Legendary referee Russ Bray marks 25 years of calling at World Darts Championship
Legendary referee Russ Bray has now clocked up a grand total of 25 consecutive years of refereeing at the prestigious World Darts Championship.
Having made his maiden appearance at the sport’s showpiece staging back in 1997, Essex-based Bray has since played an essential role at every World Championship since then.
Prior to taking up refereeing, Bray was a handy player himself and played county darts for Hertfordshire, and partnered Eric Bristow in pairs to win events in Finland and Norway.
The 63-year-old began his calling career following the no-show of the usual caller during a county match, before progressing and making his PDC debut at the 1996 World Matchplay in Blackpool.
Bray has since called the inaugural televised live nine-darter from Phil Taylor, as well as the first nine-dart finish in the Southern Hemisphere from Mervyn King at the South African Masters.
He now celebrates his 25th anniversary of refereeing at the PDC’s flagship tournament, following his involvement in Gerwyn Price’s recent triumph at Alexandra Palace.
Welshman Price became the ninth different player Bray has witnessed experience success at the World Championship, having called his semi-final win over Stephen Bunting.
Bray also played his part in a record-breaking fourth round encounter between Michael van Gerwen and Joe Cullen – which many later dubbed the greatest match of the current century.
(Featured Image: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)