Ashley Coleman (darts)

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Born (1997-03-23) 23 March 1997 (age 27)
Suffolk, England
OccupationDarts player

Ashley Coleman (born 23 March 1997) is an English darts player who takes part in Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) events. He is currently ranked 100th on the Challenge Tour order of merit.[1]

Personal life

Coleman received his nickname "Prince of Darkness" from his pub darts team after they shouted it out as he was walking into the venue wearing a jacket that looked like 'The Grim Reaper'.[2]

He revealed to darts news outlet Oche180 that his favourite wrestler was The Undertaker and aims to take inspiration by using his walk-on song during his run at the 2024 UK Open, but believes that the PDC will not allow it for its dark bells and chimes, where he claims that "it does scare the crap out of you!".[2]

Darts career

Early career

Coleman took part in his first major darts event by entering the 2017 BDO World Masters, where he defeated Silko Visser before losing to Shingo Enomata in the last 256.[3]

In the late months of 2019, Coleman took part in some development tours, managing to succeed in development tour 20, where he reached the last 16 by defeating tour card holder Callan Rydz before being defeated by Geert Nentjes.[4]

He entered PDC Q-School for the first time in his career in 2023,[5] where he failed to qualify for the final stages. Before taking part in some challenge tour events, Coleman revealed on Twitter that he had signed a two-month sponsorship deal with Cuesoul to help cover his darts expenses,[6] and after taking part in some challenge tour events, he finished 226th on the challenge tour order of merit.[7][8]

In December 2023, Coleman hit a broadcasted and livestreamed nine-darter during an online darts match in preparation for his Q-School campaign.[9]


Coleman entered PDC UK Q-School for the second time in his career.[10] He managed to qualify for the final stage via order of merit.[11][12] On the opening day of the final stage, he managed to enter the green zone for a tour card with wins over Mark Dudbridge, Peter Mitchell, and Kevin Leadenham before losing to Andy Boulton.[13][14] On the second day, he lost in a rematch in the opening round against Kevin Leadenham, who averaged 104.85.[15] On the third day, he lost to Peter Mitchell in a rematch in the opening round.[16] During the final day, Coleman defeated Fallon Sherrock 6–3,[17][18] ending her run,[19] and beat Harry Lane before losing to Justin Smith and ending his campaign for a tour card.[20] Coleman averaged 83.48 throughout the whole of his Q-School campaign, finishing 153rd out of 861 total players in highest event averages.[21]

On January 26, 2024, Unicorn Darts announced on X that Coleman had signed a contract to be a part of Team Unicorn.[22][23] The next day after the announcement of his signing, in his first darts tournament as a Unicorn player, Coleman qualified for the 2024 UK Open after winning the Norwich Rileys qualifier.[24][25] For preparation for the UK Open, Coleman played an online darts match against 13-year-old Mitchell Lawrie, both players went viral after Lawrie whitewashed Coleman with a 102.48 average, with Lawrie being labelled by fans as the next Luke Littler.[26]

The draw for the 2024 UK Open was announced on February 22, 2024, where Coleman drew Tim Wolters in the first round.[27][28] Coleman lost 6–3 to Wolters ending his run at the 2024 UK Open.[29]


  1. "Challenge Tour Live Order of Merit". Darts Rankings. Retrieved 21 January 2024.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lanning, Phil (29 January 2024). "Coleman ready for spooky UK Open debut". oche180. Retrieved 30 January 2024.
  3. "Results of World Masters Men 2017 - Mastercaller". Mastercaller. Retrieved 21 January 2024.
  4. "PDC Development Tour 20 Results - Darts Orakel". Darts Orakel. Retrieved 21 January 2024.
  5. Gill, Samuel (6 January 2023). "Entries confirmed for 2023 PDC UK Q-School: Hamilton, Sherrock and Newton in First Stage as Henderson, Brown and Mitchell enter Final Stage". Darts News. Retrieved 21 January 2024.
  6. Coleman, Ashley (27 July 2023). "Coleman revealing his sponsorship signing with Cuesoul". Twitter. Retrieved 27 January 2024.
  7. "2023 Challenge Tour Order of Merit | PDC". PDC. 16 January 2024. Archived from the original on 16 January 2024. Retrieved 21 January 2024.
  8. "Challenge Tour 2023 - Order of Merit". Darts Rankings. 15 December 2023. Archived from the original on 15 December 2023. Retrieved 27 December 2023.
  9. Langston, Jack, "LIVE 9 DARTER BY ASHLEY COLEMAN!!", The Darts Referee, retrieved 21 January 2024
  10. Wood, Kieran (7 January 2024). "Full list of UK Q-School 2024 participants including John Henderson, Devon Petersen, Fallon Sherrock, John Part and Richie Burnett". Darts News. Retrieved 21 January 2024.
  11. Wood, Kieran (10 January 2024). "These 128 players have qualified for the final stage of the 2024 UK Q-School". Darts News. Retrieved 21 January 2024.
  12. Wood, Kieran (10 January 2024). "Final ranking UK Q-School Order of Merit after the first stage". Darts News. Retrieved 21 January 2024.
  13. Wood, Kieran (12 January 2024). "UK Q-School Order of Merit after the first day of play of the final stage". Darts News. Retrieved 21 January 2024.
  14. "Lennon and Dragt claim first Tour Cards of 2024 Q Schools". PDC. Retrieved 21 January 2024.
  15. "Ashley Coleman vs. Kevin Leadenham - DartConnect Match Report". DartConnect. Retrieved 21 January 2024.
  16. "Ashley Coleman vs. Peter Mitchell - DartConnect Match Report". DartConnect. Retrieved 21 January 2024.
  17. Wood, Kieran (14 January 2024). "Dramatic final day at Q-School sees the final Tour Cards handed out! Recap all the action here! (liveblog closed)". Darts News. Retrieved 21 January 2024.
  18. "Ashley Coleman vs. Fallon Sherrock - DartConnect Match Report". DartConnect. Retrieved 21 January 2024.
  19. "PDC Q School: Dom Taylor, Jeffrey de Graaf final winners as Fallon Sherrock's quest for 2024-25 card ends". Sky Sports. Retrieved 21 January 2024.
  20. "Ashley Coleman vs. Justin Smith - DartConnect Match Report". DartConnect. Retrieved 21 January 2024.
  21. "2024 PDC Q-School Leaderboard – DCTV Leaderboard". DartConnect. Retrieved 27 January 2024.
  22. Darts, Unicorn (27 January 2024). "The Prince of Darkness joins Team Unicorn!". X. Retrieved 27 January 2024.
  23. Lanning, Phil (29 January 2024). "'Prince of Darkness' signs for Unicorn darts - Unicorn Darts". Unicorn Darts. Retrieved 30 January 2024.
  24. Gorton, Josh (29 January 2024). "Walker, Coleman, Gregory & Lane secure UK Open qualification". PDC. Retrieved 29 January 2024.
  25. Wood, Kieran (30 January 2024). "Jenson Walker, Ashley Coleman, Harry Gregory and Harry Lane win qualification for UK Open". Darts News. Retrieved 31 January 2024.
  26. Lawless, Josh (8 February 2024). "Fans think they've found the next Luke Littler as 13-year-old's stunning performance goes viral". SPORTbible. Retrieved 8 February 2024.
  27. Shaw, Jamie (22 February 2024). "UK Open 2024 Draw | Confirmed ties for Rounds 1-3". Live Darts.
  28. Gorton, Josh (22 February 2024). "2024 Ladbrokes UK Open draw confirmed". PDC. Retrieved 22 February 2024.
  29. "Ashley Coleman vs. Tim Wolters - DartConnect Match Report". DartConnect. Retrieved 1 March 2024.

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