Over the years, Darts has shown itself to be no stranger to some of sports biggest characters.
In fact, it has provided a safe haven for many of Britain’s zaniest and quirkiest sportsmen.
In earlier times, notable names from the game would include Jocky Wilson, Bobby ‘King of Bling’ George, Ted ‘The Count’ Hankey, Steve ‘The Muffin Man’ Hine or Andy ‘The Viking’ Fordham, who all held legitimate claims to be among darts biggest personas of their time.
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But in the modern era few are as eccentric than Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright.
The Snakebite character he has portrayed over the last decade has made him one of the most recognisable sportsman in the UK, even for a game such as Darts.
His dancing intros, jigged to Pitbull’s “Don’t Stop the Party,” and his themed mohawk and matching outfits have been delighting darts fans for years now and have helped to establish him as a firm fan favourite on the PDC circuit.
The birth of Peter Wright, the showman
But that’s not what he looked like we first met him back in 1995 so what’s with the reinvention?
Well, back in 1995, at the now defunct BDO World Darts Championship, we witnessed the unremarkable debut of a young Peter Wright.
No mohawk, no beard and no loud outfit, what we got instead was a young, clean shaven Peter dressed entirely in black with normal short black curly hair.
Losing at the Lakeside 3-1 in the first round to Richie Burnett, that was the last we saw of Peter Wright as he left the game of darts to return to labouring work and be forgotten about entirely. Or so we thought at the time.
Never letting go of the dream, and knowing full well the extent of his capabilities, he returned to the game, playing in the 2010 PDC World Championship at the Ally Pally with a new look and a new attitude.
He had a new character too. This was the first time we were introduced to Snakebite, named, many falsely believed, after his favourite drink. In fact, the player has since claimed that he simply has a love for snakes, and they were the inspiration for his new look.
In his own words, he did not want to be a typical European player, looking grumpy, playing and going home but instead wanted to find something different, a new stage persona which led to the outfits and the crazy hair, which he describes as warpaint.
The new look worked, and he famously made it all the way to the World Championship final in 2014 in his mid-40s, before becoming the oldest winner in the competition’s history when he finally took down the main prize aged 50 in 2020, at last putting to bed all of the “all hair, no flair” tags, made by those who claimed he was little more than style over substance.
So, while we know his greatest achievements at the oche, what are his biggest triumphs in the clothing department?
Some Of Peter Snakebite Wright’s Most Memorable Looks
A bit of Red Nose Day fun at the oche on one Premier League night.
A spooky night at the oche.
Love was in the air for this Premier League night in 2017.
You Can’t Beat A Bit Of Bully
A fitting tribute to Jim Bowen, the host of ITV’s cult 1980’s gameshow, Bullseye.
Living it up in Las Vegas in 2017.
A Land Down Under
Chucking in Sydney in 2014.
Peter returned to his Scottish roots for this look.
Remembering The Crafty Cockney
A salute to the much missed Eric Bristow.
A Festive Snakebite
Snakey dresses as an elf for the 2020 Worlds, a tourney he would go on to win.
How Snakebite Stole The Ally Pally
For the 2020 World Champs, Peter found a great way to incorporate his face mask into his Christmas outfit.
The 2021 Darts Premier League, which would normally be getting underway about now, has yet to receive new and confirmed dates for the 2021 renewal following the PDC’s postponement.