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Ian Bebbington

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Ian Bebbington

Ian Bebbington was the champion of Series 7, and a participant in Championship of Champions II and the Supreme Championship.

A customs and excise officer from Halesowen in the West Midlands, he first appeared on 1 November 1985, soundly defeating Michael Spencer 66 – 16. After two more wins, his reign as champion was cut short by Marion Johnstone, but his impressive scores had been enough to earn him a place in the final rounds as #5 seed. He defeated Robert Coton in the quarter-finals after another impressive performance, before pulling off a major upset in beating #1 seed Clive Freedman in the semis by just three points. In the grand final against Julian Hough, Bebbington led 82 – 77 going into the conundrum. Neither contestant was able to unscramble TEEUPLATE in the time, meaning Bebbington became the seventh series champion.

Bebbington returned for Championship of Champions II, but was eliminated in the first round by John Wallace.

Bebbington returned to Countdown in 1996 for the Supreme Championship, defeating James Sinclair in the first round but losing to the ultimate winner Harvey Freeman in his next and final match. The score had been 62 – 54 in Freeman's favour making it a crucial conundrum, and Bebbington actually buzzed first. However, no upset took place as he gave the incorrect solution of CONCEITED. Freeman went on to correctly get CONTENTED and win by 18 points.

In 1988, he appeared on the first series of Fifteen to One.

Preceded by
Darryl Francis
Series winner
Series 7
Followed by
Clive Spate


# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
303 1/11/1985 P Michael Spencer 16 – 66 Ian Bebbington Steve Jones ??
304 4/11/1985 P Ken Brown 31 – 52 Ian Bebbington Steve Jones ??
305 5/11/1985 P Michael McCormack 18 – 59 Ian Bebbington Steve Jones ??
306 6/11/1985 P Marion Johnstone 52 – 41 Ian Bebbington Steve Jones ??
335 17/12/1985 QF Robert Coton 53 – 65 Ian Bebbington Richard Stilgoe Della Thompson 73
336 18/12/1985 SF Clive Freedman 46 – 49 Ian Bebbington Richard Stilgoe Della Thompson 70
338 20/12/1985 GF Ian Bebbington 82 – 77 Julian Hough Richard Stilgoe,
John Junkin
Della Thompson 127
401 3/04/1986 CQF John Wallace 59 – 38 Ian Bebbington Gyles Brandreth Catherine Clarke 82
M101 4/03/1991-8/03/1991 M Ian Bebbington 99 – 86 Andrew Guy none Freda Thornton ???
1869 29/10/1996 cQF Ian Bebbington 45 – 36 James Sinclair June Whitfield Susie Dent 73
1872 1/11/1996 cSF Ian Bebbington 54 – 72 Harvey Freeman Geoffrey Durham Susie Dent 85
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