Andy Smith (darts player)

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Andy Smith
Personal information
Full name Andrew Smith
Nickname The Pie Man
Born (1967-06-22) 22 June 1967 (age 50)
Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England
Home town Studley, Warwickshire
England
Darts information
Playing darts since 1974
Darts 20.5g Tungsten A180 Darts
Laterality Right-handed
Walk-on music Eat It by "Weird Al" Yankovic
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO 1997–2004
PDC 2004–2017
BDO majors - best performances
World Ch'ship Last 32: 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001
World Masters Last 64: 1999
World Darts Trophy Last 32: 2002
Int. Darts League Last 32 group: 2003
PDC premier events - best performances
World Ch'ship Last 16: 2006, 2011
World Matchplay Last 16: 2012
World Grand Prix Quarter-final: 2006, 2009, 2011
Ch'ship League Initial groups, Semi-finals 2008
Desert Classic Last 32: 2005, 2006, 2007
European Ch'ship Last 16: 2010
UK Open Last 16: 2009, 2010, 2011
US Open/WSoD Last 32: 2007, 2008
Players Ch'ship Finals Quarter-final: 2011
Other tournament wins
England Open 1997
Norway Open 2002
Redditch Open 2009
Welsh Open 1999

Players Championships

Players Championship (BAR) 2011
Players Championship (GER) 2009
Players Championship (HOL) 2010
Players Championship (SCO) 2007

UK Open Regionals

Regional Final (SCO) 2004
Regional Final (SWE) 2005
Other achievements
2009 Nine dart finish at PDPA Players Championship Germany.

Andrew 'Andy' Smith (born 22 June 1967 in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire) is a former darts player who competed in Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) events. He uses the nickname Pie Man[1] for his matches. His best performances have come in the "floor" events (non-televised tournaments with many boards being used simultaneously) - where he has won six PDC Pro Tour titles.

Career[edit]

A former England international, Smith won the England, Welsh and Norway Opens in his early career, as well as qualifying for the British Darts Organisation version of the world championship on four occasions (losing in the first round each time), before switching from the BDO to the PDC. His wins in the Scottish and South-West Regional Finals for the 2005 UK Open saw him enter the televised finals as number one seed, and he later qualified for the Las Vegas Desert Classic.

Smith narrowly missed out on an automatic place in the 2006 PDC World Championship after jumping to 33rd in the rankings, but came through the PDPA qualifiers to book his place at the Circus Tavern. He overcame Colin Monk and Ray Carver to reach the last 16, before losing out to Alan Warriner-Little.

Smith did not win another Pro Tour title until October 2007, when he took the PDPA Scottish Players Championship in Irvine - beating James Wade with a 108 average in the final. He won a Players Championship in Dinslaken, Germany in June 2009, hitting a nine-dart finish in his quarter final before defeating Colin Lloyd to take the title.[2]

Smith suffered three successive first round defeats in the PDC World Championship, losing to Mensur Suljovic in 2008, Tony Ayres in 2009, and Darin Young in 2010. He broke this trend in the 2011 PDC World Darts Championship when he beat Shane Tichowitsch 3-1, and reached the last-16 for the second time in his career with a 4-3 win over Mervyn King, which included Smith hitting seven 100+ out-shots.

In June, Smith won the Bobby Bourn Memorial Players Championship beating Dave Chisnall 6-2 earning himself £6000. On his way to the final he narrowly beat Wayne Atwood 6-5 before he beat James Richardson also 6-5. He then picked up his form to beat Alan Tabern 6-3 which meant he faced Andy Hamilton 6-2. in the quarter-finals he beat Gary Anderson 6-1 setting up a semi-final clash with the in-form James Wade whom he beat 6-3 before prevailing in the final against Dave Chisnall hitting two 12 darters and two thirteen darters to seal the win.

At the 2012 World Championship Smith played Scott Rand in the first round and was beaten 0–3, without winning a leg.[3] At the UK Open, Smith beat Rand 9–6 and came back from 4–8 down in the last 32 to force a decider against Dennis Priestley which he lost.[4] In July, Smith won his first ever match in seven attempts at the World Matchplay following a 10–6 victory over Paul Nicholson.[5] He faced Adrian Lewis in the last 16 and was beaten 7–13.[6] After all 33 ProTour events of 2012 had been played, Smith was 19th on the Order of Merit, comfortably inside the top 32 who qualified for the Players Championship Finals.[7] He was beaten 2–6 by Andy Hamilton in the first round.[8]

Smith lost in the first round of the 2013 World Championship to qualifier Daryl Gurney 3–1, hitting just 15% of his darts at a double during the match.[9] He beat James Hubbard 5–3 in the second round of the UK Open, before losing 9–7 to Gary Anderson.[10] Smith's deepest run of the year was at the fourth Players Championship where he lost 6–4 to Jelle Klaasen in the semi-finals.[11]

Smith overcame Steve Brown 3–1 in the opening round of the 2014 World Championship but then let a 3–0 set lead slip against James Wade in the second round to lose 4–3, missing two darts for the match in the process.[12] He suffered a heavy 9–3 loss to Gary Anderson in the third round of the UK Open.[13] Smith defeated Kevin Dowling 6–3 and Anderson and Ronnie Baxter both 6–2 at the Austrian Darts Open to play in his sole quarter-final of 2014.[14] He lost to home favourite Mensur Suljović 6–2.[15] He was knocked out of the World Matchplay and World Grand Prix by Wade.[16] At the Players Championship Finals, Smith beat Michael Smith 6–4, before Adrian Lewis won 10–3 in the second round.[17]

Smith lost the first two sets of his first round match against Ronny Huybrechts at the 2015 World Championship without winning a leg. He went two nil up in legs in the next set but missed a total of five darts for it to be beaten 3–0.[18] He was unable to get past the last 16 of any event in 2015 and dropped out of the top 32 on the Order of Merit during the year, which meant he failed to qualify for the World Championship for the first time since the 2005 event.[19][20] He lost 6–5 in the first round of the 2016 UK Open to Jermaine Wattimena.[21] Throughout 2016 he failed to progress beyond the last 32 of a single tournament.[22] He was the world number 74 after the 2017 World Championship and entered Q School to try and win his place on the tour back.[23][24] One last 64 finish during the four days of play was not enough to do so and Smith only has a limited selection of event to enter in 2017.[25]

World Championship results[edit]

BDO[edit]

  • 1997: First round (lost to Geoff Wylie 2–3)
  • 1998: First round (lost to Les Wallace 2–3)
  • 2000: First round (lost to Co Stompé 2–3)
  • 2001: First round (lost to Co Stompé 1–3)

PDC[edit]

Performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
BDO World Championship 1R 1R DNQ 1R 1R DNQ No longer a BDO Member
Winmau World Masters DNQ 1R 3R DNQ 2R No longer a BDO Member
World Darts Trophy Not held 1R DNP RR Not held
International Darts League Not held RR DNP Not held
PDC World Championship Non-PDC DNQ 3R 2R 1R 1R 1R 3R 1R 1R 2R 1R DNQ
World Matchplay Non-PDC DNQ 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R DNQ
World Grand Prix Not held Non-PDC DNQ QF 2R 1R QF 2R QF 1R 1R 1R DNQ
Las Vegas Desert Classic Not held Non-PDC DNQ 1R 1R 1R DNQ Not held
UK Open Not held 2R DNQ 5R 4R 5R 3R 5R 5R 5R 4R 3R 3R 2R 1R
European Championship Not held DNQ 1R 2R 1R 1R DNQ
Players Championship Finals Not held 2R 1R QF 1R 1R 1R 2R DNQ
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.dartsdatabase.co.uk/PlayerDetails.aspx?playerKey=21
  2. ^ German Delight For Smith PDC.tv
  3. ^ "World Championship - Night Seven". PDC. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Speedy Services UK Open RD4". PDC. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Lewis whitewashes Thornton". Sky Sports. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Betfair World Matchplay - Night Five". PDC. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Minehead Qualifiers Confirmed". PDC. Retrieved 25 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "Cash Converters PCF Day One". PDC. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "Ladbrokes WDC Day Two". PDC. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  10. ^ "Speedy Services UK Open - Friday". PDC. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Andy Smith 2013". Darts Database. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  12. ^ "Ladbrokes World Championship Day 11". PDC. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  13. ^ "Coral UK Open - Friday Evening". PDC. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  14. ^ "2014 PDC Austrian Darts Open Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  15. ^ "Gutsy van der Voort's Austrian Joy". PDC. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  16. ^ "Andy Smith 2014". Darts Database. Archived from the original on 7 December 2014. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  17. ^ "2014 Players Championship Finals Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  18. ^ "William Hill World Championship Day Three". PDC. Retrieved 20 December 2014. 
  19. ^ "Andy Smith 2015". Darts Database. Archived from the original on 5 December 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  20. ^ "Andy Smith World Championship Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  21. ^ "2016 Coral UK Open Day One". PDC. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  22. ^ "Andy Smith 2016". Darts Database. Archived from the original on 12 November 2016. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  23. ^ "Order of Merit on 3 January 2017". PDC. Archived from the original on 3 January 2017. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  24. ^ "2017 PDC Qualifying School Entries". PDC. Retrieved 16 January 2017. 
  25. ^ "2017 PDC Qualifying School Day Four". PDC. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 

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