Fixtures Posted

The fixtures for September have been added to the fixtures page.  The full fixtures will be loaded after the Presentation Night where league handbooks will be distributed.

The meeting will be held at Oxton Conservative Club on Sunday 25th September 2022 at 8pm. The Wirral Pairs competition will also be held that night and a cordial invitation is extended to all Liverpool Quiz League members who are eligible to compete. Pairs will be selected randomly on the night.

Obituary - Bernie McGuigan

We are sorry to tell you of the death of Bernie McGuigan, who most recently played for Aardvarks. This obituary was prepared by Steve Lomas, secretary of the Aardvarks team:

The Wirral Quiz League is saddened by the news of the passing of quiz stalwart Bernie McGuigan. In his Christmas email to the Aardvarks team he summed up himself his quizzing career of 48 years. He started playing with the Thatch, then the Columba club. When they moved venue, the team became St. Anne's (and he would be pleased to see the venue being used again now for quizzes). Finally he joined the Aardvarks team for whom he played for 8 happy years. His knowledge was extensive, particularly History and the Bible, for which his team-mates were very grateful! He appeared on TV on the old Fifteen-to-One programme and he was an extra in the crowd scenes for the filming of 'Chariots of Fire' at Bebington Oval. He loved to travel and before his illness was planning a trip to India. After a family wedding in Australia, by chance we were both on St. Kilda beach Melbourne on Christmas Day, but it was so crowded we missed each other! His last wish was to see his granddaughter get married in April, which he achieved comfortably. He was a great family man and also loved his socialising and reminiscing at quizzes - he will be greatly missed by his family and friends. His last words to us were 'Thanks for your friendship. Keep on Quizzing, guys, Good luck 👍'

Wirral MIMIR Competition

Wirral’s 2022 Mimir heats were played on 20 April, returning to face to face quizzing at New Brighton Cricket Club. Seven players went through to the MQL rounds, which were held online on Wednesday 27 April and 4 May. Congratulations to the four finalists who were Angela Doyle, Jim Eccleson, Dag Griffiths and Alan Gibbs. In a closely fought match that went to a three way tie-breaker, Jim Eccleson of Oxton Cons won the title for the fourth time, getting all three of his tie-break questions correct in the final. This marks a record interval between wins as Jim's last success was in 1994 – so last century! The full results can be found here.

Contestants Wanted - Mastermind

Mastermind

We're Back

Government restrictions permitting, the Wirral Quiz League will be resuming on the 4th of October and the league will run until 22nd of March.

There will be no printed handbook this season, but all fixtures are available in the fixtures calendar, and on each team's individual page (scroll to the bottom).

Please note that a couple of teams have changed venues and contact details, so you are strongly advised to check the opposition's details on their page before setting off for a match.

Contestants Wanted - Lightning

CASTING CALL!

Calling all Quizzers...Lightning is back! BBC2's fast-paced quiz hosted by Zoë Lyons is on the look-out NOW for outgoing, fast-thinking contestants packed with personality and general knowledge.

Click on the link below to apply:

https://shortaudition.com/LightningS2

Terms and conditions apply, must be 18+

Contestants Wanted - The Tournament

QITV are working on a brand new BBC1 quiz show and are looking for great contestants. They'd love to hear from some quiz enthusiasts so if you, or any of your fellow quizzers would be interested in the chance to win a cash prize then you can apply via the link below:

Apply for The Tournament

Unfortunately there is currently no way of coming in and out of the application once you've started it so, if you do want to apply, please do answer as many questions as you can until you get to the end. If you have any issues with the application then drop them a line.

MQL Online Season 2

Details of the second season of MQL Online can be found on the MQL website at MQL Online - Merseyside Quiz Leagues

The first fixture will be played on 18th January.

Malcolm Charles

Wirral Quiz Leagues is sad to announce the death of Malcolm Charles, secretary of Scumbag College, almost a year since his colleague, Anna Torpey, succumbed to cancer.

Malcolm died in his sleep on Monday 7th December.

An alumnus of Rock Ferry High School, Malcolm started his working life as a chemist at Lever Brothers but, by his early twenties, determined to pursue a career in teaching. Trained at Chester College, he first worked at Henry Meoles School, Wallasey. There he became an invaluable member of staff, not only because of his empathy with the pupils but his knowledge of science and his willingness to involve himself in every aspect of the school life.

A keen sportsman, Malcolm played amateur football to a high standard and, whilst Henry Meoles, contributed to staff cricket and rugby.

In 1982, Malcolm became Head of Chemistry at St. Mary’s College, Wallasey, a position he occupied until his retirement in 2010. In that time, he involved himself in annual trips abroad and his worked as Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator, as well as organising staff quizzes.

It was as a member of Wallasey Cricket Club that he became involved in the quizzes which were to consume the next thirty-five years of his life. Initially, as the leading man at W.C.C., and latterly, as Scumbag College, Malcolm developed that characteristic wry humour and encylopedic knowledge which everyone knew and loved. Malcolm was a polymath, but wore his gifts lightly. A fiercely intelligent man, he would logically pursue an argument with whimsy and humour, but still not lose his thread. The Quiz League will mourn his passing and our sincere condolences extend to his wife, Helen, and his two children, Julia and Nick.

May he rest in peace.

Geoff Austin

The Wirral Quiz League are very saddened to hear of the passing of Taxes player, Geoff Austin. His teammates have provided the following tribute.
 
Geoff first joined the Taxes quiz team in the early 1980s. Geoff's mother Flo was a regular member of the team and brought Geoff along to matches where he occasionally stood in for other players who were unavailable. When Flo passed away Geoff became a regular player for the team for the last 30 years or so and his knowledge proved to be invaluable on so many occasions. Quite apart from his input to our team Geoff always enjoyed socialising with team mates and opponents alike and always had a smile on his face. He will be greatly missed by us all as a valued team member but more importantly as a good friend.

Our condolences go out to Geoff's family and friends.

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