MARTIN SMITH: Best of order for Scott Mitchell – a true people’s champion

Scott Mitchell celebrates with the trophy after defeating Martin Adams during the 2015 BDO Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships at the Lakeside Complex. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture Date: Sunday January 11, 2015. See PA story DARTS World. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire.
Scott Mitchell celebrates with the trophy after defeating Martin Adams during the 2015 BDO Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships at the Lakeside Complex. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture Date: Sunday January 11, 2015. See PA story DARTS World. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire.
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We football fans reckon we know a thing or two about glory.

The rags-to-riches stories and against-the-odds wins that make our game pretty special.

We also think that as fans we are a breed apart with a loyalty and passion for our sport that others just don’t have.

Cobblers.

If you want to follow a sport that’s in touch with its fan-base, packed with unbelievable characters, heartwarming tales and unassuming heroes you’re in the wrong game. Darts is the real people’s game.

What other sport can create the headline: ‘Landscape gardener wins thriller’ as the ‘dumpy Dorset digger’ won a tense BDO world championship final at The Lakeside - even the top venue sounds wonderfully like a holiday camp social club.

Darts has everything - excitement, unlikely champions, big and partisan crowds, dedication and skill, heroes and villains, great camaraderie and loads of beer. Sport at its finest.

After his stunning end to his win over superstar Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams - players even get to have a boxing-style nickname without having to endure the boxing bit to get it - Scott ‘Scotty Dog’ Mitchell froze with emotion.

All he could do was bow his head and fight back the tears. No strutting or peeling off the shirt to show his ripped torso - though you could have sold tickets for that too - the 44-year-old was simply overcome with emotion.

It wasn’t until beaten finalist Wolfie whispered a few words of wisdom into his ear that the new champion was able to acknowledge the nicely-fuelled rapture of his followers. Glorious, heart-warming stuff.

Ordinary people enjoying each others’ company, food and drink, the sport they love and the atmosphere they create between them.

Just like football - and any other sport come to that - at its best.

For Scotty it’s a dream come true. He remembers following the darts and the third round FA Cup draw as an eight-year-old back in his home town Bournemouth. After all the years playing in pubs and practising, practising, practising modest Scott Mitchell made good.

“I’m just a county player from Dorset who has played for England a couple of times and been here at Lakeside a few times,” said self-effacing Scotty.

“This is what the BDO can do for you. You can come straight off the street and be here.”

With his £100,000 winnings he’s going to buy his dad a new tractor. Top man.

Give order for Scotty Mitchell.