All of us at Dartsmad are saddened to learn that the former BDO World Championship semi finalist and former News of the World runner up Alan Glazier has passed away at the age of 81.
He passed away on Thursday morning after being rushed into hospital overnight. He had been ill for several months, suffering a heart attack and a chest infection caused from COVID-19.
Glazier first turned professional in the 1970’s and first came onto the BDO circuit in 1975.
Glazier had early successes in the late 70’s, taking titles at the 1977 North American Open and the 1978 Swedish Open. Next year he then reached the quarter finals at the BDO World Championship where he defeated two American players in Andy Green and Nicky Virachkul before losing 3-2 in sets to Tony Brown. Glazier then reached the final at the News of the World tournament later in the year but lost 2-0 in legs to future two time world runner up Bobby George.
Glazier then suffered a loss of form in the early 80’s, losing in the first round three times at the World Championship and failed to qualify for it in 1981! He best performance during that time was reaching the semi finals at the British Professional in 1982.
In the mid 80’s Glazier started to reproduce his old form, reaching the quarter finals of the 1985 BDO World Championship. He defeated the likes of Jerry Umberger and Steve Brennan before losing 4-0 in sets to Eric Bristow. In 1986, a year later, he made his best run at the BDO World Championship in reaching the semi finals! He defeated Canada’s Bob Sinnaeve, former world champion Keith Deller and Australia’s Terry O’Dea before losing 5-3 in sets to Bristow again.
After that his form suddenly declined again and he then later retired in 1997. His last tournament was at the 1997 World Masters. He then spent the rest of his life in Hayes, a town in West London.
Glazier was nicknamed ‘The Ton Machine’ and also ‘The Man In Black’ due to him wearing all black outfits on the oche. He reached a highest ranking of 5 and made 15 appearances on the legendary TV quiz show Bullseye and also 27 caps for England.
Glazier was a great player and it is also a very sad loss to this sport. He will never be forgotten!
Our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time.