Bullyboy Michael Smith is widely renowned as one of the hottest talents in world darts. A future world champion, England star and world number one in the making. But it is a career that started by accident.
As a 15-year-old schoolboy, ‘BullyBoy’ slipped off his bike breaking his hip in the process. Smith spent much of his time indoors due to the accident and this was when he picked up his first set of darts. Just two years on from breaking his hip, Smith was crowned a BDO World Youth Master as he continued his rise to prominence.
Just five years later, Smith broke into the top 32 of the PDC order of merit, joining the world’s elite as he vied for a place in the PDC’s premiere competitions. As a 23-year-old Smith would square off with darting great Phil Taylor in at the Alexandra Palace, putting his name back in Spotlight after recording an astonishing 4-3 victory over ‘The Power’, but Smith was far from done.
He later survived the steep learning curve of the Premier League in 2017, he would return with a reinvigorated mindset in 2018. He would stick with world number one Michael van Gerwen until the final week, securing his place at the O2 Arena.
Having fought past mentor Gary Anderson in the semi-finals, Smith would succumb to an untouchable van Gerwen in the finale as ‘The Green Machine’ averaged 112.
Van Gerwen would again be the stumbling block in the 2019 PDC World Championship final. Having defeated inspired young duo Luke Humphries and Nathan Aspinall on route, van Gerwen would produce his finest darts at the pivotal times to end Smith’s dreams for another year.
Rob Cross was the stumbling block to winning the 2019 World Matchplay at Blackpool Winter Gardens. ‘BullyBoy’ was 9-0 down at one point and fought his way back in superb style. In the end he lost 18-13 to the former World Champion.
But after nearly a decade on the darting scene, one thing we have learnt is that ‘BullyBoy’ is a fighter, his never say die attitude has earnt him stacks of success at the summit of the sport. He will be back stronger.
(Just for fun)
Q1. Favourite Venue? – Ally Pally
Q2. Favourite Double? – 10
Q3. Favourite Player? – Gary Anderson
Q4. Favourite Music? – Boyce Avenue
Q5. Sporting Hero? – Ronnie O’Sullivan
Q6. What would you be if you weren’t a player? – Joiner
Q7. Best advice you were given? Always believe in yourself
Q8. Where would you like to go that you’ve not been? Alaska
Q9. Earlybird or Night Owl? – Night Owl