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Darren Shacklady

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Darren Shacklady

Darren Shacklady was the champion of Series 29 and a semi-finalist in Championship of Champions VIII.

He was from Bickerstaff, Lancashire, and first appeared on 18 February 1995 beating Tony David 69 – 38 on his début, which also happened to be the second ever max game in the show's history. Shacklady went on to win four more games before losing to Tim Dickinson 63 – 52, but his scores — he averaged almost 65 points a game, which if he had completed his octochamp run, would have put him on a par with Harvey Freeman — saw him return for the finals as #3 seed. Shacklady beat Barry Hughes and Andy Cusworth on his way to the final against Chris Rogers. Shacklady dominated the final, winning 105 – 63 to become the 29th champion of Countdown.

Shacklady was a favourite for Championship of Champions VIII in 1996, where he beat Satbir Gupta in the first round before losing narrowly to Kenneth Michie in the semi-finals after neither player solved the crucial conundrum.

Preceded by
Damian Eadie
Series winner
Series 29
Followed by
Verity Joubert

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Presenters Guest Lex Max
1621 16/02/1995 P Darren Shacklady 69 - 38 Tony David Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Jan Harvey Ruth Killick 69
1622 17/02/1995 P Darren Shacklady 72 - 23 Liz Rickets Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Jan Harvey Ruth Killick 75
1623 20/02/1995 P Darren Shacklady 68 - 41 Peter Andrews Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Nigel Rees Ruth Killick 74
1624 21/02/1995 P Darren Shacklady 55 - 26 Brenda Thomson Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Nigel Rees Ruth Killick 75
1625 22/02/1995 P Darren Shacklady 73 - 41 Conor Martin Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Nigel Rees Ruth Killick 75
1626 23/02/1995 P Darren Shacklady 52 - 63 Tim Dickinson Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Nigel Rees Ruth Killick 73
1648 27/03/1995 QF Darren Shacklady 66 - 43 Barry Hughes Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Pete Murray Richard Samson 71
1651 30/03/1995 SF Andy Cusworth 46 - 51 Darren Shacklady Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman David Jacobs Richard Samson 68
1652 31/03/1995 GF Chris Rogers 63 - 105 Darren Shacklady Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman David Jacobs, Pete Murray Richard Samson 117
1851 3/10/1996 CQF Darren Shacklady 45 - 34 Satbir Gupta Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Jan Harvey Susie Dent 69
1853 7/10/1996 CSF Kenneth Michie 46 - 40 Darren Shacklady Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Jan Harvey Susie Dent 66