CHRIS DOBEY used to place out visitors cones for a dwelling — tonight he plans to place a roadblock on Phil Taylor’s profession.
The world No 38 might convey the curtain down on The Energy with a shock first-round win.
Extremely it was solely 13 months in the past Northumberland-born Dobey turned to darts full-time after years working lengthy hours on a few of Britain’s busiest roads.
Dobey, 27, stated: “Earlier than the Grand Slam in November 2016, I completed work to focus on the TV competitions and I’m simply doing darts now.
“I labored in visitors administration, placing the cones out on motorways across the north-east.
“We might do 12-hour shifts, say 6pm to 6am.
“You’d try this for a few weeks after which change shifts.
“It was messing with my darts an excessive amount of, so I simply needed to give in ultimately.
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“Individuals would offer you grief with the cones however it was our job, we can not do the rest.
“One among my mates obtained cans of pop and apples thrown at him or Pot Noodles, one thing like that. It’s a robust job.”
Dobey is showing in his second PDC World Championship, having reached the final 32 on his debut 12 months in the past. In simply 5 majors, a Grand Slam quarter-final is his greatest return.
However he would go down in historical past if he beats retiring 14-time champ Taylor for the ultimate time on the world stage.
Dobey stated: “I can’t wait, will probably be sensible. Phil is a legend, it’s the draw I wished.
“If I do beat Phil, will probably be simply the beginning for me. It’s a win-win. Everybody will anticipate Phil to win and I’ll be the underdog once more.
“However I’ve proved a number of occasions that I’m able to beat the favourites.
“What Phil has completed within the sport is phenomenal.
“It’s a must to neglect that if I win will probably be his final sport. I’ve to go up there, play the board and deal with my sport.”
Dobey’s nickname on the oche is Hollywood and he walks out to Kanye West’s The entire Lights.
He laughed: “It began off as a bit joke. I used to play darts sporting what I wished.
“Then somebody shouted: ‘Who do you assume you’re — some form of Hollywood star?’
“It simply caught. It’s a silly cause! In all places I went, everybody would say: ‘Hollywood, Hollywood’.
“I’d put on shorts, or a baseball cap, no matter I felt comfy in.”