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Somewhere up there, Jocky will beona cloud 9-darter now Gary has matched his two crowns; WORLD CLASS WILSON WAS ANDO FAN Cox:Wee man loved Scots glory.

Byline: Phil Lanning NUMBER ONE FOR DARTS

JOHN THOMAS WILSON will be standing on heaven's oche, supping a pint with that big gappy smile as wide as the Clyde.

One of Scotland's legendary sportsman has had his achievements matched by newly-crowned world champion Gary Anderson.

But somewhere up beyond the clouds, he will be on a cloud nine-darter.

Kirkcaldy oche icon Jocky was fiercely patriotic. Shortly before he passed away almost four years ago, his favourite pastime was watching Anderson play on TV.

It is truly frustrating that he has missed out on seeing his two world title wins emulated by the current darling of the Dartan Army.

In a bizarre twist, the man who knew Jocky best - his manager Tommy Cox - retired from the World Championships on Sunday night as that record was matched.

Cox was a founder member of the Professional Darts Corporation and without the Geordie, Barry Hearn's oche juggernaut wouldn't have got on the road over 20 years ago.

As Ando's Ally Pally arrow buried itself in the double 12 for the second successive year, Cox was the man best placed to give his verdict on Scotland's greatest players.

He said: "Jocky will be up there celebrating. No one was more patriotic than him. He wanted to win for Scotland more than himself.

"At one World Cup in Edinburgh he and Eric Bristow were about to go on stage and Jocky wanted to win so much for the crowd that he kicked Eric on the shin. He was in agony as their names got called to go on stage but that was typical Jocky, he didn't want to let the Scottish fans down.

"He liked watching Gary on TV as he couldn't get out in his latter days. He recorded a message for him and Robert Thornton for the Jocky Wilson Cup against England at Braehead a few years back.

"It was played to the crowd and the place was chanting his name. Sadly for Jocky, England won 6-0. But he'd be smiling now with another Scot kicking the English in their own backyard."

Jocky in his pomp was pure box office. His twitchy, lurching, snatchy style of darts made him the most unorthodox champion ever. This was in contrast to his peers of that era - Bristow, with his ultra-precise little finger raised action and Old Stoneface John Lowe.

Anderson has now won more than his idol - but who is the better - Jocky or Ando? Cox added: "I would say Jocky probably had a tad more raw talent. On his day he was unplayable but he could be awful.

"Gary is more consistent. He also needs to perform more than Jocky ever did. The world travel involved now is tiring.

Jocky wanted win so for the that he kicked on the "It was maybe a higher standard of players in Jocky's time with Eric, Lowey, Cliff Lazarenko, Allan Evans, Bobby George and Leighton Rees. But you could argue for this era being just as hard. What I will say is I don't think there's ever been a more popular champion than Gary."

Cox admits the sport is only going to get bigger. The World Championships were a sell-out and had record ratings on Sky - but the best is maybe yet to come.

He added: "We've maybe reached the ceiling in the UK but the progress is now in Germany and Holland plus we're breaking into Russia.

to much crowd "The next targets are the Far East and Canada. We need a player from those continents to hit the big time - and that will happen."

Eric shin." The arrows are even big in heaven now - thanks to one very happy John Thomas Wilson

Jocky wanted to win so much for the crowd that he kicked Eric on the shin


LEGEND Jocky Wilson in his heyday, main pic, Gary Anderson, far left, and Wilson with Tommy Cox, left
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Date:Jan 6, 2016
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