Association of British Scrabble Players
The Association of British Scrabble Players is an association that regulates Scrabble in the United Kingdom. While not directly related to Countdown, the producers of the first Series went to Scrabble leagues to find players that were already adept at finding words from letters. Thusly, the first ever Countdown champion was an ABSP player, Joyce Cansfield. Since then the ABSP has continued to supply great players, most recently Series 57 champion Craig Beevers who is currently ranked in the top 20 out of about 1000 rated players.
Notable ABSP members past & present
In order of appearance on the show.
- Michael Goldman, Series 1 contestant and the winner of the first ever episode.
- Joyce Cansfield, Series 1 champion.
- Russell Byers, Series 2 runner-up.
- Mark Nyman, Championship of Champions I winner, World Scrabble Champion 1993, British Scrabble champion 4 times.
- Bob Violett, Series 5 runner-up.
- Darryl Francis, Series 6 champion.
- Clive Spate, Series 8 champion.
- Harvey Freeman, Series 10 and Series 33 champion.
- Stephen Balment, Series 12 champion.
- Dick Green, Series 15 champion.
- Allan Saldanha, Series 15 and Series 33 runner-up. Holds the record for the most appearances on Countdown.
- Liz Barber, Series 20 champion.
- Barry Grossman, Series 21 champion.
- Jackie Mcleod, Series 21 runner-up.
- Gareth Williams, Series 23 champion.
- Andrew Perry, Series 26 runner-up. Was #1 seed at 11 years old.
- Wayne Kelly, Series 28 runner-up.
- David Acton, Series 31 champion.
- Alan Sinclair, Series 32 champion.
- Huw Morgan, Series 34 champion.
- John Ashmore, Series 38 champion.
- Ben Wilson, Series 46 champion.
- Chris Cummins, Series 50 champion.
- Stewart Holden, Series 51 champion.
- Paul Gallen, Series 52 runner-up and Championship of Champions XII winner.
- Craig Beevers, Series 57 champion.
- Charlie Reams, Series 59 runner-up.
- Oliver Garner, Series 62 champion.
- Philip Aston, Series 78 runner-up.