Bob Anderson (darts player)

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Bob Anderson
Personal information
Full name Robert Charles Anderson[1]
Nickname The Limestone Cowboy
Born (1947-11-07) 7 November 1947 (age 74)
Winchester, Hampshire, England
Home town Clevedon, Somerset
Darts information
Playing darts since 1973
Darts 18grm Unicorn Signature.
Laterality Right-handed
Walk-on music Rhinestone Cowboy (Glen Campbell)
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO 1979-1993
PDC 1993-2008 (Founding Member)
BDO majors - best performances
World Ch'ship Winner 1988
World Masters Winner 1986, 1987, 1988
World Darts Trophy Last 56: 2007
PDC premier events - best performances
World Ch'ship Semi Final: 2004, 2005
World Matchplay 3rd Place: 1996
World Grand Prix Quarter Final: 2006
Desert Classic Last 24 Group: 2003
UK Open Last 16: 2006
Other tournament wins
Tournament Years
Antwerp Open
British Gold Cup
British Open
Canadian Open
Denmark Open
Dry Blackthorn Cider Masters
League Of Legends
League Of Legends Event
MFI World Pairs
North American Open
Pacific Masters
PDC Samson Darts Classic
PDC World Pairs
Swedish Open
WDF Europe Cup Pairs
World Champions Challenge

Best Old Major Results
MFI World Matchplay
British Matchplay
1990, 1992
1987, 1988, 1989

1988, 1989
Updated on 7 January 2008.

Robert Charles "Bob" Anderson (born 7 November 1947 in Winchester, Hampshire, England) is a former World Champion. He was the World No1 player for over three years in the late 1980s. Nicknamed The Limestone Cowboy, he lives in Clevedon in Somerset.

Before Darts

Anderson threw his first darts maximum (180) at the age of just seven.[2] However, he was renowned as a champion athlete during his teenage years. He was picked as a javelin thrower in the British Olympic team of 1968, but broke his arm before the team left for Mexico, an injury which brought an end to his javelin-throwing career. He then turned his attention to football - playing to a moderately high standard for Lincoln United, Guildford City, Woking and Farnborough Town. During this time, he had continued to play darts socially and decided to take up the game more seriously when his injury jinx struck again - this time a broken leg in 1970 ended his football career.

Darts Success

Anderson has had a long and successful darts career winning the World Professional Championship in 1988 and the Winmau World Masters in 1986, 1987 and 1988 - the first man to win the Masters in three successive years. Only Martin Adams has since emulated this feat by winning the 2008, 2009 and 2010 tournaments, albeit long after the Split in darts and in a much weaker field. He also had tremendous success during the 1980s - considered darts' most glorious televised era. Tournaments were regularly broadcast on BBC and ITV and Anderson was successful in several televised events.

However, just two years after his World title success, he underwent surgery to fix a back problem which threatened his darts career. He returned to the game professionally, but never managed to eclipse the success he enjoyed during the 1980s. Anderson was amongst the players who formed the Professional Darts Corporation - an organisation (originally known as the WDC - World Darts Council) which separated from the existing governing body, the British Darts Organisation in 1992/93. Anderson reached the final of the WDC event, the Lada UK Masters, in November 1993 - losing to Mike Gregory.

His world ranking stayed sufficiently high to earn automatic qualification for most major PDC tournaments, and he went on to reach the semi-finals of the PDC World Darts Championship in 2004 and 2005.

In 1996, Anderson won the WDC World Pairs event alongside Phil Taylor. Anderson and Taylor defeated Chris Mason and Steve Raw in the final.

Anderson was also the driving force behind the Bob Anderson Classic, a major darts tournament held every October. The tournament started in 2002 and ran until 2005.

In 2008, Anderson decided to take part in the BetFred League of Legends which was shown live on Setanta Sports and play along with the likes of Eric Bristow, Keith Deller, John Lowe and Dave Whitcombe. However in doing so, he was forced to resign from the PDC to take part in the league.[3] He does, however, remain a lifetime member of the PDPA, granted to him because he was a founder member of the WDC (now PDC). Anderson went on the capture the League of Legends title, beating Keith Deller in the final.

World Championship Results



Performance timeline

Tournament 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
BDO World Championship Did not participate L32 L16 SF QF W SF L32 SF L16 QF No longer a BDO Member
Winmau World Masters L16 DNP L32 DNP QF L16 SF W W W L16 DNP SF DNP Did not participate
British Professional Not held DNP L16 QF L32 QF L32 SF Not held
MFI World Matchplay Not held SF RU L16 W L16 Not held
World Darts Trophy Not held Did not participate L56 NH
PDC World Championship Not yet founded QF QF L24G L24G L24G QF L32 L32 L32 L32 SF SF L64 L64 L64
World Matchplay Not yet founded QF L32 SF QF QF L16 L16 L32 QF L16 L16 L32 L32 L32 DNP
World Grand Prix Not yet founded L32 L32 DNP L32 L32 L32 QF DNP
Las Vegas Desert Classic Not yet founded DNP L24G L32 DNP L32 DNP
UK Open Not held DNP L32 L32 L16 L96 DNP
Performance Table Legend
DNP Did not play at the event DNQ Did not qualify for the event NYF Not yet founded L# lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QF lost in the quarter-finals SF lost in the semi-finals RU lost in the final W won the tournament

Outside Darts

Bob married Sally Attwater on 8 April 2004 - he chose Bristow as his best man. Anderson has two children, Jennie and David. He lists his hobbies as golf - with a handicap of six, and trout fishing. Anderson's sporting hero is golf legend Jack Nicklaus


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