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Wendy Johnson (April 2002)
Witham, Witham Town Football Club, Spa Road, Witham
Essex Ladies Super League
Singles Runner-up; Pairs Winner with partner Sue Nye; Triples Runners-up
with Sue Nye and Yvonne Hall-Wilson.
Born in London in 1969, Wendy’s introduction to darts was practicing with her dad at the age of twelve. In 1986, she played in a ladies’ pub league for the Three Horseshoes in North London, represented the Post Office in the National play-offs and joined St. Albans (then Potters Bar) in the Hertfordshire Super league. By late 1994 Wendy had been selected for the Hertfordshire County team and was a member of the squad for four years. Taking a year off from the sport, Wendy moved to Chelmsford in 2000 with her daughter Molly. Wendy soon picked up her darts again and joined Witham (then Kelvedon) in 2001. Her talent was soon spotted and she was selected for the Essex County team towards the end of the 2000/1 season. This season she has had a superb record for the 'B' team winning Lady of the match against Glamorgan and subsequently was promoted to the 'A' team for the Lancashire & Hampshire games. On the local scene, she plays for the Red Beret in the Chelmsford & District, Chelmsford Charity Summer and Ingatestone & District leagues. Wendy lost to her best friend, Sue Nye, in the final of the Chelmsford Singles last winter season; but went on to win the Ingatestone Summer Singles knockout. Wendy is currently a member of the Chelmsford Allstars team playing out of the Chelmsford Social Club in the IDDL. Some of the ‘special moments in her career’ include: playing in the 1996/7 "News of the World" where she knocked out Mandy Solomon and Pat Rogers in the local play-offs. Through to the regional finals Wendy's wins included those over Tricia Wright and Sonia Duffy. The last eight matches were played on Sky TV were Wendy won her Quarterfinal game before eventually losing to the eventual winner, Linda Jones, in the semi's. Another great moment was during the Winmau Masters were Wendy scored five 180's (three in the final) in the county play-offs. She lost in the first round of the nationals to Katrina Jones (now Trina Gulliver). In 1996, Wendy achieved a 25.05 average against Surrey and received a Divisional County Certificate. Finally, Wendy hopes to continue to play for Essex for many years to come and now has the backing of sponsor, Headline Publicity Ltd. With the continued encouragement of her partner, Martin, and best friend, Sue Nye, I am sure Wendy will be helping Essex Ladies win titles in the future.