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THE BARNEY ARMY TIMELINE
1967
I was born in The Hauge, Netherlands on the 20th April.
1973
My first darts memory was on holiday in Majorca with my family, I was about 6 or 7. On the island that we used to go to, there was a farmer with a fairground stall. At the back of it were cards and you had to try and hit them with small darts. I always won and every day of the holiday I would return home with prizes – unfortunately I had to give them away as they couldn’t fit in my suitcase home.
1982
I was 16 when I first started competing in darts tournaments.
Later that year I also started working as a cleaner in a hospital, I met a friend called Bert Linnenbak who had a dartboard at home and we used to play on it at lunchtimes.
1983
When I was 17 I got a dartboard for my birthday and bought my first set of darts with my birthday money.
I formed a team at the Entertainer bar with my dad, it was called the entertainer quartlet, we played every Tuesday night.
1984
This year I qualified for my first big tournament The Hague Open and I made the last 16. I then went on the play The Groningen Open, The Breda Open.
I received an award for the most promising darts player – it was an honour.
The fourth tournament that followed was The Rotterdam Open and I won it! My first high profile Dutch title.
1985
This year I went to the UK to watch my first Embassy. I was already playing well in local tournaments and everyone was talking about this one, so I went to the UK and watched it live. That year Bristow beat John Lowe 6-2.
1987
I served 14 months in Dutch military.
1988
I got job at the post-office where I worked until the end of 1997.
I took part in some foreign tournaments such as Belgium and German opens.
1990
I played Phil Taylor for the first time during European Cup in Malta, because of my good performance I was allowed to play at The Embassy.
1991
I was invited to take part in my first Embassy as a wild card – I got wiped out first round though!
1993
I was re-invited to The Embassy, my success this year was a turning point and I made a name for myself in The Netherlands, even though I lost I received a standing ovation from the British audience, I showed the darts world that I could hold my own.
1995
I reached The Embassy final – Dutch darts was in the charts, reaching the final made me believe that everything was now possible to achieve in the world of darts for me.
1998
I won my first world title at The Embassy. A Dutchman won the title! I was the first non-English speaking player to win. I beat Richie Burnett in a tense final.
1999
This year I won my second world title.
This was a real honour, I was awarded the Knight of the order of Oranje Nassau.
2003
Another world title.. I was on a roll.
2005
And another… my fourth world title.
2006
This year I decided to leave the BDO and moved to PDC.
2007
It was a good choice leaving the BDO… as I soon won my fifth world title and my first PDC world title.
2008
I had done it. A Dutch man done it. I was ranked #1 darts player in the world!
2009
I threw another televised nine dart finish in the World Championships, I went on to the semi-finals that year but I suffered a heavy defeat by Taylor in the final. The following World Championships I also hit another nine dart finish, and as it was still 2009 I became the first player to hit two nine-dart finishes in the PDC World Championships – another record!
2012
In November 2012, I finally won my first major tournament in over five years at the Grand Slam of Darts. The win against MVG was later named the best PDC TV performance of the year.
2014
At this Premier League I produced some really consistent and good darts, I remained unbeaten for 12 matches during the season. In the semi-final I secured my first win over Phil Taylor in the tournament after 21 attempts! This year was the first time I had got to even the semi-finals of a Premier League and then I went on to beat MVG in the final to win the title 10-6!
2017
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2018
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