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Phill 'The Ferryhill Flyer' Nixon loses cancer battle
TRIBUTES have been pouring in to darts star Phill ‘The Ferryhill Flyer’ Nixon who has died after a short battle with cancer.
It is understood the married father-of-eight, from Ferryhill, County Durham, passed away in the early hours of this morning (Friday, August 9), aged 57.
A tribute on the British Darts Organisation website read: “RIP Phill Nixon a true gentleman of our sport has sadly lost his battle against the big C.
“The Ferryhill Flyer as he was known to his friends took his illness in the same way that he did his darts, he fought till the very end.
“No more pain and suffering as you join the big darts team in the sky you will have many friends up there waiting to put you in their team.”
BDO officials sent their condolences to Mr Nixon’s wife, Suzanne, and the rest of his family.
Mr Nixon shot to fame in 2007 when, as a 150-1 outsider and after 20 years of trying, he reached the BDO World Darts Championship final at the Lakeside, in Surrey.
He narrowly lost the final 7-6 to Martin 'Wolfie' Adams and later that year was named overall winner at The Northern Echo's Local Heroes sports awards.
Mr Adams said: “I’d known him a lot of years before he came to prominence at the Lakeside in 2007.
“He was a great darts player, a great competitor and a very nice man with it.
“Sadly we’ve lost a very good man all-round in our sport, who was respected and liked by everybody.”
Also at national level, Mr Nixon reached the quarter finals of the Winmau World Masters in 2002 and 2012 and the semi finals of the British Open in 2004.
He represented Durham County for many years, played in the Durham County Super League, local leagues and supported charity events with personal appearances.
A spokesperson for the England Darts Organisation said: “Phill was always proud to pull on the England shirt and England were always pleased to have him in the team.
“Phill played seven times for England in full internationals, winning on five occasions, he also played three times in representative matches for England.
“Phill Nixon was one of the great characters in the game and will be sadly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of meeting him.”
Darts player and presenter, Bobby George, wrote on social media website Twitter: “So saddened to hear the news of Phill Nixon losing his fight against cancer.
“A lovely fun guy who will never be forgotten.”
In July, after Mr Nixon was diagnosed with terminal cancer, more than 20 of the sport’s biggest names took part in a charity match at Ferryhill Workingmen’s Club which raised £7,300 for cancer charities and Mr Nixon’s family.
Best man and doubles teammate, Gary Taylor, who organised the event, said: “The success of that night was down to his popularity.
“It was a very quick illness, he had cancer in three places which took him within weeks of diagnosis.”
Paula Richardson, landlady of the Eldon Arms pub, in Ferryhill Station, where Mr Nixon also played, said: “It is very sad. He was an absolutely cracking person, full of fun.”
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