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2019 Plate Final and AGM

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Plate Final: Questions

Wednesday 24 July:

Archive: 1994–5

Welcome to maccql.com

This website replaced the Macclesfield Quiz League blog in 2017. The blog had been operational since 2007.

Macclesfield is a market town in the English county of Cheshire, and its Quiz League has run without a break in the town's public houses on Tuesday nights through the winter since (at least) 1981. The League has been very kindly sponsored for many years by AstraZeneca under their excellent Community Relations programme.

Without the League's serene influence, several hundred people might have no idea which was the longest river wholly in England, how many bones there were in the human body, or who shot Gandhi. Some of us have been taking part for decades, and still don't know ...

On this website you can find the League fixtures, the latest results and tables, questions that have been asked since part–way through the 2016–17 season, and a partial historical archive of results and tables.

More information on the League is available on Nick's Quiz site, which has been a favourite with MQL participants (and indeed many non–participants) for many years. Nick's blog concentrates on the fortunes of one particular team, but also provides a forum for anyone who feels inclined to comment on matters related to MQL. It also holds the questions from several seasons up to and including 2016–17.

Macclesfield Quiz League is always keen to welcome new teams, and there are always teams on the lookout for new members. If you would like to take part, or if you have any other queries about the League, please contact markw@maccql.com.

If you have any comments on the contents of this website, not least regarding any errors that you may spot, please email haydn@maccql.com.

Latest News

2018-19 Plate Final and 2019 AGM

The AGM and the final of the Plate competition were held on Tuesday 10 September at the Weaver.

The Plate Final resulted in a victory for the Harrington Academicals over the Waters Green Lemmings. For more details, please refer to the News & Views.

The AGM was disappointingly devoid of controversy, but the good news was that all 24 teams from last season are continuing to participate. For further details, please refer to the News & Views.

2019-20: Fixtures and Fees

The first fixtures of the 2019-20 season will be played on Tuesday 1 October.

Mark is hoping to have the fixtures for the new season ready for Tuesday 24 September. Mark and/or Marshall will be at the Weaver from around 18:30 until 20:00 on that date, to hand out fixture lists and collect the fees. Please bring a cheque for £50, made out to Macclesfield Quiz League, or that amount of cash.

Mark hopes to be able to email the fixtures to the normal circulation list later that evening.


The latest updates to the archive were made on Wednesday 24 July 2019.

Alan Gilday and Graham Bailey recently unearthed a wealth of material dating from the years 1988 to 1995. This goes right back to the earliest times for which we have anything like a complete archive, and has filled a number of significant gaps.

The archive is complete from 1999 onwards. We have the final League tables (not quite final in two cases) for 1986–7 and all later seasons, Individual tables from 1992–3 onwards, and most results from 1991 onwards. We have Rules and Fixtures going as far back as 1982, but very few results from before 1991.

For details of what we have and what we don't have, please refer to the Archive Summary page. If you have anything from before 1999 that isn't on the website, please let me know!

Thanks to Andy Johnson, Robin Morrell, Tim Findlow, Alan Gilday and Graham Bailey, who have provided information so far – and of course Mark Watson, the custodian of the official League archive.

Haydn Thompson

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