|Northern (= Bootle, Waterloo and Crosby etc)|
|Southport & Formby|
On the 6th October 1999, MQL celebrated its 40th anniversary with a table quiz held at Smithy Manor.
League Matches are played once a week during the season, which extends from September to March. Other MQL competitions include:-
Challenge Cup (open
to all teams)
Each area organises its Leagues via Local Committees. Representatives from the Committees serve on the MQL. Council which takes decisions of overall importance.
Quiz teams come from pubs, clubs, factories, local government, offices, churches, sports and political clubs, etc, etc. Players come from every walk of life.
All matches are played strictly in accordance with MQL rules which are continually refined and brought up to date. The rules are published annually together with fixtures and general information. Each playing member is issued with a copy of the MQL Handbook at the start of each season.
Highlights of the season - apart from
the various Finals - are the Area Presentation Nights
Prior to each season, teams register and present their own sets of questions. After rigorous vetting, typing and printing, questions set by Liverpool, Northern and Ormskirk are sent on a weekly basis to Southport & Formby, Warington and Wirral and vice versa. Strict security is observed to prevent fore-knowledge of question sets.
A number of leagues make annual contributions to charities.
Since its inception, MQL. has helped other areas in the UK to form similar associations - and in some cases ex-members have carried the gospel overseas.
The appeal of the Quiz League is difficult to define. At the top levels, matches are played in a spirit of fierce competition, whilst lower down the scale the "Quiz Night" is more of a friendly social occasion.
For several years MQL supplied the teams
and questions for BBC Radio Merseyside's Merseyquiz knockout competition.
In 1979, the Leagues adopted a depiction of Odin's Ravens as its badge and logo. One called Huggim represents Thought, the other called Mummim represents Memory.
After nearly 40 years, stories, jokes, legends and. myths about the Leagues abound, and have become part of the social history of the area.
|Read the Southport & Formby Quiz League publicity leaflet giving further information about the quiz league|
|Photos from early days of the Southport & Formby Quiz League|
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