Fleetwood darts champion Jordan Brooks dreaming of the Winter Gardens

Fleetwood darts ace Jordan Brooks is keen to kick on from his first career title after winning the Scottish Open last month.  

Nicknamed ‘Sheriff,’ the 39-year-old has shot his way up the World Darts Federation (WDF) rankings, sitting top of the pile in the UK and Ireland thanks to his success.

Brooks beat fellow Lancastrian Martin Atkins 6-4 in the final at the Normandy Cosmopolitan hotel in Renfrew, Scotland last month and was confident going into the tournament decider.

Jordan Brooks said: “After getting through to the final, I went out for a meal and said to my girlfriend, ‘I’m going to win it tomorrow – I feel absolutely brilliant.’

“I felt so confident going onto that stage, it didn’t matter who I played I just knew I was going to win.”

And win he did, earning the champions prize of £3000, which the Fleetwood-man is putting back into his darts as he plans a tournament abroad.

Brooks with his prize money – (Credit: Jordan Brooks – Twitter)

“My original plan was to do one tournament a month,” he said.

“But after winning this, I’m able to branch out a little bit more and I’ve just booked my plane tickets to go to Denmark.”

Last year, Brooks was knocked out in the round of 32 by Swedish native, Henrik Sjöberg who has a Nordic title to his name, but the Lancashire lad is keen to make amends.

”I’ve got unfinished business in Denmark because I ended up going there last year without my darts.

”I ended up having to borrow someone else’s, managing to get to the last 32, but it wasn’t ideal,” said the dartsman.

Brooks in action – (Credit – Jordan Brooks)

Despite competing all over the UK and Europe, Brooks works on the docks when he returns home at a local fishery.

This gives him the opportunity to make some money before heading back out into the world of darts again.

While Brooks is relishing the spotlight, he isn’t the first title winner from the port town.

Wes Newton has featured in some of the biggest darts tournaments in the world, facing the biggest names in the sport, inspiring the up-and-coming arrow throwers of today – Jordan Brooks included.

”He is the biggest motivation,” the Scottish Open champion said.

”Everyone looks up to Wes around Fleetwood, he’s the biggest inspiration to us all in this town.

”And hopefully going forward I can be that inspiration to whoever comes through next.”

The coastal town sits in the corner of the Fylde and is down the road from a famous darts venue.

Blackpool’s Winter Gardens hosts the World Matchplay – one of the most known darts competitions – and Wes Newton has participated eight times in his career.

Newton’s nine-dart finish at the 2012 World Matchplay – (Credit – Professional Darts Corporation Youtube)

Brooks aspires to one day play on the famous stage, he said: “I think it would be more of a dream to play than Ally Pally (Alexandra Palace).

“I’ve been there to watch Wes, so many times and it would be bigger than anything for me, plus I’d get to sleep in my own bed.”