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James Robert Richardson

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James Richardson (born 7 January 1974) is an English darts player currently playing in Professional Darts Corporation events. He is best known for defeating five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld in the first round of the 2012 PDC World Darts Championship.


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Richardson joined the PDC Pro Tour in 2011, after winning a tour card on the first day of Q School. He reached his first Pro Tour final in Gladbeck on 23 October 2011, losing 6–2 to Colin Osborne.

Richardson caused one of the biggest upsets in the history of the PDC World Championship by beating five-time World Champion, Raymond van Barneveld, 3–0 in the first round of the 2012 Championship. Van Barneveld led both the first and third sets 2–0 and had six darts at a double to win the third, but Richardson hit two 145 finishes to break Barneveld's throw in both sets. Richardson stated afterwards that the victory was "an absolute dream". He then faced Belgian Kim Huybrechts in the second round, but couldn't find the form he showed in the first round as he was beaten 4–1. In April, he earned a place in the Austrian Darts Open in Vienna by defeating Stuart Kellett in the UK qualifier. He received a bye through the first round after Adrian Lewis pulled out of the event and then beat Peter Wright 6–3. He saw off Michael van Gerwen in round three, before losing 6–3 to Dave Chisnall in the quarter-finals. He also reached the German Darts Masters and defeated Wright 6–3 once more in the first round in Stuttgart. Richardson played Wes Newton in round two and lost 6–4.

Richardson qualified for his second World Championship by finishing 43rd on the 2012 ProTour Order of Merit, claiming the 12th of 16 spots that were available for non-qualified players. He threatened to cause a major shock for the second successive year by taking the opening set of his first round match against Andy Hamilton, but went on to lose 3–1 as he missed three darts to extend the match to a deciding set. Richardson failed to qualify for the 2013 UK Open as he finished 142nd on the Order of Merit, outside of the top 96 who claimed their places. His best result of 2013 was in the fifth Players Championship where he was edged out 6–5 by Peter Wright in the last 16.

He failed to qualify for any of the European Tour events during 2014 and could only record a best of three last 32 defeats in his other events. Richardson lost the £6,000 from his ranking he earned at the World Championships two years ago and dropped to world number 102, outside the top 64 who remain in the PDC. He played in Q School and only reached the last 32 once during the four days to fail short of earning a new tour card, but he still had entry into UK Open and European Tour qualifiers as well as the Challenge Tour in 2015.

Richardson reached the third round of the UK Open for the first time by seeing off Johnny Haines and Dean Stewart, but then lost 9–4 to Nathan Aspinall. He reached the semi-finals of the seventh Challenge Tour event and was defeated 5–1 by Scott Dale.

On the second day of 2016 Q School, Richardson won back his tour card by beating six players in a row. A few days later he qualified for the first two European Tour events of the year and credited his resurgence in form to practicing with his son Joshua, who had recently won the BDO World Youth Championship. He lost 6–1 to Terry Jenkins in the second round of the Dutch Darts Masters, but at the German Darts Masters he eliminated Andrew Gilding 6–1, Jenkins 6–2 and Adrian Lewis 6–3 to reach the quarter-finals of a PDC event for the first time in nearly four years. Richardson averaged 99.25, but was defeated 6–2 by Peter Wright. He was also knocked out in the second round of the Austrian Darts Open and European Darts Open as well as the first round of the International Darts Open. This saw Richardson placed 31st on the European Order of Merit to make his debut in the European Championship. He beat Jamie Caven 6–3 in the first round, before losing 10–4 to Kyle Anderson.

In 2017 he played in the quarter-finals of the eighth Players Championship and was beaten 6–4 by Joe Cullen.


  • 2012: Second round (lost to Kim Huybrechts 1–4)
  • 2013: First round (lost to Andy Hamilton 1–3)
  • Personal life

    Richardson is married to wife Carolyn, with whom he has a son, Joshua (born 1998), and a daughter, Paige. He is a full-time bricklayer. Richardson is an Ipswich Town supporter, as well as his son.


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