From Countdownoctochamp run with a controversial victory against two-time winner Jonny Rye. In the game, Rye's offering of HEADWAYS was disallowed by Susie Dent. This has since been recognised as a mistake by the Countdown team, who will be inviting Rye back to continue his run in Series 72. Ignoring the controversy, Ford emerged with a strong debut score of 102, the first of seven centuries. His next game proved to be the strongest of his run, spotting the niner CAPONIERS and by solving a numbers game with a method involving going up to 97,500 and coming back down again. Ford continued his unorthodox numbers solves throughout his run, even managing to stump Rachel Riley on a few occasions. The remainder of Ford's games were relatively consistent with Ford spotting words such as AGISTED, CONDUITS and AVIATOR. Ford also only dropped below 100 in one game, against Stewart Fraser. Fraser was also the only challenger to beat Ford in a numbers game, however Fraser wasn't as strong in the letters rounds and only managed to score 5 over all 10 of the letters rounds - the lowest of any competitor playing under the 15 round format. Despite niners present (only CAPONIERS from his 2nd game), Ford finished his run with a very strong cumulative total of 832 - averaging 104 per game. Despite the strong score, Ford only qualified as 5th seed for the finals, making him both the highest-scoring octochamp with only one niner available, as well as the highest-scoring 5th seed in the history of the show. Ford's popularity with viewers during his run sparked the creation of the Facebook group 'The George Ford Fanclub', which provided fans with summaries of Ford's games, and highlights of his performances.
Ford returned to our screens as #5 seed for his quarter-final against #4 seed Mark Davies. Davies took an early lead when Ford blanked out in the first numbers round, however Ford retaliated in the next round by spotting the eight PASSIVES. The lead then changed back once more when Davies spotted LACINESS, followed by another lead change in the next round when Ford uncovered NEMATODE. From here on Ford scored in every round up until the conundrum THESKILOG, which Davies unscrambled in just eight seconds to be GHOSTLIKE. Despite Davies' solve, it was Ford that took the game with an impressive score of 90 against 78. The win saw Ford progress to the semi-finals, where he faced the seemingly invincible #1 seed Dan McColm. Though Ford fought hard against McColm, the invalid offerings pattie ☓ and ambroise ☓ along with brilliant spots by McColm such as RIBOSOME and ROUILLE meant that Ford's run had finally come to an end. However, some consolation for Ford is that in this game McColm didn't drop a single point, giving him the 10th perfect game in the history of the show. Ford left the studios with 9 wins and 999 points to his name.
Ford returned to Countdown for Championship of Champions XIV in 2016, facing off against fellow University of Exeter alumnus Jen Steadman in the first round. Steadman emerged victorious in the encounter.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|6017||23/10/2014||P||Jonny Rye||92 – 102||George Ford||Dave Myers||Susie Dent||125|
|6018||24/10/2014||P||George Ford||114 – 68||John Payne||Dave Myers||Susie Dent||132|
|6019||27/10/2014||P||George Ford||101 – 61||Ita Moynihan||Dave Myers||Susie Dent||122|
|6020||28/10/2014||P||George Ford||100 – 36||Kathy Richland||John Inverdale||Susie Dent||121|
|6021||29/10/2014||P||George Ford||95 – 25||Stewart Fraser||John Inverdale||Susie Dent||124|
|6022||30/10/2014||P||George Ford||107 – 56||Jonathan Lee||John Inverdale||Susie Dent||122|
|6023||31/10/2014||P||George Ford||112 – 32||Sue Edgar||John Inverdale||Susie Dent||124|
|6024||3/11/2014||P||George Ford||101 – 77||Tom Pettinger||John Inverdale||Susie Dent||118|
|6053||16/12/2014||QF||Mark Davies||78 – 90||George Ford||David Baddiel||Susie Dent||122|
|6054||17/12/2014||SF||Dan McColm||123 – 77||George Ford||David Baddiel||Susie Dent||123|
|6282||8/01/2016||CP||George Ford||99 – 126||Jen Steadman||Gloria Hunniford||Susie Dent||137|