Port Vale: TV date was great while it lasted
COUNTDOWN king Neil MacKenzie finally bowed out of the long-running TV quiz this month.
He reached the quarter-finals, but was beaten by the eventual champion Junaid Mubeen.
FOND MEMORIES: Neil MacKenzie on Countdown with hosts Des O'Connor and Carol Vorderman.
But the midfielder reacted to the defeat philosophically.
He said: "I suppose if you're going to lose, then lose to the eventual champion. But that didn't make it any easier because I had a bad day against him.
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"To be fair, he is on another level and was by far the best player. But it was a good experience and I've got no regrets.
"I got a nice crystal vase, which I'll keep on my mantelpiece and hopefully show my kids one day. I'm glad I did it, and even though I took a bit of friendly banter over it, the whole thing was a great experience." So will MacKenzie be trying his luck on any other TV quiz shows in the future?
He joked: "The way I'm playing at the moment I might jack it in and go on Deal Or No Deal."