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This biographical article needs additional citations for verification. Please help by adding reliable sources. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately, especially if potentially libelous or harmful. (January 2010) Tony O'Shea Personal information Nickname Silverback Date of birth 9 May 1961 (1961-05-09) (age 49) Place of birth Stockport, England Home town Stockport, England Darts information Playing darts since Darts 22g Target Laterality Right-handed Walk-on music Hey Baby by DJ Otzi Organisation (see split in darts) BDO 2000 to present Current world ranking 1 (BDO) 1 (WDF) BDO majors - best performances World Ch'ship Finalist 2009 World Masters Finalist 2004 World Darts Trophy Finalist 2002 Int. Darts League Finalist 2005 Grand Slam Quarter Finals 2009 Other tournament wins Tournament Years Swiss Open Welsh Masters Scottish Open BDO International Open Welsh Classic WDF World Cup Men's Singles Turkish Open 2003 2008 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 Other achievements Televised nine dart finish at 2007 International Darts League Tony O'Shea (born 9 May 1961)[1] is an English darts player who competes in British Darts Organisation events. He was born in Stockport. His squat figure has resulted in the nickname Silverback. His walk-on music is "Hey Baby" by DJ Ötzi. O'Shea has reached the finals of all four of the BDO's former Grand Slam of major darts tournaments, but to date has yet to win one. He is however currently the world number one ranked player in the BDO and WDF rankings. Contents 1 Darts career 2 World Championship results 3 Personal life 4 References 5 External links // Darts career In 2002 he made his debut at the BDO World Darts Championship, narrowly losing to former Masters champion Colin Monk in the deciding leg of the deciding set. Two years thereafter he reached the semi-finals after a winning streak defeating Gary Anderson, Gary Robson and Ted Hankey before he eventually went out against Mervyn King 5-1. Later that year he had his best chance to date of winning a major title, as he led King 5-3 in the final of the Winmau World Masters before King recovered to win 6-5. At the 2006 BDO World Championship he reached the quarter-finals. O'Shea managed to achieve a televised nine dart finish against Adrian Lewis during the 2007 International Darts League on 9 May 2007 which made the tournament the first in darts history to witness two perfect games. The occasion was made even sweeter as he was celebrating his 46th birthday. In the 2008 World Championship, O'Shea defeated Steve Farmer in the first round, but was defeated by Winmau World Masters champion Robert Thornton in the second round. O'Shea won the 2008 Welsh Masters, only his second tournament victory. In the 2009 BDO World Championship, O'Shea defeated Anderson in the quarter finals, his best friend Darryl Fitton in the semi final, but was once again second-best in a major final as he lost to Hankey. O'Shea entered the 2009 Winmau World Masters as the number one seed but despite 3-0 wins overs Dave Prins and 8th seed Joey ten Berge, he lost in the semi-finals to defending champion Martin Adams who successfully retained his title. O'Shea then won the WDF World Cup men's singles title with victory over ten Berge in the final, in what was arguably his most significant win to date. O'Shea entered the 2010 BDO World Championship as the number one seed. He had a tough first round against World Masters runner up Robbie Green but came through it 3-2. He then saw off Stephen Bunting 4-0 to reach his 4th Quarter Final. He managed a 5-1 victory over Robert Wagner in the Quarter finals and went on to meet Dave Chisnall in the semi-final who had beaten Fitton in the first round, former Masters champion Tony West in the second round, and defending champion Hankey in the quarter-final. O'Shea, despite taking the first two sets, was beaten 6-3 by Chisnall and saw his World Championship dream end for another year. Martin Adams went on to defeat Chisnall in the final. In a recent interview, O'Shea expressed his interest in switching to the PDC.[2] World Championship results 2002: First round (lost to Colin Monk 2-3) 2003: Second round (lost to Colin Monk 2-3) 2004: Semi Final (lost to Mervyn King 1-5) 2005: First round (lost to Marko Kantele 1-3) 2006: Quarter Final (lost to Raymond van Barneveld 3-5) 2007: First Round (lost to Martin Adams 0-3) 2008: Second round (lost to Robert Thornton 2-4) 2009: Runner Up (lost to Ted Hankey 7-6) 2010: Semi Final (lost to Dave Chisnall 6-3) His total prize money to date is £652,000. Second to Martin Adams on the BDO Circuit. Personal life Tony is married to Gill and has two children. He also has five grandchildren. A lifelong fan of Stockport County, he wears the club colours of blue and white onstage, drapes a club scarf round his neck before TV interviews and often ends such interviews with the fans' call "Blue Army". References ^ Profile and stats on Darts Database ^ [1] External links Website Profile and stats on Darts Database [2] Persondata Name Oshea, Tony Alternative names Short description Date of birth 9 May 1961 Place of birth Stockport, England Date of death Place of death