Mike Whiteoak

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Mike Whiteoak

Mike Whiteoak was a finalist in Series 13, and was a contestant in the 30th Birthday Championship. He was from Mansfield.

Whiteoak débuted on 30 July 1987, winning with an impressive opening score of 79. After bottoming out at 42 in his fourth game, he climbed to 80 points - one of the highest 9-round scores ever - before losing to Nita Marr in his sixth game. He returned to the finals 15 days later, outrunning the same opponent he beat in his first game, Peter Tatlow, in a high-scoring quarter final. Whiteoak’s run eventually ended with defeat to Kevin Nelson in a close semi-final.

He returned to Countdown in 2013, as one of 41 contestants taking part in the 30th Birthday Championship. After receiving a bye to the first round, he lost his only match against Series 44 semi-finalist Dave Hoskisson by a score of 85 – 81.

Whiteoak is also a tournament Scrabble player and current chair of the Association of British Scrabble Players. He appeared on The Chase on 7 March 2018.

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
623 30/07/1987 P Peter Tatlow 59 – 79 Mike Whiteoak Lance Percival Freda Thornton 86
624 31/07/1987 P Dave Edgerley 25 – 43 Mike Whiteoak Lance Percival Freda Thornton 68
625 3/08/1987 P Vince O'Donnell 24 – 59 Mike Whiteoak Lance Percival Freda Thornton 71
626 4/08/1987 P George Orgill 37 – 42 Mike Whiteoak Diane Solomon Freda Thornton 82
627 5/08/1987 P Derek Edwards 52 – 80 Mike Whiteoak Diane Solomon Freda Thornton 83
628 6/08/1987 P Nita Marr 45 – 39 Mike Whiteoak Diane Solomon Freda Thornton 69
639 21/08/1987 QF Peter Tatlow 69 – 74 Mike Whiteoak Derek Nimmo Catherine Clarke 83
643 27/08/1987 SF Kevin Nelson 56 – 53 Mike Whiteoak Derek Nimmo Catherine Clarke 96
M42 15/1/90-19/1/90 Masters 1 Mike Whiteoak 49 – 96 Gavin Rogers N/A Freda Thornton 140
5632 30/01/2013 30B1 Dave Hoskisson 85 – 81 Mike Whiteoak Mark Foster Susie Dent 125
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