Merseyside Quiz Leagues

The World's Largest Independent Quiz Leagues

The Merseyside Quiz Leagues, founded in 1959, are the largest independent quiz leagues in the world.

In the 2011/12 season there were approximately 150 teams competing. Teams compete in their own local leagues, 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 - our equivalents of UEFA club competitions and International matches.

MQL Players on TV 

In the coming weeks, several players from the MQL will be appearing on TV.

On 20th July Liverpool University beat St Peter's, Oxford on University Challenge.  The Liverpool team includes Jack Bennett, who played several matches for Rainhill Victoria last season, and reached the last 6 in the Liverpool pairs competition.

In coming weeks Neil Macaskill , David Knapp, David Smith (all Warrington) and Jon Stitcher (Wirral) will be appearing on Only Connect on BBC2.  Neil will be appearing as a member of the Spaghetti Westerners on 27th July, David Smith as a member of The Railwaymen on 3rd Augusts, David Knapp as a member of The Bookworms team on 17th August, and Jon as a member of the Athenians team on 24th August.

John Haynes of Irby Nomads (Wirral) appeared on Channel 4's '15 to 1' on Tuesday 4th August.

Liverpool Uni

If you know of any other people appearing on the TV, please let me know.

Posted by Admin 30/07/15 Categories: News

MQL Finals Night 2015 

The MQL Finals Night was held at Aigburth People's Hall in Liverpool on Wednesday 14th May 2015.  The results of the competitions were as follows:

MQL Plate

Zetland of Southport and Formby League beat Bishop Eton of the Liverpool League 46-41 after a close fought match

Zetland Bishop Eton

MQL Challenge Cup

Rainhill Victoria of the Liverpool League beat Oxton Conservatives of the Wirral League 51-38.

Rainhill Victoria Oxton Conservatives


In a hard fought contest, Pat Gibson of the Ormskirk League beat Ray Oakes, also of the Ormskirk League and Rod Moore and Brian Thompson of the Liverpool League.  The final scores were Pat Gibson 17, Ray Oakes 14, Rod Moore 11 and Brian Thompson 11.

Brian Thompson & Pat Gibson Rod Moore & Ray Oakes

Posted by Admin 14/05/15 Categories: News

Billy Butler Wants You! 

Billy Butler is looking for contestants for the Gamesroom which is played Monday-Friday 3.40pm during his show on Radio Merseyside.

If you would be up for playing you can email or contact them during the programme (2-4pm) on 0151 709 9333.

Posted by Admin 13/05/15 Categories: Contestant Call

Question Setting and the Merseyside Quiz Leagues, January 2015. 

The quality of some recent question sets that have been played in the MQL has precipitated a lot of comment, the MQL Council intends to address this problem at the earliest opportunity. Firstly a little background, you may be aware that MQL is obliged to supply sets to cover matches on Mondays and Tuesdays for a total of 26 weeks, this was previously done by separating the six areas into two groups of three and sets being provided by one group to be played in the other necessitating a total of 104 sets (26*2*2). This would mean that every area would need to produce eighteen sets each to cover these requirements. Currently sets written by certain areas (Liverpool, Northern and Warrington) can be used more widely as all Liverpool teams play on Mondays which means that their sets can be used in all areas for Tuesday matches, similarly for Warrington whose teams all play on Tuesdays. Northern have only two Tuesday teams so by careful fixture planning nearly half of the Tuesdays can be kept free allowing their sets to be used in all areas. This arrangement has allowed us to reduce the question setting requirement to approximately twelve or thirteen sets per area, however it can quickly be seen that this number is a problem for some areas as they have lost a large number of teams in the last few years such that they are required to supply more sets than they have teams. The question is; Where do we go from here? There are several alternatives, here are a few;

  1. If we reduce the number of sets required then quality should improve (discuss?) How do we do that? Removing the option to play on either Monday or Tuesday evening immediately halves the number needed if we go back to the original system of half the areas supplying the other half. Shared venues causes a big problem if this is adopted as fewer and fewer pubs and clubs are now suitable for an MQL style quiz.
  2. If more areas become more Monday/Tuesday dominant then fixtures could be arranged to leave blank weeks
  3. We buy question sets from outside the league. Obviously added expense, how much would it cost for 52 sets? What do we do about President’s Trophy and Shield plus Merseyside Challenge Cup, Feeny, Rendon and Mimir competitions? Do we buy sets in for those too? Are we guaranteed to get better quality? We may just swap a problem of our own for an expensive one. We are currently looking at the possibility of electronic distribution of question sets as this will save a lot of money (no postage, no printing, no envelopes to buy) but it does require all teams to have someone with the ability and equipment to download the set from the internet (iPad or similar or laptop computer, Wi-Fi at the venue is not necessary). This could free up the funds to purchase sets.
  4. We set up a group of question setters of known quality and they provide the sets we need. This is not really very much different to what we do at present, areas tend to collect in sets then play, amend, blend etc. The responsibility usually falling on a few.
  5. Recommendations are made to teams as to what sort of questions should be included, what should definitely not be included, play sets before they are submitted, would you really like to play on the set that you are submitting? It’s no good sending in a really difficult and obscure set just to “see how they like that”. Question setting guidance is already on the MQL website, maybe it should be updated.

This will all be discussed at the next MQL Council meeting but if you have any ideas, suggestions etc then please let us know. If we are to do anything for next season then we need to have proposals for the AGM which is in April, these proposals need to be with the General Secretary on or before Sunday 29th March 2015. Send anything that you think might help to Cliff Houghton on, copy any comments to your Area General Secretary. You can also comment directly via the website.

Posted by Admin 05/01/15 Categories: News

Sad News 

It is with great sadness that we have to inform you of the deaths of two stalwarts of the MQL, both members of the Warrington Quiz League.

Elaine Bates, who was the incumbent MQL President and former deputy chair of the organisation, passed away on January 4th.  Her funeral will take place at Walton Lea Crematorium, Warrington on Monday 20 January 2014 at 12:20 pm. Afterwards, there will be a reception at Culcheth Village Club (formerly Culcheth British Legion), postcode WA3 4LY, where Elaine was an active team player for many years.

Charlie Willliams, former President and Assistant General Secretary, passed away on Thursday 9th January.  His funeral will take place at 13.00 on Monday 20th January at Newchurch Parish Church, Culcheth, Warrington and afterwards at Leigh Golf Club.

Our thoughts and best wishes go out to their families and friends.

Posted by Admin 17/01/14 Categories: News
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