'Ruthless' James Richardson lived up to his nickname in the RDL1 where he not only took top spot in the league phase, but he went onto demolish pre-tournament favourite Jim Williams in the semi final, before taking home the title by beating 'crocodile dundee' 10-3 in the final. Richardson goes into RDL2 full of confidence and is looking to do the double header.
John Walton was one of the stars of the BDO circuit during the 2000’s and clinched a famous World Championship win in 2001 at odds of 50/1. The Yorkshireman twice returned to the quarter-finals of the event that decade in 2004 and 2009. The pickings have been slimmer since for Walton but if he can recreate the spirit of 2001 then no one wlll stop him here.
Alan Norris is a rare example of a player making a successful transition from the BDO to the PDC and will surely be one of the favourites for the 2020 Remote Darts League. Norris made the switch in 2015 and reached the World Championship quarter-finals the year later as well as the UK Open semi-final in 2017 and picked up the prestigious Best Newcomer accolade in 2016. His BDO career highlight was a runner-up appearance in the 2014 World Championship.
Paul was in good form in RDL1 where he finished second in the league phase. He went on to beat Tony O'Shea 8-3 in the semi finals before losing to James Richardson 10-3 in the final. 'Crocodile Dundee' will be looking to carry on his current form and go one better in RDL2.
2005 World Darts Trophy winner Gary Robson takes his place on the 2020 Remote Darts League line up and the 52 year old will be keen to recreate some of the legendary performances we witnessed from him at Lakeside. Big Robbo made the quarter-finals on three occasions at Frimley Green and famously beat Michael Van Gerwen there in 2007.
Wes Newton’s glittering CV makes him one to follow in the 2020 Remote Darts League. Newton mixed it with the best on the PDC circuit for nearly two decades and on three occasions reached the last eight of the World Championship. As well as starring at the end of year showdown the Warrior has reached the final of the UK Open (2011) and European Championships (2012).
Another player from Stockport taking part in the 2020 Remote Darts League is Darryl Fitton. The 57 year-old has switched between the BDO and PDC and was a victor in the 2016 BDO World Trophy when beating Peter Machin 13-9. Fitton has also proved a popular draw at Lakeside in the World Championship with three semi-final appearances, the most recent one coming in 2017.
'Silverback' is a three time BDO World Championship runner up and has played in 16 consecutive BDO World Championships. Tony was on top form in RDL1 where he beat the eventual champion James Richardson in the league stage. Tony went onto finish 3rd in the league and eventually lost in the semi's to Paul Hogan.
Not many players can claim to have thrown a 9-darter in world championship darts but Dean Winstanley can. The 39 year old famously brought the house down at the Alexandra Palace in 2012 when completing the legendary feat in a second round match against Vincent van der Voort. Winstanley was a PDC regular in the last decade wining Best Newcomer in 2013 and on top of that reached the BDO World Championship final two years earlier. His vast experience should stand him in good stead in the Remote Darts League.
The RDL1 pre-tournament favourite has had an incredible couple of years on the circuit. This year 'The Quiff' narrowly missed out on the big one where he was beaten in the BDO World Championships final 7-4 by Wayne Warren. Jim goes into RDL2 as the man to beat.
Richard Ashdown is Head Referee for the World Darts Federation and will be a familiar face to darts fans. The 41 year old was the Master of Ceremonies for the Lakeside World Darts Championship (2014-2019) and also works at PDC tournaments on a regular basis. ‘Little Richard’ has travelled the world MC’ing and refereeing darts events and will add to the entertainment of the 2020 Remote Darts League.