The Railway in Helsby, Cheshire, has won the Admiral Taverns Darts Championships 2017 following a close final with rivals from Strawberry Gardens, Manchester.
Hosted by Admiral Taverns, pub darts teams from across the group’s 850 strong estate went head to head for the winner’s trophy and a cash prize of £1,000. The winning team are also awarded an exhibition evening with former World Champion darts player, Steve Beaton.
2017 marks the first victory for licensees Andy Crawford and Chris Crawford who have run The Railway for 10 years. The local community pub, which fosters a competitive range of sports teams, entered two playing teams into the 2017 competition, with its first team taking the Championship title and its second team securing a place in the semi finals. The pub now plans to host the exhibition night with World Champion Steve Beaton on 11 August 2017, where a team of locals will have the chance to play against Beaton.
“The Railway is a fantastic community pub and provides an important hub for a number of local sports teams,” says Crawford. “Our darts teams have been entering the competition for 10 years now so it is fantastic to have come away with the trophy. It’s a great competition which really draws the community together behind the pub darts team and we are really looking forward to welcoming Steve Beaton to The Railway for what promises to be a great night. Here’s hoping we can pick up some tips to stand us in good stead.”
“On behalf of Admiral Taverns I would like to congratulate The Railway on their victory,” adds Sally Sheil, business development manager for Admiral Taverns. “Sports teams are an important part of the community at this pub and Andy and Chris have worked hard to foster a warm and welcoming environment to all. It’s fantastic to see the Railway darts team do so well and we hope both they have a great evening celebrating with Steve Beaton.”