Chris Dobey keen to bring major darts trophy to St James’ Park

The Masters winner is now targeting World Championship glory later this year.

Jonathan Veal
Tuesday 05 September 2023 09:00 BST
Chris Dobey wants to parade a trophy at St James’ Park (Target Darts handout/PA)
Chris Dobey wants to parade a trophy at St James’ Park (Target Darts handout/PA)

Chris Dobey is desperate to become the local hero in Newcastle and one day parade a major trophy at St James’ Park.

The 33-year-old, born in Bedlington, is a lifelong Magpie and is keen to add to the feelgood factor in the city that was brought about by the football club’s recent success.

Dobey has also had some glory of his own this year, winning the Masters in January to earn a place in the 2023 Premier League line-up.

He was due to get a homecoming at St James’ Park but timings did not line up and is dreaming of earning another chance by winning the World Championship.

Dobey, nicknamed Hollywood, has recently joined the Target Darts stable of players and will wear a shirt that pays homage to his beloved Newcastle.

“It was only ever going to be black and white,” he told the PA news agency. “It’s a big, big part of me and it’s nice to be able to give that back.

“It is a one-club city, there are not many stadiums in the middle of a city centre, it is such a buzz, we have got our club back.

Sam Fender had his gig there, he’s a local lad and there are two or three local lads playing as well. It is such a buzz just to be a Geordie. It’s just great to be involved.

“I was due to parade my Masters trophy but it was the semi-final of the Carabao Cup so they had a lot going on… and when they wanted to do it I was away with darts so we didn’t get around to doing it.

“Hopefully I can parade the big one around in the next year or so. It just gives you that buzz that your hard work pays off and hopefully one day I can get that big one and I can be up there with the other legends from Newcastle.

“Any trophy paraded around St James’ would be amazing but to take the big one here would be unbelievable. I believe I can do it, you can never say when you are going to do it.

“Each day is different, you can turn up one day and be brilliant and turn up and be shocking the next. I am hoping in the next few years I can compete for it.”

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in