Phill Nixon

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Phill Nixon
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Personal information
Full name Phillip Nixon
Nickname The Ferryhill Flyer
Born (1956-03-13)13 March 1956
County Durham, England
Died 9 August 2013(2013-08-09) (aged 57)
Ferryhill, County Durham
Home town Ferryhill, County Durham
England
Darts information
Darts 24g RedDragon
Laterality right-handed
Walk-on music We Will Rock You by Queen
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO 1999-2012
BDO majors - best performances
World Ch'ship Runner Up: 2007
World Masters Quarter Final: 2002, 2012
World Darts Trophy Last 56: 2007
Int. Darts League Preliminary Round: 2007
Zuiderduin Masters Last 24 Group: 2007
PDC premier events - best performances
Grand Slam Group Stages: 2007, 2008
Other tournament wins
Tournament Years
Mill Rythe Darts Festival 2004
Updated on 9 August 2013.

Phillip "Phill" Nixon (13 March 1956 – 9 August 2013) was an English darts player from Ferryhill, County Durham. He is best known for reaching the 2007 World Final on his first appearance at the age of 50.[1]

Darts career[edit]

Before his 2007 heroics, his best performances came in reaching the quarter-finals of the 2002 Winmau World Masters and the semi-final of the 2004 British Open. After 20 years of attempting, 2007 was the first year Nixon had managed to qualify for the BDO World Darts Championship. Bookmakers had him as a 150-1 shot to win the title, before the event had started. Nixon came through three separate qualifying competitions at county, national and international level to secure his Lakeside debut. He beat number 7 seed Darryl Fitton, number 10 seed Martin Atkins and number 15 seed Paul Hanvidge to the reach the semi-finals and beat Dutchman Niels de Ruiter the number 11 seed for a place in the final against top seed Martin Adams.[citation needed]

He eventually lost 7-6 to Adams in the final but not until completing a great sporting comeback after looking beaten at 0-6 down at the interval. During the break whilst practising in the players lounge with a cigarette in one hand, Nixon was said to have stabbed himself deliberately in his legs to try and motivate himself. After the interval he found form and gradually reduced the deficit. Adams had been victim of some opponents producing dramatic comebacks in his previous 14 failed attempts at winning the world title and may have been vulnerable again. Adams missed four doubles to win the championship as Nixon gradually pulled back to level the match at 6-6, taking it to a final set. In the decider, Nixon missed a dart at double seven to win the first leg, and a further missed dart at double eighteen in the third leg gave Adams his chance to take his first world title. Nixon won £30,000 for his appearance in the final. After his run at Lakeside, he went on to reach the final of the Isle of Man Open (losing to Gary Robson) and the quarter-final of the Swiss Open.

On his return to Lakeside for the 2008 BDO World Championship he was drawn to face Adams again, in a repeat of their final from twelve months earlier, but this time lost 0-3. His form remained steady during 2008, reaching the quarter-finals of the Dutch Open and British Open and his debut at the Grand Slam of Darts saw him lose narrowly 4-5 to James Wade in his first group game. He then thrashed Niels de Ruiter, but allowed a 4-0 lead and a total of eight match darts slip and lost 5-4 to Pat Orreal, failing to qualify for the knockout stages. Nixon was also knocked out at the Group Stage of the 2008 Grand Slam of Darts, losing to Phil Taylor and Vincent van der Voort but defeated Andy Jenkins though it was too late for Nixon to qualify.

Despite reaching the quarter finals of the 2008 Dutch Open and British Open, he fell down the BDO rankings and didn't automatically qualify for the 2009 World Championship. He was back in his position from 2007 of having to win at least five matches to qualify for the event and lost to Henny van der Ster. He has also failed to qualify for the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 BDO World Darts Championship.

He did, however, reach the quarter-finals of the Winmau World Masters in 2012, losing to Wesley Harms ten years after his previous appearance in the last eight of the tournament. It would be his last appearance at a major tournament.

Cancer and death[edit]

Nixon was diagnosed with cancer of the liver, lung and stomach in June 2013. He died on 9 August 2013.[2] Both the BDO and the PDC paid tribute to Nixon after his death. [3] [4] His funeral was held on 23 August 2013.

World Championship results[edit]

BDO[edit]

Outside darts[edit]

Phill was married to Suzanne (born 1969), they had been married for three years (together for eleven) at the time of his world final appearance in 2007. They had two children, although Phill had eight in total.[5]

At the start of the tournament, Nixon's prime occupation was as a house husband. Nixon began to concentrate on his darts to a greater degree when he was made redundant.

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