David Wilson was the runner-up of Series 49 in 2003.
He first appeared on 9 April of that year, beating Andrea Maycock 84 – 65, and won a further four games before losing to Ric Morgan. However, his five wins were good enough for a place in the finals as #3 seed, and he impressively beat Patrick Vowles in the quarter-final and saw off the challenge of Martin Gardner in the semi-final.
The final against John Davies turned out not to be a classic, as Davies ran away with it despite offering a five in the first round. Wilson later missed FURRIEST and offered diazole ☓ which is not in the dictionary. After Davies took the points on the first numbers game, he took a commanding lead. After Wilson missed TOILET and another numbers game, the game was over unless Wilson could get a nine. He didn't and offered a second invalid word meaning that the scores were 92 – 58 in Davies favour going into the conundrum TINEYMIND which Davies solved in 13 seconds to win the final with a century.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|3457||9/04/2003||P||Andrea Maycock||65 – 84||David Wilson||Joan Bakewell||Susie Dent||149|
|3458||10/04/2003||P||David Wilson||82 – 68||Richard Sked||Joan Bakewell||Susie Dent||120|
|3459||11/04/2003||P||David Wilson||104 – 32||Mary Frankel||Joan Bakewell||Susie Dent||133|
|3460||14/04/2003||P||David Wilson||113 – 40||Peter Wreghitt||Charles Collingwood||Susie Dent||144|
|3461||15/04/2003||P||David Wilson||97 – 73||Marion Martin||Charles Collingwood||Susie Dent||131|
|3462||16/04/2003||P||David Wilson||80 – 83||Ric Morgan||Charles Collingwood||Susie Dent||131|
|3507||23/06/2003||QF||Patrick Vowles||55 – 115||David Wilson||Clare Balding||Alison Heard||120|
|3510||26/06/2003||SF||David Wilson||98 – 86||Martin Gardner||Geoffrey Durham||Susie Dent||123|
|3511||27/06/2003||GF||John Davies||102 – 58||David Wilson||Geoffrey Durham||Susie Dent||118|
|4118||5/06/2006||CP||John Brackstone||86 – 48||David Wilson||Ann Widdecombe||Susie Dent||120|