Parent page: Basic Darts
The game of darts is classed as one of the favourite sports and has been around for a good many years. However, there are some that are predicting that the popularity of this sport will wain before it reaches its 100th birthday.
The London Pubs
At present, there are not too many pubs scattered throughout London where the game of darts is not enjoyed by many of their patrons.
The Invention of the Game
Credit has to go to Brian Gamlin for the invention of the game of darts. He was a Lancashire carpenter who came up with this game in 1896. But, this was not the true beginning of the game as it dates back further than this with some tracing it all the way back to the fourteenth century of the medieval era. It was a game that was played by the military in between battles.
Some historians believe that playing the game by the soldiers was encouraged. It was a way for them to perfect their throwing skills which were needed in battle.
There are some discrepancies as to when the game was developed, but most believe that it has been around for about seven hundred years. The game was originally played with the bottom of barrels being used as the target, then later advance to using tree trunks for this purpose.
Over the years as the game progressed, rules and regulations were added to it. Eventually, it became a game that was enjoyed by Royals as well as commoners, and this still holds true today. It has become part of the UK culture but is also a game enjoyed in other parts of the world.
Knowing a little about the history of the exciting game of darts makes it all the more interesting and perhaps creates a new appreciation for it.