Who was Andy Fordham?
Andy Fordham aka Andy “The Viking” Fordham was born on 2 February 1962, was an English professional darts player. He won the 2004 BDO World Darts Championship and the 1999 Winmau World Masters.
Andy Fordham Biography, Wiki
Andy Fordham was the eldest of four children and had a brother and two sisters. He grew up in Charlton, south-east London and attended Charlton Manor Primary School and Eaglesfield Secondary School. He was a keen track-and-field athlete in his younger days and was nicknamed ‘The Whippet’ at school.
Fordham was a huge fan of Scottish football club Rangers, and even paraded his BDO World Championship trophy before a game at Ibrox Stadium in 2004, he was also a fan of Millwall F.C. and paraded his trophy at half time at The Den.
|Full name||Andrew Fordham|
|Born||2 February 1962|
|Died||15 July 2021 (aged 59)|
|Home town||Charlton, London, England|
|Playing darts since||1982|
|Darts||21g Winmau ‘Viking Raiders’|
|Walk-on music||“I’m Too Sexy” by Right Said Fred|
Andy Fordham Death, Cause Of Death
A spokesperson confirmed to SunSport that Fordham passed away in hospital on Thursday morning after suffering major organ failure.
Doctors were amazed at his ability to fight his health issues but his death has left wife Jenny and their family heartbroken.
A favourite of the British darts circuit, the Viking won the 2004 BDO World Darts Championship during a prestigious career.
Fordham once weighed 31 stone and downed 25 bottles of lager a day before tackling his health issues. Despite shedding the pounds and battling, his darts career began to slump and he took time off to re-hone his skills.
Andy Fordham Wife JENNY
Andy and his wife Jenny met way back in the early 1980s and were engaged in 1982. But it wasn’t until 2000 that the couple finally tied the knot. The pair have two children together – Ray and Emily – as well as five grandchildren.
Andy Fordham’s Drinking Battle
Andy Fordham had always been known as a big drinker, making him a muched loved fan-favourite.
According to the Daily Mail Fordham once drank 62 bottles of Pils after celebrating he and his wife Jenny’s first wedding anniversary in 2001.
While appearing on Celebrity Fit Club in 2004, Fordham revealed he gave up drinking beer and replaced instead drank six bottles of wine a day while on a five-day stag do in Tenerife.
Despite his struggles he went on to win the programme’s biggest loser challenge, losing more than three stone in weight.
Andy Fordham Darts Career
Fordham made his first appearance on the stage at Lakeside in the 1995 BDO World Darts Championship and reached the semi-finals before losing to Richie Burnett. Another semi-final defeat followed in 1996, this time to Steve Beaton. On both these occasions, his victor then went on to claim the title. Second round defeats followed in 1997 (to Marshall James) and 1998 (to Raymond van Barneveld) before Fordham made it to the semi-final stage of the World Championship for third time in 1999, but was defeated by Ronnie Baxter.
His 2000 campaign ended in the quarter-finals at the hands of Chris Mason and his fourth semi-final loss in 2001 was to Ted Hankey. In 2002 and 2003 he went out in the first and second rounds respectively.
Fordham finally put an end to his “nearly man” reputation in the 2004 World Championship. His run saw him win his first match comfortably, 3–0 against qualifier Brian Derbyshire. He then beat former Masters champion Tony West 3–0, and teased a 9-dart leg in the third set. He defeated Darryl Fitton in the quarter-finals 5–4, and then stunned Van Barneveld, the defending world champion and strong tournament favourite, by recovering from 0–3 and 2–4 down to win the match 5–4, in what is still considered one of the most dramatic and exciting matches in BDO history.
In the final, Fordham defeated Mervyn King, hitting a 139 checkout to take the eighth set 3–2 when King had reached a double-18, and then recovering from 2–0 down in the next set to take it 3–2 with double-8, and win the match by 6 sets to 3.
Andy Fordham‘s BDO majors – best performances
|World Ch’ship||Winner (1) 2004|
|World Masters||Winner (1) 1999|
|World Darts Trophy||Semi Final: 2002|
|Int. Darts League||Semi Final: 2003|
|Finder Masters||Runner Up: 2001|
Andy Fordham’s Other tournament wins
Isle of Man Open
WDF Europe Cup Pairs
WDF World Cup Pairs
Andy Fordham FAQ’s
Who was Andy Fordham?
Andy “The Viking” Fordham (2 February 1962 – 15 July 2021) was an English professional darts player. He won the 2004 BDO World Darts Championship and the 1999 Winmau World Masters.
Who is Andy Fordham’s Wife?
Andy Fordham’s wife name is jenny.
What was Andy Fordham’s age when he died?
Andy Fordham’s was 59 years old when he died due to major organ failure.
What was Andy Fordham’s cause of death?
Andy Fordham’s died due to a major organ failure. He was 59 when he passed away.