Darts legend Mike Gregory passes away aged 65

Former World Championship finalist and multiple major title winner Mike Gregory has passed away at the age of 65.

Gregory was one of the sport’s most recognisable faces in the 90s and was famously involved in one of the most memorable matches of all-time against Phil Taylor in the 1992 World Championship final.

Gregory squandered six match darts to claim the world title at Lakeside, eventually losing 6-5, with Taylor having since listed this as his greatest ever match.

Nicknamed ‘The Quiet Man of Darts’, Gregory made history by becoming the winner of the first-ever televised WDC (now PDC) tournament – the 1992 Lada UK Masters, defeating Dennis Priestley in the final.

He also reached the final of the World Masters in 1983 and 1992 and won the Unipart British Professional and MFI World Matchplay titles, as well as the News of the World title on two occasions.

Gregory became a founding member of the World Darts Council during the famous ‘split’, but only to have a change of heart and return to the BDO shortly after.

He picked up his last major title at the 1995 Unipart European Masters and made his last World Championship appearance at Lakeside in 1999, suffering a First Round defeat to Martin Adams.

Since then, Gregory had continued to represent Somerset at county level and compete in local leagues.

His former rivals and friends have paid their tributes on social media following the news of his death on Tuesday morning.