A campaign has been launched to save the game of darts from the march of the gastro-pub.
The campaign, spear-headed by 13-times World Darts Champion Phil 'The Power" Taylor has been launched after a survey found the game under threat of extinction as boards are taken down.
Blue Square, the online bookmaker, revealed their study showed only 53% of pubs now have a dart board.
And a survey of 1,000 pub-goers found only 10% had played darts in the last 12 months - compared with 41% five years ago.
Researchers predict that within a generation the game, reputedly to have been a favourite of Henry VIII, will be no more.
The Power told the Telegraph: "Unless we get behind the campaign to Save Our Darts and encourage more landlords to install a dart board, the game really could be consigned to the history books."
According to the paper, the game of darts has its origins in medieval times when archery tutors shortened arrows and had their students throw them at the bottoms of empty barrels.
Soldiers later took some of the shortened arrows to ale houses to show off their skills.