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In Memory of Angus Ross

By Jim MacNeil

Angus was born in 1953 and spent his formative years on the Auchentoul Estate where his father was a gamekeeper, an occupation that Angus would eventually follow in his father’s footsteps. He won his first local junior event at the age of eleven and it was not long before he was beating the seniors too.

His early local darts successes were representing Castletown, some 36 miles from his home, and they became a feared team in Highland circles, never far from the winners podium. Eventually Angus’ exploits spread throughout the North and he started playing for Northern in the Inter Counties league which would then lead him to International status. When Northern withdrew from the County set-up Angus was forced to travel to Aberdeen to represent Grampian to maintain his International status and indeed most of his International honours came as a result of a Grampian team shirt.

His International career started in 1979 and he played 16 times for his beloved Scotland, winning 9, and also a World Cup in New Zealand 1981 and two Europe Cups in Wales 1980 and England 1982. Who could forget that magic moment when he defeated the then World No.1 Eric Bristow 3-2 in his debut International match in Newcastle and Angus was caught on camera leaping into the air on stage in celebration. Truly a magic moment.

Angus had a truly magical period in 1979/80 when he won almost everything he entered including the NDAGB Doubles, the Gold Cup Doubles, both with long time darts partner George Bain, the Scottish Singles, the Scottish Doubles and every title available both in his local league and in the North of Scotland Area.

I was fortunate enough to be part of a party which attended the Mediterranean Open at Torremolinos in 1980 when Angus took the title to great celebration defeating Hertfordshire’s Les Rothwell 2-0 in the final. The camaraderie and craic generated at this event was talked about for many years after.

Angus played at the highest level and briefly gave the professional circuit a go in 1981, unfortunately this meant leaving his beloved moors and hills in Scotland and taking up residence in Manchester. While there he widened his circle of friends playing super league and pub darts wherever he could. However the lure of the Highlands was too strong and Angus eventually moved back North about a year later where he more or less let darts take a back seat for a while.

Other major events involving Angus were the 1980 Nations Triples in London when partnered by Jocky Wilson and Rab Smith and the Unipart World Matchplay with Alistair Forrester and Rab Smith where Angus hit an eleven dart leg, the fastest of the tournament, before losing 7-2 to England in the semi-final.

Angus, Jocky and Rab returned in 1982 for the Nations Triples and defeated England in the final with Angus hitting the winning dart against Cliff Lazarenko.

Angus won the Guinness Golden Darts Doubles with Jocky Wilson in 1979 and appeared as a professional player in the Bronze Bully section of Bullseye scoring 179 for the charity.

In the past few years however Angus made a return to attending competitions and renewed his connections with County darts representing Highland several times.

However apart from his undisputed darts genius Angus was the most likeable person you could ever hope to meet, always willing to pass on tips to younger players and ever keen to talk to the older ones regarding past escapades and tall stories from tournaments. It’s true to say that time spent with Angus at darting events and further afield were very entertaining and rewarding and never forgotten.

Angus is survived by his wife Marina and sister Catherine.

Angus Ross was simply a legend in his native Highlands and will never be forgotten. RIP Angus we are all better people for knowing you.

uploaded by GWT: Oct 16, 2022
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