Simply devastated. #RIPJocky'

Wilson turned professional in 1979 and enjoyed a stellar career through to his retirement in 1996.

He reached at least the quarter-finals of every World Championship between 1979 and 1991 and was a four-time British champion between 1981 and 1988 and a three-time Scottish Masters champion.

Wilson's career saw him challenge Englishman Eric Bristow and John Lowe for the sport's major honours before his retirement.

His first victory in the World Championship came in 1982 when he beat Lowe 5-3 in the final.

Seven years later, he beat his other
great rival Bristow 6-4, in a match where the 'Crafty Cockney' had
recovered from 5-0 down to find himself at 5-4 and 2-2 in the tenth set.

He was also a founding member of the Professional Darts Corporation, established in 1993.

Fellow stars from the world of darts paid tribute to Wilson.

Jocky Wilson

Jocky Wilson

Popular: Wilson entered the sport as its appeal with the public began to grow

'He
was Scottish through and through. When he played against England, it
was great for the Scots,' another legend of that era, Bobby George, told
BBC Sport.

'He was like the Braveheart of darts.
He hated the English and wanted to beat them, he probably only got on
with me because my mum was Scottish. He really turned it on when he
played against England, he fought for the Scotsman in him.'

Three-time world champion Martin Adams remembers Wilson when he was at the very top.

'It's a sad day for darts, Jocky was a great champion and a great player,' he told the BBC.

'When Jocky was on song, there was no stopping him.

'I remember watching the 1989 final and Jocky was flying that day, he was in the groove.

'It's one of the best matches of all time. There were some great matches in that era and Jocky was involved in a lot of them.'

Legends: Wilson with fellow darts player Bobby George (right)

Legends: Wilson with fellow darts player Bobby George (right)

Bristow, George and Wilson took to the oche in an era before walk-on girls and music became commonplace at sold-out arenas, with tournaments rarely televised.

George, though, insists that times were better when he and Wilson were playing.

'It was more fun when we played,' he added.

'He didn't have much money so he didn't travel much. I remember once we were playing in America and I picked him up. When I lifted his suitcase, I was braced for the weight, but nearly fell over because there was nothing in it.

'When I asked him what was inside, he replied: “A pair of socks”. I asked why he'd got a suitcase when he only had a pair of socks, he said: “It looks better when you check into a hotel if you're carrying a suitcase”.

'What a boy!'

Commentator Sid Waddell tweeted: 'What can one say about the larger than
life character that was John Thomas Wilson. Darts legend, working class
hero and honorary Geordie.

Glory: Wilson twice won the world title

Jocky Wilson

Back in the day: Wilson returned to his home town after retiring from the sport

'I'd like to send condolences to Malvina and the rest of Jocky's family. Broader, despite his faults he had a heart of gold.'

Current
PDC star Wayne Mardle tweeted: 'Jocky Wilson the darting legend has
passed away. What a character, I loved watching him play'

Wilson was Scotland's first darts world champion but in 1996 he withdrew into a council flat aged 45 and admitted: 'I'm all washed up and finished with darts.'

Within two years, he was declared bankrupt, and was forced to survived on disability allowance, living as a recluse in a one-bedroom flat back on the council estate where he grew up.

In 1996 Wilson said: 'I've been let down once or twice in my life, but I
don't want anyone feeling sorry for me. There's only one person to
blame for the situation I'm in, and that's me.'

In an interview with the Observer in 2007, former close friend Jimmy Skirving said: 'You could always rely on him but I can assure you Jocky was taken advantage of. Once he won a holiday and some suitcases. He got home with neither – he sold the holiday for 50 quid and the cases for a tenner.'

Wilson was married to Argentinian-born Malvina, and had three children, a daughter Anne Marie, and two sons John and William.

Arnold Palmer Invitational: Live leaderboard

Arnold Palmer Invitational leaderboard: Keep up to date with the latest scores

The PGA Tour is at Bay Hill this week for the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Scotsman Martin Laird took the title last year and you can keep track of all the latest scores right here.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LIVE LEADERBOARD

Legend: Arnold Palmer presented Martin Laird with the trophy last year

Legend: Arnold Palmer presented Martin Laird with the trophy last year