Mick Keeble

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Mick Keeble, a chartered accountant from Ipswich was the runner-up of Series 9. He first appeared the day after David Trace completed his octochamp run, and drew his first game against Peter Conroy 42-all. He beat Conroy the following day, but lost his subsequent game to Geoffrey Taylor. Nonetheless, Keeble returned for the finals as #7 seed, beating Geoffrey Taylor in their quarter-final rematch of their earlier heat game. In the semi-final, he beat Alan Lee by a solitary point as a result of Lee's having misheard the final numbers game's target. In the final against David Trace, Keeble led by 35 points just before the end of the first half, but eventually had to settle for runner-up of the series, after Trace pulled off one of the most dramatic comebacks in Countdown history.

Keeble did not play in Championship of Champions III, but did return for the Supreme Championship, where he debuted near the beginning of the event against Clive Freedman. He was on good form in this game, equalling Freedman with words including MEANINGS and MALTIEST, and was able to push the former Champion of Champions to a crucial conundrum. However, Freedman unscrambled ARIDCHECK first to defeat him 67 – 50. Keeble and Joyce Cansfield were the only players to enter the Supreme Championship, as well as the only players to make Grand Finals, having won only one game.

Preceded by
Anthony Butcher
Series runner-up
Series 9
Followed by
Mike Percik


# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
413 21/04/1986 P Peter Conroy 42 – 42 Mick Keeble Bill Tidy Catherine Clarke 74
414 22/04/1986 P Peter Conroy 50 – 60 Mick Keeble Bill Tidy Catherine Clarke 71
415 23/04/1986 P Geoffrey Taylor 48 – 40 Mick Keeble Bill Tidy Catherine Clarke 69
439 27/05/1986 QF Mick Keeble 52 – 42 Geoff Taylor Bill Tidy Della Thompson 74
443 2/06/1986 SF Mick Keeble 52 – 51 Alan Lee Bill Tidy Catherine Clarke 71
444 3/06/1986 GF Mick Keeble 74 – 80 David Trace Gyles Brandreth, Bill Tidy Catherine Clarke 129
M11 12/6/89-16/6/89 Masters 1 Mick Keeble 82 – 87 Jean Fish N/A Catherine Clarke 135
1862 18/10/1996 bQF Clive Freedman 67 – 50 Mick Keeble Philip Franks Susie Dent 73
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