Robert Francis George (born 16 December 1945) is an English television presenter and former professional
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'. George won several leading major darts tournaments, he won the News of the World Darts Championship twice and appeared in two BDO Darts World Championship finals and was the first full-time exhibition player. Since 1998, George has also worked for the BBC as a co-presenter and promoter of the game in their coverage of darts tournaments.


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Grand Masters in 1979 and 1980, the North American Open in 1978 and the Nations Cup in 1980, as part of an England triples team with Tony Brown and John Lowe. And he was WDF Europe Cup champion in 1982 beating
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in the final. George's ''News of the World'' victory in 1979 came without dropping a single leg, the only player to do so. Winning the 1979 final with a 100.20 average. Bobby was the first player to get over 100 average on television. George has reached the final of the BDO World Darts Championship twice. His first final in 1980 was his first appearance in a BDO World Darts Championship: after beating
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and Cliff Lazarenko, he lost to
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. George reached his second world final in 1994. After beating Russell Stewart and Martin Phillips, he broke his back when celebrating winning a set during his quarter final match against Kevin Kenny. George got through that match against Kenny by 4–2 in sets, having damaged his back when celebrating going 3–2 up. In his semi final match against Magnus Caris, George went two sets up, but then lost the next four sets and the opening two legs of the seventh set. When Caris missed a dart at double 18 to win the match, George responded by winning nine legs in a row to win the match 5–4 in sets. Competing in the final against doctor's advice, Wearing a steel corset, George lost 0–6 to John Part playing in extreme pain. A few weeks after that final, it was found that he had literally broken his back and had to have eight titanium screws inserted into the base of his spine just so that he could stand upright. Since 1998, George has been a co-presenter and pundit on the BBC darts coverage, primarily of the BDO World Championship. He has also made several other television appearances, not all relating to darts. In 2002, he played himself in Sean Lock's sitcom ''
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'', while in 2004, he starred in the comedy film ''One Man and His Dog'' and later followed in the footsteps of fellow professional darts player Andy Fordham by taking part in the ITV programme '' Celebrity Fit Club''. In 2006, he appeared in a regular segment of '' Brainiac: Science Abuse'' series 4, in which he played darts in order to explode caravans. He was also a team captain in '' Showbiz Darts'' again alongside Fordham. In 2010, Bobby performed Run DMC's ''Walk this Way'' on Let's Dance for Sport Relief with
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, Willie Thorne and
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. His colourful character has enabled George to be successful on the darts exhibition circuit, being introduced to it, and money races by his friend Tommy O'Regan. He became the game's first full-time exhibition player when he stopped playing regular tournaments in 1986. In 2009, he teamed up with Bristow and John Lowe to tour theatres around the UK and Ireland, appearing in a show named Legends of the Oche which was presented and hosted by comedian Duncan Norvelle. He appeared in a 2009 episode of BBC's ''
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''. In January and February 2016, George appeared in the three-part BBC series '' The Real Marigold Hotel'', which followed a group of celebrity senior citizens including Miriam Margolyes and Wayne Sleep on a journey to India. He also appeared on ''The Real Marigold on Tour'', visiting Florida and
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in 2019. In November 2017, George appeared on ''Gone to Pot: American Road Trip'' in which five celebrities (mainly older aged) go across
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can be used medicinally and how it would affect the UK if it was legalised.

Personal life

George was born in Manor Park, London. After leaving school, he had various jobs including as a nightclub bouncer and floor layer before taking up darts. George lives with his wife and manager Marie () and their sons Robert George () and Richie George (), at George Hall. The layout of the rooms has been designed to look like a dartboard. George is a keen fisherman, and within the George Hall grounds are well-stocked fishing lakes. George has two grandsons, Robert Jr (son of Robert) and Edward (son of Richie), who were born within 23 hours of each other in July 2013. His son Richie is also a professional darts player. He reached the semi-final of the 2013 BDO World Darts Championship, losing to eventual champion
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. George has worked as an ambassador for basic
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, touring schools teaching children how darts can help with counting skills.


* "Ton-eighties (or scores or trebles) for show and doubles for dough." * "Throw where you're looking and look where you're throwing." * "That's the way to do it, Luvverly jubberly." * "May the darts be with you." * "Putting the 'art' in 'darts'." * (After being asked about a player's chances in a match) "It's like a computer, innit. If you press D, you play darts. If you press something else, you play like" (corpsing) "something else..."

Tournament wins

*North American Open: 1978 * News of the World Darts Championship: 1979, 1986 *Butlins Grand Masters: 1979, 1980 *WDF Europe Cup Singles: 1982 *WDF Europe Cup Team: 1982

World Championship results


*1980: Runner Up (lost to
Eric Bristow Eric John Bristow, (25 April 1957 – 5 April 2018), nicknamed "The Crafty Cockney", was an English professional darts player. He was ranked World No. 1 by the World Darts Federation a record five times, in 1980, 1981 and 1983–1985. He wa ...
3–5) *1981: Quarter-finals (lost to Cliff Lazarenko 0–4) *1982: Semi-finals (lost to John Lowe 1–4) *1983: First round (lost to Tony Brown 0–2) *1984: First round (lost to Malcolm Davies 1–2) *1985: Second round (lost to Fred McMullan 1–3) *1986: First round (lost to Bob Anderson 0–3) *1987: First round (lost to John Lowe 0–3) *1993: Semi-finals (lost to John Lowe 3–5) *1994: Runner Up (lost to
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0–6) *1995: First round (lost to Ronnie Sharp 0–3) *1997: Second round (lost to Roland Scholten 0–3) *1998: Second round (lost to Sean Palfrey 2–3) *2000: Second round (lost to Ronnie Baxter 2–3) *2002: First round (lost to
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Career statistics

BDO major finals: 4 (2 titles, 2 runners-up)

WDF major finals: 1 (1 title)

Independent major finals: 2 (2 titles)

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Prel.) Preliminary round; (DNQ) Did not qualify; (DNP) Did not participate; (NH) Not held

Performance timeline


External links

Bobby George's profile and stats on Darts DatabaseKingdom of Bobby George
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