Andy Fordham...

Posted on November 11th, 2013

andy_fordham_the_vikingThe Viking

Andy Fordham is a darts legend and one of the most popular players of all time. He became a superstar in 2004 when he won the BDO World Championship and overnight the nation fell in love with this larger-than-life figure, his beard, his long hair and his charm. But behind the joyous celebrations, all was not well. Andy’s drinking – at least 25 bottles of beer a day – made his weight skyrocket out of control. He weighed 31 stone when he won the world title and over the next couple of years his health deteriorated while his playing suffered a dramatic decline. In January 2007, Andy collapsed and nearly died. Then the seemingly impossible happened and Andy turned his life around. Andy was born in Charlton, south east London, in 1962. He won the 2004 BDO World Championship and his autobiography, The Viking, was published by Pennant Books in September 2009.