Andy started playing darts at the age of 16 playing county level for Cheshire, unsure of his ability to pursue a career at the highest level he stopped playing competitive darts for 20 years.
On return Andy made his television debut at the UK Open Championship in 2004, now ranked number 23 in the world Andy has never looked back.
A semi-finalist in his debut season in the McCoy’s Premier League Darts, Andy Hamilton enjoyed a memorable campaign in 2012 as he thrilled crowds across the UK & Ireland with his performances.
The Stoke star was a Wildcard selection for last year’s Premier League, but finished third after taking points from nine of his 14 league games, and it took a nine-darter from Simon Whitlock to help see him off in the semi-finals.
After making a winning start with a victory over James Wade on the opening night in Manchester, Andy’s never-say-die attitude was epitomised by him drawing five league games during the campaign.
Those types of performance have been evident throughout the past decade since Andy – a former electrician and publican – turned professional in 2004 after qualifying for the UK Open, and he was a quarter-finalist in his first World Championship.
He reached four televised semi-finals inside the next 18 months – including at the World Matchplay – during a rapid rise to the top of the sport, which was confirmed when he qualified for his maiden major final at the 2007 Grand Slam of Darts, where Stoke rival Phil Taylor took victory.
Andy also won his first ranking title in 2007 at a Players Championship in Gibraltar, a success which he followed up later that year in a UK Open Qualifier.
A semi-finalist in the 2009 World Grand Prix, Hamilton’s run to the same stage of the World Matchplay two years later has been the kick-start for the second phase of his career, maintaining his status amongst the world’s top 16 at the time.
That was followed at the end of 2011 by a run to the final of the World Championship, Andy’s second major final where he took on a Stoke rival as this time Adrian Lewis denied him a big title.
Andy has continued his great run of form into 2013 beating both James Wade and Raymond Van Barneveld on route to the 2013 final of the UK Open.
The experience of competing on the McCoy’s Premier League Darts stage has proven vital in his achievements since last season in runs to at least the quarter-finals in successive major televised events, including the quarter-final of the 2013 Bet Victor World Matchplay, quarter-final of the Party Poker World Grand Prix and semi-finals of the Cash Converters Players Championship final.