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Iconic darts commentator John Gwynne passes away aged 77

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 09 Jul 2022
John Gwynne was inducted into the PDC Hall of Fame in 2014 (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Legendary sports broadcaster and PDC Hall of Fame member John Gwynne has passed away aged 77 following a battle with cancer.

A highly-respected sports broadcaster, Gwynne was part of the Sky Sports commentary team at the WDC’s first World Championship in 1993, having previously reported on the sport for radio and “Darts Phone Line Commentary” after moving from his original career as a schoolteacher.

He would remain an integral part of the Sky Sports team for the next two decades, fittingly retiring in 2013 after covering 20 World Championships and 20 World Matchplays.

In the proceeding years, Gwynne made several guest appearances in the commentary box, the last of which coming at the inaugural World Seniors Championship at The Circus Tavern in February 2022.

Gwynne championed the Log-End format of the sport – popular in his native Manchester – and also worked as an exhibition MC and referee.

His work with Sky Sports had seen him report on football for Soccer Saturday, and he subsequently wrote his ‘Soccer Satisfied’ book which was published in 2020 and details his experiences in the sport.

He also covered cricket, rugby league and speedway, and was inducted into the PDC Hall of Fame in 2014.

Alongside legendary colleagues including Sid Waddell and Dave Lanning, Gwynne was on hand to call in some of darts’ most iconic moments, including the 2007 World Championship final between Raymond van Barneveld and Phil Taylor.

He was famously joined by cricket star Andrew Flintoff in the commentary box during the 2012 World Matchplay when Michael van Gerwen burst onto the scene with a nine-dart finish against Steve Beaton.

He passed away peacefully on Saturday morning after an 18-month battle with cancer.

Tributes have poured in on social media from players, fans and colleagues.

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