Worsley Walloped as Carey takes the crown in Manchester

  Fresh from our first events of the year in Lincoln, 33 keen anagrammers showed up to the stylish Alston Bar & Beef in Manchester’s Corn Exchange in mid February for an event hosted by Innis Carson. A wide range of FOCAL eventgoers were present including 2020 League Table kingpin Jack Worsley, former Countdown wunderkind…

The JWs take the Ws at our Lincoln double-header

  Two months on from our 2019 finals in Wolverhampton, FOCAL returned from a winter break with a curtain-raising double event in a Lincoln last weekend. The weekend began with a darts tournament in the Fox and Hounds pub on Friday evening, where 16 avid anagrammers chucked arrows at (or, in some cases, five feet above) a board…

2019 Focal Grand Final video

We’ve put together a video recap of the round-by-round highlights from our recent Grand Final. Our Top Eight contenders from across the UK and Ireland went head-to-head throughout the day (23 November) until there were just two left for a Grand Final showdown — number 1 seed Callum Todd against number 4 seed Bradley Horrocks….

Pierless Todd Towers Over Opposition in Blackpool

Host Mark Mills and (spoilers) champion Callum Todd team up to bring you this report from our latest event, on the Lancashire coast. Just one day shy of a year to the day since last year’s debut bash in Cleveleys, host Mark Mills brought his Blackpool event back this year for a run-out in his new premises…

Todd takes t’title in all-Yorkshire showdown on Merseyside

Our intrepid reporter George Armstrong was on hand for FOCAL’s first foray into Liverpool… Following a very successful début gig in Leamington Spa back in 2013, Andy Platt and Dan McColm reprised hosting duties on 21st September to welcome 27 entrants to the Cross Keys pub in the centre of Liverpool — their first event…

Fancy getting involved in FOCAL? We want to hear from you!

FOCAL is the unofficial circuit for Countdown tournaments across the UK and Ireland. It is run by volunteers who book venues and organise different themed events which are generating repeat interest and growing in popularity. We run tournaments in community halls, churches, hotel conference suites… even football stadiums! We consistently cover all of our costs and…