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."

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

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

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Tradewind Recruitment: English Teacher

Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: This post arises as a result of the need to...

Tradewind Recruitment: Class Teacher Required ASAP In Uminster

£120 - £150 per annum: Tradewind Recruitment: I am recruiting on instruction o...

Ashdown Group: Head of Finance - Financial Director - London - £70,000

£70000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Head of Finance - Financial Controller - Fina...

Ashdown Group: Marketing Executive - Wimbledon, SW London

£24000 - £28000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Marketing Executive - Wim...

Day In a Page

Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness
Homeless Veterans appeal: Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story

Homeless Veterans appeal

Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story
Front National family feud? Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks

Front National family feud?

Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks
Pot of gold: tasting the world’s most expensive tea

Pot of gold

Tasting the world’s most expensive tea
10 best wildlife-watching experiences: From hen harriers to porpoises

From hen harriers to porpoises: 10 best wildlife-watching experiences

While many of Britain's birds have flown south for the winter, it's still a great time to get outside for a spot of twitching
Nick Easter: 'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

Nick Easter targeting World Cup place after England recall
DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

The inside track on France's trial of the year

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel:
As provocative now as they ever were

Sarah Kane season

Why her plays are as provocative now as when they were written
Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore