Ahead of the 2018 Grand Slam of Darts, which starts this weekend in Wolverhampton, lets relive the moment James hit his first televised nine-dart-finish during the same competition ten-years ago.
The event was shown live on ITV4 – the first time a nine darter has been seen live on free-to-air television in the UK.
What a week it’s been for James Wade, his family and #TeamWade fans around the world.
Following on from his success last weekend in Austria, where he was named European Champion. James went on to win his second major title this weekend at the bwin World Series of Darts Finals at the Multiversum in Vienna.
As play began on Friday afternoon for James it was a 6-3 win against Ross Smith that saw him safely move through to Saturday’s second round match against Mensur Suljovic and another 6-3 win to make it through to Sunday’s final day.
As the stage was set for the quarter finals it was James’ 10-5 win against Jamie Lewis that had #TeamWade fans believing that he could be bringing this home again.
As the semi-finals approached it was Wadey v’s Barney, following Raymond’s success and a 10-8 win against Michael van Gerwen in his quarter final match.
As they stepped up to the oche, our left-handed champion proved to the world of darts, he truly has new found motivation and a determination to reach the top with an incredible win 11-2 and a ticket to the finals once again.
As the scene was set it was fellow Englishman Michael Smith who was to be James’ opponent for the final match who, like James, had played some incredible darts over the course of the weekend, making his own way through a who’s who to reach the final stage.
As the match began, you could hear the cheers as James took an early 3-0 lead. Michael then proved, he too meant business, levelling the playing field to 5-5 at the second break.
As the legs continued, once again it was neck and neck at 7-7 before James landed a 112 check out to take the lead 8-7. Michael responded and went on to take the lead for the first time in the match 9-8.
As the final legs of the match began, it was clear that both men were determined not to give up without a fight. James was to lead the charge and turn the final back around breaking Michael’s throw to take a 10-9 lead.
As the competition was drawing to a close it was an incredible end to the match when James bust 121 and Michael levelled 10-10.
It was the gripping final leg that then brought fans to their feet and home and abroad – it was just too close to call and then… Wadey did it… double 18 for the win!
Daddy really can play darts Arthur and is bringing you home another trophy #justforarthur
James ranks sixth in the PDC Order of Merit. He will next be playing at the Grand Slam of Darts, where he reached the final in 2016. The match will take place in Wolverhampton in November and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports. For more information click here
Since James and his wife Samantha announced the birth of their son, there can be no denying that Wadey has some new-found motivation – commenting in interviews since Arthur James was born earlier this month “I have someone to play for now”.
That statement was never truer this weekend, when he proved there is no messing with ‘The Machine’ as he was crowned winner of the Unibet European Championship in Dortmund.
The tournament began for James on Friday afternoon, when he faced Martin Schindler, winning 6-3.
Saturday evening’s last 16 round saw Ricky Evans face our champion. Fans saw Ricky break the first leg, but James was to follow this up with seven straight legs, including four 14-dart finishes, and an overall 10-5 win to secure his place in the quarter finals.
It was England v’s Wales as James and Gerwyn Price stepped up to the oche on Sunday afternoon. A neck and neck performance was to follow but it was the dramatic decider that clinched the deal for Wadey 10-9.
It was then onto the semi-final’s where James was to meet Max Hopp. As play began, #TeamWade fans were wondering if the dream may be over as Max took a 9-5 lead. James fought back with style, winning six of the final seven legs and going on to take the overall win of 11-10.
As the scene was set for the final, Wadey was to meet Simon Whitlock, who had also played some very impressive darts and won some battles over the course of the weekend to win his place on this particular stage.
As play began, ‘The Wizard’ made a strong start with a 3-1 lead. ‘The Machine’ responded with three successive legs and a 4-3 lead before the leg by leg battle commenced resulting in 8-8.
It was then #TeamWade fans watching at home and abroad saw the true determination and concentration in James’ eyes to ‘do this for his boy’ by pushing forward with successive 13-dart legs.
With victory in sight, he did it, hitting the double ten to clinch his eighth major title.
Arthur, that one was for you! #forArthur … and your Mum of course.
James now ranks sixth in the PDC Order of Merit. His success this weekend has also secured his spot at the Grand Slam of Darts, where he reached the final in 2016. The match will take place in Wolverhampton in November and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.
James will next be playing this weekend, at the World Series of Darts Finals which takes place between November 2-4 at the Multiversum in Schwechat, Vienna and will be broadcast live on ITV4 and on PDCTV-HD. For more updates on this weekend’s championship, click here
Following a weekend of impressive wins at the European Darts Trophy in Germany, Sunday night saw James reach his fourth PDC ranking final of the year. This time, there was a new member of #TeamWade supporting James – his son, Arthur James Wade, who James and his wife Samantha announced had been born earlier in the week.
It was clear that Arthur was his inspiration with the world left handed champion commenting during interviews “I have got someone to play for now”.
James’ impressive performance began on Saturday evening when he beat Toni Alcinas 6-4 seeing him safely into Sunday afternoon’s third round match against Darren Webster, where he secured his place in the quarter finals, winning 6-3.
There was no stopping Wadey in the Quarters against world champion Rob Cross, which again saw James win 6-3.
As evening play continued, it was Richard North who stepped up to the oche to face James in the Semi-Finals with James winning 7-4.
As the finals approached, for the second time this year in the European Tour, it was James to play against world number one Michael Van Gerwen.
As the match began, Wadey fans were treated to an early leg lead when he landed a 95 finish to take a 2-1 advantage. As play continued, a bullseye-19-bullseye finish saw MVG go 4-2 up swiftly followed by an 82 finish from James to narrow the gap to 4-3.
An overall victory wasn’t to be for James as Michael then proceeded to take four legs back to back which saw James lifting the runner-up trophy.
James will next be playing this weekend, October 20-21, in the Players Championship double-header at the Barnsley Metrodome which will be broadcast live on PDCTV, for more updates on this weekend’s championship, click here
Today yet again saw some outstanding performance from James as he took part in the Players Championship at The Barnsley Metrodome.
Our world-leading left hander began the day with a 6-2 win against John Part, followed by a 6-1 win against Kevin Burness.
Next to face James was Paul Rowley, with Wadey’s steady wins of the day continuing when he took the win 6-2 and then went on to beat Wayne Jones 6-0.
It was seven-time televised title winner Wadey’s nine-darter against Michael Smith that raised the roof in the quarter finals, securing him a place in the semi-finals against Daryl Gurney, who finally ended the day as runner up in the final against Peter Wright.
James will next be playing this weekend in the Dutch Darts Championship which takes place at MECC in Maastricht, Netherlands.
The draw bucket will be held on 6th September and James’ first Match will take place in Saturdays Round 2, which will be broadcast live on PDCTV, for more updates on this weekend’s championship, click here
James and Samantha Wade were among a host of famous faces today at the annual PDC Fishing Championship held at Gold Valley Lakes in Aldershot.
The invitation only competition, which is in its 6th year, is made up of 32 men and woman from the World of Sport, Television and Celebrity.
This important event raises thousands of pounds for charity to ensure the PDC’s chosen charities can continue their outstanding work.
For updates on the event go to: http://www.pdcfishing.co.uk/
#TeamWade who had travelled to Las Vegas to watch ‘The Machine’ live on stage in the William Hill U.S. Darts Masters at Mandalay Bay and the Wadey fans watching on ITV from the comfort of their sofas were not disappointed this weekend as James, threw some great darts all the way to the semi-finals.
Friday’s opening game saw James take the lead from Danny Lauby 6-5.
The Machine proved he still has what takes producing one of his most dominant displays on the World Series stage at the quarter-finals.
James took an initial 5-0 lead over Michael van Gerwen and went on to deliver a crucial 161 finish to beat the world number one with an 8-3 victory.
It was game on in the semi-finals against Gary Anderson with James leading 6-2 before Gary levelled the playing field and it was back to our famous left hander to take it to 7-6 up.
As Wadey narrowly missed a 140 checkout and victory, it was once again neck and neck 7-7 before Gary took the deciding leg.
It was all the way to the finals this weekend for James in this year’s European Darts Grand Prix held at the Glaspalast Sindelfingen Arena in Germany.
Play began for James on Friday evening, where he saw off Max Hopp 6-4.
Success continued for James on Saturday evening, where his 6-4 win against John Henderson secured his place in the third round.
There was no stopping Wadey, who was on top form as he beat World Champion Rob Cross 6-5.
A 6-3 win in the quarter finals against Simon Whitlock and semi-final success against Danny Noppert 7-3 meant it was Wade v’s van Gerwen in Sunday night’s final.
A similar picture from last weekend’s semi-finals in Wigan, the two world top players took to the stage once more. Fans were on the edge of their seats following a tense start and a game which saw some impressive darts from both players.
A magnificent 121 checkout on the bull from James brought fans to their feet, but it was Michael’s 161 finish that clinched the title.
It was all the way to the semi-finals again this weekend for James on the PDC ProTour Players Championship Nine at Wigan’s Robin Park Tennis Centre.
Once again #TeamWade had reason to celebrate as James led his fans to the semi-finals with some impressive wins along the way:
James Wade 6 | 1 Jason Cullen
James Wade 6 | 5 Zoran Lerchbacher
James Wade 6 | 4 Gerwyn Price
James Wade 6 | 4 Ryan Joyce
James Wade 6 | 3 Daryl Gurney
As the stage was set for the semi-final’s it was time for two of the worlds best players to come face to face as James and Michael van Gerwen stepped up to the oche.
After a close run battle in the early stages of the game, Michael tipped the lead to the final with a 6-4 win.
This Easter Weekend saw the winning pattern for James continue once again as the second round of the European Tour began in Munich.
James’s first match on Saturday evening saw a 6-2 win against Madars Razma and a 6-4 win against Jelle Klaasen on Easter Sunday.
Monday’s impressive third-round 6-1 game against Michael Smith led James to the evening’s quarter-finals where he went on to beat Max Hopp 6-3.
The competition continued into the evening, where once again it was Wade v’s Wright in the semi-finals which saw Peter secure his place in the final in the best of 13 legs match 7-3.