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Secretary's Notes 2019–20

League Structure

As every League has eight teams, as before, there will normally be three games per week in each league with one team asking questions and the remaining team having a 'bye'.

League teams will normally only need to provide three Question Masters, the exception to this being for the two weeks of the season in each League where all eight teams play each other and thus there is no team left to act as Question Master.

I've arranged the fixtures so that this happens on different weeks in each League and by way of example, the two occurrences in the A League are on 3 December 2019 and 10 March 2020.

In the B League, this happens on 5 November 2019 and 11 February 2020, whereas in the C League, the two dates are 19 November 2019 and 3 March 2020.

On the above occasions, the 'Home' team will be obliged to provide a Question Master, thus ensuring that each League team only has to do that once in the season.

For this year we will need ten sets of questions for league matches on most weeks: nine for the games and one for the archive. On the six dates mentioned above though, we will require eleven sets and your team will be notified in good time if that is the case.

Waters Green Tavern remains the centre for collecting questions and returning score sheets. All sets of questions must be at Waters Green Tavern on the Monday before the game.


As usual, it has been decided from the outset who does the Specialist and who does the General Knowledge questions, so that no team has the excuse that they didn't know what questions they were doing and thus didn't get around to doing them until the last minute. You will see that all teams are nominated to do one set or the other.

As has been the case for some time now, all A League teams will set both Specialist and General Knowledge questions, whilst the B and C League teams are paired together to do one set or the other.

Obviously we are missing a team in each League from the ideal nine-team standard, and this does impact upon certain teams who end up doing more than their fair share of question setting.

The Nags Head and the Brewers Arms are paired against the "vacant space" in the A League, so these two teams will have to set questions twice as there is no A League team to do so.

I've managed to at least give them plenty of notice as the first time they have to set questions is 3 December 2019 (Week 8) and the second is 10 March 2020 (Week 17). On the former occasion, the Brewers are setting the Specialists and the Nags Head the GK; these roles are reversed on the latter date.

The other teams affected are the Harrington Academicals in the B League and the Sutton Club in the C League, who are paired with the "vacant spaces" in the C and B Leagues respectively. This means they have to set both Specialist and GK questions (as A League teams do) when it's their turn to do the setting.

The Sutton Club are the first team to be affected by this as they are setting questions on 5 November 2019 (Week 5).

Money ...

Happily, no change in fees yet again this year so subscriptions remain as they have been since 2013 at £50 per team for this season.

Our latest accounts were circulated at the AGM and we remain happily in profit this year, so no increase in fees was needed.

This season's schedule and Christmas break

We start with the first games on Tuesday 1 October 2019; this allows us to get exactly half of the season in before Christmas.

Christmas Day and New Year's Day both fall on a Wednesday this year, and in view of the various demands of Christmas the last games before the break will be on Tuesday 10 December. We will have three weeks off this time around before resuming on Tuesday 7 January.

The final games of the season will be played on Tuesday 17 March. Easter and school holidays fall in mid–April next year, so for those of you looking that far ahead, the Finals Night will hopefully be on 31 March or 7 April 2020.

Other Matters

A huge amount of historical information has been put on the website this year. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this, especially Graham Bailey and Alan Gilday most recently. Click here for more details.

As requested by Peter McBride at this year's AGM, I have tried to arrange the fixture list so that in principle, matches for each team alternate between Home and Away – rather than having a preponderance of one or the other at different stages in the season. This is easier said than done sometimes, depending on how many pubs have two teams that must be kept apart as well as various other immovable objects in the planning stages, but I've done my best to do this as much as I possibly can!

Also at the AGM, Alasdair Reid proposed that teams that get a bye in the first round of the Cup competition one year should be guaranteed a first round game the following season. Only those teams that get knocked out in the first round of the Cup are entered in the Plate; this means that if a team receives a bye in the first round and goes on to lose its second round game, it plays only one knockout match. Alasdair's proposal was passed overwhelmingly, and the rules have been amended accordingly so that no team can suffer this fate in any two consecutive years.

And Finally ...

I would like to thank the rest of the Committee – John, Graham and Marshall – for all their help throughout the year.

All that remains is a reminder that if you have any problems at all, ring me first as always. This being the 21st century, the best number to get me on is the mobile: 07434 899513.

Otherwise my email remains the same as always at mwatsonpc@yahoo.co.uk (or markw@maccql.com).

Best wishes to you all for a good season.

Mark Watson

24 October 2019

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