Alexander (Alex) Duff

1951 -

Scotland's first professional darts player. Born in Dumbarton (West Dunbartonshire), Duff was raised in Whiteinch and Knightswood (Glasgow). He began playing exhibition matches after losing his job and ran a stall at the famous Barras Market, selling darts equipment to supplement his income.

From 1974, Duff played for the team at the Sou Wester Bar in the Gorbals, with whom he won the Scottish Club Championship (1975 and 1978). He went on to win a host of titles and represent Glasgow, Scotland and Great Britain.

Having played matches for charity across Scotland, he was invited to the USA in 1976 to help raise money for muscular dystrophy, a condition from which Duff himself suffers. During this trip he was made an honorary citizen of Baltimore. In 2008, he was honoured once again with a place in the US National Darts Hall of Fame.

Now confined to wheelchair, Duff has retired to Whiteinch.

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