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, 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.

BBC mastermind

Mastermind is looking for contenders for its new series.  Applicants must be 18 or over and a UK resident.  Recording takes place in Belfast and the closing date is 9th May 2022 (although earlier applications are advised).  Download their flyer here.  Request a form from mastermind.hth@hattrick.com

Friendly match

To help stave off any quiz withdrawal, there is an online Friendly quiz available for Mon 17 Jan at 8pm!  You should have heard about it from your League Secretaries.  Please let Brian Thompson know by 5pm on Sunday if you'd like take part.

season break

At a Council Meeting held on Sunday 2 January, as a result of the surge in COVID numbers, it was agreed to insert a 3 week break into the fixture schedule of all Leagues.  Therefore all matches will be moved back by 3 weeks ie those due to be played on Mon 10 and 11 January will now take place on 31 January and 1 February.    You will receive more details from your Area Secretary in due course.

A further meeting will be held on 23 January to review the situation.

Bob Wilkie

It is with great sadness we have to report the death of Bob Wilkie, who passed away on Thursday 16th December.  Bob was one of the longest serving members of the MQL having been a player in the Liverpool league from the early seventies.  However, it was in the vital role of Question Distributor that Bob made an invaluable contribution to the running of the MQL.  Handbooks show that he was carrying out this job in 1977 and he continued for 44 years having only relinquished it earlier this year.
As a Distributor, Bob was an ex-officio member of the MQL Council and was a very regular attender of meetings. He served as President of the MQL from 2005 to 2008 and so had been a Vice-President from 2008 to date. The Leagues recognised his years of service with a presentation in 2009, and we are happy to say that he continued attending meetings until this year.  Bob would have been 84 on Christmas Day.  All at MQL offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends.  They have requested no cards or flowers.

brain of britain

Many congratulations to Karl Whelan who became the 68th Brain of Britain by winning the Final of the 2021 BBC Radio 4 competition when it was broadcast recently.  In lifting the trophy and winning the coveted title he succeeded fellow MQL player, Graham Barker who was the 2020 Champion.  Karl, who plays in the Wirral League, has won the MQL Mimir title on 5 occasions and he is the 4th MQL player to be Brain of Britain.

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