10-06-2012

If proof was needed that anything is possible in sport, then just watch a replay of Robert Thornton’s historic Speedy Services UK Open win.

The Scotsman was initially 250-1 to win the competition outright and overcame Mark Webster, Dennis Priestley, Gary Anderson, Wes Newton, Dave Chisnall and the small matter of Phil Taylor to win the Speedy silverware.

It isn’t often a player can claim to be underdog in every single game, and even rarer to see him make such easy work of 55 PDC major winner Phil ‘the Power’ Taylor, winning 11-5. 

The Thorn was 3-2 down at one point but managed to hit back with six legs on the trot to move on the brink of victory, and once the ad-break had come and gone with the score at 10-5, Robert remained icy cool to hit a glorious 121 finish.

Speaking to Speedy Services after the game, he said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have won and want to thank my family for their love, not to mention my manager Jason Thame at Modus Darts for his support. “I should have put a tenner on myself shouldn’t I, at 250-1 odds!”

Robert also singled out a special supporter for spurring him on to glory right the way from his first game against Welshman Webster…His granddaughter’s little teddy bear. “I’ve taken the teddy everywhere and it will be coming with me everywhere from now on,” added ‘Rab’ who moves to 23rd place in the ranking in the process.  A second success story was darts fans’ reaction to Speedy’s engagement with them throughout the competition, on twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Group marketing director Steve McIntyre said: “Our sponsorship of the UK Open has been a phenomenal success. “After last year’s association with the event we knew we’d be doing well to reach our levels of interaction, but we’ve actually surpassed it and forged some lasting relationships that we hope will last a long time.”  Speedy Services will shortly be creating a Champagne Moment award for fans to vote on in the coming weeks, while other initiatives as giveaways will also be in the pipeline over the coming weeks and months.

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