New darts champ Peter Wright reveals daughter Naomi wants Sid Waddell trophy on the top table at her wedding next week

New darts champ Peter Wright reveals daughter Naomi wants Sid Waddell trophy on the top table at her wedding next week

01/05/2022

BIG SID will take pride of place on the top table at Peter Wright’s family wedding —  as he swaps dartboards for dad dancing.

Wright’s daughter Naomi, 28, gets married on Friday week and wants the Sid Waddell Trophy to take centre stage on the magical day.


Snakebite and his hairdresser wife Jo will BOTH walk Naomi down the aisle in Suffolk, less than two weeks after his second world triumph.

The Scot, 51, said: “We had a  discussion because the woman puts in all the work — so why is  the father the one who walks the  daughter down?

“It’s the woman that does 90 per cent of looking after the child,  giving birth and  going through all the pain.

“Why can’t the mum walk her daughter down the aisle as well?

“I’ll have my kilt on. I hope it isn’t snowing. I’ll be nervous on the day.”

Jo told SunSport: “My daughter has demanded it — she wants the trophy on the top table.

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“She now wants to use the day to celebrate his world title  and invite all his mates along.

“It’s in a converted barn. It’s local. I don’t know if we will do his hair on the day.”

In a tournament affected by three Covid withdrawals, Wright stayed safe, out of trouble and had the stamina to last the pace.

He regained the world title on Monday night with a 7-5 victory over Michael Smith at Ally Pally.

And he celebrated with a cup of tea — while eating half a tub of Sticky Rib flavour Pot Noodle!

It was in the summer last year that Wright said publicly he aimed to win the World Matchplay and then the Worlds.

At the time, many told him to shut his gob — but he has  certainly lived up to that promise and answered the critics.

There were no lucky pants this time, like there were in 2020 when he beat Michael van  Gerwen for a  maiden crown. Instead the Livingston- born ace wore lucky socks.

One of them depicted the clown Pennywise from the Stephen King   book and film It — and the other had an image of the former wrestler   Ultimate Warrior.

Wright laughed: “That’s me all over. I’m a crazy clown and I’m the Ultimate Warrior, I never give up.”

But darts’ most recognisable star — thanks to his colourful Mohawk and snazzy clothes — accepts he might not always be the crowd favourite this year.

The world No 2 said: “The fans like me because I wear crazy outfits and have crazy hair.

“But I think I’m getting booed now because I’m becoming an old stager and winning stuff.

“Everyone likes the underdog. The amount of sports I watch, I cheer on the underdog because you want them to win against the top players.

“There are no retirement plans. Jo won’t let me!

“While I can upset the class of players there is around, I’ll carry on playing.

“I can win another three world titles before I am too old — and get to five in total. Though by then I might have to get a Zimmer frame to jump across the stage.”

He has two more big goals for 2022 — lifting the Premier League title for the first time and also replacing Gerwyn Price at the top of the rankings.

Wright, who pocketed £500,000 for his Ally Pally win, said: “Being No 1 is on my mind. That is realistic now.

“I’m that close to Gezzy. I will also focus on the Premier League and see what happens there.

“Would I have been this good if Phil Taylor was still around? I don’t know.

“Or if Michael van Gerwen was on the form that we all know him for?

“I’d put myself maybe in the top five. But nowhere near as good as MVG and Phil Taylor.

“Without darts, I would probably be working in a garage — fitting tyres and exhausts, doing services and stuff.

“It was a good job, I enjoyed it. It kept me fit.

“I had proper tyres to fit on cars. Not the tyre round my belly!”

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