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Soutar has crushed Diogo Portela and Mensur Suljovic to achieve spherical three on debut; the firefighter takes on seventh seed Jose De Sousa for a spot within the final 16, reside on Sky Sports activities Darts on Wednesday December 29

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Alan Soutar reflects on securing a 'life-changing' two-year PDC Tour Card earlier this year as well as juggling his day job as a firefighter with playing darts

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Alan Soutar displays on securing a ‘life-changing’ two-year PDC Tour Card earlier this yr in addition to juggling his day job as a firefighter with enjoying darts

Alan Soutar displays on securing a ‘life-changing’ two-year PDC Tour Card earlier this yr in addition to juggling his day job as a firefighter with enjoying darts

The vast majority of gamers left standing on the World Darts Championship loved a soothing Christmas break, fine-tuning their preparations for the latter phases of the match. Nevertheless, Alan Soutar isn’t any strange darts participant.

Simply hours after reaching the third spherical on his Alexandra Palace debut, the 43-year-old was embarking on two marathon shifts in his position as a firefighter over the festive interval – 14 hours on Christmas Eve, adopted by a 16-hour stint on Christmas Day.

“I’ve achieved it my complete life. I have been a firefighter for 17 years, so I’ve learnt to cope with the adversity of my job but in addition to try to steadiness it and put sufficient hours in on the dart board,” Soutar advised Sky Sports activities Information.

“The longer I keep within the match, it is nearly balancing work and if I want extra day without work, there’s numerous the fellows within the station that can swap with me.”

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Soutar is because of return to work on the Scottish Fireplace and Rescue Service in Dundee on December 30, though he will likely be hoping to proceed his fairytale run by extinguishing Jose De Sousa’s title hopes within the third spherical on December 29.

Soutar battled previous Diogo Portela on his Alexandra Palace bow, earlier than producing a blistering fightback to stun Mensur Suljovic in spherical two, surviving eight match darts within the course of.

‘Soots’ trailed 2-0 in units and legs at one stage however, undeterred, he capped off a outstanding fightback with an impressive 144 end to ship Suljovic packing.

Soutar completed a sensational comeback against Mensur Suljovic with a magnificent 144 checkout

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Soutar accomplished a sensational comeback towards Mensur Suljovic with a powerful 144 checkout

Soutar accomplished a sensational comeback towards Mensur Suljovic with a powerful 144 checkout

The Scot has coped magnificently with the cauldron-like ambiance within the capital, however he is been buoyed by the assist from his beloved Arbroath, who’re at the moment flying excessive within the Scottish Championship.

“I completely love being from Arbroath. I really like being Scottish, I’m very patriotic,” mentioned Soutar, who was rocking the tartan trousers throughout his conflict towards Portela.

“It’s superb that they are behind me and a few days in the past they tweeted an image of my darts shirt within the dressing room at Gayfield Park, with the celebrities of the group [Michael] McKenna, [Thomas] O’Brien and [Colin] Hamilton. It’s fairly immense.”

Soutar could also be a newcomer to the PDC circuit, however he boasts no scarcity of expertise, having made 50 worldwide caps whereas additionally that includes in two BDO World Championships.

The 43-year-old took the plunge at PDC Qualifying College earlier this yr, and the remainder is historical past.

He marked his PDC televised debut with victory over five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld at March’s UK Open, and he is additionally registered wins over Peter Wright, Nathan Aspinall, Dave Chisnall, Stephen Bunting and Adrian Lewis in 2021.

Soutar’s exploits at this yr’s World Championship have catapulted him to 54th on the PDC Order of Advantage, and no participant who secured a Tour Card in February has amassed extra prize cash than the Arbroath arrowsmith.

“The Tour Card is seen because the golden ticket within the PDC. It has modified my life immensely, however I’ve nonetheless obtained a job clearly, so I am not a full-time skilled darts participant,” he mentioned.

“It’s nearly juggling each my job and darts, however now I’ve made the third spherical at Ally Pally within the World Championship, that doubtlessly can change my life perpetually.”

“I believe if I can nonetheless be in that match within the subsequent few days main as much as New Yr, then that’s the begin of one thing actually particular for me.”

Soutar: World Champs could possibly be life-changing

Soutar’s life would not simply revolve round juggling darts and his job, nevertheless.

For over 4 years, Soutar and his associate Amanda have been coaching information canine from their Arbroath dwelling, in a bid to assist these most in want.

He’s additionally closely concerned in novice darts, working darts academies in Scotland for the perfect a part of a decade, and this selfless nature is a large consider his recognition amongst followers and gamers alike.

Nonetheless, the Scot now units his sights on a blockbuster showdown towards seventh seed and former Grand Slam champion Jose De Sousa.

De Sousa is bidding to reach the last 16 at the World Championship for the first time in his career

De Sousa is bidding to achieve the final 16 on the World Championship for the primary time in his profession

‘The Particular One’ additionally fought again from two units down in his second-round tie to defeat Jason Lowe, and Soutar is relishing the prospect to pit his wits towards the Premier League finalist, for a spot within the final 16.

“I really feel good. I’ve received two video games now on the stage at Ally Pally,” he added.

“Jose is clearly the world No 7 so it’s a huge process for me, however I am now as much as quantity 54 on the planet and there is nothing stopping me inflicting one other upset. Nothing in any respect.

“I’ve by no means performed Jose, so I will be ready and some days of apply earlier than I come again – let’s take him on, let’s go for it.”

“I’m simply taking it spherical by spherical. I do know it’s a little bit of a cliché, however I believe if I can nonetheless be in that match within the subsequent few days main as much as New Yr, then that’s the begin of one thing actually particular for me.”

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