Saturday, 23 May 2015

CHUNKY THE LEGEND


Chunky Corden was born on the 20th March 1940 in Long Eaton. after leaving school chunk took up a apprenticeship with the co-cp as a TV engineer, he met his future wife Val at the Mayfair on Oxford Street at the age of 17. They were to get married 2 years later raising their family of two sons Steve and Dave. They lived on Byron Avenue, Long Eaton just a stones throw from the Bridge Inn were chunky was to practice to near perfection his darting skills. This is were chunk picked up his first set off darts at the age of 22, it soon became obvious that this young man was a bit specia. Chunky was to leave the co-op and take a lorry driving job with celanese, then thru out the coming years became a coalman before changing the black stuff for the white stuff and becoming a milkman this move helped chunks darts improve as he would be practicing most afternoons. Chunk and fellow darts player Stu Beardsley took on the Woodside Club in Cotmanhay before returning to walk the streets again this time as a postman. He retired from work at the age of 60 but carried on playing local darts till the age of 65. Chunky picked up several titles through the years twice players No 6 champion, 3 times Nottinghamshire area News of the World Champion and many others, BUT his greatest achievement has to be representing his country on several occasions making his England debut against Wales in 1981.
Sadly Chunk passed away at home on April 8th 2013 with his wife val by his side. Long Eaton has turned out some top quality darts players over the years as many as 14 or more representing their county. BUT only one went on to the greatest stage of all playing for their country.

                                          THATS CHUNKY CORDEN THE LEGEND.