Legendary darts champion Andy "The Viking" Fordham is as much known for his darts skills as he is for being the larger than life British sportsman the UK took to their hearts. Darts has taken him all over the world; parties in Vegas, beaches in Australia and many an hour in pubs across the land, which at one point saw him drinking over 80 bottles of beer in one night. A South East London boy, born and bred, this is recorded in Lisa and Andy’s mutual local pub, Blackheath’s The Royal Standard. On this episode we cover: Staying true to his South East London roots (Charlton born and bred) Finding fame strange But meeting lovely people Hating doing interviews! Some heroes he wishes he hadn’t met Ant and Dec being lovely Johnny Vegas being a great drinking buddy ‘Celebrity Darts’ with Rowland Rivron, Keith Chegwin and Johnny Vegas Trying to keep Johnny Vegas off the drink Darts and drinking going hand in hand Going too far with drinking Drinking 80 bottles of lager before going onto the spirits How life changes after winning the 2004 World Championship Not remembering winning due to alcohol Playing Phil Taylor at the Circus Tavern The hazard of having his own pub Representing the UK in Australia, Malaysia, South Africa, Switzerland Australia being the land of the ‘three B’s barbecue, beers and birds’ Legendary beach BBQs on Australian beaches Holidays to Spain and Cyprus with his parents Being very nervous on his first trip abroad for work (to the US) Touring LA, Laughlin Nevada and how Las Vegas is unbeatable Seeing Michael Buble in Vegas being one of the highlights of his life The competing American/Canadian pianists in a bar in New York New York Lisa getting engaged in Vegas The crack in the wing on the plane from Vegas (!) The man who fixed a plane with a rag in London City Airport Lisa being a nervous flying Being a Glasgow Rangers supporter Going to Naples with former goalkeeper Andy Goram Getting drunk at airports Being nervous on Celebrity Fit Club (not ‘fat club’) Being accused of spiking Ken Morley’s drink Reg Holdsworth from Coronation Street Finding Paul Ross (The Big Travel Podcast’s first ever guest) lovely Having a bit of a craic in Tenerife Going to Tenerife to get new teeth Needing a new liver (and then it recovering!) Recovering from a stroke His loyal sports friends Ray Stubbs and others Shanghai being the most exotic place he’s been to Watching whales in Durban, South Africa Going to some dodgy pubs Why darts should be in the Olympics How female darts players are upping their game How the pub life can be very hard Aiming to get back on top of the darts game very soon Playing darts on a London roof in a wind tunnel Watching incredible ski-jumpers in Norway Breaking his wrist in Holland (this is not good for a darts player) His wife Jenny and her fabulous Viking Jen Wellies How I’m Too Sexy became his walk-on song as a joke
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