Don Reid

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Don Reid
Reid-ing in black and white.

Don Reid was an octochamp in and the champion of Series 25. He was from Horsham, West Sussex, but originally came from Ballymena in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

He first appeared on Countdown on 18 February 1993 in the 27th heat of Series 25, beating Carolyn Taylor 70 – 23 in an impressive debut performance. Reid went on to win seven more games to become an octochamp with an impressive aggregate score of 487 points, and was by some distance #1 seed for the series. In the final rounds, Reid defeated Ralph Mayer and Noel Turner on his way to the final against fellow octochamp James Sinclair. After a close first half, Reid broke the deadlock by solving the first conundrum, and romped home the 97 – 56 winner to become the 25th series champion.

Reid returned at the start of 1995 for Championship of Champions VII, and continued his impressive form by beating boy wonder Andrew Perry and trouncing Richard Campbell 65 – 17 on his way to the final against future Countdown producer Damian Eadie. There, Reid continued his impressive display of form, comfortably beating Eadie 100 – 73 to become the seventh champion of champions, and only the third ever grand slam winner (octochamp, series and champion of champions) after Harvey Freeman and Nic Brown.

Reid returned to Countdown the next year for the Supreme Championship, entering as one of only two unbeaten players — the other being eventual Supreme Champion Harvey Freeman. Reid entered a spirited performance, beating Olivia Lloyd-Potts and Dick Green before losing to Series 11 champion John Clarke after a second sudden death conundrum, necessary when neither player could solve either the first nor the second conundrums, ending Reid's televised winning streak on his seventeenth game.

Preceded by
Wayne Summers
Series winner
Series 25
Followed by
Andy Bodle


Preceded by
Wayne Summers
Champion of Champions
Championship of Champions VII
Followed by
Chris Rogers


Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
1361 18/02/1993 P Don Reid 70 – 23 Carolyn Taylor Jan Harvey Susie Dent 73
1362 19/02/1993 P Don Reid 62 – 40 Frank McKenzie Jan Harvey Susie Dent 74
1363 22/02/1993 P Don Reid 69 – 46 George Rowe Jan Harvey Susie Dent 73
1364 23/02/1993 P Don Reid 62 – 45 Paul Wheatley Jan Harvey Richard Samson 71
1365 24/02/1993 P Don Reid 46 – 29 Rachel Davison Jan Harvey Richard Samson 70
1366 25/02/1993 P Don Reid 71 – 30 Donal O'Riain Jan Harvey Richard Samson 85
1367 26/02/1993 P Don Reid 48 – 25 Lee Wellings Jan Harvey Richard Samson 71
1368 1/03/1993 P Don Reid 59 – 52 Michael Feaver Jan Harvey Richard Samson 84
1386 25/03/1993 QF Ralph Mayer 49 – 58 Don Reid Dinah Sheridan Richard Samson 73
1390 31/03/1993 SF Noel Turner 50 – 56 Don Reid Dinah Sheridan Richard Samson 75
1392 2/04/1993 GF Don Reid 97 – 56 James Sinclair Dinah Sheridan, Jenny Hanley Richard Samson 124
1589 3/01/1995 CQF Don Reid 63 – 46 Andrew Perry Denis Norden Richard Samson 72
1593 9/01/1995 CSF Don Reid 65 – 17 Richard Campbell Denis Norden Richard Samson 72
1594 10/01/1995 CGF Don Reid 100 – 73 Damian Eadie Denis Norden Richard Samson 111
1855 9/10/1996 aQF Don Reid 57 – 40 Olivia Lloyd-Potts Nigel Rees Susie Dent 74
1859 15/10/1996 aSF Don Reid 59 – 56 Dick Green Philip Franks Susie Dent 73
1861 17/10/1996 aF John Clarke 63* – 53 Don Reid Philip Franks Susie Dent 73
* includes 10 points from a tie-break conundrum


Championship of Champions Winners

I : Mark Nyman | II : Clive Freedman | III : Harvey Freeman | IV : Nic Brown | V : Tim Morrissey | VI : Wayne Summers | VII : Don Reid | VIII : Chris Rogers | IX : Natascha Kearsey | X : Scott Mearns | XI : Graham Nash | XII : Paul Gallen | XIII : Steve Briers | XIV : Dylan Taylor

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