Rare footage shows unrecognisable Peter Wright before iconic hair transformation

Darts player Peter Wright sports a bright and colourful mohican look for all of his matches on the PDC Darts circuit.

He also gets a snake painted onto the side of his head – in reference to his nickname 'Snakebite'.

However, the 2020 World Darts Champion hasn't always played with the eye-catching barnet.

Footage from earlier in his career shows the Scottish thrower with a 'normal' style.

Wright is seen in action against Richie Burnett at the 1995 BDO World Championship.

And the 51-year-old looks nothing like the darts star we know today, with no mohican and no creative painting on his head.

Instead, a youthful looking Wright has a full head of dark brown cropped hair.

The darts star revealed in 2013 that his daughter was the inspiration behind his flamboyant hair style.

"It's down to my daughter because she's the one who has all different colour hair and I thought 'I'll try that'," he said.

"No other dart players have tried it and it just stuck.

"I class it as going to war with my war paint on ready for battle.”

Eagle-eyed fans would have noticed Wright tries to change his hair colour for all of his matches.

Wright’s wife Jo is also his hair stylist and he revealed exactly how long it takes.

"It takes about two hours every day after practice in my chilling out time," he said.

"I sit there chilling, and my wife Jo does my hair."

Late last month Wright has said he's 'not bothered' about being branded a cheat by fellow professional Adrian Lewis.

The two rivals played out a tight battle in Minehead, with Wright prevailing 6-5, but their clash was then marred by an unsavoury exchange on stage afterwards.

Following a heated argument, Lewis was led away by security but the ill-feeling didn't end there, with 'Jackpot' later taking to social media to vent his frustration.

His anger centred around Wright claiming there was a loose floorboard on stage during the game, and then according to Lewis, the Scotsman then proceeded to put him off after he [Lewis] had taken a 3-2 lead.

"I'm not bothered about Adrian and the comments," the reigning World Matchplay champion told Online Darts TV .

"People if they want to put stupid messages on there, put stupid messages. It doesn't bother me because I don't go on it, I just go on to play my game and plod on."

Wright will be gunning for a second world title when the 2022 World Darts Championship kicks off at Alexandra Palace tonight.

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