Colin Osborne ('The Wizard') - 12/09/2007

Full name: Colin Osborne
Nickname: 'The Wizard'
Interviewed by: Sal

Firstly, true fans know you as The Wizard, who initially called you this & why?
It was Scotty (Scott Gibling, PDC Official marker) at my first comp ‚?? he told me I needed a nickname ‚?? came from my surname, The Wizard of Oz (as in Osborne)

Who introduced you to Darts & how long have you been playing?
Mom and Day, they always played, were good players too ‚?? so there was always a dartboard in the house. I remember the board being on a chair, so when I was a ‚??nipper‚?? I used to play, then I nicked the shoelaces from my brother to hang the dartboard up, raising it every time I got bigger!!

When did you start to play?
When I was a Nipper!

When did you turn professional?
After the 2007 World Championships, although I joined the circuit in

Where did you play your very first match after turning pro?
North East UK Open Qualifier ‚?? I got beat 5 ‚?? 3 by Alex Roy

Do you have a favourite or lucky venue you love playing at?
Bolton, because I got to the Semi Finals this year

Do you get nervous before your match, if so how do you cope with this?
Yes before a match but not when I‚??m playing ‚?? I usually have 3 or 4 ‚??bevvies‚?? before the match, oh and keep away from the wife ‚?? she makes me nervous, so I usually go off and do my own thing!

What has been your biggest highlight so far?
Reaching the Semi-Finals in Bolton this year and hitting 2 ‚??nine darters‚?? in competitions.

Do you have any superstitions?
I never used to but my wife put an Irish clover in the case, so I guess it stays there now ‚?? oh yeh ‚?? I always ‚??piss in the same pot‚?? at a venue now!!

How do you think the game has changed over the years?
The standard has improved, with the amount of money in the game ‚?? it‚??s the incentive to make people want to do well ‚?? you do need to be ‚??full time‚?? though

Fans are important to any sport, if you could give a message to darts fans what would it be?
Keep practicing and enjoy it ‚?? keep loving the game and coming and supporting us

Do you hear the crowd when you are playing?
No, I manage to block it out

Is there anyone else in the game who inspires you & why?
The Wife!! - and Phil Taylor ‚?? for what he has achieved, but I still believe that Barney is the best in the world at the moment!

Before darts, what was the worst job you ever did?
I did lots of jobs, but I suppose the worst was working in despatch in the warehouse at the KP crisp factory ‚?? I did enjoy it though ‚?? used to buy the crisps at 1p per bag (staff perks) then sell them on for a profit!!!

Favourite TV programme?
Only Fools & Horses

Favourite Food?
Indian - Jalfrezi

Favourite Drink?
Magners Irish Cider

Which place would you most like to visit or have you already?
Ground Zero in New York

What do you get up to on your ‚??day off‚???
I don‚??t have one, I practice 2 -3 hours every day.

What makes you angry?

What makes you laugh
Daft Jokes!! - see below!!

Blackpool or Dublin?

Chelsea or Man Utd?
Neither - Middlesborough

Beer or Wine?

Cash or Credit Card?

J Lo or Jordan?
J Lo

Last text received ?
‚??I went to the nurse this morning for my annual health check, she said ‚?? I think you should stop wan***g, Oh why? ‚?? so I can carry out this examination‚?? - naughty text from my mother in laws boyfriend!!!

Last Text sent?
By Who? F**k off I‚??m watching the match‚?? - to Scotty on the evening of the exhibition!!