Arbroath fireman Alan Soutar hopes to extinguish Raymond van Barneveld’s joy on his big TV return.
The Angus arrowsmith wants to show hose the boss having come straight off a nightshift to make his own screen debut in today’s UK Open cracker.
Soutar has blasted on to the PDC scene having won a Tour Card at Q School w hi le maintaining his work with the Scottish Fire Service in Tayside.
While Barney has been preparing for a clash with a week’s rest and practice in his hotel near the venue, 43-year-old Soutar did an overnighter with his crew into yesterday morning before flying south to get ready for the showdown.
Soutar said: “I took a picture of myself on Tuesday on the back of a fire engine, sent it to the boys in the management company and said, ‘I wonder what Barney is doing today and how his prep is going?’
“ Just a five-times world champion for my first game on TV. I think the PDC tournament director doesn’t like me!
“It’s funny. I had him up in Arbroath for an exhibition once. I organised it and I didn’t play him, so I hadn’t really played him until Bolton.
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