70. Andy "The Viking" Fordham; Legendary Darts Champ on Bublé in Vegas, Whale Watching in Durban, BBQs in Australia and Glasgow Rangers

Released Thursday, 20th June 2019
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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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