Premier League Darts: After a thrilling Premier League debut triumph in Belfast, Chris Dobey is “living the dream,” but the Newcastle United supporter also has Wembley very much on his mind.
Dobey, making his full-time Premier League debut, overcame favourites Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright, and Nathan Aspinall to kick off this year’s roadshow at the SSE Arena.
The Bedlington thrower had a busy week as he celebrated winning his first televised championship at the Masters last weekend and earning a spot in this year’s star-studded lineup.
Following his achievements in Belfast, Dobey, 32, saw his beloved Newcastle United go to their first domestic cup final in 24 years in the Carabao Cup before winning the £10,000 nightly bonus.
Wow 🤩 what a feeling, still on cloud 9 🙌🏆
— Chris Dobey (@Dobey180) January 30, 2023
“I’ve certainly had worse weeks,” Dobey chuckled as he prepared to face Gerwyn Price on Night Two in Cardiff.
“I’m thrilled to have arrived here and won on the opening night. I’m pleased with how I’m playing and it indicates where my game is at.
“I always play with a fair amount of confidence, but last week’s victory gave me a new level of assurance.
“I demonstrated on Thursday night that I can win on a huge platform now. I am living the dream after taking three of the biggest casualties in the game.”
Dobey, who served as a “challenger” in 2019 and 2020, thinks a solid start to his campaign was essential.
“It is significant. It is huge,” said Dobey, who is coming into the Welsh capital after eight straight wins.
“I thought I should have been in after the Masters, but it has disproved everyone’s speculation, and I’ve demonstrated that I can triumph over the top players in the world.
“Because I felt confident in my abilities and my ability to succeed, I came forward and completed the task without needing to prove anything to myself.”
When Newcastle United plays Manchester United in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley at the end of February, Dobey is also hoping that his team may win their first trophy since the Fairs Cup in 1969.