Eric Bristow, known also by his nickname “The Crafty Cockney”, is a former professional England darts player. He is widely considered to be the most successful darts player of the 1980s, having retained a number one title in the world rankings for seven years, beginning in 1980 and ending in 1987. Having been awarded an MBE for his services to sport in 1989, the peak of his career had been reached a few years earlier, and it was revealed in November 1986 that Bristow suffered from Dartitis – a condition in which he found himself unable to let go of his darts properly. Whilst this affected his overall his darts career, it did not hinder his knowledge and expertise of the sport itself, and he went on in the late 1980s to mentor Phil Taylor. Taylor is now considered one of the greatest darts players ever, with credit for this achievement going in part to Bristow’s influence. In 2012, Bristow appeared on the ITV show “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here”, where he finished fourth out of twelve celebrities.