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Brentwood darts inspiration Kevin Stammers steps back

PUBLISHED: 12:30 07 September 2017

Kevin Stammers with Ian Waller and Andy Fordham receiving the 2010 heart of darts cheque (Pic: John Morris

Kevin Stammers with Ian Waller and Andy Fordham receiving the 2010 heart of darts cheque (Pic: John Morris

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Brentwood’s Kevin Stammers is giving up his night job in the local darts community and will be leaving a massive hole.

The decision by 55-year-old Ford environmental engineer Stammers to jettison the darts duties that have filled his spare time for almost 40 years has created a host of administrative vacancies.

Stammers has helped out with Essex County, Super League, the Brentwood Borough & District League and Ingatestone League over the years and the father of two has also revealed he is also ending his 18 years of service as correspondent for Darts World magazine.

“I put in around 30 hours a week in darts from September to May, and the summer leagues make their own demands,” he said.

“I’m lucky that my wife has been so tolerant!

“Rachel and I met as players, so she understands my situation. In fact, she was my assistant secretary with the Ingatestone League in our first year together.

“My job involves more and more European travel, and it has to come first.”

Stammers’ organisational talents are his gift to the local game and he even answered a Belgian club’s SOS for fixtures against English teams by initiating a 
cross-Channel challenge which has lasted 17 years.

He was also the architect of a county-wide inter-league championship, which ran for eight seasons.

But he regards a flirtation with TV as among his finest moments.

“Because of the media’s fixation with fat darters, ITV planned a 12-week series with presenter Ulrika Jonsson called How Do I Look? – in which five of us took on a weight loss challenge,” he said.

“It went so well, apart from one lad who got heavier, they threw a massive booze-up for us at the end!”

Stammers one regret is the way in which the game’s traditional background has been eroded.

“The drink-driving laws, pub closures, the growth of the gastro-pub – all this has hit darts hard,” he added.

“When I took over, the Ingatestone League had nine teams. Five years later, we had 32 in five divisions, but it has dropped off since 1997.”

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