Former international darts player Wayne ‘Hawaii 501’ Mardle can’t wait to arrive in Huddersfield.
The last time he was here, the crowd and atmosphere at the John Smith Stadium were ‘superb’.
Now he is promising another classic encounter at his forthcoming Master of Darts exhibition match with Dave ‘Chizzy’ Chisnall on September 23.
And the pair will be joined on stage by fellow sporting legends Huddersfield Giants prop forward Eorl Crabtree and former England and Town player Trevor Cherry.
Wayne, who performed consistently well in the World Championships and was ranked as high as fifth in the world, now enjoys commentating for Sky Sports and playing exhibition matches.
He has promised Huddersfield’s oche fans a night to remember: “I was at the John Smith’s a couple of years ago in an exhibition with Tony O’Shea and Adrian Lewis; it’s a fantastic venue.
“I’ve got happy memories and I’m really looking forward to coming back.
“The atmosphere was superb, there was a cacophony of sound and it was brilliant.
“They were a really good crowd, in the North the fans go out for a bit more fun; they really do and I’m really looking forward to it.
“Dave is a real good character and it will be great fun. We won’t let anyone down, you can bank on it - it will be a cracking night.
“Since I stopped playing on Tour, my form has been brilliant! Dave is in good form, so fans can expect a few 180s.”
Wayne earned his nickname due to his love of Hawaiian shirts, and now has around 90 of them. He’s planning to wear a loud orange and black one for his Huddersfield appearance.
He said: “The world of darts has grown so much and we are really in demand, the exhibition circuit is the biggest it’s ever been.
“The sport is continuing to grow and to be involved as a commentator for Sky is a dream -how good can it get?”
Legendary Sky Sports commentator and the voice of darts, John Gwynne, is Master of Ceremonies and will be joined by walk-on girl Sammi Marsh.
The evening is sponsored by John Smith’s and will support local homeless charity Simon on the Streets, one of the dedicated charity partners of the Stadium.
Wayne added: “We do all we can to raise money for charity and hope that on the night people will get involved and help to raise money.”
For information and tickets ring the Stadium on 01484 484100 or email email@example.com.