Darts challenge for Preston North End ace Paul Gallagher and all for a good cause

Preston North End midfielder Paul Gallagher will step up to the oche this weekend in a bid to show he can throw a set of darts as well as he can kick a football.

Friday, 8th May 2020, 12:30 pm

The 35-year-old is taking part in in a special footballers’ edition of ‘Darts At Home’ on Sunday to raise money for the NHS.

Gallagher will be in good company, with him taking on Leicester’s James Maddison, West Ham’s Declan Rice, and West Bromwich Albion striker Charlie Austin.

‘Darts At Home: Footballers Special’ will be played from 2pm on Sunday (May 10) and broadcast live on the PDC’s YouTube channel.

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Preston midfielder Paul Gallagher scores against Luton last December at Deepdale

Fans will be able to donate vital funds to NHS Charities Together throughout the event.

The competition is based on the PDC’s popular ‘Darts At Home’ concept, which has seen PDC players around the world playing each other remotely via a live video broadcast.

Anyone who has visited PNE’s training ground will know how much Gallagher likes a game of darts with his team-mates.

There is a darts board in the Springfields canteen which the players use after training, with Gallagher a regular with the arrows.

Declan Rice (left) and James Maddison will be taking on Paul Gallagher at darts this weekend

The first game will see Maddison and Rice play, with Gallagher and Austin then going head-to-head.

Gallagher will later take on Maddison and finally him and Rice are to play.

Darts commentator Dan Dawson will be on hand to run through proceedings, along with live on-screen graphics to enhance the viewing experience.

The tournament will be played in a league format, with all competitors playing each other once over a best-of-three format, and all players beginning each leg on 301 and ending on a double or bullseye.