James Madison attends the World Darts Championships as he enjoys a break after the World Cup

Leicester star and darts fanatic James Maddison spends a night at the Ally Pally where he enjoys some down time after the World Cup with England…but refuses to part with a pint despite the fans’ loud cheers!

  • Leicester and England star James Maddison was in attendance at Ally Pally
  • The 26-year-old is a big fan of the sport and plays it regularly on overseas trips
  • Maddison told Sky Sports he had “stopped counting” the number of 180s he had
  • He refused to down a pint despite cheers from fans asking him to

Leicester and England star James Maddison was at Ally Pally to enjoy the World Series of Darts on Friday night.

The 26-year-old is looking forward to returning to action for the Foxes on Boxing Day, after not playing a minute over the World Cup due to the injury he picked up in their final Premier League game.

Three days before they played Newcastle, Maddison was in the stands enjoying darts, refusing to down a pint after cheers from the fans.

James Maddison enjoyed his spare time shooting darts after the World Cup with England

The Leicester star is a big fan of darts and plays the sport regularly while on overseas trips

The Leicester star is a big fan of darts and plays the sport regularly while on overseas trips

The Leicester star did a dart throw against Wolves again in October

The Leicester star did a dart throw against Wolves again in October

‘I think it’s common knowledge that I’m a huge Darts fan,’ Maddison said in an interview with Sky Sports.

We have a good darts school in Leicester. Lots of boys playing, even the staff playing.

“We’ve taken the board to away matches and stayed up the night before when we had free time and the standard was decent.”

When asked if he was topping the leaderboard, he said: “I don’t want to tackle him with a big head but I am.

Martin Schindler celebrates his victory during his second round match Friday night

Martin Schindler celebrates his victory during his second round match Friday night

Madison refused to down a pint despite cheers from the fans in attendance telling him to do so

Madison refused to down a pint despite cheers from the fans in attendance telling him to do so

Fans were in the Christmas spirit at Ally Pally with only two days left until the big day

Fans were in the Christmas spirit at Ally Pally with only two days left until the big day

A group of fans dressed as elves while enjoying the action at Alexandra Palace on Friday

A group of fans dressed as elves while enjoying the action at Alexandra Palace on Friday

One fan took a different approach as they dressed up as beekeepers for the night at a dart game

One fan took a different approach as they dressed up as beekeepers for the night at a dart game

“Luke Thomas who was with me today would say different but the standard is pretty good to be fair.”

When asked if he had made 180s, he replied: ‘Yeah, I’ve had a couple of 180s. I’m past the point where I count how many I have. But it’s good fun, we love darts.’

Madison has regularly spoken of his love of darts and even staged a darts celebration when he scored in a 4-0 win over Wolves in October.

Maddison has been a standout star for Leicester again this season, with seven goals and four assists leading to him being called up to the England squad.

Despite traveling to Qatar, he has not played since the Foxes’ 2-0 win over West Ham before the World Cup break.

His manager Brendan Rodgers said of Madison’s playing chances on Monday: “We’ll give him every chance to see where he is. He’s had some persistent problems with his knee. We’ll assess that.”

At Oche, 2017 champion Rob Cross moved safely into the third round with a 3-1 win over debutant Scott Williams

At Oche, 2017 champion Rob Cross moved safely into the third round with a 3-1 win over debutant Scott Williams

In the evening session at the Gala Dinner, former champion Rob Cross reached the third round of the PDC World Championship after defeating debutant Scott Williams at Alexandra Palace.

A good match went to the first leg decider in each group which saw Cross win 3–1 with an average of 99 scoring seven 180s.

“This place will always be special to me,” said the 32-year-old Englishman, winner of the competition five years ago and runner-up in the Players Championship Finals last month, in quotes on pdc.tv. This is the holy grail.

“I think I’ve dealt with the big moments a little bit more, but maybe I’ll get back to the experience. I feel good. I feel like I’m getting better and I’m enjoying it again.

Cross will play Mervyn King in the third round.

Former Premier League champion Johnny Clayton also progressed by defeating Dan van Trigg 3-0

Former Premier League champion Johnny Clayton also progressed by defeating Dan van Trigg 3-0

Meanwhile, Chris Doby (left) beat Martin Kleremaker (right) 3-0 to battle it out to a showdown with two-time champ Gary Anderson.

Meanwhile, Chris Doby (left) beat Martin Kleremaker (right) 3-0 to battle it out to a showdown with two-time champ Gary Anderson.

Friday’s match also included the progress of Welsh player Johnny Clayton with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Dutchman Danny Van Trip.

Clayton will next face Brendan Dolan, who defeated Jimi Hendrix 3-1.

Van Trip compatriot Danny Neubert won 3-1 against David Cameron, Joe Cullen won 3-1 against Ricky Evans and Ross Smith beat Darius Lapanauskas.

Chris Dobie beat Martin Kleiermaker 3-0 to set up a clash with two-time champion Gary Anderson, and Martin Schindler will take on last year’s runner-up Michael Smith after beating Martin Lookman 3-1.

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