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Friday 29 May:

Team Lists (current teams)

Monday 18 May:

Individual Records

Friday 8 May:

Team Names Index

Tuesday 5 May:

Team Records
Family Trees

Saturday 14 March:
Week 17 (10 March)

Individual Top Tens
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Wednesday 11 March:
Week 17 (10 March)


Welcome to maccql.com

This is the website of Macclesfield Quiz League – an annual General Knowledge competition held throughout the winter months in and around the market town of Macclesfield, in the English county of Cheshire, since at least 1982. Here you can find all the latest results and League tables, a historical archive of past results and tables, and all the questions that we've set to challenge each other in the past four years or so (with answers, obviously).

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

More information on the League is available on Nick's Quiz site, which has been a favourite with MQL participants (and a good many non–participants) for many years. Although it concentrates on the fortunes of one particular team, Nick's blog 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.

Lockdown Update

All Macclesfield Quiz League fixtures were suspended on Monday 16 March 2020, as the coronavirus took a hold in the UK. We currently have one round of League matches outstanding from the 2019–20 season, plus the Cup and Plate finals. As it is extremely unlikely that we will be able to hold League (or Cup/Plate) matches until the pubs are open for business in some form or another, it seems that it will still be some time before we are able to complete the season.

We will of course update the website and circulate emails, as soon as we have anything further to report.

If you have any further queries, please contact markw@maccql.com.

Take care of yourselves (and others) until we meet again.

Martin Stoneley

It is with deep regret that we report the death of Martin Stoneley.

Martin appeared many times for the Harrington Academicals, in their various guises, over the last twenty years since his first game in the 2000–01 season.

Martin had been suffering from oesophageal cancer. He passed away in the East Cheshire Hospice on 16 March 2020, and was buried at Gawsworth Church.

Martin was a larger–than–life character, who enjoyed nothing more than a laugh and a joke. Wherever the Academicals went in the Quiz League, he always knew somebody. He enjoyed quizzing and his Harrington team–mates will miss him along with all his other friends. RIP Martin.

Latest Updates to the Website

The latest update to the Archive is a set of pages giving the records of everyone that has played for each team – with one page per team. This is essentially the same information that was added a couple of weeks earlier (and available from the Individual Records Menu), but classified by team rather than by surname. The new pages are available from the Team List Menu.

The lists for all current teams were uploaded on Friday 29 May; those for former teams will hopefully follow some time in June.

For other Lockdown updates, please refer to the Latest Updates menu on the left hand side of this page.

Previous News

On Tuesday 10 March we played Week 17 of the 2019–20 League season. The results, News & Views, tables and questions are available from the Latest Updates menu at the left–hand side of this page.


The Archive section of the website is now complete, in the sense that all the historical material we have is there. If you can fill in any gaps, please get in touch!

Essentially, we have a complete record from 1999 onwards (thanks to the diligent record–keeping of Mark Watson). We have a good coverage of fixtures and results from the early 90s, but there are some gaps in the latter years of that decade. We have tables (League and Individual) as far back as the mid–80s, and Question Setters' Trophy details from 1992–3.

We have very little material concerning the first four or five years of the League's history, and sadly it now seems unlikely that any more will come to light from that era – unless you know different!

For details of what we have and what we don't have, please refer to the Archive Summary.

Haydn Thompson

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