|DOB||10 May 1973|
|Place of Birth||Dagenham, Essex|
|Career Highlights||WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS:
Semi-Finalist: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008
LAS VEGAS DESSERT CLASSIC:
Runner-Up: 2004, 2005
|Major Tournament Titles||8|
Wayne’s father, a local darts player, used to take him along to matches when he was eleven. The members of the team were happy for Wayne to practise with them but his enthusiasm, combined with a natural ability, soon saw him surpass them and he won his first tournament in 1986 on his 13th birthday – collecting £30 for his efforts.
STAKING A CLAIM
From 1993 Wayne played on the BDO circuit and picked up the nickname “Hawaii 501” when he wore Hawaiian shirts on the oche for a bet.
He made his first appearance at the BDO World Championships in 2000 and the next year he reached the semi-final, losing to the eventual winner and in 2003 he reached the last eight.
WITH THE PDC
Wayne joined the PDC in time to play in the World Championships in 2003 but lost to Phil Taylor in the second round. Then, only months later, at the World Match Play, he defeated World Champion John Part, Alan Warriner and Colin Lloyd ( a future World Match Play Champion ) on the way to the final – only to lose to Phil Taylor – who else?
Although remaining extremely popular with fans, promoters and the TV audience, Wayne had an ordinary 2006 and 2007 but bounced back at the end of 2007 by defeating Taylor in the quarter finals of the World Championships. Unfortunately Wayne went out in the semi-finals – the fourth time this has happened in his PDC career (2004, 2005, 2006, 2008).
In 2008 Wayne gained a Sky Sports wildcard entry into the Premier League and just missed out on reaching the play-offs.
However, in 2009, his season was undermined when he was struck down with mumps and had to be rushed to hospital when he tried to resume his schedule prematurely. This illness forced him to retire from the Premier League and to miss many more ranking tournaments making it impossible to defend his highest world ranking position of No.5