Way back in August 1947 the Sports Argus Charity Darts Squad played their first ever charity darts match. Throughout the rest of that year a series of trial games were played around Birmingham in order to select a squad to represent the Sports Argus. The squad consisted of local darts enthusiasts and was formed specifically to take on local teams and representative sides throughout the Midlands, whilst at the same time raise revenue for various charities. That first match in August 1947 was a friendly against the B.S.A. Small Heath, Birmingham which resulted in a 4-4 draw. This was followed with the Squad’s first serious competitive game against a B.S.A. Combine team and the result was a 6-3 win for the Sports Argus. Early games were tough and up to 1957 all matches were nine-a-side, one leg, 301-up, double start. The majority of games nowadays are best of three legs, 501 up. Since 1947 the Squad has been travelling the Midlands, playing a series of up to thirty games each year. By March 2009 the Squad had played an amazing 1,725 games, winning 1,581 and losing just 144; that’s a winning percentage of in excess of 91%! Over the years the Squad has raised an enormous amount of money for charity. Unfortunately there are no records of the exact amount the Squad raised for charity prior to 1977 but since 1977 over £250,000 has been raised. Congratulations to all the players and everyone involved with the Sports Argus Charity Darts Squad in raising thousands of pounds for good causes.