In this column we go look back at the career of a certain player. Today we do so with 'Big Robbo' Gary Robson.
Gary Robson was born on June 19, 1967 in Cramlington. Robson managed to qualify for the BDO World Championship several times in the early 2000s, but it would take until 2005 before he really made a name for himself. At the World Darts Trophy, a former BDO major that took place in Utrecht, he defeated consecutively Tony David, Tony Eccles, Martin Atkins and Mike Veitch. In the final, he was ultimately too strong for Mervyn King, 6-4.
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'Big Robbo' was also a regular in the BDO in the following years with several quarter-final finishes at the World Championship, World Masters and International Darts League. Yet the World Championship proved to be a tournament that did not suit him at all. Very often he went to Lakeside Country Club as a top seed, but in the end, he would be lose in the opening round in no less than eleven of his eighteen appearances.
In 2014, Robson lost the final of the Finder Masters, another former BDO major, to Jamie Hughes. Robson remained loyal to the BDO until the end in 2020 and then ventured into the PDC Q-School. Without much success, however, as he failed to capture a Tour Card. Since then, Robson has been sporadically active on the WDF circuit.