Phil Jordan was the runner-up of Series 23.
He first appeared on Countdown on 7 February 1992, beating reigning champion Nick Atkinson 48 – 20 in the 30th heat of Series 23. He went on to win a further seven games, becoming an octochamp and returning for the finals as No. 2 seed. He beat Rodney Crawshaw in the quarter-finals and Paul Perriman in the semi-finals to set up a No. 1 seed vs No. 2 seed final against Gareth Williams. In the final, Jordan was still in contention right up to the end, trailing by a mere nine points heading into the crucial conundrum, but neither player was able to unscramble PEPSICOLA in the time, meaning Jordan lost both the game and the series.
Four years later, Jordan returned to Countdown to play in the Supreme Championship. His first opponent was Andy Bodle, the champion of Series 26. Bodle pulled ahead early in the game by spotting APOLUNES and FAVORS (which would not be allowed under today's rules, as it is a US spelling). Jordan scored in every round thereafter, including the conundrum LYCHEELAB, but it wasn't enough to catch up and Bodle won the game 55 – 51.
Jordan was the originator of the "inverted T" selection for the numbers game, which has become popular amongst Countdown contestants and is still used to this day.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|1227||7/02/1992||P||Phil Jordan||48 – 20||Nick Atkinson||Sally James||Richard Samson||70|
|1228||10/02/1992||P||Phil Jordan||59 – 32||Jenny Gardner||Jan Harvey||Richard Samson||73|
|1229||11/02/1992||P||Phil Jordan||61 – 35||James Furnival||Jan Harvey||Richard Samson||72|
|1230||12/02/1992||P||Phil Jordan||53 – 44||Anthony Annakin-Smith||Jan Harvey||Richard Samson||85|
|1231||13/02/1992||P||Phil Jordan||62 – 27||Maureen Forrester||Jan Harvey||Richard Samson||83|
|1232||14/02/1992||P||Phil Jordan||62 – 49||Simon Gillam||Jan Harvey||Richard Samson||84|
|1233||17/02/1992||P||Phil Jordan||37 – 24||Alan Roberts||Jan Harvey||Richard Samson||75|
|1234||18/02/1992||P||Phil Jordan||43 – 30||Frank Glover||Richard Stilgoe||Freda Thornton||71|
|1257||20/03/1992||QF||Rodney Crawshaw||37 – 63||Phil Jordan||Jan Harvey||Catherine Clarke||75|
|1261||26/03/1992||SF||Phil Jordan||60 – 40||Paul Perriman||Jan Harvey||Catherine Clarke||82|
|1262||27/03/1992||GF||Phil Jordan||59 – 68||Gareth Williams||Jan Harvey, Nicholas Day||Catherine Clarke||126|
|1330||6/01/1993||CQF||Wayne Summers||60 – 38||Phil Jordan||Richard Stilgoe||Susie Dent||73|
|1858||14/10/1996||aQF||Andy Bodle||55 – 51||Phil Jordan||Nigel Rees||Susie Dent||67|