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!

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.

The 2020-21 Season has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.  See item in News below.

Malcolm Charles

It was with great sadness that we heard of the sudden death of Malcolm Charles of the Wirral QL.  Malcolm had played in the WQL for over 30 years and was known by players throughout the MQL.  His team mates have written some fine words here.  We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

mqlonline champions

Many congratulations to Ringers who are the winners of the first MQLOnline League.  The competition came down to the final set of matches in which the two teams in contention for the title, Ringers of the Warrington QL and Gladly Stoned of the Wirral QL, played each other.  In a tense and closely fought game (action photo below!), Ringers won 49-48!  Commiserations and well done to Gladly Stoned who finished as runners-up.

Full results and final table here.

Thanks to all the teams who took part, we look forward to renewed competition when Season 2 begins on 18th January.

2019-20 Merseyside Mimir Heats

After a delay of only 39 weeks the Merseyside Heats of the 2019-20 Mimir Competition were played online on Wed 16 December!  Almost all 32 players who qualified in February were able to take part.  In spite of being online the heats were no less competitive than usual and after three rounds of closely fought matches Pat Gibson (Ormskirk), Mark Kerr (Liverpool), Karl Whelan (Wirral) and John Wilson (Ormskirk) reached the final.  Thanks to everyone who took part and especially to the Question Persons and Scorers.

The final will hopefully be played at the postponed 2019-20 Presentation Evening scheduled for  Wed 26 May 2021. 

All results are here.

2020-2021 Season

It is with regret that MQL announce the cancellation of the 2020-21 Leagues season.  This was a unanimous decision made at last week’s meeting of the MQL Council.  It means that there will be no face to face quizzing in the Liverpool, Ormskirk, Southport & Formby, Warrington or Wirral Leagues.   Any question sets and membership fees that may have been submitted will be carried over to the 2021-22 season, which we hope will begin as normal next Autumn.   As you are aware, three online league competitions are currently being operated by Southport & Formby, Ormskirk and by MQL.  If any teams or individuals would like to get involved with these, please contact your league secretary.

The President’s Trophy competition is being played online and it is hoped that the Merseyside Challenge Cup and possibly the Mimir Individual competitions may run in some form of online version in the Spring.  The President’s Shield, Feeny Cup and Rendon Cup competitions will not take place.

We plan to hold a Finals and Presentation Evening in May to conclude all 2019-20 and any 2020-21events.

The decision to cancel was made very reluctantly after months of uncertainty.  However we had reached the stage that even if circumstances may have allowed venues to open and host, there would be insufficient time to complete a league programme.  We hope that all players and their families stay safe and look forward to meeting up again in September.

Online Competitions

MQLOnline got underway on Monday 14 September with the first round of matches.  15 teams from Liverpool, Warrington and Wirral are taking part.  The Ormskirk online league also began on Monday 14 September with 7 teams taking part.  The first season of the Southport & Formby online league has finished and the new season will begin at the end of the month.

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