Five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld is set to make a sensational return to professional darts next year, after announcing plans to attend PDC Qualifying School in 2021 as he bids to regain a place on the circuit.Continue reading “Van Barneveld to make sensational Q-School return”
Raymond van Barneveld completed a lockdown double over his old adversary Phil Taylor after recording an 11-8 win over the 16-time world champion in a steel-tip showdown on Thursday evening.Continue reading “Barney beats Taylor in entertaining steel-tip showdown”
Six years ago today, Raymond van Barneveld wrote another iconic chapter in his illustrious career, defeating Phil Taylor and Michael van Gerwen on the same night to seal his maiden Premier League title at London’s O2 Arena.Continue reading “DARTING CLASSICS: Brilliant Barney seals Premier League glory”
Raymond van Barneveld has teased the possibility of an upcoming rematch against his old adversary Phil Taylor, after revealing that he’d been asked to compete against the 16-time world champion in another online duel.Continue reading “Van Barneveld teases potential Taylor rematch”
Exactly ten years ago today, Raymond van Barneveld achieved perfection in Aberdeen – firing in a spectacular nine-dart finish en route to victory over Terry Jenkins on Night 12 of the 2010 Premier League.Continue reading “ON THIS DAY: Van Barneveld makes nine-dart history”
When sporting legends call time on their careers, their impact is measured predominantly by their haul of silverware, and the vast majority of darters will be envious of Raymond van Barneveld’s extensive trophy cabinet.
Yet having also put darts on the map in the Netherlands whilst inspiring a generation of European talent in the process, his legacy remains just as prominent.Continue reading “Being Barney – the doyen of Dutch darts”
Current PDC world champion Peter Wright insists Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld could still have been winning major titles for another decade had they chosen not to retire, with ‘Snakebite’ admitting that the ‘inspiring’ pair have left a notable void on the darting circuit.Continue reading “Wright: Phil and Raymond could be winning majors for another decade!”
Raymond van Barneveld fought back from 6-3 down to defeat Phil Taylor 7-6 in a thrilling ‘Darts at Home’ charity showdown which raised £15,000 for the NHS on Thursday.Continue reading “Van Barneveld topples Taylor with 119 average in epic charity showdown”
One of darts’ most iconic rivalries will be resumed on Thursday evening as Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld lock horns in an online soft-tip contest – streamed from their own living rooms!Continue reading “Taylor and Van Barneveld set for charity soft-tip showdown on Thursday”
Who is the greatest darts player of all time? Who would form the top ten? It’s a debate that rages throughout forums and social media on a regular basis, but following on from my Fantasy World Championship, I’ve compiled my list of the ten greatest darts players of all time.Continue reading “OPINION: The ten greatest darts players of all time”
Dutch youngster Wessel Nijman secured four consecutive victories to prevail on the opening day of the Modus Icons of Darts Live League on Monday.Continue reading “Icons of Darts Live League: Day One Report”
Five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld, former BDO world champion Mark Webster and 2010 Players Championship Finals winner Paul Nicholson will all feature in Modus’ inaugural Icons of Darts live league, which kicks off tomorrow.Continue reading “Barney, Webster & Nicholson to feature in Icons of Darts live league”
Raymond van Barneveld showed off his dance moves as he recreated Wayne Mardle’s iconic ‘Hawaii Five-0’ entrance in a hilarious social media video on Friday.Continue reading “WATCH: Barney recreates brilliant Mardle Walk-On”
Wayne Mardle claimed the inaugural PDC Walk-On World Cup title on Thursday evening with victory over five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld.Continue reading “Mardle crowned PDC Walk-On World Cup champion”
Wayne Mardle and Raymond van Barneveld will clash in the inaugural PDC Walk-On World Cup final, after seeing off Devon Petersen and Peter Wright respectively in the semi-finals.Continue reading “Van Barneveld and Mardle to contest Walk-On World Cup final”
Wayne Mardle produced a sensational fightback to defeat world number one Michael van Gerwen and secure a place in the semi-finals of the inaugural PDC Walk-On World Cup, as Raymond van Barneveld edged out Daryl Gurney to reach the last four.Continue reading “Walk-On World Cup: Mardle stuns MvG, Barney reaches semi-finals”
We’re bereft of live sporting action at present amid the uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic, therefore I’ve decided to take a trip down memory lane and reflect on an all-time Premier League classic that took place almost five years ago today.Continue reading “DARTING CLASSICS: Barney defies 116 average from Taylor in Glasgow”
Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld are set to renew their classic rivalry in rather unusual circumstances – as they prepare to compete in a streamed charity match from their own living rooms, to combat the lack of live darting action due to the Coronavirus pandemic.Continue reading “Taylor & Barney agree to streamed charity clash!”
Raymond van Barneveld enjoyed a fitting farewell in Amsterdam on Saturday evening, as he won a star-studded exhibition event at the renamed ‘Barney Dome’ alongside his fellow countryman and former Arsenal and Man United striker – Robin van Persie.Continue reading “Van Barneveld and Van Persie scoop ‘Barney Dome’ title!”
Raymond van Barneveld landed a sensational 170 finish to seal victory over former world No 1 Colin Lloyd and sign off from the Kings of Darts exhibition tour in style, as Michael van Gerwen produced a stirring comeback to record a third consecutive win over Gerwyn Price.Continue reading “Kings of Darts: Barney signs off in style, MvG seals Price hat-trick!”
Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld impressed as the Kings of Darts exhibition tour continued in the Netherlands on Sunday evening.Continue reading “Kings of Darts: MvG thumps Price, Barney whitewashes Sherrock”
Five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld is set to receive his own symbolic coin produced by the Royal Dutch Mint to honour his incredible contribution to darts in the Netherlands.Continue reading “Van Barneveld to be honoured with his own coin!”
Raymond van Barneveld admits that it took three or four weeks to recover from his painful World Championship exit, but the five-time world champion believes he made the right decision to retire from the professional circuit and is now looking forward to the future.Continue reading “Van Barneveld: “I think I made the right decision””
Jeffrey de Zwaan delivered the performance of the World Darts Championship so far to dump out 10th seed Dave Chisnall in a seven-set thriller, before declaring that he can follow in the footsteps of five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld.Continue reading “De Zwaan: I could be the next Raymond van Barneveld!”
Raymond van Barneveld has confirmed that he has terminated his Professional Darts Corporation membership in an emotional message on social media.
The five-time world champion announced in November 2018 that he would retire after the 2020 World Championship and his final appearance at Alexandra Palace culminated in a disappointing 3-1 defeat against American veteran Darin Young in the first round.
Although Van Barneveld continuously insisted that he would walk away from the game following this year’s showpiece, handing in his PDC Tour Card is the final and definitive step to ending his career in competitive darts, as he will no longer be able to compete on the Pro Tour circuit.
The doyen of Dutch darts has enjoyed one of the most influential careers in the sport. Phil Taylor is the only man to have lifted more World Championship titles than Barney, whilst the 52-year-old has been a trailblazer for Dutch darts – inspiring a new generation of talent.
Van Barneveld has won 26 major televised titles and recorded five televised nine-dart finishes during his illustrious career, although as well as his extensive trophy haul, his legacy will also be centred around his universal popularity which saw him adored by his legion of fans in the ‘Barney Army’.
In a social media message posted on Friday, the Dutchman wrote: “Thank you dart fans all around the world for your support for all these years, but like I said earlier ‘All Good Things Come To An End’. I wish the PDC, all their staff and all the players a Wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.”
Van Barneveld then shared an image of his official termination later addressed to PDC Chief Executive Matt Porter, which read: “It is with pain in my heart that I write to you this official letter. I want to terminate my membership of the Professional Darts Corporation as of January 1st 2020.”
“I have had many years of joy and also some with too many losses and now it’s time to retire. I have tried my best to be a great ambassador of the sport and therefore the PDC.
“I also tried to inspire a younger generation to pick up a set of darts and join our beautiful game. Not only in the Netherlands but all around the world. I want to thank you and everyone at the PDC for helping me and supporting me throughout my career.
“We shared so many stories which I will always cherish. I hope that the PDC will continue to grow and flourish like it is at the moment. It makes me proud knowing I have been part of this journey of darts. All the best.”
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Raymond van Barneveld launched a scathing attack on his own performance after losing 3-1 to Darin Young at the World Championship, insisting ‘I will never forgive myself’ after his career came to a premature conclusion on an emotional night at Alexandra Palace.Continue reading “Van Barneveld: ‘The demons won again’”
‘Risin’ up, straight to the top
Had the guts, got the glory
Went the distance now I’m not gonna stop
Just a man and his will to survive’
Raymond van Barneveld’s career has been littered with glory. He’s maintained his place in the elite for three decades and gone the distance against several darting legends, although the last survivor of his generation will indeed stop – this year’s World Championship marks his final competitive event before retirement.Continue reading “Raymond van Barneveld: The final chapter of the last survivor!”
Raymond van Barneveld rolled back the years to defeat fellow countryman Jermaine Wattimena in his final competitive event on home soil, whilst Michael van Gerwen fought back to edge out Gerwyn Price in a last-leg thriller on an eventful night at the World Series of Darts Finals in Amsterdam.Continue reading “Van Barneveld and Van Gerwen shine in Amsterdam!”
Raymond van Barneveld has claimed that winning his first Lakeside World Championship was the greatest moment in his career, before revealing that he’d be interested in working as a pundit following his retirement.Continue reading “Barney on his career, Phil Taylor and life after retirement….”
Raymond van Barneveld has spoken of his desire to sign off in style at this year’s World Championship. as he approaches the latter stages of his glittering career.Continue reading “Van Barneveld determined to sign off in style!”
In our eighteenth episode of the Josh’s Dartistry Podcast, Josh Gorton is joined by regular co-hosts Jon Dean and Neil Conner to round-up the latest darting news.Continue reading “Josh’s Dartistry Darts Podcast – Episode 18!”
Raymond van Barneveld will miss next month’s World Matchplay after withdrawing from this weekend’s Pro Tour events in Wigan.Continue reading “Van Barneveld to miss World Matchplay!”
Raymond van Barneveld and James Wade will compete in the PDC World Series of Darts events in Brisbane, Melbourne and Hamilton in August after being confirmed alongside four further Oceanic qualifiers.Continue reading “Van Barneveld & Wade to feature in World Series treble!”
Raymond van Barneveld made his 210th and final Premier League appearance just under a fortnight ago on an extremely emotional night at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam.
Van Barneveld, who will retire from competitive darts following the 2020 World Championship, has enjoyed so many iconic moments throughout his 14-year Premier League career, having featured in more matches than any other player in the competition’s history. Here, we look back at some of Barney’s best Premier League moments…Continue reading “Barney’s best Premier League moments!”
In our fourteenth episode of the Josh’s Dartistry Podcast, Josh Gorton returns fresh from his trip to Rotterdam, where he is joined by regular co-hosts Jon Dean and the returning Neil Conner.Continue reading “Josh’s Dartistry Darts Podcast – Episode 14!”
Raymond van Barneveld will continue playing throughout the remainder of 2019 after reconsidering his decision to bring forward his planned retirement.Continue reading “Van Barneveld reverses retirement decision!”
Raymond van Barneveld has announced that he intends to retire with immediate effect following his emotional Premier League exit on an extraordinary night in Rotterdam on Thursday evening.Continue reading “Van Barneveld announces immediate retirement!”
Raymond van Barneveld was condemned to Premier League elimination after suffering a 7-1 drubbing against Daryl Gurney in Rotterdam, whilst Michael van Gerwen returned to the top of the table after beating Peter Wright by the same scoreline on an eventful night at the Ahoy Arena.Continue reading “Premier League Darts 2019 – Night Eight Report!”
Steve Beaton defeated Raymond van Barneveld in a battle of the legends in Leverkusen, while Glen Durrant enjoyed a winning start on his European Tour debut on Friday night as the European Darts Open kicked off in style.Continue reading “2019 European Darts Open – Day One Report!”
Raymond van Barneveld defeated home hero Max Hopp to keep his Premier League survival hopes alive, as Daryl Gurney stunned Michael van Gerwen on a dramatic night of action at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin on Thursday evening.Continue reading “Premier League Darts 2019 – Night Seven Report!”
Adrian Lewis claimed his first PDC title in almost two years with an 8-3 victory over Raymond van Barneveld in the final of Players Championship 8 in Wigan on Sunday afternoon.Continue reading “Players Championship 8 Report!”
Steve Beaton, Stephen Bunting and Kyle Anderson were among eight players to secure a European Tour qualification double in Wigan on Friday, as Raymond van Barneveld and Glen Durrant also qualified for one event apiece.Continue reading “Beaton, Barney & Durrant among European Tour qualifiers!”
Michael van Gerwen regained top spot in the Premier League with a comprehensive 7-2 win over Gerwyn Price at Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena on Thursday night, as Rob Cross, Mensur Suljovic and Michael Smith also triumphed on Night Six.Continue reading “Premier League Darts 2019 – Night Six Report!”
John Henderson produced an inspired display as he recovered from 3-0 and 6-4 down to share the spoils with Michael van Gerwen on a memorable night of Premier League action at the BHGE Arena in Aberdeen.Continue reading “Home Hero Henderson stuns Van Gerwen in Aberdeen!”
Nathan Aspinall has surged into the world’s top 16 for the first time in his career following his stunning UK Open success in Minehead, while five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld has slipped outside the world’s top 32 for the first time since 2006.Continue reading “PDC Order of Merit Update!”
Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson and Peter Wright all crashed out on a dramatic opening day of the Ladbrokes UK Open, while former champions Adrian Lewis and Raymond van Barneveld also bowed out as the 159-player tournament kicked off with a bang at Butlin’s Minehead Resort on Friday.Continue reading “Van Gerwen, Anderson & Wright crash out of UK Open!”
James Wade produced a typically clinical display to inflict Michael van Gerwen’s first Premier League defeat of the season on Night Four in Exeter, although ‘The Machine’ labelled it as his worst performance of the campaign thus far.Continue reading “Wade: “Lots of players fold against Michael when they really shouldn’t””
Raymond van Barneveld will compete in his first European Tour event for almost two years in March after being amongst the qualifiers for the year’s opening two events, as three-time BDO world champion Glen Durrant produced a series of stunning displays in the first qualifier to seal his European Tour debut.
Continue reading “Van Barneveld secures European Tour return!”
Michael van Gerwen maintained his 100% start to this year’s Premier League with a thumping win over Rob Cross, whilst Raymond van Barneveld produced another stirring comeback from 5-1 down to salvage a point against Mensur Suljovic on a dramatic night of darts in Dublin. Continue reading “2019 Premier League Darts – Night Three Report!”
The entries for the opening two European Tour events of the year have been confirmed ahead of the two UK Qualifiers and two West & South Europe Tour Card Holder Qualifiers at the Barnsley Metrodome on Friday February 22. Continue reading “European Tour 1 & 2 Qualifier Entries!”
Raymond van Barneveld produced a stirring fightback from 6-2 down to earn his first point of his final Premier League campaign against Gerwyn Price on Night Two at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on Thursday evening. Continue reading “Premier League Darts 2019 – Night Two Report!”
The 2019 Unibet Premier League heads to Glasgow’s SSE Hydro for Night Two on Thursday evening, as three-time BDO world champion Glen Durrant makes his highly-anticipated Premier League debut. Continue reading “2019 Premier League Darts – Night Two Preview!”
Michael van Gerwen continued his unbeaten start to 2019 as he defeated his compatriot Jermaine Wattimena 8-4 to clinch the opening Players Championship event of the season in Wigan on Saturday afternoon. Continue reading “2019 Players Championship 1 Report!”
Gerwyn Price insists he won’t be holding back with his celebrations after kicking off his 2019 Unibet Premier League campaign with a brilliant 7-4 victory over Daryl Gurney, as Michael van Gerwen and James Wade also made winning starts in Newcastle. Continue reading “Price prevails in Newcastle and insists he won’t hold back!”
Michael van Gerwen will take on Michael Smith on the opening night of the 2019 Unibet Premier League season on February 7 in Newcastle, while Raymond van Barneveld will face Van Gerwen in Rotterdam for the second consecutive campaign. Continue reading “Premier League Darts 2019 – Fixtures Confirmed!”
In our tenth episode of the Josh’s Dartistry Podcast, Josh Gorton is joined by co-hosts Jon Dean and Neil Conner as we reflect on Michael van Gerwen’s triumph at the William Hill World Darts Championship. Continue reading “Josh’s Dartistry Darts Podcast Episode Ten!”
Raymond van Barneveld will make his 14th consecutive Premier League appearance in 2019 ahead of his impending retirement, whilst former champion James Wade makes his return to the fold after the ten-player field was confirmed on Tuesday evening. Continue reading “Premier League Darts 2019 line-up confirmed!”
Five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld became the latest big-name casualty to exit this year’s World Darts Championship, after losing 3-2 to Lithuania’s Darius Labanauskas on a dramatic Monday night at the Alexandra Palace. Continue reading “Labanauskas shocks Van Barneveld at World Championship!”
Darts’ biggest-ever event kicks off on Thursday night, as the 2018/19 PDC World Championship gets underway at the Alexandra Palace. With a record £2.5 million prize fund on offer, along with an expanded 96-player field, it’s set to be the best World Championship yet. Continue reading “PDC World Championship Preview!”
Raymond van Barneveld still believes he’s capable of winning a sixth World Championship title as he prepares to kick off his penultimate Alexandra Palace campaign next week. Continue reading “Van Barneveld: ‘There’s One More World Title In Me’”
Raymond van Barneveld produced one of the finest displays in PDC World Championship history when he dispatched Jelle Klaasen 5-1 in the 2009 quarter-finals at the Alexandra Palace. Continue reading “PDC World Championship Memories: Nine-dart Barney KO’s Klaasen!”
Rob Cross and Lisa Ashton will headline the opening night of the 2018/2019 William Hill World Darts Championship, after the schedule for darts’ biggest event was confirmed on Thursday afternoon. Continue reading “PDC World Championship Schedule!”
In our eighth episode of the Josh’s Dartistry Podcast, Josh Gorton is joined by co-host Jon Dean and new panellist Jordan Harrison, with regular co-host Neil Conner away on business.
There’s plenty to discuss after a whirlwind week in the darting world, and the team discuss the news that Raymond van Barneveld will retire from professional darts after the 2019/2020 World Championship, with Josh picking out some of his favourite RvB memories. Continue reading “Josh’s Dartistry Darts Podcast Episode Eight!”
Five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld has announced that he will retire from professional darts following the 2019/2020 William Hill World Darts Championship.
The legendary Dutchman is one of the most iconic figures in darting history and has enjoyed a magnificent career, but he has decided to play one final year on the PDC circuit before retiring from competitive action. Continue reading “Van Barneveld to retire after 2019/2020 World Championship!”
James Wade survived five match darts as he edged out Michael Smith in a gripping deciding-leg clash to secure World Series Finals glory in Vienna on Sunday evening.
‘The Machine’ defeated Simon Whitlock in the European Championship Final last week to secure his first major title since 2014, and he clinched his second televised crown in the space of just seven days after edging out ‘Bully Boy’ in an enthralling contest. Continue reading “Wade secures World Series glory with epic win over Smith!”
Raymond van Barneveld rolled back the years to end Michael van Gerwen’s three-year reign at the World Series of Darts Finals, on a dramatic afternoon of quarter-final action in Vienna. Continue reading “Brilliant Barney stuns MvG in Vienna!”
Michael van Gerwen began his bid for a fourth successive World Series Finals title with a comprehensive whitewash victory over Australian qualifier Damon Heta, as Gary Anderson, Peter Wright, Rob Cross, Daryl Gurney and home favourite Mensur Suljovic were all sent packing on a dramatic night of action in Vienna. Continue reading “World Series of Darts Finals- Day Two Report!”
Five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld insists he will fight to retain his place in the world’s top 16 and claims he would compete in more Pro Tour events next year in a bid to preserve his status in the darting elite. Continue reading “Van Barneveld determined to battle for Top 16 status!”
Raymond van Barneveld will make his return to the Pro Tour circuit next week, as the Players Championship heads to Dublin ahead of the Unibet World Grand Prix. Continue reading “Van Barneveld set for Pro Tour return!”
In our fifth episode of the Josh’s Dartistry Podcast, Josh Gorton is joined by co-hosts Jon Dean and Neil Conner to discuss all the latest news from the world of darts. After a brief hiatus, the team return to discuss the recent World Matchplay, where Gary Anderson defeated Mensur Suljovic in a gripping finale to secure the coveted triple-crown. Continue reading “Josh’s Dartistry Darts Podcast Episode Five!”