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Friday, January 23, 2009


Stockport County dedicated the front page of a match-day programme to darts star Tony O'Shea.

County fan O'Shea thrilled millions of television viewers by pushing Ted Hankey all the way in the final of the BDO World Darts Championship.

O'Shea finished runner-up after a gripping contest, but the Stockport-born player won over the darts crowd at Frimley Green for his battling performance.

O'Shea - who wears County's blue and white colours when he's in action - is the first non-footballer to feature on the cover of Stockport's match-day programme.

Club officials also paid tribute to O'Shea, 47, by allocating him the 180 squad number on the back of the programme.

Des Hinks, Stockport County's Media Manager, said: "Tony is a big friend of the club.

"We are all extremely proud of him getting to the darts final, and I know the town of Stockport is as well.

"Tony is always promoting the club because he wears our colours wherever he is competing.

"He was at Edgeley Park to make a draw on the pitch at half-time during game with Leeds.

"So we thought it would be nice to pay our own tribute to him.

"His name and number will stay on the back of the programme, next to the names of all the other Stockport players, for the remainder of the season."
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