Lincoln 2019

Now two gigs over two days, the original unofficial tournament returns for a 15th consecutive year…


Date: Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th January.
Venues: The Ark, Moor Lane, LN6 9AA (Saturday) and
The Memorial Hall, Newark Road, LN6 9RY (Sunday), both in North Hykeham.
Admission: £12 Saturday, £8 Sunday, or £16 for both events.
Start time: Doors open 10am both days.
Saturday – round 1 draw at 11.30am; Sunday – round 1 draw at 11am.
Presented by: Series 46 champion Ben Wilson.
Games to be played: 6 (Saturday) and 4 (Sunday), then both events also include a grand final between the top two players.
Finishes by: 6pm (Saturday) and 2.30pm (Sunday).
Wheelchair accessible?: Yes ♿️

Ben says… Countdown in Lincoln — COLIN — is back! Once again, the FOCAL calendar kicks off with what was, briefly, the biggest event of all time, but remains the oldest and hopefully the one everyone still wants to win.

Very little is changed from 2018. It’ll be the traditional COLIN format of three rounds of Edinburgh-style 9-rounders followed by a final, kicking off at 11:30 and ending just before 6pm. The venue will be the Ark on Moor Lane in North Hykeham, as it was last year.

And for the Sunday, as with last year, we’ll be at the Memorial Hall on Newark Road in North Hykeham for our sixth Hangover event. This, as always, will be two rounds of Edinburgh-style 9-rounders followed by a final, kicking off at or just after 11am and ending at around 2:30pm.

The price for this weekend of Countdown is just £12 for the Saturday, £8 for the Sunday or £16 for both days, payable by Paypal to or by cheque to my home address (available upon request).

I’m already trawling various hardware stores/Amazon for the trophies and prizes, which will hopefully be the most unique yet! There will also be spot prizes on offer throughout the day and maybe even a few prizes for the more creatively-minded among you!

More details will inevitably come over the coming few months, so watch this space! Any questions, feel free to ask.

See you in January!

Ben Wilson won Series 46 in 2001, aged 18, and returned to take part in the show’s 30th Birthday Championship in 2012. You can follow him on Twitter @nebagram.