Meet Luke Littler – the 16 year-old darts sensation on the brink of world domination

Luke Littler has the chance to become world champion on Wednesday night (Picture: PA)

Luke Littler has become a sporting superstar over the last few weeks, dazzling darts fans with his immense performances on an incredible run to the World Darts Championship final at Alexandra Palace.

He may have been known in darts circles before the tournament began, an incredibly bright prospect in the sport, but he has catapulted himself into mainstream coverage thanks to six stunning wins in north London.

The 16-year-old has downed Christian Kist, Andrew Gilding, Matt Campbell, Raymond van Barneveld, Brendan Dolan and Rob Cross to reach the final where he will take on Luke Humphries.

Four times he has averaged over 100 in those six matches, no mean feat over the long-format World Championship matches.

Michael van Gerwen is currently the youngest player ever to win the PDC World Darts Championship with the Dutchman landing the big prize at 24 years old but Littler can smash that record.

The teenager has already guaranteed a minimum of £200,000 for his run to the final, but if he picks up the Sid Waddell Trophy then it will be £500,000 that he walks away with from Ally Pally.

Here’s all you need to know about the teenage darting genius.

Luke Littler

Littler has been lapping up the crowd’s support at Ally Pally (Picture: PA)

Why is Luke Littler nicknamed ‘The Nuke’?

Luke ‘The Nuke’ Littler has become a household name in recent weeks, and he explained the origins of the nickname before the World Championship began.

‘We were just sat in a pub, it was me and my dad,’ said Littler. ‘I was like 13 or 14 years old. I didn’t have a nickname and it just went well with my name. We sat down thinking, Luke, Luke, Luke, and then Luke the Nuke came into our heads’

What is Luke Littler’s walk-on music?

Littler walks to the stage to the sound of Greenlight by Pitbull, featuring Flo Rida and Lunchmoney Lewis.

Pitbull has proved to be a popular artist for walk-on music, with Peter Wright using Don’t Stop the Party for many years.

Luke Littler with girlfriend Eloise at Alexandra Palace (Picture: PA)

Who are Luke Littler’s parents and girlfriend?

Luke’s parents, Anthony Buckley and Lisa Littler have nurtured his immense talenton the board from an incredibly young age, with Luke starting throwing darts at just 18 months old.

Anthony is a taxi driver, while Lisa works selling scented candles.

Explaining his son’s focus on darts from such a young age, Anthony told The Times: ‘He was a good footballer. He loved football. All kids do. But I said to him at nine, hang your boots up. Concentrate on darts. You can still play football here and there. But if there’s a darts comp on at the weekends, go to darts first. Make that your priority because I thought he could make it at darts – and he has done,’ he told The Times.

‘When I said to him, you need to keep playing darts, he was OK with it. We put him in every competition that was online. Sometimes you’re getting up at 7am on a Saturday – my only day off – just to play darts. There were no lie-ins.’

Older sister Caitlin is a huge supporter of her brother, posting after he won the Modus Super Series in August: ‘Speechless he’s done it again! Never EVER been more proud of someone, what a night! you just continue to amaze us all everyday we all love you so much, keep smashing it.’

Luke’s girlfriend is 21-year-old Eloise Milburn, who he has been dating for six weeks after they met playing FIFA on the Xbox.

They have plenty in common as Eloise is an amateur darts player herself.

Luke Littler’s baby video

As mentioned, Littler took up the sport at an incredibly early age, first throwing magnetic darts at just 18 months old and progressing to what he calls ‘proper darts’ by nine.

Videos have circulated during his World Championship run of him playing in nappies and replicating the iconic stance of Raymond van Barneveld as a small child. He went on to beat Barney in the last 16 of this event.

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Who does Luke Littler support?

Littler has been taking photos with the likes of James Maddison, Declan Rice and Aaron Ramsdale during this tournament, but he is a fan of Manchester United.

He said after his semi-final win over Cross: ‘I’ve got a lot of followers now. I got a message off Luke Shaw from Manchester United, Rio Ferdinand and I had a message off Gary Neville and Jonny Evans before my game against Barney, I think.

‘It’s just crazy. People who I’ve looked up to and especially my club Manchester United wishing me luck.’


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