Darts: I'm no Bobby Dazzler, says Richie Rich

Richie George, the son of flamboyant two-time finalist Bobby, has carved out his own name at the BDO World Championships

So how, Richie George, do you follow the most colourful, charismatic and entertaining player in the history of darts? How do you follow the Liberace of televised darts, the King of Bling, Bobby Dazzler? How do you follow in the footsteps of a father who describes himself as all of the above?

"I have to make a name for myself," suggested George junior ahead of letting fly his first darts on his debut in the BDO World Championships at the Lakeside last week, a venue that has been as good as a second home to George Hall, the 18-bedroom Essex mansion his father built on the back of his own darts career, one that came complete with fishing lakes and a set of arrows decorating the gate posts at the foot of the drive.

Victory over Jimmy Hendriks – a Dutchman who faces an impossible task when it comes to making his name known for darts – to earn an unexpected place in the last eight is a pretty good start to proving, at the oche at least, he is a chip off the old block.

On the back of his shirt George has a print of a chunky golden necklace and the words 'Richie Rich'. Up in the BBC commentary box, his father wears the real thing, a chunk of gold links heavy enough to down a charging rhino and as he celebrated his son's victory (George Snr hadn't expressed huge hopes ahead of the tournament) with a punch of the air it swung lustily from side to side.

George become a mainstay of the BBC's coverage of the "other" world championship – when the sport split in 1993 George was one of the few bigger names to stay put – and remains the name most synonymous with the event. He may not have been one of the greats of the game – he reached two world finals, the second in 1994, 14 years after the first – but his flamboyance has always marked him out.

His youngest son is different. "I don't like all that," he said of his father's bling image – George senior appeared for his last final wearing royal robes and clutching a candelabra.

The younger George, or George the second as the TV commentators have of course dubbed him, confessed to feeling the pressure of his name when he took up darts and after representing England at junior level he decided to slide quietly out of the sport for a time to pursue another career.

The 23-year-old returned last year after a break that had seen him set up his own business, a line of work that could not be further removed from the world his father inhabits. He works in the management of violence and aggression, with particular reference to mental health. "I started out doing in-house training at a private hospital, which was a centre for rehab after brain injuries and for people with autism," he said.

It was in February 2012 that he returned to the game with the aim of earning enough qualifying points to make Lakeside. First out he reached the last 32 of the Dutch Masters and took home €100.

A month later he won £50 at the Isle of Man Open but it got better with two semi-final appearances and a runners-up spot at the BDO International Open.

It was enough to earn a 15th seeding for his first world championships and two wins later a place in the last eight. He plays quickly, unleashing his darts in brisk flurries and it can lead to erratic scoring. His father's showmanship may be lacking but he is an entertainer in his own right – there have been 11 180s en route to the quarter-finals. "He hasn't got here because he's my son," said Bobby. "But he has got my genes."

Arts and Entertainment
Sydney and Melbourne are locked in a row over giant milk crates
art
News
Kenny Ireland, pictured in 2010.
peopleActor, from House of Cards and Benidorm, was 68
News
A scene from the video shows students mock rioting
newsEnd-of-year leaver's YouTube film features staging of a playground gun massacre
Travel
travel
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Voices
A family sit and enjoy a quiet train journey
voicesForcing us to overhear dull phone conversations is an offensive act, says Simon Kelner
News
i100This Instagram photo does not prove Russian army is in Ukraine
News
Morrissey pictured in 2013
people
Sport
sportVan Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
Environment
View from the Llanberis Track to the mountain lake Llyn
Du’r Arddu
environmentA large chunk of Mount Snowdon, in north Wales, is up for sale
Life and Style
Martha Stewart wrote an opinion column for Time magazine this week titled “Why I Love My Drone”
lifeLifestyle guru Martha Stewart reveals she has flying robot... to take photos of her farm
Arts and Entertainment
The Secret Cinema performance of Back to the Future has been cancelled again
filmReview: Sometimes the immersive experience was so good it blurred the line between fiction and reality
News
i100
Life and Style
The director of Wall-E Andrew Stanton with Angus MacLane's Lego model
gadgetsDesign made in Pixar animator’s spare time could get retail release
News
peopleGuitarist, who played with Aerosmith, Lou Reed and Alice Cooper among others, was 71
Environment
Tyred out: should fair weather cyclists have a separate slow lane?
environmentFormer Labour minister demands 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists
News
people
Caption competition
Caption competition
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

VB.Net Developer - £40k - Surrey - WANTED ASAP

£35000 - £40000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: .Mid Level V...

Digitakl Business Analyst, Slough

£40000 - £45000 per annum + Competitive Benefits: Progressive Recruitment: Dig...

Mechanical Estimator: Nuclear Energy - Sellafield

£40000 - £50000 per annum + Car, Medical, Fuel + More!: Progressive Recruitmen...

Dynamics NAV Techno-Functional Consultant

£50000 - £60000 per annum + benefits: Progressive Recruitment: An absolutely o...

Day In a Page

Dress the Gaza situation up all you like, but the truth hurts

Robert Fisk on Gaza conflict

Dress the situation up all you like, but the truth hurts
Save the tiger: Tiger, tiger burning less brightly as numbers plummet

Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

When William Blake wrote his famous poem there were probably more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. These days they probably number around 3,200
5 News's Andy Bell retraces his grandfather's steps on the First World War battlefields

In grandfather's footsteps

5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reveals she has flying robot ... to take photos of her farm

Martha Stewart has flying robot

The lifestyle guru used the drone to get a bird's eye view her 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York
Former Labour minister Meg Hillier has demanded 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists

Do women cyclists need 'pootling lanes'?

Simon Usborne (who's more of a hurtler) explains why winning the space race is key to happy riding
A tale of two presidents: George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story

A tale of two presidents

George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover

The dining car makes a comeback

Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover
Gallery rage: How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?

Gallery rage

How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?
Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players

Eye on the prize

Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
Women's rugby: Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup

Women's rugby

Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup
Save the tiger: The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

With only six per cent of the US population of these amazing big cats held in zoos, the Zanesville incident in 2011 was inevitable
Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
We will remember them: relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War

We will remember them

Relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War
Star Wars Episode VII is being shot on film - and now Kodak is launching a last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Kodak's last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Director J J Abrams and a few digital refuseniks shoot movies on film. Simon Usborne wonders what the fuss is about
Once stilted and melodramatic, Hollywood is giving acting in video games a makeover

Acting in video games gets a makeover

David Crookes meets two of the genre's most popular voices