Up Close and Personal with ‘Rapid’ Ricky Evans

Phil Lanning in Off The Oche 2 Apr 2019
Evans celebrates on the Ally Pally stage (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Ricky Evans is undisputedly the fastest player on planet darts and has enjoyed a long-awaited breakthrough spell to climb into the world's top 50.

Evans joined the PDC Development Tour in 2011, picking up his first title that year, and went on to finish runner-up in the World Youth Championship in 2013.

The Kettering ace also secured his Tour Card in 2013 and qualified for his first World Championship - where he defeated Ronnie Baxter en route the Last 32.

Since then, Evans has twice reached the Last 16 of a televised major and has reached finals on both the ProTour and European Tour within the last 12 months.

Find out more about Rapid Ricky with our Up Close and Personal Q&A...

BIRTHDATE: 29/07/1990

HOBBIES: Darts, watching sports, playing snooker and pool. Music of all genres, quizzing

MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT? Losing my passport/wallet numerous times on airplanes and in airports

BEST CHAT UP LINE? "Are you from Ireland? Because when I see you my penis is Dublin!"

FAVOURITE CHILDHOOD MOMENT? Watching Kettering Town at Wembley, visiting Old Trafford and getting picked for England Youth

FAVOURITE MATCH EVER? Versus Simon Whitlock in the 2016 World Championship

FAVOURITE MAGAZINE? The TV guide that comes in the Saturday paper

FAVOURITE SMELLS? Freshly cut grass, Paco Rabanne aftershave and sizzling bacon

LEAST FAVOURITE SMELLS? Cheese and Onion crisps, gravy and David Pallett’s feet 

FAVOURITE SOUND? ‘Game shot and the match Ricky Evans’

WORST FEELING IN THE WORLD? Being lonely, not playing to my best ability, watching other darts matches on TV

WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING? Check phone, take dog for a walk, go for a practice 

FAVOURITE COLOUR? Yellow, bright 

FUTURE CHILD’S NAME? Ronnie or Archie

WHAT’S YOUR RINGTONE? Phone’s always on silent...hardly answer anyway!

FAVOURITE FOODS? Hot curry, bacon, Jaffa cakes, sausage rolls

CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA? Chocolate 

DO YOU SLEEP WITH A STUFFED ANIMAL? Only if nobody else will keep me company

STORMS – COOL OR SCARY? Cool

FAVOURITE HOLIDAY DESTINATION AND WHY? I love Portugal as a country, and will be visiting again June 2019

IF YOU COULD MEET YOUR HERO - DEAD OR ALIVE - WHO WOULD IT BE? My dad’s my hero but I’d love to meet David Beckham and Lee Mack

FAVOURITE ALCOHOLIC DRINK? Strongbow Dark Fruit 

FAVOURITE SOFT DRINK? Cherry Coke

WHAT IS YOUR STAR SIGN? Leo

TATTOOS: COOL OR NOT COOL & IF YOU HAVE ONE WHAT’S YOUR BEST? Would love to have a three lions one sometime or a KTFC badge

IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY JOB YOU WANTED WHAT WOULD IT BE? At school I wanted to be a sports journalist, I used to make my own sports paper

IF YOU COULD DYE YOUR HAIR ANY COLOUR WHAT WOULD IT BE? Bright Yellow

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST LOVE? Football and comedy

FAVOURITE MOVIES? Happy Gilmore, See No Evil Hear No Evil, The Naked Gun trilogy

WHAT’S UNDER YOUR BED? Old darts and football memorabilia

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE NUMBER? 29 

FAVOURITE SPORT TO WATCH? Football and Snooker

WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT DARTS? The camaraderie, top quality competition and obviously career changing money up for grabs


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