John Gwynn: Former Sky Sports commentator dies aged 77 | Darts News

John Gwynn was part of Sky Sports’ darts commentary team for two decades until he retired in 2013 after covering 20 World Cups and 20 World Matches; he was also a regular match reporter on Soccer Saturday and covered cricket, rugby league and speedway

Last Updated: 09/07/22 10:48 AM


Former darts commentator and Sky Sports presenter John Gwynn has died aged 77 after a battle with cancer.

Gwynn was part of Sky Sports’ darts commentary team for two decades – he covered the inaugural WDC World Championship in 1993 – until he retired in 2013 after covering 20 World Championships and 20 World Matches.

He was also a regular match reporter on Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday and also covered cricket, rugby league and speedway during his career.

Sky Sports presenter Geoff Stelling said: “John was blessed with one of the greatest voices of them all and he put it to good use on Football Saturday, whether he was at his beloved Manchester City or Rochdale, describing the action with the same wonderful blend of seriousness , humor and always passion.

“I first met John when he was part of the greatest darts commentary team of all time with Sid Waddle and Dave Lanning. All three are now sadly deceased.

“I was lucky enough to work with John, to laugh with him, to sing with him, but most of all to listen to him. Broadcasting has lost a special voice and a special person.”

Gwynne commented when Raymond van Barneveld beat Phil Taylor to win the 2007 World Darts Championship.

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Gwynne commented when Raymond van Barneveld beat Phil Taylor to win the 2007 World Darts Championship.

Gwynne commented when Raymond van Barneveld beat Phil Taylor to win the 2007 World Darts Championship.

Gwynn celebrated 17 perfect darts from Michael van Gerwen

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Gwynn celebrated 17 perfect darts from Michael van Gerwen

Gwynn celebrated 17 perfect darts from Michael van Gerwen

Andrew Flintoff joined Gwynne in the World Matchplay and both commented on Van Gerwen with nine arrows!

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Andrew Flintoff joined Gwynne in the World Matchplay and both commented on Van Gerwen with nine arrows!

Andrew Flintoff joined Gwynne in the World Matchplay and both commented on Van Gerwen with nine arrows!

Sky Sports chief executive of content Steve Smith said: “We are truly saddened to hear of John’s passing.

“He was a hugely respected operator, bringing great humor and energy to our screens with one of the legendary voices in the industry.

“A consummate professional, John was a highly valued member of the Sky Sports family and will be greatly missed by all.”

Gwynn, who reported on darts for radio and Darts Hotline Commentary before joining Sky Sports after moving from his initial career as a teacher, was inducted into the Professional Darts Corporation Hall of Fame in 2014.

“John was a respected and popular figure in darts and in the sports media and this is a sad time for all who knew him,” PDC chief executive Matt Porter said.

“As part of the original Sky Sports commentary team alongside Sid Waddle and Dave Lanning, John’s distinctive voice was part of the soundtrack to the formative years of the PDC and they formed an iconic trio.

“John was extremely passionate about the sport of darts and made a great contribution at all levels during his career.

“We send our condolences and sympathies to John’s family and friends.”

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