THIS SPRING, HIS & HERS MAGAZINE WAS INVITED TO INTERVIEW DARTS LEGEND, ERIC BRISTOW MBE, DURING HIS APPEARANCE AT SHOOTERS BAR IN LIVERPOOL.
Eric became famous for his sheer skill, unshakable self-belief and personality. Before meeting with fans of all ages, who posed for pictures, asked questions and even had the chance to challenge Eric to a game of darts at one of the North West’s most popular sports bars, Shooters (within the Bierkeller entertainment complex) we interviewed the legendary darts player, who was ranked world number one a record six times by the World Darts Federation as well as being five times World Masters Champion and four times World Cup Singles Champion. The darts veteran who retired in 2007 is now a commentator and he makes regular appearances to meet his fans.
Q. You’re known for making a lot of time to meet your fans around the world. Is this something you enjoy?
A. I’ve been travelling the world since I was 17 – I’ve been everywhere! It’s a great way to meet lots of new friends and to avoid getting into a rut. I’ve always enjoyed meeting new people through darts.
Q. As one of the most successful darts players in the world, do you have any advice for readers who want to be at the top of their game in work & in life?
A. Enjoy whatever you do and give it your best shot! And don’t let fear get in the way. I never had any fear! Remember that the first time you face a big challenge is the hardest. The first time I won a Championship was the hardest time. After that I knew I could do it and that knowledge gives you confidence. Remember: You are what you are and you can make yourself whatever you want.
Q. Did you have any daily habits which helped you prepare for key darts competitions?
A. Getting really good at anything takes time (unless you’re a genius!) Sometimes I would play on the board for four or five hours a day, but I loved it. If whatever you’re trying to get good at feels like a chore for you, you’re doing the wrong thing!
Q. Can you share one key success secret with His & Hers readers?
A. Self-belief and fearlessness. We weren’t put on this earth to worry. I used to tell my schoolteachers that I’d be the best darts player in the world. Once I’d won the World Championship for the third time, that was success for me. You can be lucky once, and to win twice you have to be good. Win three times and you’re in the legends book. It’s not all about being a professional, though – if you want to play in a local darts league, you’ll have a great time and meet new people. Success doesn’t have to be about championships and pressure is something you put upon yourself. The most important thing for me is that I’m happy and have done what I wanted to do.
Shooters Bar (the location for this interview) is within the Bierkeller Entertainment Complex, centrally situated in Liverpool ONE. The venue serves an array of craft beers and it is the go-to destination for the screening of sporting events on the huge flat screen. The venue has recently been given a new look, featuring artisan tiled flooring, industrial style light fittings, a sweeping bar area, pool tables and comfortable lounge style seating.
Shooters Sports Bar, 6 Thomas Steers Way, Liverpool, L1 8LW.
Tel. 0845 533 3000, www.shootersportsbar.co.uk