I was in Middlesbrough in 1970 the youngest of five boys. Like most teenagers in the 1980s from my area, my first love was Billiards, an area that created many World Champions, I was fast-tracked to the Teesside Friendly Men’s league, where I got my first taste of the game of darts.
My brother, Andy, was already an established player in the area and watched in fascination a high-profile game he played against the up-and-coming Darren Gamesby.
We played Billingham Social in 1985 but were one short at darts, after playing my Billiards game I played the last game of the night at darts hitting double thirteen to win, the pure excitement of sinking that winning double exceeded all experience I had on the green baize, I was hooked!
In 1986 I represented Cleveland Youth at Granby Hall in Stoke reaching the final of the team event.
I played the odd game here and there over the next 13 years without taking anything seriously, as by now I had met my wife to be plus my daughter was born in 1992.
My life was working in Housing Benefits by day and working behind a karaoke machine with ‘Rokin Robin’ by night
The defining moment in 1999 when I bumped into Albie Crane, my old darts captain, who asked if I was interested in coming back to Super League.
I played Greg Raines soon after and won with a sixteen average, I very nearly walked away then.
I practised 5 hours a night and was soon winning local league individual titles.
Then the eureka moment in 2007 when a friend, Collin Foxton, knocked on my door and showed me a dart set-up he built, I asked him to build another five, and created the hugely successful Teesside Ranking Events, where we would attend a
club in the Teesside area once a month, before a finals night in December. You can see the history of these events via www.freewebs.com/teesdarts
I was winning these competitions regular before winning the Cleveland Open, Teesside Open, and more importantly the Northumberland Open, I say this because when you are winning against the best of the North East you know you can play darts.
I decided to travel in 2011 on the BDO circuit complemented with winning the local competitions
Winning the Northern Ireland Open was a turning point in 2012 and started the avalanche of wins culminating in winning the major BDO Opens and Majors with 5 years.
2020 PDC PREMIER LEAGUE CHAMPION
After dominating the BDO from 2016 to 2019 and achieving all my goals with playing for my country I made the decision to join the PDC in 2019 after winning the Lakeside World Championships for the third year on the spin.
It was over before it started in the PDC when Matty Dennent missed three darts at thirty-two to end my entry at QSchool.
All eyes seemed to be on me when I went to my first Pro Tour but within a fortnight, I was a Pro Tour Champion and a runner up, a dream start. That dream continued for 18 months with semi-finals at the incredible World Matchplay at Blackpool beating MVG on route, Same story at the brilliant Grand Prix in Dublin before ending the year losing to Gerwyn Price in the quarter final of the World Championships. What a year 2019 was!
It just got better and better with the announcement of my participation in the illustrious Premier League.
The honeymoon period continued beating Michael Smith on the opening night before ending the campaign on top for thirteen of the 16 weeks before finals night.
The semi-final with Gary Anderson will be remembered for the mediocre quality of both players, I admit I bottled it, but got over the line, before cementing my success beating Nathan Aspinall in the final.
That decade from travelling on the BDO circuit in 2011 to PDC Premier League Champion was a fairy tale.
The story did not end there with nothing short of a career implosion following the Premier League win.
I am ready for the final chapter with a return to form in 2022 and a successful coaching school working with people of all abilities on a one-to-one basis looking at the mental side of the game, motivation, mentoring, supporting and the whole
preparation and practice required to improve your game.
It is also back to school for me as I study the sports science element of coaching.
2017, 2018, 2019
A true gentleman of the game of darts, Glen has had a realtively short but dynamic and multiple prize winning career in the game. Explore his website and find out more about Glen Durrant.