Jeff Clayton

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Jeff Clayton, 13 years after his first appearance.

Jeff Clayton was a contestant in Series 51 and octochamp in 76, and is the vice chairperson of FOCAL.

Clayton won his first game against Ben Walden thanks to Walden offering two invalid words. Clayton then beat Yvonne McKeon on another crucial conundrum, thanks in part to a choice of six small numbers. However, in his third game he couldn't match Richard Hunter who spotted the nine letter word UNDERLAYS to go into the conundrum 13 points ahead.

In 2017, Clayton was readmitted to Countdown, prevailing over Tom Marlow 109 – 74 on his "second début". He would go on to win seven further games here, securing octochamp status with a total of 846 points and immediately qualifying him for the Series 76 finals.

Away from Countdown, Clayton works as a manager in the bus industry and has held several operational and commercial posts, though he also enjoys driving in service every now and again!

Tournaments

He was introduced to the underground world of online Countdown following a chance meeting with series 52 contestant Jon Stitcher when they met backstage at the Great British Spelling Test.

He appeared at the first Countdown tournament, COLIN 2005, and subsequently CoBris 2005, CoBris 2006, CoBris 2007, COLIN 2007, COLIN 2008, COLIN 2009, COLIN 2010, Co:Lon 2010 and CO:REA.

Since 2008, Clayton has organised CoLei, CoLei2, CoLei Summer Special, CoLei3, CoLei4 and CoLei5 - Countdown tournaments held in Leicester.

Since relocating to the north-west of England, Clayton now organises tournaments in Chester, with the first one being CoChest on 19 November 2011. He also co-hosted the inaugural COHUD with James Robinson.

France

Clayton speaks fluent French and regularly participates in Des chiffres et des lettres tournaments in France.

In July 2014, Clayton appeared on the parent programme of Countdown, Des chiffres et des lettres, appearing on 3 programmes against Bernadette, a contestant from Belgium. He won the 2nd of the 3 shows, but lost the other two.

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
3711 28/05/2004 P Ben Walden 83 – 91 Jeff Clayton Jeremy Beadle Susie Dent 128
3712 31/05/2004 P Jeff Clayton 85 – 65 Yvonne McKeon Jeremy Beadle Susie Dent 142
3713 01/06/2004 P Jeff Clayton 52 – 75 Richard Hunter Jeremy Beadle Susie Dent 128
6546 23/03/2017 P Tom Marlow 74 – 109 Jeff Clayton Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 124
6547 24/03/2017 P Jeff Clayton 112 – 66 James Hemingray Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 132
6548 27/03/2017 P Jeff Clayton 111 – 51 Louise McDonald Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 121
6549 28/03/2017 P Jeff Clayton 116 – 60 Peter Finan Nina Hossain Susie Dent 155
6550 29/03/2017 P Jeff Clayton 81 – 61 Martin McGrath Nina Hossain Susie Dent 120
6551 30/03/2017 P Jeff Clayton 105 – 50 Susan Rooke Nina Hossain Susie Dent 123
6552 31/03/2017 P Jeff Clayton 106 – 29 Amar Chotai Nina Hossain Susie Dent 120
6553 3/04/2017 P Jeff Clayton 106 – 43 Hasit Raja Nina Hossain Susie Dent 132
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