The Manchester or ‘Log End’ dartboard is unique by today’s modern standards. This board is handmade, double and sided and made from wood. It was made using Elm however due to Dutch Elm Disease that wipe out millions of Elms by the mid 1970’s other woods such Poplar have been used. It is said to be the hardest dartboard to play on due to its playing area. The dartboard is jet black, only 10 inches (254mm) in diameter wire to wire, and the doubles are 1/8 inch (3.2mm) wide.
The Manchester Dartboard is still played upon in some part of Manchester however there seems only one person still making them, Dave Mealey. He is pictured here in 2011 aged 74. It is said he made up to 400 board per year, all by hand. The board itself has a unique numbering system quite different from the standard dartboard most of us use to play on regularly today.
The boards are dyed black so that the embedded metal scoring segment dividers and numbers can easily be seen. The board also need to be kept immersed in water when not in use otherwise the board will dry out and split.
It takes Dave about two hours to make each board but how long will the Manchester board survive will depend on Mr Mealey and if anyone else wishes to continue making them. It looks like it could be the end of an era for the Manchester dartboard.
I will keep you posted!
Due to the rarity of this dartboard I have only been able to find a couple of suppliers:
Pyramid Sports 243 Bury Old Road, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 1JE | Tel: 0161 798 7448
Opening Times: 10am - ? Mon - Sat: Closed Wednesdays
NOTE: The dartboard illustrated on the Pyramid Sports website is wrong. They show a Lincolnshire / Irish Black. Not the Numbering system is different 8/3/2016
(My thanks for Andrew Mafia for the above supplier details)
Treble Darts & Trophies - (Suppliers of the Manchester Log End Board)
54 Yorkshire Street, Oldham, Lancashire, OL1 1SR, England, Tel: +44 0161 627 1424, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Their new website doesn't show any dart products however besides the wide range of trophies the shop does sell a small range of darts and other indoor sport products.
If you know of any other supplier of the Manchester dartboard please let me know. Contact.
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The toe-line or Oche 7ft 6ins / 229 cm shall be clearly marked and should be at least 18ins long. The toe line can be just a painted line on the ground or a securely raised line indicator such as a piece of wood or metal. The latter is preferable as the thrower has firm edge to rest his/her foot against.
The order of play is either determined by a toss of a coin or by each player throwing for the centre bull the nearest being the player that throws first. The rules here can vary depending on the league you may be playing in; the local rules should be observed at all times.
When throwing for the bull, if the first thrower hits the centre bull or outer bull the dart is usually removed before the second player throws. If the second player hits the same as the first player then the bulling-up procedure starts again. If the first player's dart does not hit either the centre bull or outer bull then the dart remains in the board until the second player throws. If the first player's dart is obstructing the bull the second player may request the marker / ref to straighten the dart. (See local rules)
Once the order of play as been determined the winner will start leg one and odd legs after that. The looser will start leg two and even legs thereafter.
Any standard darts may be used.
A throw consists of three darts except were the game is finished in less.
The inner bull and the outer bull count as the same in this game as you need to hit either to finish the game.
The standard Manchester Dartboard game is to hit in order numbers 1 to 20 and at least one double and then the bullseye (inner or outer)
Each player throws in turn, if number one is hit with the first dart they progress to number two and so on. If the player should hit the double of the number he they are throwing for then they progress to the number exceeding the value of that double (if possible). Hitting double one (2) when throwing for one moves the player to number three. Should the player hit double three when throwing for three (6) they more straight to number seven. Once all the number have been hit the first double the player hit must be hit again before hitting the centre bullseye. If no double was hit during the progress around the board then the player must hit double 20 before hitting the bullseye
In the case of this game the Bull and Outer Bull both count as a single target and it isn’t uncommon for the centre bullseye to be removed. However doing so prevents a 301 game being played fully.
See local league rules for further information
The first throw is deducted from the player's start number e.g. 301 and then from the subsequent reduced total. The scorer should show both the score obtained for the throw and the reducing total remaining.
The inner bullseye (50) counts as double of (25) the outer bullseye.
Also see your local league rules for further information
Manchester Dartboard Games