Andy Hamilton ('The Hammer') - 07/08/2007

Full name: Andy Hamilton
Nickname: 'The Hammer'
Interviewed by: Vic

Firstly, true fans know you as 'The Hammer' - how did this name come about?
It all started when I used to 'hammer' the other lads at darts in the pub!

Who Introduced you to darts & how long have you been playing?
My dad introduced me to darts and I've been playing about 23 years.

When did you turn professional?
About 3 years ago, but I'm still semi-pro as I've got the pub!

Where did you play your very first match after turning professional?
As an amateur I qualified for Bolton 3 years ago, but as a pro it was the PDPA Players Championships in Scotland

Do you have a favourite or lucky venue?
Blackpool - the fans are respectful to the players there.

Do you ever get nervous before a match?
No, I never get nervous

What has been your biggest highlight so far?
2 actually, reaching the Semi Finals of the Matchplay at Blackpool and the Semi Finals of the World Championships in Purfleet, both last year (2006)

Do you have any superstitions?
No, none

How do you think the game has changed over the years?
I think quality wise, its better - the game is very strong at the moment.

Fans are important to any sport, if you could give a message to darts fans, what would that be?
Thanks for the support!

When you are up there playing - do you hear the fans?
Generally not really, but when there is one person who whistles or shouts - then yes I do.

Is there anyone else in the game that inspires you?
No - I get inspiration from myself!!

Before darts, what was the worst job you ever did?
I was a production operator, you had to work too many hours to earn a living!

Favourite TV Programme?
The Royle Family

Favourite Food?
Indian

Favourite Drink?
Budweiser

Which place would you most like to visit or have already?
Mexico

What do you get up to on your 'day off'
I don't really get a set day off, with the pub, there's always something to do - the books, or painting, as we are at the moment!

What makes you angry?
'The Missus'

What Makes you laugh?
'The Missus'

Blackpool or Dublin?
Blackpool

Beer or Wine?
Beer

Chelsea or Man U?
Man U

Cash or Credit Card?
Cash

J Lo or Jordan?
Jordan