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 are therefore celebrating our Diamond Jubilee!

In the 2019/20 season there will be over 100 teams competing in one of five Leagues. Teams will 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.


In response to the increasing effects of the Coronavirus outbreak the MQL make the following statement;

From 16 March 2020

1.  Any remaining individual matches in the Leagues may be completed by the mutual agreement of the teams involved taking into consideration the teams, the venue, the proximity of seating, etc.  

2.  No team is under any obligation to play a match.  Should a team wish to withdraw they may do so without reproach.  They should inform their League Secretary, their opposition and if necessary, their venue.  If a trophy, title, promotion or relegation depends upon the outcome of the match then it may be postponed until after the current situation is resolved, otherwise the match may be declared a draw.  Teams will all be asked to keep the question sets secure.

3.  Feeny / Rendon Cups to be postponed. 

4.  A decision about the Liverpool/Wirral Riley Cup (due to start on Monday 30 March) to be made by Sunday 22 March (Advisory).

5.  The Merseyside Mimir heats (Wednesday 18 March) to be postponed.

6.  The MQL Finals and Presentation Evening (Wednesday 13 May) to be postponed as should any League Presentations and end of season events.  

7.  The holding of the MQL AGM (Sunday 5 April) to be suspended until a time when a conventional face to face meeting may be held.  In the meantime the President, Chairman, General Secretary, Assistant General Secretary and Treasurer will consult in order to make such plans that are necessary for setting up the 2020-21 Season.

These decisions have been made bearing in mind that at all times the health of players (and their families) is paramount.


The Merseyside Quiz Leagues would like to extend their condolences to the family and friends of Dave Rainford who sadly passed away last week.  Although most well known as part of the 'Eggheads' team on BBC2,  Dave was also very familiar to many players in the MQL for his warm and generous nature and his sense of humour.   A supporter of quiz events all around the country, Dave was a regular setter for the Mersey Summer Quiz and his Rochdale team were Plate Finalists at last year's MQL Buzzer Tournament.  His death is a real loss to the quizzing community.
His friend and colleague, Pat Gibson writes;
"Tremendous Knowledge" Dave was a marvellous work colleague and a dear, dear friend. A huge, warm, sociable personality, he simply loved meeting with and chatting to people even if "chatting with people" grossly understates his force of nature friendliness and geniality - his ability to make other people happy. He relished quizzing with particular expertise in areas like pop and sport. In recent times, his energy and enterprise in dealing with serious health issues was inspiring. Invariably considerate, funny and generous, he will be deeply missed.

president's challenge

Congratulations again to Ormskirk who last Wednesday won the President's Challenge.  In an enjoyable and close competition they defeated Liverpool 2B in the semi-final before overcoming their close rivals Wirral in the final.  Ormskirk have therefore "done the double" by adding this to their recent President's Shield win.


Many congratulations to Ormskirk who have clinched the 2019-20 President's Shield.  In another close competition they won the last game to just edge ahead of Wirral by one point.  It is the first time the two teams have been able to be separated for two seasons, having shared the Shield last year!  Well done also to Ormskirk Captain, Bill Gerrard who scored a full-house in one of the final two matches.

Details can be found here

Merseyside Mimir Heat

Congratulations to those who have qualified for the Merseyside Heat of the Mimir Competition. This will be held at New Brighton CC, Rake Lane, Wallasey, CH45 5DE at 8pm on Wed 18 March 2020. The draw has been made and can be seen here.  Spectators are welcome.

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