Ted Hankey

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Ted Hankey
Personal information
Full nameEdward Hankey
Nickname"The Count"
Born (1968-02-20) 20 February 1968 (age 55)
Stoke-on-Trent, England
Darts information
Playing darts since1977
Darts16g Winmau Ted Hankey
Walk-on music"Be on Your Way" by DJ Zany
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO1996–2012, 2014–2020
WDF major events – best performances
World Ch'shipWinner (2) 2000, 2009
World MastersSemi-final: 1997, 2003, 2004
World TrophyQuarter-final: 2004
Int. Darts LeagueQuarter-final: 2003, 2004, 2006
Finder MastersRunner-up: 2004
PDC premier events – best performances
UK OpenLast 64: 2013
Grand SlamQuarter-final: 2011, 2013
Other tournament wins
BDO Gold Cup 1999
Belgium Open 2002
British Open 2010
Denmark Open 2003
Dutch Open 1999, 2003
England Open 2003, 2007, 2009
German Open 2002, 2003
IDPA Lakeside Classic 2008
Isle of Man Open 2011
Malta Open 1995, 1996
Norway Open 2004

Edward Hankey (born 20 February 1968) is an English former professional darts player. Nicknamed "The Count", he won the BDO World Darts Championship in 2000, was runner-up in 2001, and won the title for a second time in 2009. He moved to the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) tour in 2012, but suffered a stroke while playing Michael van Gerwen at the 2012 Grand Slam of Darts, and took three months away from the sport to recuperate. He lost his PDC tour card in 2014, when he was 94th in the world rankings, and returned to the BDO, where he failed to impress in the latter years of his playing career. In 2016, he made his last appearance in the BDO World Darts Championship, exiting after a 3–0 first-round defeat.

Hankey struggled financially in his later career and was declared bankrupt in 2018. In September 2021, he sexually assaulted a young woman who was aged over 16 but under 18 at the time. After pleading guilty, he was sentenced in May 2022 to two years in prison and placed on the sex offender registry for 10 years.

Darts career[edit]

BDO career[edit]

In the 2000 BDO World Darts Championship, after beating Bob Taylor, Steve Douglas, Kevin Painter and Chris Mason, Hankey whitewashed Ronnie Baxter 6–0 in the final, winning the match with a spectacular 170 checkout – the highest three-dart finish achievable. The final lasted only 46 minutes, the shortest in the tournament's history. In the semi-final v Chris Mason, he scored a championship record 22 x 180s in a match. (The next highest are 15 and 14, which he also holds, in matches v Tony O'Shea in the final and Martin Adams in the semi-finals respectively, both in 2009.) He also scored a record 48 x 180s during the 2000 tournament. Hankey reached the final again in 2001, but lost to John Walton 6–2. After this Hankey went through a fairly barren spell at the Lakeside and did not reach another major final or World Championship semi-final until his victory in the 2009 BDO World Championships.

In 2002, he was knocked out in the second round by Wayne Jones and suffered a first round exit in 2003 to 'Silverback' Tony O'Shea. Ranked number two for the 2004 tournament, he was defeated in the quarter-finals, again losing to O'Shea 5–1. This was a huge disappointment for a man who had won four Open events that year. Hankey again reached the quarter-finals in 2005, this time falling to England captain Martin Adams 5–3, despite at one stage in the contest having led by 3–1 in sets. In the 2006 tournament, Hankey had an uncharacteristic "bad day at the office", crashing out at the first hurdle to Dutchman Albertino Essers.

Seeded eighth for the 2007 BDO World Darts Championship, he defeated Mario Robbe of the Netherlands by 3–0 in the opening round. He then hit another 170 checkout in his tight 4–3 victory over qualifier Davy Richardson, before losing to Adams, again by 5–3, although he had several darts to remain in the match. Despite this setback, Hankey remained positive and upbeat about his darts future after the game. He achieved the 9-Darter in the Scottish open 2011.[1]

"Oche rage" problems[edit]

Hankey won his first round match of the 2008 BDO World Championship over Steve West 3–2. He twice found himself behind in the match, recovering from 1–0 and 2–1 down to win the final two sets in succession. Afterwards, Hankey attributed his erratic form to a minority of the crowd which had jeered him throughout the match. Despite this, his campaign for a second BDO world crown remained on course as he defeated Andy Boulton in the second round. He then lost in the quarter-finals to Australian Simon Whitlock 0–5. Again, he expressed his disaffection with elements of the crowd for displaying poor order during the game. Midway through the contest, however, Hankey himself had received a warning from match referee Barry Gilbey, for punching the dartboard as this was deemed unsporting and contrary to the tournament promoter's code of conduct. After the match, an emotional Hankey informed the BBC's Ray Stubbs that he was considering quitting the game and needed to assess his future.

The following day, however, he clarified his future plans in a frank BBC interview with Stubbs and Bobby George. Although hugely disappointed with his performance against Whitlock, he indicated that his future still lay in darts and vowed to return after a month-long sabbatical, during which time he was to work on and refine a number of fundamentals to his game.

However, controversy continued to follow Hankey during the BDO International Open (formerly the England Open) on 15 June 2008. During a quarter-final match with former PDC player Robbie Green, Hankey complained about the air conditioning being turned on. However, Hankey requested the air conditioning be turned off, as his much lighter darts were affected mid-flight, causing them to drift. This caused yet another erratic reaction from Hankey who threw his darts onto the board without much thought. Commentator David Croft labelled Hankey's latest antics as 'ridiculous'. Hankey went on to lose the match 2–1 in sets in the deciding leg.

Second world title and final seasons[edit]

In the 2009 BDO World Championship, Hankey revealed close friends and fellow dart players, including O'Shea and Gary Anderson, had told him he needed to "get his act together" if he ever wanted to play top-class darts again. He revealed he had been consuming a large amount of alcohol before commencing play and generally not taking himself seriously as a darts player.

Hankey began the 2009 Lakeside Championships with a first round victory over close friend Brian Woods. The scoreline of 3–0 in sets was telling, as Woods had suggested before the match that Hankey would be "lucky to get nil!". He then went on to win the Championship, beating his problems with "oche rage" as well as opponents such as former World Champion Walton and England darts team captain Adams, winning the final 7–6 in sets against O'Shea. Hankey led 4–2 at the interval, but missed several darts to win the match at 6–5, but he finally closed out the match 3–1 in the final set.

PDC career[edit]

As a result of his world title win, Hankey was invited to the 2009 Grand Slam of Darts, which is organised by the PDC. He accepted the invitation and was drawn in group E with Scott Waites, Wayne Mardle and Simon Whitlock. He lost his opening group game 3–5 to Waites, but once more the crowd got under Hankey's skin, calling out and booing while he was throwing which visibly upset Hankey. Hankey later stated in an interview on ITV4 that he was not very happy and said "if that's the darts you want to play, then keep it" and also called for more crowd order in the PDC. Hankey went on to win against Wayne Mardle but was defeated by Simon Whitlock 5–4. Hankey did state afterwards that he would like to play at the Grand Slam of Darts in 2010.

After his outburst at the Grand Slam of Darts Hankey was fined £250 for his actions.

In the 2010 BDO World Darts Championship Hankey beat Gary Robson 3–0 and Willy van de Wiel 4–1 before being knocked out of the competition in the quarter-final by Dave Chisnall with a scoreline of 5–4 on sets, despite at one point leading 4–1.

In the 2010 Grand Slam of Darts he defeated Phil Taylor 5–4 in the group stages, giving him 2 wins out of 2. He then went on to defeat Michael van Gerwen, also 5–4, to proceed to the knockout stage of the competition. As the competition progressed the crowd began to get under the skin of Hankey once more, again booing as he threw his darts and ignoring requests from the referee to quieten down during the throws. Hankey was knocked out of the competition by Steve Beaton in the first knockout stage. During the match he won a potentially crucial leg and after pumping his fist and shouting "Get in there" he proceeded to make a prolonged outburst at the crowd. In the post-match interview he was particularly scathing of the crowd and the organisers for not controlling their behaviour, describing the crowd as "a bunch of muppets". Despite getting an initial warm response from the crowd (and Hankey was seen smiling and taking the pantomime booing in good spirit) Hankey indicated after last year's defeat that he would not return for the 2011 event should he indeed qualify for it.

Hankey had a mixed year on the BDO Circuit. He won the Isle of Man open but was unable to follow that up. Although he did get to the semi-finals of the English Open.

Hankey qualified for the 2011 Grand Slam of Darts. In October, Sky Sports put him as top billing for the tournament. He managed to win 2 of his 3 group matches to qualify for the last 16. He played Michael van Gerwen with this time the crowd on his side. He won the match by 10 legs to 9 before losing narrowly against Mark Walsh 14–16, after making a comeback from a 9–15 deficit.

In the 2012 BDO World Darts Championship, Hankey defeated newcomer Clive Barden 3–2 in sets, then the man who knocked him out of the previous year's tournament, Scott Waites 4–3 to qualify for the quarter-final. In the quarter-final, Hankey defeated Martin Atkins 5–1. In the semi-final, Hankey led against débutant and eventual champion Christian Kist 5–3 and had a dart at bullseye to win 6–4, but Kist recovered to win the match 6–5.[2] After the match Hankey announced he did not plan on returning to Lakeside the following year and would instead join the BDO's rival organisation, the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC). Hankey also controversially suggested that the air conditioning was deliberately turned on when he was throwing for the match in the tenth set so as to prevent him from leaving the BDO as World Champion.[3]

Return to PDC[edit]

The day after Hankey's announcement that he was leaving the BDO, the PDC announced on its website that it was offering two-year tour cards to the 2012 BDO World Darts Championship semi-finalists. This meant that Hankey automatically received a tour card to play in the PDC and its Pro Tour, rather than having to play through the qualifying school tournament (usually a requirement to all new PDC players).[4] His first event on the tour was the opening Players Championship of 2012, The Spanish Darts Trophy, where he lost 4–6 to Matthew Edgar in the preliminary round.[5] Hankey then won his first matches in the PDC by defeating Steve West 6–5 and Toon Greebe 6–1 in the first UK Open qualifier in Crawley, before losing 6–4 to Connie Finnan. In May, Hankey had his best finish on the tour to date, reaching the last 16 of the Players Championship Event 5, losing 1–6 to Raymond van Barneveld.[6] In his first major event on the tour, the UK Open, Hankey beat qualifier Danny Dutson 4–0 and Andy Jenkins 4–1, but then lost to his old BDO rival Mervyn King 1–4 in the second round.[7]

Health concerns[edit]

Hankey was drawn in Group B of the 2012 Grand Slam of Darts with Michael van Gerwen, Robert Thornton and Steve Beaton.[8] He was whitewashed 0–5 by Thornton but defeated Beaton 5–3 to stay alive in the group.[9] However, requiring a 5–0 or 5–1 victory over Van Gerwen in his last game to have a chance of progressing, Hankey visibly struggled with a three-dart average of 59, missing five successive shots at a single in the first leg (including two that missed the board completely) to set up a double. Hankey was then seen rubbing his left eye repeatedly and losing his balance, and Van Gerwen eventually won the match 5–0 with a 90 average. Two days later it was revealed that Hankey had suffered a 'stroke', had very high cholesterol and diabetes and needed six to eight weeks' rest, which ruled him out of the qualifier for the 2013 World Championship.[10][11]

Return to the oche[edit]

Hankey returned to competitive darts for the first time in three months in February 2013, in an attempt to qualify for the first European Tour event of the year, the UK Darts Masters. He beat Wayne Atwood in the last 96, before losing 3–6 to Keith Rooney.[12] He produced encouraging displays at the second Players Championship by beating John Henderson 6–3, world number 15 Paul Nicholson 6–5 and world number four James Wade 6–1 to reach the fourth round. Hankey faced Dennis Smith and lost 5–6, missing one dart for the match in the deciding leg to play in his first PDC quarter-final.[13] Hankey qualified for the UK Open and beat Bernd Roith and Dave Weston before seeing a 3–1 lead turn into a 4–9 defeat in the third round to John Part.[14] He qualified for his first European Tour event in July but was forced to withdraw from it in September due to whiplash injuries suffered in a minor car crash.[15] He returned for the Grand Slam of Darts and lost 5–3 in his opening group game to Scott Waites.[16] However, Hankey produced a superb performance in his next game against Dave Chisnall as from 3–3 he hit a 170 finish and then scored 177 in the next leg to set up 32 and a 5–3 win.[17] He then defeated 2013 World Youth champion Michael Smith 5–1 in his final game to progress to the knock-out stages, where he faced Simon Whitlock.[18] Hankey made an amazing fightback from 6–1 down to win 10–9 and reach the quarter-finals of the event for the second time in his career.[19] He played Waites once again and his run came to an end with a 16–10 defeat.[20]

Return to the BDO[edit]

Hankey's two-year tour card expired after the 2014 World Championship and with him being ranked world number 94, well outside the top 64 who retain their professional status, he lost his position in the PDC.[21] He registered to Q School, but withdrew from the event before it began.[22] It was announced soon after that Hankey had decided to end his unsuccessful stay in the PDC and would return to the BDO.[23] In his first season back in the BDO, his best results were two quarter finals as he narrowly failed to automatically qualify for the Lakeside, being ranked 29 in the BDO (top 28 qualified). He also failed to qualify for the Masters, Lakeside and the World Trophy in the qualifying tournaments held in Hull. In 2015 he qualified for the 2015 BDO World Trophy but was beaten in the first round by Sam Hewson 6–4. After the match he provided commentary with John Gwynne for the rest of the tournament.

Personal life[edit]

Hankey has three children.[24] Following a stroke in 2012, his earnings from tournaments declined and he was declared bankrupt in June 2018.[25] As of May 2022, he and his wife were in the process of divorcing.[24]

Conviction for sexual assault[edit]

In March 2022, Hankey was charged with sexual assault; the prosecution said his female victim was over 16 but under the age of 18.[26][27] The incident took place in September 2021 and was captured on film.[24] He pleaded guilty to the charge on 14 April 2022 and was released on conditional bail.[27] On 12 May 2022 at Chester Crown Court, he was sentenced to two years in prison and placed on the sex offender registry for ten years.[28]

Career finals[edit]

BDO major finals: 4 (2 titles, 2 runners-up)[edit]

World Championship (2–1)
Zuiderduin Masters (0–1)
Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score[N 1]
Winner 1. 2000 World Championship England Ronnie Baxter 6–0 (s)
Runner-up 1. 2001 World Championship England John Walton 2–6 (s)
Runner-up 2. 2004 Zuiderduin Masters Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 1–5 (s)
Winner 2. 2009 World Championship England Tony O'Shea 7–6 (s)
  1. ^ (l) = score in legs, (s) = score in sets.

World Championship results[edit]


Performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
BDO World Championship DNQ QF 2R W F 2R 1R QF QF 1R QF QF W QF 1R SF DNP 1R DNQ
BDO World Trophy Not held DNQ 1R 1R DNQ
International Darts League Not held QF QF 2R QF DNP Not held
World Darts Trophy Not held 2R 1R QF 2R 1R DNP Not held
Winmau World Masters 2R 3R SF 4R 2R 2R 3R 4R SF SF 4R 4R QF 6R 6R QF 2R DNP 4R 3R 4R 4R 1R
Finder Darts Masters Not held RR QF QF QF F SF NH RR RR RR QF DNP RR DNP
UK Open Not held DNP 2R 3R DNP
Grand Slam of Darts Not held DNQ RR 2R QF RR QF 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


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