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Special Edition 8 June 2019

Latest Updates (Archive)

Wednesday 24 July:

1994–5 – now complete

Thursday 11 July:

1993–4 – complete

Monday 8 July:

1992–3 – complete

Friday 5 July:

1988–9: partial details

Thursday 20 June:

2016–17: N & V (collated)

Wednesday 19 June:

2015–16: now complete

Friday 14 June:

2014–15: now complete

Friday 7 June:

2013–14: now complete

Wednesday 5 June:

2012–13: now complete

Saturday 1 June:

2011–12: now complete

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

Quiz in the North

Selected scores from QITN XX, held in Poynton on Saturday 20 July (maximum possible score 170; number of entrants 55):

1 Pat Gibson 150 14= Barry Simmons 113.5
2 Paul Sinha 145.5 18 Alice Walker 107.5
3 Steve Cooke 140 22 Haydn Thompson 99.5
4 Scott Dawson 135 23 Alan Hodgson 98
14= Dave Rainford 113.5 40 Ian Grieve 75

Thanks to Ashton Davies for an absorbing and entertaining day.

QITN XXI is being organised by Adam 'Addy' Lewis and will take place in Carlisle on 19 October. Watch the QITN Facebook Group for details.

And in Other News ...

The 2018–19 Cup Final and Presentations Evening was held on Tuesday 9 April. The Cup Final resulted in a win for the Ox–fford 'C', by 109 points to the Weaver's 82. Full details (including photos!) are available from the 2018–19 menu at the top of of this page (and every other page on the website).

The usual end–of–season Information Packs (including the tables, details of the champions and runners–up in each league, and full individual tables) are also available from the 2018–19 menu. Printable versions of these pages are available.

To summarise the honours board for the 2018–19 season:

Winners Runners–Up Individual Champion
A League Ox–fford Ox–fford 'C' Mark Watson
B League British Flag Rushton Diamonds Dave Partington
C League Robin Hood Chester Road Tavern Jim Kennelly
Cup Ox–fford 'C' Weaver N/A

Cars & Vans 4U Question Setters' Trophy Winners: Ox–fford

Full details are of course available in all the usual places.

Congratulations to all of the above ... and also to the Harrington Academicals and Waters Green Lemmings, who will contest the Plate Final. This will be followed by the 2019 Annual General Meeting.

Watch this space for the Plate Final and AGM date, which will most likely be in late September (when we really should be back at school) ... and for archive updates! In the meantime, we wish all our readers an enjoyable summer.


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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