Darts: Get to know Sunday’s contestants in the PDC Home Tour

Find out a bit more about Nathan Aspinall, Ryan Joyce, Steve Brown and Simon Stephenson.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 30: Nathan Aspinall of England reacts during the 2019 William Hill World Darts Championship Semi-Final match between Nathan Aspinall and Michael Smith at Alexandra Palace on December 30, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)


Nathan Aspinall

  • Age: 28
  • World Ranking: 6
  • Nationality: English
  • Home: Stockport, England
  • Nickname: The Asp
  • Walk on Music: Mr. Brightside by The Killers

Nathan reached the semi finals of the World Championships in 2019 and 2010. He won the UK Open at Butlins, Minehead in 2019 beating Rob Cross in the final 11-5.

He’s been playing in the PDC since 2012 but has only emerged as a serious contender in all the big competitions in the last two years.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Nathan Aspinall celebrates a draw in his match against Gary Anderson during Night Six of the Premier League Darts at the M&S Bank Arena on March 12, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

Ryan Joyce

  • Age: 34
  • World Ranking: 42
  • Nationality: English
  • Home: Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
  • Nickname: Relentless
  • Walk on Music: Life Is Life by Opus

Ryan started his career with the BDO in 2013 before switching to the PDC in 2018. He reached the quarter finals of the 2019 World Championship at the Alexander palace, beating Simon Whitlock and James Wade on the way.

His only notable career victory was the BDO Gold Cup in 2017. He averaged 95 when losing out 10-9 to Gabriel Clemens in the last 64 of the 2019 UK Open in Butlins, Minehead in March this year.

Steve Brown

  • Age: 39
  • World Ranking: 114
  • Nationality: English
  • Home: Bristol, England.
  • Nickname: The Bomber
  • Walk on Music: Juke Box Hero by Foreigner

Steve has been playing in the PDC since 2006. His best World Championship performance was in 2011 where he made the last 32 losing to Terry ‘The Bull’ Jenkins 4-1.

He’s never got any further than the last 16 in feature PDC tournaments. He had a nine-dart finish in A Players Championship event in Crawley in 2013.

Simon Stephenson

  • Age: 48
  • World Ranking: 64
  • Nationality: English
  • Home: Plymouth, Devon, England
  • Nickname: The Mirror Man
  • Walk on Music: Mirror Man by The Human League

Simon gained the nickname ‘The Mirror Man’ in a 2014 clash in the West Midlands Derby, matching exactly dart-for-dart three unusual finishes by opponent Darren ‘Hardbox’ Hardyment before eventually winning that minor event. He’s been with the PDC since 2014 and made the last 72 in the 2017 World Championships at the Alexander Palace.

Simon’s best PDC feature event showing was in the 2019 UK Open at Butlins, Minehead where he made the quarter finals. He edged past Dave Chisnall 10-9 in the last 16 of that Championship before losing out to Gerwyn Price 10-5.

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