Arrows out at New Hollies

One hundred and 80 truckers tackled five times darts World Champion Eric Bristow at the launch of a refurbished truck stop. The truck drivers got a shock when they turned up at the Road King New Hollies Truck Stop near Cannock, Staffordshire, to find crafty Cockney Eric, 56, waiting for a game of darts. Eric, from Leek, Staffs, said:

“I used to call in this place a long time ago with my driver – you wouldn’t recognise it now. The truckers were queuing up for a game and I was dying for a big breakfast – I had the mega feast at £5.50 – not even I could manage the Belly Buster at £6. Among those to give Eric a run for his money was wagon driver Jason Foxall, 40, of Dalaston, Walsall, who said: “I’ve never played darts with a world champion before – this place is a lot better than it used to be.”

Retired policeman and trucker Bob Hill, 69, of Kingswinford, West Midlands, beat Eric with nine darts and said: “I used to play football until I was 51, but darts clearly should have been my game.” And Northern Irish trucker Barry McGurgan, 36, of Amagh, said: “I am always in here as it’s right by the depot where I load. It’s unbelievable having a game of darts with Eric Bristow before loading.”