Eric John Bristow, (25 April 1957 – 5 April 2018), nicknamed “The Crafty Cockney”, was an English professional darts player.
He was ranked World No. 1 by the World Darts Federation a record five times, in 1980, 1981 and 1983-1985. He was a five-time World Champion, a five-time World Masters Champion and a four-time World Cup singles champion. He won 22 WDF and BDO Major titles and 70 career titles overall. In the 1980s, Bristow’s skill and personality helped turn darts into a worldwide spectator sport.
In 1993, Bristow was one of sixteen top players who broke away from the British Darts Organisation to form their own organisation, which became the Professional Darts Corporation.
He retired from competitive darts in 2007 and subsequently worked as a commentator and pundit on Sky Sports darts coverage.