THE inaugural Darren Morley Memorial Trophy inspired the darts community to come together last weekend.
Members of the Wigan Sper League Club organised the event to remember their friend and darts enthusiast, Darren Morley (inset), who died last October.
Ray Stone, manager of the Wigan club, was thrilled the knock-out tournament, held at St Thomas’ Social Club in Marsh Green was a resounding success.
“We had more than 100 entrants and nearly 200 turned-up just to watch,” said Stone.
“The quality of the darts was also really good, with players on the PDC Circuit turning-up, making for some really good matches which were great to watch.” The overall winner was Joe Murnan from Bolton, with Manchester’s Mark Mageney taking the runner-up prize.
Darren’s partner Angela Connor, and children Kieron, Nathan and Courtney Morley were in attendance, with Nathan taking part in the competition.
“His family were made-up with the response,” continued Stone.
“It was very emotional and Nathan was upset when he got knocked-out, but he gave the trophy out and was proud of how many people turned-out to remember his dad.”
A plaque in honour of Mr Morley was unveiled at the venue, which Stone thinks is a fitting tribute to the former player. “He was a lovely lad and well known in the darts scene,” he said.