THE greatest player ever to throw a dart, Taylor exploded onto the darts scene at the end of the 1980’s and has rewritten the history books since, with his achievements headlined by an unrivalled 16 World Championship wins.
A protege of five-time World Champion Eric Bristow, he picked up his first major title at the 1990 Embassy Championship with a 6-1 thrashing of his mentor.
He also added the 1990 World Masters title before picking up a second World Championship two years later in one of darts’ greatest matches against Mike Gregory.
Since the formation of the PDC, Taylor has dominated professional darts and picked up an unparalleled number of titles, with his achievements leading to him being compared to the likes of Mohammed Ali and Sir Donald Bradman as a sporting great.
Eleven victories at the Circus Tavern – following a loss to Dennis Priestley in the inaugural PDC World Championship in 1994 – plus two World Championship wins at Alexandra Palace have been complemented by success every other major tournaments.