“Poorer” darts player Peter Wright takes a salary from his wife and takes pot noodles with him on tour

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Peter Wright may be going through a rough time in football right now, but he’s still number one in the world and one of the biggest names in the sport.

The two-time world champion is still living the darts dream, a world away from its humble beginnings, but his wife Joanne manages the bank account and even takes Pot Noodles on tour. The late darts developer moved with his family from Scotland to south-east London at the age of five, where they were struggling to make ends meet, and has been open about his upbringing.

Wright told the Telegraph, “We went to a house that was a home for people who had nowhere to stay. We slept on a mattress in the basement. It was just my mother and me. She cooked cheap things like lentil soup that lasted all weekend. When I was a little older, I got part-time jobs and made some money.”

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He later worked as a mechanic, laborer and dishwasher before finding success at darts. After playing at home on a board his mother bought him for Christmas, he began playing at a Labor club in Woolwich before impressing for a pub in Plumstead where he went straight to the A-side. But it wasn’t until 2007 that Wright, when he was in his 30s, decided to try his luck in the professional arena.

“In 2007 I watched the Grand Slam of Darts on TV – at that time I was still playing in local competitions – and when I saw the players I said to Jo, ‘I can beat it and I can beat it.’ She said, “Then go ahead. If you think you can do it, let’s do it. And I tried. I gained a lousy 1,200 pounds in my first year as a pro.”

The years that followed saw more ups and downs than ups and Wright was on the verge of retiring from darts before achieving a brilliant run to the World Championship Finals at Alexandra Palace in 2014.

“My chance to play darts is because my wife and her father supported me from the start,” he said. “When I got to my first world final in 2014, I wanted to give up darts because we ran out of money. Jo didn’t know she had spent it all and knew she had to win before she found out.

“We didn’t even have a house and Jo was the only one who sponsored me to cover my gaming expenses like flights, hotels and tickets. So now she’s taking control of all the money.”

“Nine times out of ten, I’m over the top. I’m probably the poorest darts player ranked number one in the world. My prize money goes into my wife’s company account and I get a salary. Jo will take care of the business until I retire.”

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Peter Wright after winning the 2022 World Darts Championship (Image: PA)

He admits it’s probably for the best as he’s more of a spender than a saver. Of the lessons she learned about money, Wright said, “Don’t waste it like Jo thinks I’m trying. As I said, I might not be here tomorrow. She thinks I have to get a new cell phone every month. I like to buy silly gadgets from Amazon for the house that end up being absolute garbage like all those Alexa devices to make things easier. I don’t expect an answer because Jo told him not to!”

Traveling the continent as a top athlete sounds like a glamorous lifestyle, but it’s not always, especially from a culinary point of view.

Wright explained, “It’s very difficult in terms of food. When you finish playing darts everything is closed. You often eat garbage and sometimes I have to go without food. I’m traveling with some pot noodles in my suitcase.

“Having won the World Cup and £500,000 this year, it was after midnight when I returned to my accommodation and celebrated with pot noodles, toast and a cup of tea.”

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