u THEY were the best darts team in Britain according to one of the best players in the world at the moment.
That was Gary Anderson’s summation of the East Stirlingshire team he played in while competing in the local Pennies leagues.
He takes a step back in time later this month when he plays an exhibition at Behind The Wall in Melville Street.
And it’ll bring back fond memories which Anderson remembered when speaking to The Falkirk Herald earlier this week.
“What a team we had back then,” said ‘The Flying Scotsman’. “I had moved across to play in the leagues around Falkirk after coming through the Lothian counties.
“Some would say I jumped ship - but I’d got to know some of the guys from my time in the county championships and moved over.
“I think we made the best team in the country at the time. Infact the whole of the UK.
“We had great players - guys like Alex Lister and John Davidson.”
Anderson expects some tough games, despite being the fourth ranked player in the Professional Darts Corporation and expects to lose a few games at Behind The Wall too.
The spectators can have a shot at one of the best in the business on an enhanced ticket which involves a set with Anderson.
“I dare say I’ll lose a few - because there are some good players tucked away in pubs and clubs around the country who, for one reason or another, don’t take it much further.
“It’s a great sport and good socially and I enjoy meeting the people from all over who just love the sport.”
Stenhousemuir players are known to be very keen on their arrows.
“Snooker players are really into their darts - but I’m not surprised Stenhousemuir’s players throw in the dressing room. I’ve heard of footballers loving the sport too - you get people from all walks of life - that’s what makes it such a great sport, I think.
“I’m sure I’ll see all sorts fo different people when I get back to Falkirk. And if the guys I play with decide to drop in and see me too I daresay I’ll probably lose a few more games to them too!”
Darts rarely pauses for breath and when he’s not touring the country on league business with the PDC, he’s popping in for exhibition games.
But though he earned £100,000 by finishing second to Adrian Lewis in the World Championships in 2011, there’s a slight regret for Anderson from his time playing with Falkirk.
And the clue’s in his nickname.
“When I’m in the PDC circuit I don’t really get the chance to play for Scotland anymore like I used to when I was playing in county competitions.
“I loved that, playing with guys like Paul Handvidge and the rest of the guys - representing my country was a big thing for me.”
From one honour, though Anderson has most recently been bestowed another... in this very publication.
He was named in the Falkirk Herald’s FH100 Sport last month.
“I heard I was included in it and I thought if it’s out of 100 I must have come about 99th and a half - but I was pretty pleased with that. I enjoyed my time playing in the area. I’m sure that’s another honour to be added to my Wikipedia page in no time!”
n Tickets to see the event on Friday, September 21, and to take part are available from the venue or from Davie Hanson on 07872078715.