Footballer's 'Countdown' goal
Burnley footballer Clarke Carlisle made a victorious debut yesterday as he became the first Premier League player to appear on TV's 'Countdown'.
The defender (30) saw off reigning champion Adam Guest 89-55 to move into the champion's chair and ensure the show's famous teapot trophy will take pride of place among the Turf Moor silverware.
And he told the show's host Jeff Stelling: "I can't say it's better than winning a big football game -- but it's up there!"
Stelling noted: "Your team-mates can't take the mickey too much now."
Carlisle, who admits he has been an "addict" of the show since childhood, had previously failed an audition during a long-term ligament injury lay-off.
But he was crowned 'Britain's Brainiest Footballer' in an ITV show hosted by former 'Countdown' number-cruncher Carol Vorderman in January 2002, seeing off a panel of 12, including England's World Cup-winning full-back George Cohen and legendary Newcastle striker Malcolm 'Supermac' Macdonald.
His run on the show continues, with a maximum eight games possible should he keep winning.