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Alan Young was a contestant in Series 69, and an octochamp and quarter-finalist in Series 86. As of his second appearance, he was a business studies teacher from Paisley, Renfrewshire, and is also an Apterite. He has participated in a number of Co-events, including COLIN XI and COLIN XII, and ran Co:Glasgow 2015 in May 2015.
Young made his debut on 31 October 2013, where after a three-game win streak, he was unseated in his fourth by Michael McLaughlin on a crucial conundrum, whilst suffering from a migraine.
Young returned to the show just under nine years after his first appearance, kicking off his second stint with a victory over fellow Apterite Joseph Bartram. But this time, Young's octochamp pursuit could not be stopped, as he added a further seven wins to his tally which included four centuries. He achieved a high score of 117 in his fifth game, which also saw him spot two nines; MOLESTING and REPUTTING. Young wrapped up with a score of 90 in his eighth game, which was broadcast on a Saturday due to Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral causing his last five heats to be delayed by one day. This secured octochampdom and membership of the 800 club with a final total of 806, which ultimately placed him as the fourth seed for the finals between Quinn Bartlett and Joe Dobinson.
Young returned for the series finals on 20 December 2022, playing against Dobinson. In a close game, Young took an early lead after successfully gambling on a six-small selection in the first numbers game. However, Dobinson spotted LANGOUSTE for a crucial nine, after trailing two points behind, to take a 16-point lead. This proved to be the fatal blow, as Young couldn't catch up after that, and bowed out with 83 points to Dobinson's 99 points after an unsolved conundrum. Young amassed an overall total of 889 points in his Series 86 run. With his earlier appearances, his overall total is 1,234 points.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Presenters||Guest||Lex||Max|
|5803||31/10/2013||P||Joe Branker||56 – 83||Alan Young||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Mark Foster||Susie Dent||121|
|5804||01/11/2013||P||Alan Young||78 – 42||Michael Dunne||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Mark Foster||Susie Dent||132|
|5805||04/11/2013||P||Alan Young||106 – 63||Ian Kenny||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Mark Foster||Susie Dent||132|
|5806||05/11/2013||P||Alan Young||78 – 80||Michael McLaughlin||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Mark Foster||Susie Dent||123|
|7849||14/09/2022||P||Joseph Bartram||69 – 95||Alan Young||Colin Murray||Rachel Riley||Rick Edwards||Susie Dent||136|
|7850||15/09/2022||P||Alan Young||114 – 43||Avnee Chouhan||Colin Murray||Rachel Riley||Rick Edwards||Susie Dent||133|
|7851||16/09/2022||P||Alan Young||114 – 36||Nigel Deans||Colin Murray||Rachel Riley||Rick Edwards||Susie Dent||133|
|7852||20/09/2022||P||Alan Young||84 – 67||Alex Ayling||Colin Murray||Rachel Riley||Noreen Khan||Susie Dent||122|
|7853||21/09/2022||P||Alan Young||117 – 82||Dawn MacPhie||Colin Murray||Rachel Riley||Noreen Khan||Susie Dent||144|
|7854||22/09/2022||P||Alan Young||108 – 53||Ian Gough||Colin Murray||Rachel Riley||Noreen Khan||Susie Dent||146|
|7855||23/09/2022||P||Alan Young||84 – 72||Natalie Curran||Colin Murray||Rachel Riley||Noreen Khan||Susie Dent||143|
|7856||24/09/2022||P||Alan Young||90 – 45||Calvin Jones||Colin Murray||Rachel Riley||Noreen Khan||Susie Dent||127|
|7918||20/12/2022||QF||Alan Young||83 – 99||Joe Dobinson||Colin Murray||Rachel Riley||Neil Delamere||Susie Dent||151|