How Quizzing Got Cool

The BBC showed a fascinating programme about quizzing on 30th November, and it is available on iPlayer for the next month if you did not see it.  Click on the image below to go to the BBC iPlayer site.


Contestants Wanted - Eggheads

12 Yard productions are looking for teams of 5 (plus a reserve) to take part in Series 19 of Eggheads on BBC2.  If you would like an application form, you can get it from the 12 Yards website here:


Presentation Evening and Pairs Competition 2016

The Wirral Presentation Evening and Pairs Competition took place on Sunday 25th September at Thingwall Recreation Club.

The pairs competition, set by last years winners Angela Doyle and Jon Stitcher, was won by Norman Lovely(Still Notforthcoming) and Mike McDonough (Nelson's 5th Column)

The Trophies
Karl Whelan - Wirral MIMIR Champion Not Forthcoming - Division 1 Champions Oxton Conservatives - Division 1 Runners up Hoylake LTC - Division 2 Champions


Merseyside Challenge Cup

The draw has been made for the Challenge cup, with the following groups having been drawn.

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4

Group matches take place on 12th October, 9th November and 14th December, with the later rounds on 8th Feb, 8th March and 10th May 2017. Full fixture details can be found in the fixture calendar for the relevant dates.

Player appearing on the TV

Jon Stitcher of The Plasterers' Arms will be appearing on The Chase on 20th September (ITV at 5.00pm).

Jon will also be writing the questions for this year's pairs competition, which will be held at Thingwall Recreation Centre on Sunday 25th September at 8.30pm.  There will be a 50 question qualifying quiz, with the top scoring pairs going forward into a "15-1" style knockout competition.

Player Looking For a Team

Matthew Owens, a Neston based quizzer, is looking to join a team in the Wirral league.  If you think you can offer him a place, please contact him directly on or by phone at 07495 816988

His strong topics include Sport, Geography and History.  Please let me know if you can offer him a place.

New Season 2016/17

Welcome to the new 2016/2017 term of the Wirral Quiz League.  Fixtures for the first seven weeks have been added to the calendar, and the league handbooks will be distributed at the presentation evening on 25 September.

There have been no changes in league composition, and there will therefore still be be a free week for both divisions which will make it easier to accommodate any new team should they be recruited. If you are aware of any interested parties or if your squad could form a second team please let me know as soon as possible

Most details are as in the last season’s handbook except for the following major changes:-

NOT FORTHCOMING have changed their name to STILL NOT FORTHCOMING-Secretary’s phone number is 0151 648 9713

ROUNDHEADS have a new Secretary Martin Roberts 0151 201 0340

PLASTERERS have a new Secretary Jon Sticher 07929830219

There are some minor changes to email addresses etc which will be incorporated into the new handbook which will contain full fixtures and be distributed on the Presentation Night.

PRESENTATION NIGHT will take place again this year at Thingwall Recreation Centre on Sunday 25th September 2016 at 8.30pm

In addition to the prize giving-the evening will include a meeting of the Wirral Quiz League a free buffet and the 5th Wirral Pairs Quiz Competition with prizes for the winners. All trophy winners should be present but all teams are encouraged to support the event

The league AGM took place in June and a vote of thanks was passed to Steve Lomas(Aardvarks)for compiling fixtures, to Margaret Howe(Bebington Hockey) for typing the quiz sets, to our Results Secretaries Brian Braid and Dave Lawson, to Paul Davitt of the Liverpool Quiz League for organising the Riley Cup again, to Chris Quinn for maintaining and updating the website and to Thingwall Recreation Club and New Brighton CC for hosting our meetings, and Mimir competition

Congratulations were extended to Karl Whelan who was runner up in the Mimir Finals-to Hoylake LTC for winning the Rendon Cup and to Oxton Cons as runners up in the Riley Cup

Jon Sticher of Plasterers has agreed to organise a Wirral Division 2 team to play in the President’s Shield competition. The team will play at Thingwall Recreation Centre on Wednesdays throughout the season. Any Division 2 player who would be interested in playing in this competition should contact Jon (contact number above) at

Cliff Houghton is standing down as General Secretary of the MQL and his role is being taken by Brian Thompson of the Liverpool Quiz League 0151 522 9144


New ITV Quiz for teams of five

Endemol are looking for teams of FIVE PEOPLE to take part in a BRAND NEW general knowledge quiz for ITV.

So, if you and your family/ friends/work mates/ pub quiz team think you’ve got what it takes then drop them a line.

To request an application form you can either email your full name and telephone number to

Or write to them at ITV quiz, Initial (part of Endemol Shine Group), 5th floor, Shepherd's Building Central, Charecroft Way, London W14 0EE

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 29th AUGUST 2016 (subject to change)


Applicants must be aged 18 or over and have the right to reside in the UK.

New ITV Quiz show - testers wanted.

Would any of you be interested in playing in a couple of trial runs of a new ITV Quiz Show?

The quiz is being written and developed by some of the same team behind University Challenge, and their aim is that it's a robust academic challenge - but not as recondite as UC can be! It's pitched at families of Sporcle addicts and board game lovers.

They are looking for clever, confident teams of three family members - a parent, child and grandparent. Ideally, the child on the team will be aged 10/11/12.

They are beta-testing a couple of versions of the format in their MediaCity offices on Friday 4th August and Thursday 1st September, and are really keen to have real families come in and play.

It's not for broadcast, so should hopefully be a fun, low-pressure day out!  If you fancy it, give them a call on 0161 952 0609 or send them an email to

Sad News - John Davis (Plasterer's Arms)

Sadly we have to report the death of John Davis of The Plasterers quiz team-John was an ever present member of the team until recently

John acted as captain and secretary of Plasterers shortly after the team's formation in the early 1980's

He will be missed by the Wirral Quiz League community and our sympathies are extended to his friends and family

His funeral will take place at Landican Cemetery at 1pm on Monday 25th July 2016-there will be a wake afterwards at the Kings Gap Holiday Inn in Hoylake. Could those wishing to attend the wake contact fellow team member Jon Sticher on 07929 830219 so that the caterers can be informed"

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