Max and Paddy fan ‘Evil Charlie’ Karel Sedlacek paving the way for Czech darts

Brian Potter will be throwing a huge party down the Phoenix club if Max & Paddy fan Karel Sedlacek makes it through his first round clash against Raymond Smith.

That's because Sedlacek, 43 – making his third appearance at the PDC World Darts Championship – is a massive fan of Phoenix Nights sequel, Max & Paddy's Road to Nowhere.

Although the man nicknamed 'Evil Charlie' (more on that later) doesn't have the two titular characters adorned on his shirt anymore, he first rose to prominence in the UK thanks to his iconic darts top.

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It was in 2020 that fans first noticed the shirt, which featured a mock-up of the fictional TV superheroes 'Magnet' and 'Steel', created by Peter Kay's character Max in the show.

Speaking exclusively to Daily Star Sport, Sedlacek revealed the inspiration behind the shirt and how he came to love the cult classic British TV show.

After admitting he wasn't initially a fan of the show, Sedlacek told us: "My manager is [a fan] and my nickname is Evil Charlie ,which is something Magnet and Steel's enemies say. I have since watched Max and Paddy and think it’s very funny."

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Sedlacek's nickname is another facet of his game that often sparks interest. While some darts players base their nickname on their job or their walk-on song, Sedlacek's story is slightly more peculiar.

"I kept taking out big checkouts at home in a tournament and someone in the crowd shouted 'you're evil Charlie'…and it stuck," he tells us.

Czech darts is in a good place at the moment, and along with fellow countryman Adam Gawlas, Sedlacek is helping pave the way for the next generation of stars from Prague and beyond.

"I think that me and Adam showed the way and opened the door for other Czech players. Darts is increasingly popular in the Czech Republic and all major tournaments are broadcast live on TV.

"When Adam or I play in those big tournaments, it's a great motivation for the other players."

Sedlacek is now preparing for the biggest tournament of them all – and he's hoping to make it past the first round for the very first time.

"Winning the first game is so important. I have never won at Ally Pally, so winning that game is my only priority at the moment," he concludes.

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