Essex has four players in this years PDC World Darts Championship at Purfleet. Wayne Mardle from Romford and Steve Smith from Dagenham are both popular with the Circus Tavern crowd. They'll be hoping that the partisan backing will propel them to great things over the festive fortnight.
Chelmsford's Colin Lloyd is the world number one despite having won just two of the 'big' tournaments. 'Jaws', as he is popularly known, won the World Grand Prix in 2004 and the World Matchplay in 2005.
Disappointingly, Lloyd went out of the Workd Championship in the first round last year and is yet to reach the final with the semi-finals being his best run.
|"I don't think the Circus Tavern has seen the best of me"|
|World number one, Colin Lloyd |
He admits that he hasn't shown his best form at the World Championships: "I don't think the Circus Tavern has seen the best of me.....but I'm an Essex boy through and through, so I enjoy going there to play."
He spoke to BBC Essex's Glenn Speller ahead of the tournament. Click the link below to hear the interview.
Southend's Steve 'Magic' Maish broke onto the scene in 2004, reaching the third round of the World Championship. He then made the final of the Irish Masters in 2005 before losing to James Wade.
The former Southend United footballer also went out of the World Championship in the First round in 2005, but is ranked number 26 in the world and is expected to have a good run at Purfleet.
Maish feels confident about his fortunes: "This year I feel more confident because I've put more time into the game and practised more."
He also spoke to Glenn Speller in the build up to the Championship. Click on the link below to hear the interview.