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Peter Wright dresses as the GRINCH at PDC Darts World Championship – and steals Christmas from Mickey Mansell

SHOWMAN Peter Wright came dressed as the pot-bellied Grinch – and he stole Christmas from Mickey Mansell.

Snakebite, 52, promised an outlandish outfit on his return as the defending world darts champion following a month off the oche to look after his ill wife.

Peter Wright arrived in a full Grinch costume – complete with gloves
Wright eased into the third round at Ally Pally
Wright dropped just one leg in the whole match
Wright stole Christmas from Northern Irishman Micky Mansell

And he delivered that last night by arriving at Ally Pally in a red Santa top, luminous green hair, trousers and mitts, and having grown a big bushy white beard.

In honour of Dr Seuss’s memorable grouchy and mean-spirited character, it was the most OTT entrance ever

Well, since he wore the same crazy costume TWO YEARS AGO.

Mean Green Machine Wright – who took out a 121 finish on the Bull – will now play in the third round after Christmas after dropping only one leg in a 3-0 victory over an average opponent.

Wright said: “This is the Christmas Grinch, he’s accepted Christmas. He loves it instead of hating it.

“It’s taken me a month to grow the beard. I thought I’ve got nothing else to do apart from look after my wife Jo – so I thought I might as well grow a beard for Christmas.

“The entire outfit took two hours. Jo started getting it ready on Tuesday.”

GRANT SAMPSON caused the first upset of the 16-day tournament by beating world No.45 and highly-fancied Irishman Keane Barry 3-1 – and then got the BUS back to his hotel.


The South African qualifier – who plays Belgian Kim Huybrechts today in the second round – used public transport to get to and from his nearby Wood Green digs.

Northern Irish thrower NATHAN RAFFERTY beat Jermaine Wattimena 3-2 on his debut appearance – a week after having his appendix taken out.

South African qualifier Grant Sampson stunned Keane Barry
Nathan Rafferty beat Jermaine Wattimena for a place in round two

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