On the oche for Phil Taylor lunch – 29Jan

Phil Taylor, 14 times the darts world champion, is the Sports Journalists’ Association guest for a Fleet Street lunch next Thursday, January 29.

The SJA is delighted that, fresh from his latest world title triumph, Taylor has agreed to visit us at the Old Bank of England pub ahead of his appearance in the Players’ Championship at Purfleet, to discuss his glittering career, the sport’s divided world bodies, his 2012 Olympic ambition for the sport, and most other things that SJA members may wish to ask.

Places at this event – open to guests as well as to SJA members – are strictly limited, so you are advised to book promptly. We hope that the opportunity to speak to Taylor will appeal especially to feature writers, and a separate briefing session for Sunday journalists will also be arranged.

Taylor’s career began in the Eric Bristow era, when he beat the Crafty Cockney to win his first world title, and saw him win the PDC title 11 years in succession between 1995 and 2006, regaining his world title earlier this month. Taylor has a career record of more than 75 major titles.

The first darts player to win more than £1 million in prize money, 48-year-old Taylor also holds numerous records for high scoring in darts, his three-dart average per match records are higher than anyone else in the history of the game. His 110.94 three-dart average in the world final earlier this month is the highest ever recorded in a PDC final.

The SJA lunch will take place in the Club Room at The Old Bank of England pub, 194 Fleet Street (next to the Royal Courts of Justice) at 12.30 on Thursday 29 January.

The cost is £20 for fully paid-up members, and £25 for non-members, to include a two-course meal with wine.

Payments are to be made on the day to Mary Fitzhenry, by cheque (made payable to the SJA) or cash please.

We are only able to accommodate 30 people, so book your place early by contacting Mary Fitzhenry by email to or by phone on 020 8946 9601 or 07946 545084 (please indicate whether a vegetarian meal is required).

Places must be booked by 9am Tuesday 27 January at the latest.

This is the latest event in the strongest programme of social events in the Association’s history.

The booking deadline for this Wednesday’s lunch with Welsh rugby’s Rob Howley is 9am on Jan 20.

Provisional dates and other guests in the next couple of months also include:

February: Rebecca Adlington, the double Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer, together with Peter Keen, UK Sport’s head of performance

March: Andrew Hunt, the new chief executive of the British Olympic Association, meets the press

All details are subject to change until confirmed by the SJA, both on this website and via emails to members.

First posted Jan19

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