John Rawnsley

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John Rawnsley

John Rawnsley was the Series 45 champion.

He first appeared on Countdown on 19 June 2001, beating Bruno Murray 40 – 37 in the penultimate heat of Series 44. John won his next game, and after standing aside to allow the final rounds of Series 44 to take place, continued his winning run at the start of Series 45. He would eventually lose his 8th heat at the hands of Jim Hopkins, but his 7 wins were enough to see him returned for the final rounds as #1 seed. As Series 45 was shorter than a normal series, there were no quarter-finals, so John was entered directly into the semi-finals against Phil Bennett, a game he won 56 – 43 to earn himself a place in the grand final against Geraldine Hylands. The final always looked to be going John's way, as Geraldine dropped 30 out of 40 points on the numbers games, meaning John ran out the 90 – 63 winner, and became the 45th champion of Countdown. John also had the distinction of being the last ever champion of Countdown under the old 9 round format, and he also won the last ever 14 round game.

John would return for Championship of Champions XI at the start of 2003, beating Kevin McMahon on a crucial conundrum in his first game and seeing off the challenge of Rupert Stokoe in the quarter-finals, before losing to Chris Wills 120 – 88 in the semi-final.

Preceded by
Stuart Wood
Series winner
Series 45
Followed by
Ben Wilson

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
3034 19/06/2001 P Bruno Murray 37 – 40 John Rawnsley Magnus Magnusson Catherine Clarke 70
3035 20/06/2001 P John Rawnsley 54 – 10 David Neale Martin Jarvis Damian Eadie 74
3043 2/07/2001 P John Rawnsley 61 – 37 Leonard Lavelle Stephen Fry Damian Eadie 85
3044 3/07/2001 P John Rawnsley 38 – 34 Michael Galgut Stephen Fry Damian Eadie 84
3045 4/07/2001 P John Rawnsley 65 – 41 Mary Hains Stephen Fry Damian Eadie 75
3046 10/07/2001 P John Rawnsley 64 – 45 Richard Turner Carol Barnes Susie Dent 85
3047 11/07/2001 P John Rawnsley 41 – 21 Alexander Duncan Carol Barnes Susie Dent 75
3048 12/07/2001 P John Rawnsley 46 – 50 Jim Hopkins Carol Barnes Susie Dent 74
3083 19/09/2001 SF John Rawnsley 56 – 43 Phil Bennett Melvyn Hayes Susie Dent 83
3085 21/09/2001 GF Geraldine Hylands 63 – 90 John Rawnsley Melvyn Hayes Susie Dent 128
3393 9/01/2003 CP John Rawnsley 99 – 97 Kevin McMahon Martin Jarvis Susie Dent 141
3399 17/01/2003 CQF Rupert Stokoe 70 – 89 John Rawnsley Tim Rice Susie Dent 120
3402 22/01/2003 CSF Chris Wills 120 – 88 John Rawnsley Eric Knowles Susie Dent 132
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