8 mad darts moments from Price’s ear-defenders to Lloyd punch and Mardle blunder

From the rather bold ear-defenders of Gerwyn Price to a Lakeside streaker and ridiculous double Robin Hood – some of the maddest moments in darts need to be seen to be believed.

With Price crashing out of the 2023 PDC World Darts Championship despite his attempts to block out the noise of the booing crowd – his decision to take action has inspired our list.

Daily Star Sport have taken a look at eight of the most bonkers moments in darting history – with Colin Lloyd left with a bloodied hand and even the appearance of a horse.

READ MORE: Wayne Mardle slams 'frail' Gerwyn Price over ear-defenders as he delves into mindset

Gerwyn pays the Price

Price's plan to block out the boos at Ally Pally didn't pay off during his quarter-final defeat at the hands of Gabriel Clemens.

The 37-year-old Welshman, who won the 2021 PDC World Darts Championship, has asked fans to stop booing him in recent years having previously relished the pantomime villain tag.

His now iconic headphones prompted immediate designs on fan signs, with his path back into the sport now uncertain after a social media outburst.

Lloyd gets annoyed

Colin 'Jaws' Lloyd, who was ranked as the PDC World Number One in both 2005 and 2006, left a lasting moment in darting memory – by punching the board.

The Essex local punched the dartboard with some force after a poor visit at the 2011 PDC World Darts Championship – but regrouped to win the match.

"It was a moment of madness and stupidity," Lloyd said following the incident. He then added: "Whichever way you look at it, I can't gloss over it – you can't expect to lamp the dartboard on live television and get away with it."

He should've been told

Five-time PDC World Darts Championship semi-finalist Wayne Mardle once let rip on Dutch TV – and problematically he didn't know they were live.

Asked how he felt after the defeat, Mardle replied: "I'm p***ed off. I lost. F*** sake, I don't like losing. I don't like losing. I'm f***** off. You get me in 10 minutes, I'll be alright, they shouldn't interview you now."

When it emerged they were being broadcast, Mardle iconically hit back: "Why wasn't I told? I should have been told."

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The mane event

Legendary darts star Bob Anderson once provided one of the most iconic walk-ons in history thanks to his decision to bring a horse into the venue.

"I still get people coming up to me asking if I’m the guy that walked on with the horse," Anderson recently said.

Nicknamed the Limestone Cowboy, his iconic entrance is unlikely to be repeated due to updated health and safety regulations.

Winning streak

A 2001 BDO World Darts Championship clash was interrupted by the first ever female darts streaker – forcing the players off the stage.

As the third set began on the Lakeside stage, a naked woman ran onto the playing area while throwing her hands up in the air and disrupting the match.

With the players, including the late Shaun Greatbatch going off to regain their composure, the fan was of course removed the from venue.

Petrified by pyro

James Wade stepped alarmingly close to the Premier League Darts pyrotechnics back in March – leaving The Machine petrified before his opening game of the night

Wade walked past the crowd and approached his table – forgetting about the customary sparks that fly from the stage as the game is about to begin.

Stepping back in horror, Wade luckily avoided the worst of the heat and even regrouped to see off the challenge of Gary Anderson and reach the semi-finals.

Jesus Christ

Back in 2017 on the European Tour, a fan dressed as Jesus Christ himself was invited onto the stage, and he began to flick his long hair back and forth like a wannabe rockstar.

After building up a dangerous level of dizziness, the fan turned to shake the hand of a walk-on girl before stumbling backwards over a speaker and off the stage.

Security guards then helped the youngster back to his feet, to the joy of the worried crowd.

Double Robin Hood

Topping any darting list simply has to be John Bowles with a ridiculous double Robin Hood back at the 2011 UK Open after the Cheshire local joined the tournament as a pub qualifier, to reach the last 16 and earn £4,000.

Despite his fine performances, Bowles was written into the history books thanks to a moment of improbable misfortune during a practise.

With one Robin Hood reasonably common, a third dart sticking in the back might never be seen again in televised darts.

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