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George Ford
octochamp statistics
Final position Semi-finalist
Seeding 5
Points total 832
Conundrums solved 5
George Ford in Series 71...
...and again in the Championship of Champions XIV!
Rachel Riley left amazed by one of Ford's unorthodox numbers game solves.

George Ford was an octochamp and semi-finalist in Series 71, as well as a participant in Championship of Champions XIV. He is also an Apterite.

Appearance on the programme

Heat games

Ford began his octochamp 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. 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 nine 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 five over all ten of the letters rounds. Despite the lack of nines present (only CAPONIERS from his second 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 No. 5 seed for the finals, making him both the highest-scoring octochamp with only one nine available, as well as the highest-scoring No. 5 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 No. 5 seed for his quarter-final against No. 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 No. 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 tenth max game in the history of the show, and the first in the new 15 round format. Ford left the studios with nine wins and 999 points to his name.

Championship of Champions XIV

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 126 – 99.

Appearances on quiz shows

Ford appeared on Eggheads on 19 September 2019.


# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Presenters Guest Lex Max
6017 23/10/2014 P Jonny Rye 92 – 102 George Ford Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dave Myers Susie Dent 125
6018 24/10/2014 P George Ford 114 – 68 John Payne Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dave Myers Susie Dent 132
6019 27/10/2014 P George Ford 101 – 61 Ita Moynihan Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dave Myers Susie Dent 122
6020 28/10/2014 P George Ford 100 – 36 Kathy Richland Nick Hewer Rachel Riley John Inverdale Susie Dent 121
6021 29/10/2014 P George Ford 95 – 25 Stewart Fraser Nick Hewer Rachel Riley John Inverdale Susie Dent 124
6022 30/10/2014 P George Ford 107 – 56 Jonathan Lee Nick Hewer Rachel Riley John Inverdale Susie Dent 122
6023 31/10/2014 P George Ford 112 – 32 Sue Edgar Nick Hewer Rachel Riley John Inverdale Susie Dent 124
6024 03/11/2014 P George Ford 101 – 77 Tom Pettinger Nick Hewer Rachel Riley John Inverdale Susie Dent 118
6053 16/12/2014 QF Mark Davies 78 – 90 George Ford Nick Hewer Rachel Riley David Baddiel Susie Dent 122
6054 17/12/2014 SF Dan McColm 123 – 77 George Ford Nick Hewer Rachel Riley David Baddiel Susie Dent 123
6282 08/01/2016 CP George Ford 99 – 126 Jen Steadman Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Gloria Hunniford Susie Dent 137

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