Gareth Williams was the Series 23 champion.
A lecturer at Pontypridd college, he first appeared on Countdown in March 1992, when he beat Rodney Crawshaw 57 – 34 in his first game. Williams had just enough time left in the series to complete his octochamp run, amassing an aggregate score of 439 points to become #1 seed. The very next day after completing his octochamp run, Williams returned for the series finals, beating Glen Webb and Alan Harston on his way to the final against Phil Jordan. It was a tight game, with Williams leading 68 – 59 going into the crucial conundrum. However, neither contestant was able to unscramble PEPSICOLA in the thirty seconds, meaning Williams became the 23rd series champion.
Williams did not return for Championship of Champions VI, but did return in 1994 for a special match against Allan Saldanha to celebrate Countdown's 1500th episode. In the game, Williams suffered his first-ever defeat, losing to Saldanha 99 – 62.
Two years later, Williams returned to Countdown one last time for the Supreme Championship, beating Wayne Kelly in the first round before losing to Tony Vick in the group semi-finals. Here he delivered a decent performance but was held to a crucial conundrum, and it was Vick who turned VILESTILE into LIVELIEST to beat Williams 41 – 51.
Away from Countdown, Williams is the only Countdown Series winner to have represented Wales at the World Scrabble Championship, although various other series winners have represented England and Scotland.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|1248||9/03/1992||P||Gareth Williams||57 – 34||Rodney Crawshaw||Norman Painting||Judy Pearsall||69|
|1249||10/03/1992||P||Gareth Williams||54 – 42||Arthur Evans||Norman Painting||Judy Pearsall||71|
|1250||11/03/1992||P||Gareth Williams||49 – 43||Angela Burke||Norman Painting||Judy Pearsall||71|
|1251||12/03/1992||P||Gareth Williams||42 – 29||Ron Schofield||Nigel Rees||Judy Pearsall||72|
|1252||13/03/1992||P||Gareth Williams||57 – 15||Eric Williams||Nigel Rees||Judy Pearsall||68|
|1253||16/03/1992||P||Gareth Williams||55 – 46||Ole Pedersen||Nigel Rees||Judy Pearsall||82|
|1254||17/03/1992||P||Gareth Williams||59 – 29||Graeme Thomas||Nigel Rees||Judy Pearsall||82|
|1255||18/03/1992||P||Gareth Williams||56 – 51||Thomas Carolan||Nigel Rees||Judy Pearsall||75|
|1256||19/03/1992||QF||Gareth Williams||69 – 36||Glen Webb||Jan Harvey||Catherine Clarke||74|
|1260||25/03/1992||SF||Alan Harston||35 – 66||Gareth Williams||Jan Harvey||Catherine Clarke||73|
|1262||27/03/1992||GF||Phil Jordan||59 – 68||Gareth Williams||Jan Harvey, Nicholas Day||Catherine Clarke||126|
|1523||4/07/1994||S||Gareth Williams||62 – 99||Allan Saldanha||Denis Norden||Mark Nyman||129|
|1896||5/12/1996||gQF||Gareth Williams||59 – 55||Wayne Kelly||Richard Digance||David Swarbrick||72|
|1899||10/12/1996||gSF||Gareth Williams||41 – 51||Tony Vick||Jenny Hanley||Susie Dent||69|