Chris Dobey is a shining prospect in the world of darts. Having quit his job as a motorway maintenance man to pursue a full-time career in the game, Dobey has pushed his way into the top 32 players in the world of late.
His breakthrough moment came in the 2016 Grand Slam of Darts. The Bedlington born thrower advanced from a group containing two former world champions in Adrian Lewis and Scott Mitchell.
He then defeated BDO World Championship semi-finalist Jamie Hughes in the last 16, before losing out to eventual finalist James Wade in the quarterfinals. His ever-growing reputation would continue to build as he reached two ProTour finals in 2018, along with a quarter-final appearance at the culmination of the Players Championship events.
Despite being nicknamed ‘Hollywood’, Dobey certainly doesn’t live up to this moniker. The bright lights and big match feel do not appeal to the Northumberland man. When asked about choosing a nickname Dobey said: “My mate picked me up from the station once and I was wearing a cap, sunglasses, shorts and a t-shirt. He just nicknamed me ‘Hollywood’ since then and annoyingly it has stuck.”
The 29-year-old earnt a lot of new fans at the 2019 PDC World Darts Championships. With every seat taken inside the Alexandra Palace, Dobey put on a show.
He whitewashed Boris Koltsov and Steve Beaton in the early rounds, before coming through a rapid encounter with Vincent van der Voort in the third round. This set up a last 16 meeting with fellow Dunvegan thrower Gary Anderson.
Over the following seven sets of darts, 28 maximums were thrown, a staggering stat considering the immense pressure on the duo. Despite taking an early lead and having match darts, Anderson would keep his cool to see off his former protégé in an Ally Pally classic.
Following his debut in the 2019 Premier League as a contender, Dobey was exposed further to the darts audience. He received a terrific reception as he battled to a draw with Mensur Suljovic in Newcastle.
The journey has only just begun for ‘Hollywood’, Bedlington’s own is just four years into his promising career and with more exposure on the big stage, there are high expectations for Dobey. 2019 could be the year for ‘Hollywood’
(Just for fun)
Q1. Favourite Venue? – Ally Pally
Q2. Favourite Double? – 16
Q3. Favourite Player? – Gary Anderson
Q4. Favourite Music? – Charts
Q5. Favourite darting memory (not inc yourself)? – MvG missing double for 2nd 9darter
Q6. Where would you like to go that you’ve not been? – It used to be Vegas but I went last year so I’ll need to have a think
Q7. Top Tip? – Never give up!
Q8. Eastenders or Corrie? Eastenders
Q9. Why did you pick your walk on song? – I wanted something to get the crowd going and get behind you. I’ve tried a few to pick the best.