FOCAL Finals -- Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, 23 November 2019

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FOCAL Finals -- Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, 23 November 2019

Post by FOCAL Countdown » Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:36 pm

Two tournaments, another showstopping end-of-year Finals Day…

Date: Saturday 23rd November 2019
Venue: Molineux Stadium, Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton WV1 4QR [map].
Admission: £10 (preferably by PayPal, please; other means on request).
Doors open: 10am, for 11am start
Presented by: Jeff Clayton and Ben Wilson
Games to be played: 7, plus the FOCAL Grand Final
Finishes by: 5:45pm

FOCAL’s 2019 Finals Day will take place on Saturday 23rd November, in the International Suite at Molineux Stadium, home to Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers.

As our Top Eight take their seats on the front row to battle it out for the FOCAL Champion title, everyone else is welcome to sign up for our Molineux Open tournament!

Format
Doors open at 10am with free tea & coffee on arrival, for an 11am start, to play seven 9-round games of Countdown.

The Top Eight will play each other once over the course of the day, and after their seven games, the two contestants with the highest wins and points totals will go forward to the showpiece Grand Final, where they will play one more game which will decide who is the FOCAL Champion for 2019.

For everybody else, fixtures for the first four draws will be random, and after that will use a Swiss pairings system to match you with people on similar results.

This event uses a classroom-style format, with big screen graphics. This means everyone plays along to the same letters rounds, and everyone will get a turn at picking consonants and vowels for the room at some point.

For the numbers games, you’ll get to pick which combination of large and small numbers you want, in turn in your pairs, from our specially designed five-line display.

Conundrums will be revealed on the screen for everyone in much the same way as on the TV show. We will explain at the start of the day how each part of the contest runs, and give everyone a practice game consisting of a letters game, a numbers game and a conundrum just before the first match.

Lunch & breaks
We will stop for lunch after the second or third match — lunch is not provided but there is a big Asda next to the stadium.

There will be another short break during the afternoon and, if you don’t make the Grand Final, a chance to recharge your glass just before our showpiece gets underway.

How to book
The entry fee is just £10. To secure your place, send your entry fee to Jeff Clayton, FOCAL Chair. The easiest way is by PayPal -- jeff@focalcountdown.co.uk. Alternatively, you can send a cheque and the address is available on request.

Transport
Wolverhampton station is on the West Coast Main Line with direct links from London (Euston), Liverpool and Manchester, and local connections in and around Birmingham. The stadium is within walking distance of Wolverhampton station.

Staying over?
Why not make a weekend of it! There are plenty of very reasonably priced options on accommodation in the local area. Since we’re running this event in late November rather than early-mid December this year, it offers up some cheaper room rates than during the Christmas party season.

Any questions?
Visit our web page, www.focalcountdown.co.uk/finals2019, or email jeff@focalcountdown.co.uk.

We look forward to seeing you in Wolverhampton in November!

Entrants so far...
1. Jayne Wisniewski
2. James Robinson (F)
3. Sam Prouse
4. David Hilton
5. Mark Mills
6. Tracey Mills
7. George Armstrong
8. Jonathan de Souza
9. James Haughton (F)
10. Adam Dexter
11. Karen Pearson
12. Richard Priest
13. Callum Todd (F)
14. Kevin Davis
15. Graeme Cole
16. Fiona Titcombe
17. Tim Down (F)
18. Phil Stanton
19. Bradley Horrocks (F)
20. Martin Thomas
21. Jayne Grundy
22. Paul Worsley
23. Jack Worsley (F)
24. Stewart Gordon
25. Eddy Byrne* (F)
26. Tom Carey (F)
27. Eileen Ford*
28. Toby Pereira.
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Re: FOCAL Finals -- Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, 23 November 2019

Post by Callum Todd » Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:00 pm

Any info on guest parking at the venue please?
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Post by FOCAL Countdown » Sun Sep 22, 2019 4:04 pm

The venue has a large, free car park.
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Re: FOCAL Finals -- Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, 23 November 2019

Post by Callum Todd » Sun Sep 22, 2019 7:18 pm

FOCAL Countdown wrote:
Sun Sep 22, 2019 4:04 pm
The venue has a large, free car park.
Excellent, thanks very much.
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Re: FOCAL Finals -- Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, 23 November 2019

Post by Gavin Chipper » Sun Sep 22, 2019 8:44 pm

Callum Todd wrote:
Sun Sep 22, 2019 7:18 pm
FOCAL Countdown wrote:
Sun Sep 22, 2019 4:04 pm
The venue has a large, free car park.
Excellent, thanks very much.
I would have taken it but it's too large to fit in my house.

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Post by Matt Morrison » Mon Sep 23, 2019 2:28 pm

That made me chuckle more than it had any right to.

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Post by Callum Todd » Tue Sep 24, 2019 3:40 pm

Haha me too, it was deceptively funny.
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Post by FOCAL Countdown » Sat Oct 05, 2019 3:30 pm

Facebook page is now live -- search "FOCAL Countdown 2019 Finals & Molineux Open".
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Re: FOCAL Finals -- Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, 23 November 2019

Post by DJ Marky Mark » Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:54 pm

Callum Todd wrote:
Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:00 pm
Any info on guest parking at the venue please?
As much parking available as a match day at Elland Road.. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Post by FOCAL Countdown » Sun Oct 27, 2019 8:17 pm

Just a few weeks away from our Finals now.

We will also be able to announce the Top 8 straight after the end of this Saturday's tournament in Braintree (www.focalcountdown.co.uk/braintree2019, places still available).

Molineux provides a central location, free parking on-site, short distance from Wolverhampton mainline station, lots of inexpensive accommodation in the area and a big Asda next door for lunch. We'll even sort your tea/coffee when you turn up on the day!
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Re: FOCAL Finals -- Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, 23 November 2019

Post by Fiona T » Sun Nov 03, 2019 9:03 pm

I'm looking at booking escape room(s) for Sunday morning -

https://www.clockworkescapes.co.uk/

either one or two rooms, depending on numbers - each room can take 2-6 players (with 4-5 being ideal)

Let me know if you'd like to play - approx £15-20 a head depending on numbers, and we can take one student per booking for free, so let me know if you have student Id and that'll help keep cost down!

EDIT: Booked for 10 am - should take about an hour. Two rooms booked. "Starpoint Alpha" and "The Sanctum" (yes, I know...) - so can accommodate up to 12 players - the more the merrier (and cheaper!)

In so far -

Fiona
Callum
George
Robbo
Eddy
Maus
Phil S
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Post by FOCAL Countdown » Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:16 pm

For those staying around after the event (close down by 6pm), George has made a booking at the nearby Rosso E Nero Restaurant for 20 people at 7pm.

If you're interested, please consult the à la carte menu...
https://www.rossoenero.org/a-la-carte
...then email jeff@focalcountdown.co.uk to book your seat at the table. Hurry -- first come first served!

With that, they would prefer us to pre-order food due to us being a large group so please let Jeff confirm before you supply your menu choices.

Thanks, and hope to see you there!
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Re: FOCAL Finals -- Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, 23 November 2019

Post by Fiona T » Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:18 pm

Parkrun conveniently located right next to the venue

https://www.parkrun.org.uk/wolverhampton/

See you there!

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Post by FOCAL Countdown » Sun Nov 10, 2019 7:40 am

20 now confirmed, signed up for Wolverhampton in a couple of weeks. Places still available!
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Re: FOCAL Finals -- Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, 23 November 2019

Post by FOCAL Countdown » Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:29 am

All of the Top 8 have accepted our invitation to take part in the Finals, and confirmed that they will be joining us.

Admissions motoring along nicely in the last few days, and we still have more places available.
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Re: FOCAL Finals -- Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, 23 November 2019

Post by Conor » Tue Nov 12, 2019 5:23 pm

FOCAL Countdown wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:29 am
All of the Top 8 have accepted our invitation to take part in the Finals, and confirmed that they will be joining us.
What's the easiest way to see the current standings? I usually find it as an excel file linked to from the recap of the latest event, but it would be nice to have it more accessible (direct from the main page) and without needing to open it in Excel (of course with reduced data).

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Re: FOCAL Finals -- Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, 23 November 2019

Post by Gavin Chipper » Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:41 pm

Fiona T wrote:
Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:18 pm
Parkrun conveniently located right next to the venue

https://www.parkrun.org.uk/wolverhampton/

See you there!
I've just entered so will join you for that. There's also a new one in East Park. It's a bit further away, but if we're here again next year, I'd be tempted to it for a different parkrun to do.

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