Phill Nixon

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Phill Nixon
Personal information
Full namePhillip Nixon
The Ferryhill Flyer
Born(1956-03-13)13 March 1956
County Durham, England
Died9 August 2013(2013-08-09) (aged 57)
Ferryhill, County Durham
Darts information
Playing darts since1976
Darts24g RedDragon
Walk-on musicWe Will Rock You by Queen
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO1987, 1999-2012
BDO majors - best performances
World Ch'shipRunner Up: 2007
World MastersQuarter Final: 2002, 2012
World Darts TrophyLast 56: 2007
Int. Darts LeaguePreliminary Round: 2007
Finder MastersLast 24 Group: 2007
PDC premier events - best performances
Grand SlamGroup Stages: 2007, 2008
Other tournament wins
Mill Rythe Darts Festival2004
Updated on 9 August 2013.

Phillip "Phill" Nixon (13 March 1956 – 9 August 2013) was an English darts player from Ferryhill, County Durham. He was the runner up in the 2007 BDO World Darts Championship in his first appearance.[1]

Darts career[edit]

Before the 2007 BDO World Darts Championship, 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 trailed 0-6 in sets 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 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 4-5 to James Wade in his first group game. He then defeated 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 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.

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.[2]

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.

Cancer and death[edit]

Nixon was diagnosed with cancer of the liver, lung and stomach in June 2013. He died on 9 August 2013.[3] Both the BDO and the PDC paid tribute to Nixon after his death.[4][5] His funeral was held on 23 August 2013.

World Championship results[edit]


Career finals[edit]

BDO major finals: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score[N 1]
Runner-up 1. 2007 BDO World Darts Championship England Martin Adams 6–7 (s)
  1. ^ (l) = score in legs, (s) = score in sets.

Performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
BDO World Championship DNQ F 1R DNQ
Winmau World Masters 3R RR 2R QF 2R DNP 3R 5R [N 1] 3R 4R 1R DNP QF
Zuiderduin Masters NH DNP NH RR DNP
World Darts Trophy Not held DNP Prel. Not held
International Darts League Not held DNP Prel. Not held
Grand Slam of Darts Not held RR RR DNQ
Performance Table Legend
DNP Did not play at the event DNQ Did not qualify for the event NYF Not yet founded #R 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 F lost in the final W won the tournament
  1. ^ Played at the Grand Slam of Darts


  1. ^ "Darts: Durham hopeful takes aim",, 13 January 2007; retrieved 14 January 2007.
  2. ^ Darts Wives are thrown into a spin article from The Times
  3. ^ "Phill Nixon: Former BDO World finalist dies, aged 57". BBC Sport. BBC. 9 August 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 August 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 August 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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