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MacKenzie claims TV quiz honours

Neil MacKenzie
Neil MacKenzie was encouraged to enter by his mother

Notts County midfielder Neil MacKenzie is doing his bit to help dispel the myth that all footballers are stupid.

The 32-year-old has made football history as the first player to appear on Channel 4 quiz show Countdown.

And MacKenzie is proving a hit on the show, winning five episodes in a row, shooting to the top of the leaderboard.

"He's proving to be a strong contestant and has a broad vocabulary which is essential to do well," said associate producer Kate Horton.

MacKenzie was encouraged to enter by his mother, who is a regular viewer of the show.

On Monday the midfielder will continue his reign in the Champion's Chair and is aiming for a sixth win.

He hopes to win the maximum eight games in a row to get 'Octochamp' status.

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