- Full name Freddie Williams
- Nickname 180
- Age 81
- Date of death 11 November 2017 (Age 81)
- Occupation Professional Darts Referee
More about Freddie Williams
Started in the early days of organised darts in England with the NDAGB (National Darts Association of Great Britain), via the BDO he eventually ended up with the PDC in 1993. Freddie Williams has called all the major tournaments in the world and is one of the most respected gentlemen on the board. Highlights in his long career, he says, include the 1990 World Cup in Zandvoort (NL), where his introductions of all the national teams especially made a real impact.
But the real highlight in his career was of course the calling of the first ever nine dart leg on TV. During the MFI World Matchplay England’s John Lowe hit back-to-back 180’s and then hit treble 17, treble 18 and double 18 to make history. John Lowe later recalled that when the ninth dart went in “I heard caller Freddie Williams announce, as if from the next room, ‘Game!’, then ‘Ladies and gentlemen, history has been made here in Slough today.”
Freddie Williams and Bruce Spendley are known together as the first two Godfathers of the referees. Together they have pioneered the development of their profession.
Freddie Williams retires in 2006 but will be remembered as one of the all-time greats. Williams passes away on November 11th, 2017. Williams was inducted in the PDC Hall of Fame in 2006.
First World Championship in 1978, his last in 2006.