Pyke pays tribute to 'amazing wordsmith' Sid Waddell eight years after passing: "No-one will ever come close"

Darts commentator Stuart Pyke has paid tribute to Sid Waddell on the eighth anniversary of the legendary commentator's passing.

Waddell was known as the Voice of Darts with his one-liners remembered by many and his legacy still being here to see now. Pyke spoke about his contribution to the sport and how 'no-one will ever come close' to his unique commentary style.

"Sid is way up there for being responsible for what darts is now," he said. "His popularity and his brilliance behind the microphone has done so much for the sport and continues to do so much for the sport.

"He was at the top of his trade and there will never be anybody better in darts commentary than Sid Waddell.

"Of course the Sid Waddell Trophy is played for every year at the Alexandra Palace and that is the fitting tribute to the very best of them all."

"Don't ever be mistaken that Sid wasn't spot on and prepared. He gave this aura of flapping all over the place, sometimes a bit like John Cleese in Fawlty Towers, but he was absolutely bang on it," Pyke added.

"He had reams and reams of paper and would studiously sit down and make sure he had it absolutely spot on.

"His famous lines, sometimes you'd learn to set him up as time went on and he would never let you down, but [he was] an amazing wordsmith.

"Some of the stuff he came out with, no-one will ever come close to Sid Waddell in darts commentary. His one-liners are still being used and quoted today."

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