#OTD in 2021: Van Barneveld marks return with fairytale Pro Tour triumph

Raymond van Barneveld’s return to competitive darts in 2021 was met with sceptism in many quarters, yet exactly 12 months ago today, the doyen of Dutch darts rolled back the years in extraordinary fashion to claim his first PDC ranking title in eight years.

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Van Barneveld officially retires after terminating PDC membership!

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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Barney’s best Premier League moments!

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…

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Sydney Darts Masters-Preview

Sydney Darts Masters

Phil Taylor will be vying for a third consecutive World Series title as the Sydney Darts Masters gets underway this Thursday. Taylor will compete alongside Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson, Peter Wright, James Wade, Adrian Lewis, Raymond van Barneveld and Stephen Bunting in the Australian city.

They will also be up against 8 Oceanic representatives; two of whom include Simon Whitlock and Paul Nicholson.  Josh’s Dartistry assesses the favourite for the title, potential outside bets, as well as men under huge pressure to perform.

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Premier League Darts-Week 3 Preview

The Anderson-van Gerwen rivalry continues tonight.

Michael van Gerwen is hoping to maintain his blistering form in 2015 as he takes on World Champion Gary Anderson at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. Stephen Bunting is aiming to record his first victory of the campaign on home turf as he tussles with Phil Taylor, whilst Peter Wright and Raymond van Barneveld face off in a battle that could have major repercussions for their respective seasons. Continue reading “Premier League Darts-Week 3 Preview”

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