From MVG to Laura Woods! Here are 13 darts celebrities and the soccer clubs they support

From Michael van Gerwen and Wayne Mardle to Laura Woods and Russ Bray, Planet Sport takes a look at favourite soccer clubs of darts players and personalities.

Darts and soccer have a lot in common. Ok, perhaps not when it comes to the actual sport. 

However, the carnival atmosphere and chanting at the darts often gives off a soccer vibe. The relationship between the two sports also spills out onto the oche as many darts players are also massive soccer fans themselves.

Here, we take a look at 13 darting personalities and the clubs they support.

Michael van Gerwen - PSV

As a three-time world champion, Michael van Gerwen is rightfully regarded as one of the sport's best ever players.

The 32-year-old was born in Vlijmen, Netherlands - a town situated 25 miles away from the city of Eindhoven. No surprise then that MVG is a massive fan of PSV Eindhoven.

The Green Machine has previously been invited to the Philips Stadium as a guest of honour following his world title victories. Each time he was given a rapturous welcome by the supporters.

Phil Taylor - Port Vale

Port Vale manager Micky Adams (left) poses with Phil

Next, we go from one of the best players to THE best player in the history of darts.

The 16-time world champion Phil 'The Power' Taylor is a lifelong supporter of Port Vale and was even ready to invest in the club in 2011.

Taylor retired from the PDC Tour in 2018 although he still competes in exhibition events. The 61-year-old will return to competitive darts in February as he takes part in the inaugural World Seniors Darts Championship at the Circus Tavern.

Michael Smith - Manchester United

Michael Smith in action against Ron Meulenkamp during day seven of the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London. Picture date: Tuesday December 21, 2021.

Michael Smith might be from Merseyside, but his soccer allegiance may surprise you as the 31-year-old supports Manchester United.

The St Helens native is yet to win a major tournament on the PDC circuit, but he is ranked in the world's top 10.

Before an event in Liverpool back in 2019, Smith was asked about getting a mixed reaction from his home crowd.

He said: "I think being in Liverpool, most of them know I'm a [Manchester] United fan so I get some stick. It's the same in Leeds, for being a Saints [St Helens] fan and a United fan. I don't mind it."

Laura Woods - Arsenal

Sky sports presenter Laura Woods during day fourteen of the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

Laura Woods has been involved in darts for a number of years now. The Sky Sports presenter started out as a backstage interviewer before working her way up and fronting the coverage.

The 34-year-old is an avid Arsenal fan and often talks about her beloved Gunners while working as a host on talkSPORT.

Russ Bray - West Ham United

PDC referee Russ Bray on stage during day four of the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

Darts simply wouldn't be the same without the raspy voice of Russ Bray.

The man who keeps count of all the scores and graces us with his famous 'one hundred and eighty' line is a big West Ham supporter.

The 64-year-old referee has followed the Irons from childhood and was once interviewed by the club about his love affair with the Hammers.

When asked about his favourite player, he told them: "I'm from the Bobby Moore era but I like Billy Bonds, Frankie Lampard Senior, Harry Redknapp, Hurst and Peters obviously, but my real true favourite was Bobby. He epitomised what the game was."

Wayne Mardle - Tottenham

Sky Sports pundit Wayne Mardle during day eleven of the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

Let's face it, Wayne Mardle is the man who makes the darts coverage tick.

The five-time world championship semi-finalist is a fan of Tottenham Hotspur and once even went as far as comparing his career with the London outfit.

In 2008 he told the Metro: "You could say I'm like Tottenham. I'm capable of beating anyone when I'm on my top form but I have these lapses now and again which make me a little inconsistent. Just like Tottenham."

Gary Anderson - Hibernian

Gary Anderson before his match against Nathan Aspinall on day twelve of the William Hill World Championships at Alexandra Palace, London.

As things stand, Gary Anderson is not at the peak of his powers. Nevertheless, the Flying Scotsman is a darting great having won the world title on two occasions.

The 50-year-old was born in Musselburgh but he's a lifelong Hibernian supporter.

Despite his love for the club, Anderson's first line of duty is always darts. The player even missed Hibernian's 2015/16 Scottish Cup triumph as he was simply too busy.

Raymond van Barneveld - ADO Den Haag

Raymond van Barneveld at the launch party of his new book

Five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld is another man who is far from his top form - his recent defeat to Rob Cross at the world championships certainly underlined that.

RVB is a household name in the Netherlands and coming from the Hague, it's no surprise that he is an ADO Den Haag supporter.

The 54-year-old has previously made entrances with the club's scarf and, in 2017, he even showcased his skills with a few of the club's players.

Willie Borland - Rangers

William Borland celebrates after hitting a nine-dart finish to beat Bradley Brooks during day three of the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London. Picture date: Friday December 17, 2021.

Willie Borland's time at this year's world championships didn't last past Christmas but his nine-dart effort will live long in the memory.

There's a lot we've got to learn about the 25-year-old but the one thing we know for sure is that his soccer allegiance lie with Rangers.

In fact, Borland's enthusiasm for his side can sometimes go a little too far. That's according to his friend and YouTuber Matthew Edgar.

John McDonald - Fulham

Sky Sports MC John McDonald on stage during day four of the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

"It's time to meet… the players!"

That infamous darting line is delivered by the one and only master of ceremonies, John McDonald.

The 61-year-old has been introducing players at the PDC World Championships ever since the competition moved to the Alexandra Palace.

Away from darts, his second love is Fulham.

Dave Chisnall - Liverpool

Dave Chisnall celebrates after beating Danny Noppert during day twelve of the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

Despite playing in five major finals since joining the PDC Tour, Dave Chisnall is yet to get over the finishing line and get his hands on a big piece of silverware.

Nevertheless, the 41-year-old remains one of the biggest names in darts and currently boasts a world ranking of 14.

Away from the glamour of the darting life, Chisnall is a big Liverpool supporter. The St Helens native even made an appearance on LFCTV in April 2017.

Steven Bunting - Liverpool

Stephen Bunting celebrates defeating Krzysztof Ratajski during day fourteen of the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

Speaking of Liverpool, Stephen Bunting is a fellow Reds supporter.

The 36-year-old failed to progress past the second round at this year's world championships following a disappointing 3-2 loss against Ross Smith. Nevertheless, the one-time BDO world champion remains a big name on the PDC Tour.

While his own game might not be up to scratch at the moment, Bunting will at least be happy with the way his beloved Liverpool are going about their business.

The Liverpool-born player is a big fan of Jurgen Klopp and even predicted a major transfer during an interview with Coral back in 2016.

He said: I think I would like to see [Liverpool sign] a defender and striker. Maybe Virgil van Dijk from Southampton, who looks great, and also Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund."

Who knows, perhaps his second prediction is yet to transpire.

Adrian Lewis - Stoke City

Adrian Lewis makes his way out ahead of his match against Matt Campbell during day one of the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London. Picture date: Wednesday December 15, 2021.

We end the list with two-time world champion Adrian Lewis.

Jackpot has fallen down the rankings over the years and is struggling to reignite his career.

Just a few years ago, Lewis seemed like the only man who could stop the rampant Michael van Gerwen from dominating the sport. However, the darting veteran has since fallen on hard times.

His beloved Stoke City appear to have gone in the same direction at precisely the same time. Just as Lewis' dominance began to wane, Stoke endured relegation to the Championship - a league they've been stuck in for three-and-a-half years now.

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