MIKE WARBURTON went from one big celebration, straight into another on a day the Welsh international darts star will never forget.

Hours after clinching top spot in Thursday’s Icons of Darts online tournament, he saw his beloved Liverpool crowned Premier League champions after rivals Manchester City lost 2-1 at Chelsea.

“It didn’t start too well, losing nine legs on the spin but the day just got better and better after that,” said the 35-year Airbus worker from Gwersyllt.

“We had a family barbecue after I’d won the darts and then I watched the second-half of the Chelsea v City game and, being a massive Liverpool fan, I had to celebrate that too. Well it has been 30 years!

“Thursday probably best summed up how it’s been for me during the last three months in these tournaments - up and down.

“After losing 5-0 in the opener and then four more in a row against Stephen Burton, I just lent on the living room wall and thought, we’ll I’ve got nothing to lose.”

And that proved the case as Warburton won 20 and his next 26 legs to chalk up eight points and deny Irishman Keane Barry, who had hammered him 5-0 in his opening match.

“I’ve had some good battle with Keane in the past,” said Warburton, “He beat me in the semi-finals of the Northern Ireland Open and I beat him in the Irish Open final.

“It was also good to beat Mark Webster again - that’s two wins in the week against Webby.”

Warburton was right about his topsy turvy run of form when winning just one of his five games on Saturday - three of them ending in defeat in the final leg.

Denbigh’s Webster gained revenge on his fellow countryman, beating Warburton 5-2 en route to a battle for first place with Barry.

Webster won four out of five games leaving Barry going into the last match of the day knowing a win would clinch top spot.

And he did just that, seeing off Scott Mitchell to grab first place.