HOW DID ANDY FORDHAM ENTER THE DARTS SCENE?
The Bristol-born thrower entered the scene with a run to the BDO semi-finals in 1995 before finally claiming the trophy nine years later, following a stunning comeback victory over Raymond van Barneveld in the semis.
He beat Mervyn King in the final to add the world crown to his 1999 Masters title.
That set up a Sky Box Office encounter with PDC champion Phil Taylor, which saw Fordham retire mid-game due to health concerns.
Despite shedding a colossal amount of weight, his darts career began to slump and he took time off to re-hone his skills.
Fordham made a number of attempts to return to the top but his final tournament came in March 2018 with a failed go at qualifying for the Masters.