Cullen explains sad reason why he walks out to Oasis despite being Man Utd fan

Joe Cullen has revealed why he walks on stage to an Oasis anthem – even though the Gallagher brothers support Manchester City and he is a massive United fan.

The 'Rockstar' adopted Don't Look Back In Anger as his personal tribute to victims of the Manchester Arena bomb outrage when the venue next hosted darts' Premier League circus.

Cullen's PDC World Championship fourth round showdown with Michael Smith on Friday could be a classic – and that's just the walk-ons.

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He said: “I’ve never met the Gallagher brothers – but I’d love to. I have heard Noel is a bit rude but Liam is all right, so I’d like to find out for myself.

“Don't Look Back In Anger is a fantastic song. I took it on after the bombings happened at Manchester Arena, but I was a massive Oasis fan anyway.

“People say to me, 'You are a Manchester United fan, how can you walk on to a City tune?' But it’s not a City tune – I'm just a big Oasis fan, so who cares?”

Bully Boy Michael Smith has mapped out a route to No.1 in the rankings – all he has to do is win his maiden world title.

But if last year's losing finalist conquers Ally Pally, the £500,000 loot will lift him above Gerwyn Price, Peter Wright and Michael van Gerwen in the Professional Darts Corporation order of merit.

With two-time champions Wright and Gary Anderson crashing out within 24 hours, the field is beginning to open up for Smith.

He said: “I had a plan coming into this tournament, knowing if Peter lost in the semi-finals or earlier, then I could win this and become world No.1.

“I play darts, I want to be a world champion, I want to be world No.1 – and I could do it on the same day. But I have Joe to think about first.

“Joe and I are good mates. We won’t keep our distance. Even in the Grand Slam, when we played in the same group, we were practising together on the board. And when we played in the quarters, we practised again.”

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