World Champions Lead Tributes to Dave Kelly.

Tributes have been paid to experienced American player Dave Kelly, who passed away on Monday June 1 following a battle with illness. 

Tributes paid to US ace Dave Kelly | PDC

A World Masters semi-finalist in 1991, Kelly competed in the first PDC World Championship in 1994 and three times in the World Matchplay from 1994-1996.

He also continued to compete on the North American circuit, and also played in the PDC’s 2007 US Open and 2008 North American Championship, as well as at the Las Vegas Desert Classic Qualifiers.

Three-time World Champion John Part has led the tributes, saying: “Dave was a man whose talent and charisma made you believe anything was possible.

“His very presence at darts events gave the game that little bit extra that told you here is a sport, the sort of activity the best of the best can pursue with dignity.

“A fierce competitor whose passion doing so was only equalled by his magnanimity and leadership off the board, Dave was a beacon who easily drew people to himself and the game, and became the iconic American leader who rallied his compatriots to accept nothing less than equality in the world of darts, both by example and spirit. The ultimate teammate is gone.”

Writing on Twitter, fellow three-time World Champion John Lowe said: “Sorry to hear Dave Kelly passed away this morning, I have known Dave for many years, he always kept in touch, a great dart player and representative of America.”

1994 World Matchplay champion Larry Butler described Kelly as “one of my favorite people”, and former Sky Sports commentator John Gwynne hailed him as “a most likeable man”.

The PDC sends its condolences to the family and friends of Dave Kelly at this difficult time.


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Ceri Morgan – R.I.P

Darts lost another of its early pioneers with the recent passing of Ceri Morgan at the age of seventy-two. Ceri was a multiple World Championship Semi-Finalist and featured in the later stages of all the major events of his era. He died on February 29 2020.

Born in 1947, Morgan first came to prominence in the World Masters of 1974, where he reached the last 16. With darts’ first golden era hitting it’s stride in the late 1970s Morgan also had the strongest spell of his career.

The Treorchy born toolmaker reached the the same (L16) stage of the 1979 World Championship before being beaten by Eric Bristow in the final of the The Golden Darts Championship later that same year. To complete a fantastic twelve months he also reached the final of The World Cup Singles, losing out to Nicky Virachkul.

Morgan was still playing, top level darts, eleven years later when he reached the last 32 of his final World Masters in 1990.

In between, these career bookends, Ceri reached the Qtr, Semi or Final of almost every event available to him. British Professional, Golden Darts, World Masters, British Open and many more. Sadly, a recognised major title eluded him but to achieve so much when surrounded by Leighton, Eric, John , Jockey et al. was remarkable in itself. Morgan’s victory in the Austin Morris British Masters in 1980 was probably his finest. On his way to the title he removed Rees, Lowe and finally Bobby George.

Ceri seemed to delight in representing Wales and was capped 53 times. His efforts in the Nations Cup, World Cups and European Cups often saw him partnered by Welsh legends including Rees and Alan Evans.

Overall, Morgan enjoyed a superb career and thrived at almost every level an format of the game. A Welsh dragon and a proud of it.

RIP


The advent of youtube may ensure that Morgan is remembered as much for his unique throwing style as much as any thing else it is almost indescribable: