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Sunday 8 December:
Week 7.1 (26 November)

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Wednesday 4 December:
Week 8 (3 December)


Wednesday 27 November:
Cup/Plate (26 November)


Monday 25 November:
Week 7 (19 November)

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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 an archive of past results and tables (which now contains all the historical details we have).

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

On Tuesday 3 December we played the eighth round of matches in the 2019–20 season. The questions are available from the Latest Updates menu at the left hand side of this page. The results, tables and News & Views will hopefully be published on Monday 9th; meanwhile, those from Week 7 are still available from the Latest Updates menu.

The results from the Cup and Plate matches played on 26 November, and the draws for the Quarter Finals (to be played on 21 January) are now available from the Latest Updates menu.

Next week (Tuesday 10 December) is Week 9. For the fixtures, please click on the Upcoming Fixtures links in the top left–hand corner of this page.

After Week 9 we take our Christmas break, returning to action with Week 10 on Tuesday 7 January.


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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