Story of a darting ace

Kieth  recieving the News of the World Darts Trophy for Eastern England, from Scunthorpe United's George Kerr in 1969 at the Sherpa Hotel.

Keith (right) receiving the News of the World Darts Trophy for Eastern England, from Scunthorpe United’s George Kerr in 1969 at the Sherpa Hotel.

One of the best local darts players of the past is arguably arrowsmith Keith Naylor.He began in 1966 and won six trophies in his first season at the age of 19. He reached the Eastern Counties semi-finals the following year with his team from the Open Hearth of, Ernie Hutson, Derek Horn, Dennis Bulleyment, Garth Jones and Ron Walker.

Keith won the Eastern England title in 1969 and beat the champion of Wales in the national quarter-final at the Alexandra palace in London before 10,000 fans, narrowly missing double 2 for a 118 finish in the semi-final. His Open Hearth team even reached the national finals at Stratford Town Hall in 1968.

He won the Scunthorpe Clubs individual title for three successive seasons representing three different clubs in the 1970s, beating T. Finch twice and S. Hyde once. He also represented Brumby Hall, Park Social and Scunthorpe United Social Club.

Keith played in several county finals including the News of the World, The People and Palyer No6.

Keith with prizes won during the 1968/69 season

Keith with prizes won during the 1968/69 season

During his playing career he also represented Butchers Arms, West Halton in the Barton League, who won the league seven successive times becoming Barton Individual Champion in 1969.

He won several doubles titles with partner Dennis Bulleyment (who still plays for Ashby Cons). Playing for the Open Hearth the pub won many league titles and trophies.

Keith played on TV several times and featured on Yorkshire Television’s Indoor League with presenter Freddie Trueman.

Keith wrote for two years for Darts Magazine in the late 1970s and also wrote for the BBC’s World Book of Darts.

 

He broke the world individual record in early 1970s at the Britannia Hotel where landlord Bill Pulling and others watched him score 203,304 in 12 hours scoring numerous 180 maximums.

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