Dockey – Stoke on Trent – 4

Excerpt from the book Sports the Olympics Forgot This book describes 40 sports that ought to be played but aren’t, because I made them up.

Once the player catches the dart in his board he is allowed to only take two further strides before coming to a halt, otherwise he will be penalized for travelling by the Watching Umpire. He then has ten seconds to get rid of the dart otherwise he will be timed out.

After the first game it was determined that every player should be fully up-to-date with their tetanus injections before they play, as there were a number of puncture wounds when players misjudged the flight of the dart and it landed in them rather than their dartboard.

The game gradually spread throughout the Potteries and the first Stoke championships were held in 1967 when the Port Vale Hurlers beat the Hanley Arms 1239 – 873 in the final. The biggest difference in this game was that the Hurlers played their best dart thrower, Adrian Taylor, up front and he took the majority of the throws at the board, even scoring two treble-twenties from the penalty spot.

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