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John Lowe M.B.E

    The amazing John Lowe story is far from finished and the great man himself is guaranteeing many more chapters before he is ready to call it a day in the sport that has made him a household name.

    He is one of THE greats of darts – a living legend who has captivated the world of darts over four glorious decades.

    The only man to win the World Championship in three separate decades and he has enjoyed a partnership with Unicorn going back nearly 40 years, which is the longest running sponsorship deal anywhere in the world, in any sport.

    He is 72-years-old these days and enjoying life to the full – playing darts in a hectic exhibition schedule. Lowe does more than a dozen ‘Legends Tour’ shows a year with his great rival from yesteryear Eric Bristow and now it’s all about his first taste of competitive action in two years.

    Lowe is one of the eight stars of the League of Legends Tour for 2008, when he will be locking horns with Bristow, Bob Anderson, Keith Deller, Cliff Lazarenko, Bobby George, Dave Whitcombe and Peter Evison over the summer.

    “I really am enjoying myself more than ever!” he said. “Nowadays, I put my time off and holidays on the calendar first and the darts go on there second. I am still extremely busy and am looking forward to playing against some of the old foes. It is an exciting prospect for me and I am playing pretty well.”

    Lowe added: “It was the right time for me to step aside from the world of the PDC a couple of years back. I just couldn’t commit to tournaments for over 40 weeks of the year. I would have lost the plot!”

    They call him ‘Old Stoneface’ and that was also the title of his best-selling autobiography and there are more words of Lowe wisdom to come.

    The paperback version came out in 2009 with a raft of new material and several new chapters….and also published was Lowe’s Art of Throwing Darts. It is a comprehensive coaching manual…..a John Lowe masterclass in darts from a tungsten master craftsman.

    Lowe was one of the big heroes of the first golden era for darts, when he won everything there was to win and he remains a role model for many in this new exciting phase for the sport.

    His three World Championship crowns came in 1979 when he beat the late great Leighton Rees… 1987, he beat Bristow in a thriller and he claimed that unique hat-trick in 1993, overcoming Alan Warriner.

    His fan base is even bigger now than those glory days of the 1970s and 1980s. “He’s got no hair but we don’t care, Johnny Johnny Lowe,” the crowd bellows wherever he goes!

    The unofficial leader of Team Unicorn, Lowe has travelled all over the world promoting the sport and the Unicorn brand.

    From Russia to Australia and China to Japan, Lobo’s achievements are recognised. “ I have been to Russia five times and actually stepped inside The Kremlin when the Cold War was on!!

    These days, Lowe’s exhibitions sell out from Spain to Denmark and from Cyprus to Thailand – not surprising really when you are talking about one of the best there has ever been.

    He also runs the very popular annual Barbados Darts Festival.

    Lowe made more history in 1984 when he became the first darts star to hit the magical 9-dart finish on television. He pocketed a cool £102,000. Nowadays, that would equate to a staggering £350,000. So what did he spend the cash on?

    “After the taxman had claimed his slice, it all went into a pension fund. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” Lowe admitted.

    And those Unicorn Golden Titanium 21gm darts are still doing the business in modern times. People still talk about one of the greatest games in the history of the World Matchplay at Blackpool when back in 2002, Lowe lost an epic semi-final 17-15 to Taylor and it wasn’t so long ago that Lowe won six matches at the UK Open on a run which rolled back the years and had the crowd at the Reebok going wild!

    The hugely popular Lowe, who still lives in his native Derbyshire with wife Karen and apart from the darts, he enjoys “trying to get my golf handicap down!”

    Lowe and Bristow were also given the honour of being the first two stars to be named in the PDC Darts Hall of Fame.

    Unicorn is proud to be associated with one of the all-time greats of British sport….a darting genius, a darting ambassador and a darting icon.

    John Lowe can proudly claim to have played a big part in the rise and rise of darts over the years and hopefully, he will be entertaining crowds around the world for many more years to come.

    World champion… class….that is John Lowe

    Name:   John Lowe
    Nickname:   Old Stoneface
    Family:   Wife Karen and 2 children from previous marriage
    Date of birth:   21st July 1945
    Place of birth:   New Tupton, Derbyshire
    Home town:   Chesterfield
    Hobbies:   Golf, motor sport, boxing, gardening
    Sponsor:   Unicorn Darts
    Dart Used:   John Lowe Gollden Unicorn 21gm Titanium Tungsten
    Height:   6ft
    Occupation before darts:   Joiner
    Best TV moment so far:   The first TV 9-dart game, 13/10/1984
    Practice partner:   Joe Mooney
    Favourite double (on dartboard):   Bull
    Favourite food:   English
    Favourite drink:   Wine
    Favourite holiday destination:   Tenerife
    Favourite music:   Nat King Cole
    Walk on music:   Rock and Roll (Led Zeppelin song)
    Favourite PDC event:   World Championships
    Favourite TV Programme:   Comedy
    Favourite football team:   Sunderland
    Sporting heroes:   Ali, Khan, Best, Senna
    BDO World Championship   Winner   1979, 1987, 1993
    PDC World Championship   3rd Place   1995
    World Masters   Winner   1976, 1980
    World Matchplay   3rd Place   1995
    World Grand Prix   Semi Final   2001
    UK Open   Last 16   2005
    WDF World Cup Singles   Winner   1981, 1991
    WDF Europe Cup Singles   Winner   1978, 1984, 1986
    News of the World Tournament   Winner   1981
    MFI World Matchplay   Winner   1984
    British Professional   Final   1981, 1982, 1984, 1985
    Butlins Grand Masters   Winner   1977
    British Matchplay
      Winner   1978, 1985
    OTHER WINS    
    Australian Grand Masters   Winner   1985
    Autumn Gold Cider Masters   Winner   1987
    British Gold Cup   Winner   1978, 1979, 1982
    British Open   Winner   1977, 1988
    British Pentathlon   Winner   1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987
    Canadian Open   Winner   1986, 1987, 1989
    Denmark Open   Winner   1978, 1979, 1982, 1985, 1987
    Dry Blackthorn Cider Masters   Winner   1983, 1986
    Finnish Open   Winner   1992
    MFI World Pairs   Winner   1986
    North American Open   Winner   1985, 1987
    WDF Europe Cup Pairs   Winner   1978, 1986
    WDF Europe Cup Team   Winner   1980, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1992
    WDF World Cup Pairs   Winner   1977, 1979, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989
    WDF World Cup Team   Winner   1979, 1981, 1983, 1987, 1991