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Darts champ Eric Bristow remembered in Tobermore

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Darts champ Eric Bristow remembered in Tobermore thumbnailEric Bristow

DARTS fans around the world are remembering with fondness former world champion Eric Bristow who sadly passed away on Thursday last following a heart attack at the age of 60.

And Mid-Ulster darts followers are among those who have fond memories of Bristow in action.

In 1984 the 'Crafty Cockney' and George Best made their mark at Tobermore United FC.

Five-time world champion Bristow played an exhibition match at the Fortwilliam Park Club, while Best appeared for Tobermore United in an Irish Cup tie.

When asked by the BBC if he had ever heard of the town Tobermore, the darts champion replied that he thought it sounded like "a lump of chocolate", with reference to Toblerone.

The darts ace played an exhibition match at Tobermore United Football Club's clubrooms as part of his Irish tour and the clubroom was packed for the occasion.

There was much sadness in the town and football club at the news of Eric's sad passing.

Said one local: "Both Eric Bristow and George Best helped put Tobermore and Tobermore United on the map. Sadly we have lost them both, but we have many fond memories of their visit here which still endure even after all these years."

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