Ray McPhie

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Ray McPhie

Ray McPhie was an octochamp in and the champion of Series 37, as well as a participant in Championship of Champions IX.

He first appeared on Countdown on 21 November 1997, beating Ricky Zinger 45 – 34 in the 40th heat game of Series 37. McPhie won a further seven games to become an octochamp, with a points total of 416. ray thusly returned for the final rounds as #2 seed, where he beat Ricky Zinger a second time in the quarter-finals, and Ruth Collier in the semi-finals. In the final against Christine White, McPhie led by a mere seven points going into the conundrum. Neither player was able to unscramble DIRETHUMP in the time, however, so Ray ran out the 86 – 79 winner and the 37th champion of Countdown.

McPhie returned at the start of 1998 for Championship of Champions IX where, despite being the only undefeated player in the championship, he was beaten in the first round by James Martin. Ray would return to Countdown one last time, though, to record a special game, a rematch of his final against Christine White. Once again, Ray would emerge on the winning side, this time winning 104 – 89.

Preceded by
Tony Baylis
Series winner
Series 37
Followed by
John Ashmore

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
2142 21/11/1997 P Ricky Zinger 34 – 45 Ray McPhie Philip Franks Susie Dent 71
2143 24/11/1997 P Ray McPhie 58 – 48 Paul Bowen Philip Franks Susie Dent 71
2144 25/11/1997 P Ray McPhie 52 – 40 Rob Lolley Philip Franks Susie Dent 70
2145 26/11/1997 P Ray McPhie 55 – 22 John Charlesworth Philip Franks Susie Dent 74
2146 27/11/1997 P Ray McPhie 47 – 45 Jan Jones Tony Robinson Mark Nyman 70
2147 28/11/1997 P Ray McPhie 58 – 37 Sandy Lowe Tony Robinson Mark Nyman 82
2148 1/12/1997 P Ray McPhie 48 – 41 Mandy Williams Tony Robinson Mark Nyman 69
2149 2/12/1997 P Ray McPhie 53 – 44 Geoff Tarpey Tony Robinson Mark Nyman 75
2157 12/12/1997 QF Ray McPhie 57 – 53 Ricky Zinger Barry Cryer Mark Nyman 73
2161 18/12/1997 SF Ray McPhie 53 – 38 Ruth Collier Gyles Brandreth Mark Nyman 71
2162 19/12/1997 GF Ray McPhie 86 – 79 Christine White Gyles Brandreth Mark Nyman 128
2167 2/01/1998 CP Ray McPhie 42 – 60 James Martin Denis Norden Mark Nyman 73
S18 13/08/2004 S Ray McPhie 104 – 89 Christine White Ann Widdecombe Susie Dent 121
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