Former Darts Player Nigel Birch Passes Away

Nigel Birch Former PDC Player passes away

The Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) has expressed its condolences following the death of former player Nigel Birch. Birch, who competed on the PDC circuit for a decade from 2007 to 2017, passed away recently, leaving behind a legacy in the world of darts.

Nigel Birch made his PDC debut at the UK Open as a Punch Taverns amateur qualifier. During the tournament, he achieved notable victories against Mark Wilson, Stuart Holden, and Steve Brown before being defeated in the last 64 by Kevin Painter.

In 2008, Birch began competing on the full PDC circuit. He showcased his talent in his second UK Open appearance by overcoming Paul Knighton, Dale Pinch, Shane Cox, and Dennis Priestley. His impressive run was halted in the last 32 by Jelle Klaasen.

Birch, hailing from Stoke, continued participating in the PDC circuit until the end of 2017. He played on the Challenge Tour for four years, cementing his reputation as a dedicated and skilled player.

Tributes have poured in from the darts community. Former World Championship finalist Andy Hamilton honored Birch as “one of Stoke’s finest,” describing him as “a great dart player, a fierce opponent, a brilliant captain but most importantly, an even better man.”

Wayne Mardle, another prominent figure in the darts world, remembered Birch, nicknamed “Nutty Nigel,” as “always such fun to be around.”

Nigel Birch’s legacy in darts continues through his son, Chris Birch, who is now part of the PDC’s marking scheme at non-televised events in the UK, ensuring the family’s ongoing connection to the sport.

The PDC and the Darts community mourn the loss of Nigel Birch and extend their deepest sympathies to his family and friends during this difficult time.

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