John Lowe awarded MBE in New Year Honours list

Jamie Shaw in Off The Oche 29 Dec 2018
Lowe celebrates his historic nine-darter in 1984

Three-time World Darts Champion John Lowe is to be appointed an MBE in the 2019 New Year Honours list.

Lowe, a darting icon whose career spanned more than four decades, has been recognised for his services to the sport and his charity work.

Lowe made history by becoming the first player to land a nine-dart finish on television back in 1984, winning £102,000 for his perfect leg.

The 73-year-old won the world title in 1979, 1987 and 1993, while also winning the World Masters in 1976 and 1980.

Lowe was one of the 16 players who broke away from the British Darts Organisation in 1993 to form the World Darts Council - now known today as the Professional Darts Corporation.

He retired from professional darts in 2007 but remains a popular figure on the exhibition circuit and has also raised significant sums for a range of charities.

Five-time World Champion Eric Bristow was awarded an MBE in 1989, while ten-time Women's World Champion Trina Gulliver became an MBE in 2013.

"It's such an honour for me and a wonderful thing to receive," said Lowe.

"It took a while to sink in and I think it will only become real when I go to the Palace and collect the award.

Lowe's MBE comes at the end of the year which saw Bristow pass away, and he added that it was a poignant moment to be recognised alongside his close friend.

"We had a great rivalry and it's the foundation of what we've got today," he added. "We didn't do it purposely, it was just us being who we were.

"That's the tinge of sadness, that Eric is not here. We would have had the biggest party.

"We played together all over the world, and are the most successful pair ever in darts - we won six World Cups, six European Cups, the British Open three times in a row without losing.

"It would have been fitting if he was here to celebrate, but sadly he's left us."



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