After the first ever live broadcast of a BDO County Match, Lincolnshire v Cornwall, last weekend (29th March), we caught up with Winmau TV to see how they felt it had gone.
Winmau has a long history in darts, from manufacturing elm dartboards in 1954 to sponsorship of the Winmau Masters since 1973 and the introduction of the Blade board in 1997, they have continued to support the working mans game into the 21st century – I’ve covered some of that history at the end of this article.
Having spoken to a number of people online today (4th April), it seems that this may not have been the first ever live-streamed County Match. It was never my intention to mislead or ignore the efforts of others in the past. If anybody would like to share their experiences of streaming live county darts in the comments section below, I for one would be pleased to read them. Whoever can rightly claim to have streamed first, there’s no doubt, that with the backing of Winmau, last weeks match was a significant step forward for BDO darts.
How proud are Winmau to have been involved in the first ever live broadcast of a BDO County Darts Match?
“We were very proud to be involved in what we hope will be a landmark event for County darts. It was largely thanks to the hard work and vision of Lincolnshire County that this went ahead, and we were happy to give them a global platform via Winmau TV where the darting public could watch for free.”
How Successful was the Broadcast?
“The reaction has been simply superb. We had 3,300 unique viewers watching on the day (and this number is now over 4,000 with people watching the recorded link). In fact, we had viewers from New Zealand, the US, Canada and Australia to name but a few.”
“The reaction has been simply superb. We had 3,300 unique viewers watching on the day…”
Was the broadcast successful enough to consider more in the future?
“We hope that this will be the first of many more live County matches where we can showcase the incredible talent within the BDO system and the competitive nature of the matches.”
Now sit back and watch the whole match right here, or scroll down a little further to see my Potted History of Winmau…
Winmau – A Potted History
1945 – Founded by Harry Kicks and started producing handmade elm boards.
1961 – Kick’s sons joined the business and it was renamed H.A. Kicks & Sons.
1973 – Became official board supplier to the BDO.
1973 – First Winmau World Masters tournament (although the first two editions of the competition was sponsored by Phonogram).
1973 – Renamed to Winmau (pronounced win-more) after Harry’s wifes two first names, Winifred Maud.
1979 – Relocated to Haverhill, Suffolk.
1984 – Sudden death of Harry Kicks Senior – his sons take control.
1993 – Ron Kurtz became majority shareholder.
1997 – Blade board launched.
2002 – Nodor complete takeover of Winmau, but the Winmau name lives on.
2013 – 40th World Masters Tournament.
2015 – Still the official board supplier to the BDO.