The 12 Years of COLIN

COLIN – Countdown in Lincoln – is, famously, our longest-running event. Set up in 2005 by Series 46 champion Ben Wilson and returning every year since then, it’s doubled in size since its inception and despite being a bit awkward to get to, has become practically folkloric in the murky Countdown underworld.

This year’s COLIN events are on 28th/29th January, and all the details are here. But the most important part is that you can join in the 2017 fun by PayPalling your entry fee to hulla.mahulla@btopenworld.com right now – it’s £14 for just the Saturday, £9 for just the Sunday, or £20 to enter both events!

With less than a month to go until the big day(s), we asked Ben to share his favourite images from each year’s COLIN with us.

 

2005

2005

“I like this one as it was taken at the end of the day, after the games had been played and won. There are smiles on everyone’s faces – I knew we were off to a good start.”

 

2006

2006

Sometimes, random things just happen at COLIN. Such as people playing a game of Countdown wearing blindfolds whilst the crowd watches on.”

2007

2007

“The first ever COLIN afterparty was just five people and wasn’t even held at the Fox and Hounds, but at a different pub entirely. The venue may be different, but the atmosphere isn’t.”

2008

2008

“One of the greatest photos ever taken at COLIN. Scott was about to beat Dan on a crucial, Dan buzzed in with a total guess and nicked it.”

2009

2009

“I just like this one as it shows everyone together having fun. As COLIN should be. 🙂 ”

2010

2010

“COLIN isn’t all about Countdown, it’s also about desserts. This’ll be the eighth year the Fox and Hounds will have hosted the afterparty. Hopefully they’ll have spotted the pattern by now.”

2011

2011

“Do I really need to explain my love for this photo? 🙂 ”

2012

2012

“The many faces of a COLIN weekend.”

2013

2013

“The Morricock family, brought together by Countdown.”

2014

2014

“You wouldn’t have thought, judging by their faces, that these two were about to play a tense and nerve-wracking grand final.”

2015

2015

“COLIN is usually such a serious and tense event… Umm…”

2016

2016

“See previous comment.”

Author: Jen Mandates

Left-handed (hence the username) Countdown queen and wannabe journalist who loves football, European travel and pet gerbils.

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