The Indoor League
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The Indoor League was a pub games competition series that was produced by Yorkshire Television and aired on the ITV network from 1973 until 1978, the programme was hosted by England cricketer Fred Trueman. The first series (1973) aired only in the Yorkshire Television region.
Trueman often wore a cardigan whilst smoking a pipe throughout his links. He always ended the show with the phrase, "ah'll see thee".
The show featured many indoor games, the majority of which were pub games, each of which had a prize of £100 for the competition winners. The sports included Table football, Shove ha'penny, Bar billiards, pool, skittles and arm wrestling amongst others. Among the commentators was Dave Lanning.
The show was produced by Sid Waddell, whose major success was to include a darts tournament. Darts coverage on television was in its infancy, with the News of the World Darts Championship having just begun to be broadcast on ITV. Waddell would later go on to become one of the voices of darts on television when the World Championship began in 1978.
In 2006 a DVD of the first series was released by Network DVD.
Darts tournament winners
- 1972 Colin Minton (beat Charles Ellis)
- 1973 Tommy O'Regan (beat Alan Evans)
- 1974 Leighton Rees (beat Alan Evans)
- 1975 Conrad Daniels (beat Cliff Inglis)
- 1976 Leighton Rees (beat Charlie Ellix)
- 1977 Tony Brown (beat David Rocky Jones)
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