Sunday 17 December 2017

Footballer's 'Countdown' goal

Burnley footballer Clarke Carlisle became the first Premier League player to appear on TV's 'Countdown' - but said nothing could be a substitute for the thrill of his day job. Photo: ITV STUDIOS/PA WIRE
Burnley footballer Clarke Carlisle became the first Premier League player to appear on TV's 'Countdown' - but said nothing could be a substitute for the thrill of his day job. Photo: ITV STUDIOS/PA WIRE

Tom White

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.

Irish Independent

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