John Hadfield was an octochamp in Series 14 and contestant in Series 80. As of his 1st appearance, he was a showroom manager for a bedroom furniture company from Isleworth, Middlesex. As of his 2nd appearance, he was the Town Crier of Westbury in Wiltshire.
He survived a crucial conundrum on his début, and went on to accumulate 429 points to qualify for the finals as No. 3 seed. He faced Frank Houston in his quarter-final match, where he built a 10-point lead after the first three rounds. He then fell to 5 behind five rounds later after missing an available T extension of FUNNIES and blundering in the last numbers round. Houston eventually solved the crucial conundrum UNCLEPEAT to upset Hadfield's run.
Hadfield returned for a second debut in 2019, but unfortunately ran into Elliott Mellor who ended with the highest ever score of 152 points on Countdown.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|667||4/11/1987||P||Bhala Appadoo||41 – 45||John Hadfield||Russell Harty||Catherine Clarke||70|
|668||5/11/1987||P||Jean Anderson||25 – 51||John Hadfield||Russell Harty||Catherine Clarke||84|
|669||6/11/1987||P||Anju Shah||32 – 47||John Hadfield||Russell Harty||Catherine Clarke||72|
|670||9/11/1987||P||Monica Sutcliffe||32 – 45||John Hadfield||Russell Harty||Catherine Clarke||97|
|671||10/11/1987||P||Betty Powell||6 – 63||John Hadfield||Russell Harty||Catherine Clarke||69|
|672||11/11/1987||P||John Brown||25 – 49||John Hadfield||Lance Percival||Catherine Clarke||72|
|673||12/11/1987||P||Jean Clague||42 – 55||John Hadfield||Lance Percival||Catherine Clarke||75|
|674||13/11/1987||P||Richard Farrer||36 – 74||John Hadfield||Lance Percival||Catherine Clarke||95|
|703||21/12/1987||QF||Frank Houston||56 – 41||John Hadfield||Carol Thatcher||Julia Swannell||74|
|M16||17/07/1889-21/07/1989||M||Julian Hough||124 – 61||John Hadfield||none||Catherine Clarke||136|
|7077||17/05/2019||P||Elliott Mellor||152 – 40||John Hadfield||Dr Phil Hammond||Susie Dent||154|