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In pictures: Ryan Giggs surprises Rachel Riley on special episode of Countdown

The episode of the popular Channel 4 show will air tomorrow.

Image: Channel 4

DAVID MOYES MIGHT not want to have to deal with any surprises involving Ryan Giggs and a popular blonde TV presenter in the run-up to the season.

But the new Manchester United manager will surely allow his Welsh winger this one.

Countdown maths whizz Rachel Riley celebrates her 1,000th show on Countdown tomorrow and the Man Utd supporter was surprised by the Old Trafford icon when they recorded the episode recently.

“I had no inkling that I had just filmed my 1,000th episode when Nick announced it on the show, and I was touched that the Countdown team had surprised me with the news,” Riley said. “As Nick continued, I thought they might have got me a bunch of flowers. But I nearly fell through the floor when Ryan Giggs suddenly appeared with some.

“As a lifelong Red, I’ve watched Giggsy rack up 1,000 plus appearances since I was five so there couldn’t have been a more special way to celebrate mine. I’m really privileged to have a job that I love working on and on such an iconic show. I can’t thank the team and Ryan enough for such an amazing surprise. My signed ‘Riley 86′ shirt will be taking pride of place at home.”

Here’s the pics:

Images courtesy of Channel 4

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