The King of Bling Bobby George is without doubt the most colourful, charismatic and entertaining player in the history of darts. But what makes him so special is that he didn't pick up a dart until he was 30 years of age! However, he might have been a late starter but it didn't diminish his ability to dazzle all that came before him. Indeed, he literally burst onto the professional darts scene in the late 1970's with a natural flair and ability to enhance his larger-than-life personality.
In 1976 he won the very first singles event he entered the Hainault Super League Singles, and soon became the dominant force in the Eastern Counties by winning the Essex Masters three years in succession. Never one to do things by half he reached the Quarter- Finals of the Winmau World Masters in 1977, and won his first major title, the North American Open in 1978.
1979 was to be the year that Bobby George announced that he had arrived as a world-class player, with an incredible victory in the famous News Of The World Championship. There had never been a more impressive victory before or since, as he became the first and only player to win the title without dropping one single leg of darts! His best of 3-leg televised victories from the Quarter-Finals onwards took him just 93 darts in total (an average of 97) to establish him as a true World Champion. To prove the point, he beat Leighton Rees, the very first Embassy World Champion in 1978, in the final of the 1979 Butlins Grand Masters. A year later, he successfully defended the prestigious title with a win in the final against Bill Lennard.
Now the supreme master of the spotlight, Bobby secured his place as the People's Champion in the 1980 Embassy World Championship. Seen by millions on BBC Television, his good looks, cheeky grin and wonderful ability as a darts player immediately established him as an outstanding character. He beat Dave Whitcombe, Leighton Rees and Cliff Lazarenko to produce an epic 1980 final against Eric Bristow.
In what is still regarded as one of the greatest darts matches of all time, Bobby made his first ever entrance with sequinned shirt and candelabra. He became the Liberace of televised darts and was in a winning position until an uncharacteristic loose dart handed the title to Bristow.
Bobby had won the hearts and minds of the darting public, and went on to reach the Quarter-Final and Semi-Final in the following two Embassy's. This included an unbelievable second-round win in 1982, when in the deciding leg against Doug McCarthy, Bobby needed 161 as McCarthy sat on 40. He produced one of the most incredible match winning game shots ever seen in the Embassy t20, t17, Bull and went on to meet John Lowe in another classic Semi-Final.
1981 saw Bobby collapse during the British Professionals in Middlesborough. His spleen burst and he nearly bled to death!! - He spent five weeks at Middlesborough Hospital - but he still managed to get to the 1982 Embassy!
Over the years, Bobby has represented England on 26 occasions and remains in the list of all-time Top 10 winning players for England.