Matt Croy

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Matt Croy was a contestant in Series 65. He is an Apterite and also a serving police officer with Greater Manchester Police.

Heat games

Croy began his Countdown début on 17 June 2011 as one of two brand new contestants following the octorun of the eventual series winner Graeme Cole. Croy lasted until his 6th show until he was narrowly defeated by Andrew Halliburton 90 – 91 after his opponent guessed the conundrum MARQUETRY a fraction before the clock had completed 30 seconds. His 5 wins and 538 points were not enough to reach the series finals.

Special episode

In late 2012, Croy was invited back to Countdown in a themed 'Law & Order' special episode against prison officer Craig Lingard. Croy was allowed to devote the show to the memory of his friends and colleagues Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes who had been killed on duty weeks earlier, he used his appearance as a fundraiser in their memory for the charity 'Care of Police Survivors' (COPS). This show was finally broadcast in April 2015.


# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
5288 17/06/2011 P Matt Croy 86 – 50 Barrie Crawford Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 117
5289 20/06/2011 P Matt Croy 96 – 45 Pete Snowdon Tim Vine Susie Dent 119
5290 21/06/2011 P Matt Croy 100 – 53 Mark Worsfold Tim Vine Susie Dent 119
5291 22/06/2011 P Matt Croy 95 – 86 Chris Hemingway Tim Vine Susie Dent 129
5292 23/06/2011 P Matt Croy 71 – 45 Kevan Nijjar Tim Vine Susie Dent 118
5293 24/06/2011 P Matt Croy 90 – 91 Andrew Halliburton Tim Vine Susie Dent 114
S44 10/04/2015 S Matt Croy 91 – 66 Craig Lingard Paul Zenon Susie Dent 117
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