Phil Taylor's 16th darts world title: 'Only the greatest come from Stoke-on-Trent'
COMEDIANS Lee Mack and Jack Whitehall added a dash of celebrity to the biggest night in the darts calendar.
They were never going to be needed to lift the spirits of the Ally Pally because any hint of New Year's Eve hangovers disappeared as the raucous crowd got caught up in the emotion of a fantastic match.
The Power twice fell behind to Dutch opponent Michael van Gerwen early on and the crowd wondered if the young pretender could defeat the old master.
But they need not have worried as Phil twice pulled level before running away with the match to take his 16th world title.
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'Only The Greatest Come From Stoke' proclaimed one homemade banner made by a proud Potter.
And who would argue, with North Staffordshire claiming 16 of the last 19 world championship titles.
As for another banner – 'Sir Phil Taylor' – that's up to you, Your Majesty.'
The Power was cheered on by daughters, Kelly and Lisa Taylor, who were alongside the stage.
Kelly welled up with pride as the crowd chanted her dad's name.
Standing by the bar during the final, the 22-year-old, of Burslem, said: "I have always had the confidence in him. Every time he looked over to me, I would shout to him.
"It was very intense and it was a close match, but the best part of the whole night was hearing thousands of people chanting my dad's name. It just shows how popular and brilliant he really is."
Older sister Lisa, of Newcastle, wished her dad good luck before he took to the stage.
She added: "I love hearing people cheer for him and it is always a good atmosphere. I didn't get much of a chance to talk to him before he went on stage so I don't know how he was feeling, but I was really nervous.
"I am so happy for him and I am really proud he is my dad."
As he hit double 16 to clinch victory, Phil wrestled the world championship from Cross Heath's Adrian Lewis.
It was an emotional victory for Phil following the death of his great friend darts commentator and Jossy's Giants writer Sid Waddell.
"If we'd had Phil Taylor at Hastings against the Normans, they'd have gone home," Sid once screamed during one of Phil's great victories.
The problem for Phil's darts rivals is that the great man is not retreating just yet.
He said: "I wanted to win it for Sid."
Phil revealed he managed to fight back on Tuesday night after thinking what his mother, Elizabeth, would have thought as he trailed van Gerwen.
The Power, of Wychwood Park, near Crewe, said: "I am absolutely over the moon to win, I am so chuffed. People ask me how I do it, but it is just what I do.
"My mother would have wanted to throw the bucket at me when I was down by two sets, but I won because that is what I do.
"I could retire, but I am not going to.
"I would like to keep going until I am 55 because I would like to try to see if I can get number 17.
"But it could be tough because that game was one of the hardest I have ever played."