Merseyside Quiz Leagues

The World's Largest Independent Quiz Leagues

The Merseyside Quiz Leagues, the home of team quizzing here on Merseyside, were founded in 1959 and are the largest independent quiz leagues in the world.  In 2019 we therefore celebrated our our Diamond Jubilee!

The 2020-21 season was cancelled due to the Coronavirus Pandemic but in the 2019-20 season there were over 100 teams competing in one of five Leagues. Teams usually take part in their own local league, so that travelling distances are kept to a minimum. There are, however, opportunities to enter Merseyside-wide competitions at either team or league representative levels.

If you are interested in finding out a little more about team quizzing on Merseyside, why not drop into a venue and watch a game taking place.  During the September to March season most games are played on Monday or Tuesday nights starting at 8.45pm.  The tab 'Leagues' will allow you to select your local area from where you can find a team playing near you.  You will be guaranteed a warm welcome and if you wish, a chance to take part in a friendly game after the main match.  If you need any advice please contact us.

During the pandemic, the Leagues closed down in March 2020.  During what would have been the 2020-21season MQL operated 3 online Leagues each of which came to an end in April 2021.  A short summer season ran until the end of July.  Face to face quizzing recommenced in October 2021 with 92 teams now taking part.  In response to the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, fixtures in January 2022 were suspended for 3 weeks before resuming in February.

mimir champion

The 2022 Mimir Individual Competition was held online on Wednesday 27 April and 4 May.  Many congratulations to the four finalists Angela Doyle, Jim Eccleson, Dag Griffiths and Alan Gibbs.  In a closely fought match that went to a three way tie-breaker, Jim Eccleson of Oxton Cons won the title for the fourth time.  This marks a record interval between wins as Jim's last success was in 1994!   The full results can be found here.  

New MQL chairman

Congratulations to Danny Grimes of Aigburth Swans who has been appointed as the new Chairman of the MQL.  Danny spotted this article on the BBC website:  Following Alice Walker’s win on Mastermind last week, the BBC talk to Gareth Kingston about team quizzing.

2022 agm

The 2022 Annual General Meeting of the Merseyside Quiz Leagues was held online at 7.30pm on Sunday 10th April.  Agenda and Minutes can be found here.

website

Many apologies for the website having being down for such a long time.  The hosting provider was upgrading their systems and it did not go as planned!  Huge thanks to Chris Quinn, our Website Administrator, who has worked long and hard to sort out the problem and finally had to migrate the whole website to a new provider. Hopefully things will now get back to normal.

Thank you for your patience.

FRANK MCFARLANE

 

It is with the greatest sadness that we have to report the death of Merseyside Quiz Leagues Chairman, Frank McFarlane.  Frank passed away in the early hours of Saturday 12 February having been seriously ill since mid-December.  He was the longest serving Chairman of the MQL and had been in post since 2006.  His calm, wise leadership will be sorely missed.  We send our condolences and sympathy to Frank’s wife, Julia and all his friends and family.

Frank's funeral will be at 1pm on Thursday 24 March at St Peter's Church, Church Rd, Woolton, Liverpool L25 5JF.  The burial is at 2.30pm in the Woodlands Section of Allerton Cemetery, Liverpool  L19 5NF.  Frank's widow Julia and her family would like to invite all attending to a gathering afterwards at the Crown Inn, Leyfield Rd, Liverpool L12 7HX.

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