Allan Simmons was a finalist in Series 3.
A computer programmer from London, he was the first player ever to win seven shows in a row, just being pipped to the post by eventual octochamp William Bradford. He returned to the finals as #3 seed, but was beaten by Andrew Guy in the quarter-final.
Away from Countdown, Allan has been very heavily involved in the world of Scrabble, having been both chairman of the ABSP and its international equivalent WESPA (The World English-Language Scrabble Players' Association). A full-time Scrabble consultant and one of the UK's most dominant players, he has edited Onwords Magazine (now known as OnBoard) since 1979 and is a five-time British Matchplay Scrabble champion, four-time ABSP Masters winner and the 2008 National Scrabble champion. He has represented Scotland at the World Scrabble Championship on numerous occasions. In 2016 he reached the quarter-final stage of the 2016 MSI World Championship, as well as winning three of the ABSP's five major events in that year.
On 13th November 2017, Simmons was given a three-year ban from competitive Scrabble for failing to raise the tile bag above shoulder height, following a complaint from Lewis Mackay. This cost him his role as Saturday Scrabble columnist for The Times, which was eventually taken over by Paul Gallen.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|89||3/10/1983||P||Allan Simmons||41 – 35||Ted Wiles||William Rushton||Yvonne Warburton||64|
|90||4/10/1983||P||Allan Simmons||47 – 37||George France||William Rushton||Yvonne Warburton||70|
|91||5/10/1983||P||Allan Simmons||36 – 36||Alan Walker||William Rushton||Yvonne Warburton||70|
|92||6/10/1983||P||Allan Simmons||61 – 42||Alan Walker||William Rushton||Yvonne Warburton||70|
|93||10/10/1983||P||Allan Simmons||61 – 18||Pat Williams||William Rushton||Yvonne Warburton||73|
|94||11/10/1983||P||Peter Dean||21 – 47||Allan Simmons||William Rushton||Yvonne Warburton||72|
|95||12/10/1983||P||John Rusted||40 – 47||Allan Simmons||William Rushton||Yvonne Warburton||70|
|96||13/10/1983||P||Eric Shaw||19 – 45||Allan Simmons||William Rushton||Yvonne Warburton||73|
|97||17/10/1983||P||Allan Simmons||31 – 38||William Bradford||William Rushton||Yvonne Warburton||72|
|128||8/12/1983||QF||Andrew Guy||62 – 35||Allan Simmons||Ned Sherrin||Julia Swannell||70|
|M43||22/1/90-26/1/90||Masters 1||Harry Venet||41 – 121||Allan Simmons||N/A||Freda Thornton||133|
|M80||8/10/90-12/10/90||Masters 2||Allan Simmons||85 – 44||Steve Williams||N/A||Mark Nyman||137|
Allan Simmons on Wikipedia.