Michael Smith

Biography

Michael Smith made his Premier League debut in 2016 and believes he can be one of the very best in the business.

He has the drive, the ambition, the ability and the backing of a long-term sponsorship from Unicorn as he continues a journey that he is convinced will lead to ‘Major’ darts titles.

Add to that the support from one of the very best in the business – mentor and fellow Team Unicorn star Gary Anderson – and you can see why it looks like a recipe for success in the darting world.

The 23-year-old starlet from St Helens has already made a big splash on the big darts stages and a place in the top 32 and beyond that is recognition for his talent on the oche.

The 2013 PDC Unicorn World Youth Champion has already tasted success on the Pro Tour – a hugely difficult thing to achieve in the highly competitive world of the PDC and not many have won UK Open qualifiers or Players Championship events, or indeed hit three 9 darters in competition!

Smith has a darting pedigree which will be on display for all to see over the next 20 years.

“I truly believe that I will win TV titles,” he said. “That is not arrogance, but simply belief that I can do that. I feel there is very little point in playing darts at the very highest level unless you believe you can win the big events and that includes the World Championship.”

Smith has already played at the Alexandra Palace, the World Matchplay, World Grand Prix, Players Championship Finals and five UK Opens. He has achieved a lot in relatively short space of time, considering that he only picked up a set of darts when he was 15.

Unicorn Managing Director Edward Lowy was quick to spot the enormous potential. “At Unicorn, we are deeply proud of our achievements over the last 70 years, but it is the future of professional darts worldwide that excites us. Michael is part of that future.”

To win the World Youth Championship was a fantastic achievement......he had already won five Youth events leading up to the World Championship Final and he thrashed Ricky Evans 6-1 with a composed performance in front of a big crowd at the O2 Arena in May 2013, just before the Premier League Final.

“It is important to leave an impression,” Smith said. “I want to entertain and I think it is so important to have characters in this sport. I am not scared of playing anyone and I want the people who come and watch to go away talking about me!”

Smith is a self-confessed ‘darts addict’ who plays seven days a week! From the PDC Pro Tour weekends to local leagues and competitions, you will always find the young man playing darts somewhere!

He has been unlucky to run up against Raymond van Barneveld (3 times) and Phil Taylor in TV tournaments over the last couple of years but it is all about gaining the experience as he targets a place in the world’s top 10.

His two tournament victories on the Pro Tour came in 2011 and 2012....the breakthrough triumph was at Barnsley in a UK Open qualifier when Smith beat Dave Chisnall 6-5 in the final and then he claimed a prestigious Players Championship title in Spain with a 6-3 win against Justin Pipe in Benidorm.

Those 9 darters are also special to Smith....two came in PDC Unicorn Youth Tour events – one against Michael van Gerwen when he beat the Dutchman with an average of 139! In 2012, Smith hit another 9 darter against Jamie Caven at the Austrian Open.

It literally all started for Smith in the world of darts by accident.....as a 15-year-old, he fell off his bike at school and broke his hip....bored at home, he picked up some darts at the social club where his Dad was the steward....and that was that – he was hooked!

Just two years later Smith reached the final of the World Youth Masters, using Gary Anderson darts! To this day, he still plays with Anderson ‘arrers!

“Gary is my darting hero,” he said. “The first tournament I watched was the 2007 World Darts Trophy when Anderson beat Taylor in the final....so when he approached me with support and sponsorship it was a dream come true for me.”

“He is a great mentor and help and is always there for me. He is just a brilliant player and I am sure he will win more big TV titles,” Smith added.

Smith has beaten all the top darts stars in the world, except for just four! And he is determined to put that right over the next 12 months......they are would you believe Anderson, Taylor, Barneveld and Mervyn King.

He practices three hours a day at the same club – St Anne’s Social Club in St Helens - and is certainly putting in all the groundwork for a successful career in the PDC. Smith is young enough and good enough, that’s for sure! The support of his Mum and Dad – Sandra and Ian – has been vital over the years.

“I have a strong mind, the sheer determination and the will to win,” he said.

He has a tattoo on each hand....just one word – on the left it says ‘believe’ and on the right ‘achieve’ – and that says everything you need to know about Michael Smith.

Achievements

Gibraltar Darts Trophy Winner:2017
European Championship - Last 16:2015
World Grand Prix - Last 16:2015
PDC International Darts Open - Winner :2015
Grand Slam Of Darts - Semi Final :2015
PDC European Darts Trophy - Winner :2014, 2015
Premier League Debut:2016
PDC Players Championship Finals - Last 16:2012, 2015
PDC UK Open - Last 32:2010, 2011
PDC World Matchplay - Last 16:2014
PDC World Championship Quarter/Final :2016
PDC UK Open Qualifier - Winner (Barnsley):2011
PDC Players Championship Spain - Winner:2012
PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship - Winner:2013

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