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Martyn Simpson

From Countdown
Martyn Simpson, 11 years after his first appearance, in Series 82.

Martyn Simpson was a contestant in Series 61 and 82. As of his second appearance, he was an Area Sales Manager in the Mobility Sector from Kingswinford in the West Midlands. He has also been an Apterite since 2009.

On Simpson's original début appearance on 12 November 2009, he lost by a score of 68 to Ryan Taylor's personal best of 123. 11 years and 1 day later, Simpson made his "second début" on 13 November 2020. After having two words disallowed, Simpson maxed all the numbers rounds and raced away to beat previous Series 1 contestant Andy Bruno to end Bruno's second run in his sixth game. In his fifth game of his second stint, Simpson won with a score of 132, the highest score on the show in more than 10 months. This was followed by a second consecutive score above 125 in his sixth win which included three nine-letter words, equalling the record for the most nine-letter words in a "new" 15 rounder. In a reversal of fortune, however, his run was terminated in his seventh game courtesy of a crucial conundrum solve by Leo Smith. Simpson did not make the finals of the longest ever series despite winning 6 games and totalling 794 points (an average of just over 113), meaning he has the highest average score for a non-octochamp and non-finalist in Countdown history. He also has the highest aggregate point total for a non-finalist, despite the handicap of having played only seven games instead of eight. Combined with his 2009 appearance, Simpson's overall record of points is 862 points.

In 2021, Simpson won the Phil Collinge Memorial Tournament on Apterous.


# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Presenters Guest Lex Max
4927 12/11/2009 P Ryan Taylor 123 – 68 Martyn Simpson Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Tim Vine Susie Dent 137
7388 13/11/2020 P Andy Bruno 57 – 102 Martyn Simpson Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Rufus Hound Susie Dent 123
7389 16/11/2020 P Martyn Simpson 106 – 42 Jonathan Partlin Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Rufus Hound Susie Dent 134
7390 17/11/2020 P Martyn Simpson 110 – 69 Kevin Hackett Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Rufus Hound Susie Dent 134
7391 18/11/2020 P Martyn Simpson 118 – 46 Michael Grahamslaw Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Tim Rice Susie Dent 146
7392 19/11/2020 P Martyn Simpson 132 – 63 Gaz Lang Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Tim Rice Susie Dent 156
7393 20/11/2020 P Martyn Simpson 131 – 60 Craig Thomas Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Tim Rice Susie Dent 152
7394 23/11/2020 P Martyn Simpson 95 – 104 Leo Smith Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Tim Rice Susie Dent 138