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Sunday, 27 December 2009

Cars and Vans 4U Ltd Question Setters Trophy

Week 9 - Halfway...

As we are at the halfway point of the season, I have published the “full hit” of scores thus far.

Haydn’s spreadsheet has been circulated and the halfway scores for the Cars and Vans 4U Ltd Trophy are included above - a very popular Specialist set from the Dolphin last week.

At halfway, there is all to play for in all Leagues. Nothing to speak of separates the two Ox-ffords and the Weaver in the A League, with both Dolphins still very much in the hunt too.

In the B League, the Knot Inn have opened up a 3 point advantage, whilst the chasing pack of the British Flag, Church House Bollington, Waters Green Phoenix and the Albion are only a hairs breadth apart.

The C League is very similar, with the Cock Inn heading the table by 2 points from the Lamb Inn, Harrington 'B', Baths Speedos and the Crown.

Happy New Year to you all, and see you in 2010!

News & Views - Week 9 (15/12/2009)

Monday, 14 December 2009

Have Yourselves a Merry Little Christmas...

Tuesday the 15th of December sees the last round of games before Christmas and we take the next two Tuesdays off in order that we can do something much more expensive altogether.

We will also be at the half way stage of the season after those games, so I will produce a more extensive list of the various individual standings etc when we resume in the New Year.

We start again on Tuesday the 5th of January.

If I don’t see you before can I wish you and yours a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful 2010.

Cars and Vans 4U Ltd Question Setters Trophy

Haydn’s Cars and Vans 4U Ltd Question Setters Trophy spreadsheet attached as we stand...

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Weeks 7 & 8...

Two week's worth of information all in one go this time around.

At the end of it all, the A League is traditionally tight at the top with only a handful of points scored separating the two Ox-ffords and the Weaver. The Ox-fford 'C' and the Weaver meet this coming Tuesday in the latest Titan / Clash interface...

The Knot Inn lead the B League by 1 point, the 1 point coming courtesy of their 138-138 draw with the New Castle in Week 7 - the only draw of the season thus far. Only a point behind are the Waters Green Phoenix, British Flag and Albion...

The C League is even tighter with 4 teams tied on 10 points, the Cock Inn, Harrington 'B', Baths Speedos and the Crown, in that order of points scored.

Week 7 Questions…

Of the 11 games this week, 7 were won by teams who went “first first”, i.e. first in the Specialist Round, with 3 won by teams going the other way around, plus 1 draw.

Week 8 Questions…

Most unusual this week – all 11 games were won by teams who went “first first”.

Haydn’s Cars and Vans 4U Ltd Question Setters Trophy spreadsheet to follow as soon as it is available.

All League Tables - End of Week 8

News & Views - Week 8 (08/12/2009)

News & Views - Week 7 (01/12/2009)

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Cup & Plate Quarter Final Draw...

Cup & Plate Results

Week 6...and respect is due...

…to Haydn Thompson from the Ox-fford ‘C’ for hitting the magic “full house”, top of the shop 60 out of 60.

20 questions, all answered correctly. I take my metaphorical hat off to you...

Haydn is only the second person ever to achieve this mighty feat, following Alan Hodgson on 31/10/2006. Two people only have done this in the wrong end of 30 years, which suggests it is not easy!
It is noticeable that both times the big number has been scored, it has occurred in games against the Castle, played at..the Castle! Clearly this the venue where magic happens!
Haydn - many congratulations, we are not worthy.
A celebratory photo of Haydn (and Alice, from last Finals Night) seems appropriate...

News & Views - Week 6 (17/11/2009)

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Cars and Vans 4U Ltd Question Setters Trophy

The very latest available standings...

Week 5...

Tighter than the next round of public service spending settlements at the top of the A League, where 5 teams find themselves with 6 points after 4 games, all only being separated on "points scored".

The Ox-fford 'C' just head the table from the Weaver, followed by the Dolphin, Ox-fford and Dolphin Dragons.

Stuart Rowbotham scored a personal best 36 as the Dolphin beat the Ox-fford in that often seminal showdown, despite an excellent 36 from Laurence Plant for the Ox-fford. The Ox-fford 'C' had the better of their game against the Pussycat Guys, Alice Walker and Alasdair Reid top scoring for each side respectively with 36.

Robin Morrell scored a week's best total of 39 for the Dolphin Dragons as they beat the Harrington Academicals, whilst the Weaver racked up the highest total of the week (165) with an ominously solid all round performance against the Castle. Alan Levitt top scored for the Thornton Square outfit with 36 whilst Graham Bailey had a season's best 33. Jeff Corry manned the Castle's ramparts to best effect with 30.

The Knot Inn continue their scorching start to the B League season, now standing at 5 wins from 5 games and one of only two teams unbeaten in any League thus far. Art Higham equalled Robin Morrell's 39 in a "pb" for the Knot.

It remains quite tight behind the Knot with the New Castle, Waters Green Phoenix and Albion all jockeying for 2nd spot.

Jon Thompson had his best score of the season (30) as the the Phoenix beat the Plough Taverners. The Albion continued their very effective form with a win over the Pack Horse Bowling Club - John Hargreaves leading the way again with 24.

The New Castle just lost out to old rivals the British Flag, for whom Ian Tams had a "pb" 33.

The Baths Speedos are the only other unbeaten team with a perfect 4 out of 4 start which leaves them heading the C League. They had a close one this week against the Moores dynasty at the Chester Road Tavern, but main man Andy Bailey and Darren "Skyscraper" Stoddart each scored 27 for the 'peeds to carry them home.

The Cock Inn's win over the Waters Green Rams keeps them in second place with Jackie Hulme's 27 taking her to second in the Individual table.

Win Greenwood is firmly ensconced in the Top 10 individuals too and her 27 helped the Sutton Church House to a convincing win over the Royal Oak.

Finally, that stalwart performer Geoff Parkin chipped in with another invaluable 27 as the Harrington 'B' worked the oracle over the Crown.

News & Views - Week 5 (10/11/2009)

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Week 4...

Some very close games were fought out this week, 3 of them finishing with victories by a margin of just 1 point along with 1 match with a 2 point winning advantage.

It was also “Derby Day” for many of the pubs with two teams playing from the same premises. In the A League, the Ox-fford just edged out the Ox-fford ‘C’ 146 – 134, Mark Watson top-scoring for the Ox-fford whilst Haydn Thompson and Alice Walker continue their neck and neck similar scores for the Ox-fford ‘C’ with 33 apiece.

The Dolphin Derby ended with victory for the Dolphin over the Dolphin Dragons by 149 – 129. Alan Hodgson scored 33 for the Dolphin whilst Peter McBride and Stuart Rowbotham also scored excellent 30s. Liz Horrocks scored a season’s best 42 whilst Chris Wearne also had a “pb” with 33 for the Dragons.

In the remaining game, the Harrington Academicals scored their first win of the campaign with a 144 – 113 victory over the Castle, assisted by 33 from silver fox Stuart Mills. Jeff Corry top scored with 24 for the Castle.

The B League saw 2 of the games with 1 point margins. The Plough Derby finished with a 123 – 122 win for the Taverners over the Horntails. Phil Davies scored 30 for the Taverners and Malcolm Asquith did the same for the Horntails.

The other nail-biter was a 124 – 123 win for the Albion over the New Castle. John Hargreaves scored a top class 39 for the London road outfit, whilst Graham Wallace was as reliable as ever with 30 for the Church Street boys and girl.

The Waters Green Phoenix move to third in the table with a 144 – 115 win over the British Flag. Bob Langstaff used the acquired knowledge of his 85 years (at least, surely…) to score 39 for the WGP, whilst Wendy Brown had her second 30 in three games too to enter the “Top 10” individual table. Ian Tams flew the Flag’s flag most strongly with 27.

The unstoppable force that seems to be the Knot Inn continued their 100% start to the season with a 122 – 116 win over the Church House Bollington. Brian Bogie top scored for the Knot on the night with 27 whilst Art Higham’s 21 leaves him joint top of the Individual table along with Bob Langstaff from the Phoenix and the New Castle’s Shauna Barstow. Ed Baron and Rick Davis both scored 27 for the CHB.

The Baths Speedos remain the only unbeaten C League team after their 125 – 106 win over the Sutton Church House. Andy Bailey (36) and Dave Cooper (33) top scored for the Speedsters whilst Win Greenwood did the same with 30 for the Church House.

The Church House’s near neighbours at the Lamb Inn top the table after their 113 – 112 win over the Royal Oak. Marshall Barnard pulled out the stops with 33 for the Lamb whilst Chris Bogie (27) and Alan James (24) did the Royal Oak proud.

Just 2 points separated old rivals the Chester Road Tavern and Waters Green Rams, with the CRT (which sounds like some sort of drug) having the edge this time. Tony and Jim of the Moores dynasty scored 24 whilst Bill of that ilk had a season’s best 21.

A very warm welcome back to this arena is extended to Steve Auty who rolled back the years with 30 for the Rams. Steve – good to see that you never forget any of this stuff!

Finally, the Harrington ‘B’ beat the Cock Inn 124 – 104, Geoff Parkin and John Green chipping in 24 apiece for the Harrington, Jackie Hulme doing likewise for the Cock.

News & Views - Week 4 (03/11/2009)

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Cup Round 2 and Plate Round 1 draw

Cup - Round 1 Results

Week 3...

Early doors still results-wise, but the A League has 4 teams on 4 points. The Weaver still head the list followed by the two Ox-ffords and the Dolphin Dragons.

The next round of games sees the Ox-fford derby so another unbeaten record will go (barring a rare draw) and there will be a mighty contest at the Dolphin as the Dolphin derby takes place on the same day.

The Knot Inn and the New Castle are setting the pace in the B League with 3 wins out of 3 games each. the next 6 teams are all on 2 points with only the Pack Horse Bowling Club yet to get off the mark

The C League has similar congestion at the top as per the A league. The Cock Inn, Lamb Inn, Crown and Baths Speedos are deadlocked on 4 points with the next 4 on 2 points. The Waters Green Rams still await their first win of the season.

On the subject of first wins, congratulations to the Royal Oak who scored their first victory in this forum by beating the Rams 106 - 92 this week.

News & Views - Week 3 (20/10/2009)

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Week 2...

The Weaver are quickest out of the blocks and sit atop the A League tree after a 139 - 98 win over the Harrington Academicals. Graham Bailey scored 27 for the Weaver and Rob Parkin 24 for the Accies.

The Ox-fford started their season with a 166 - 121 over the Pussycat Guys, for whom Alasdair Reid (now leading the A League Individual standings) and Andy Johnson both scored 33. Laurence Plant scored 36 for the Ox-fford which turned out to be the highest individual score of the night anywhere in all three leagues, which indicates the questions were tricky-ish by comparison to last week. Your correspondent failed to spot Giorgio Armani's logo in the picture round, but if you know what I usually wear, that won't come as any surprise to you...

Elsewhere, the Dolphin beat the Castle 142 - 106, Alan Hodgson weighing in with 30 for the Dolphin as did Jeff Corry for the Castle.

In the B League, Shauna Barstow scored an excellent 30 for the New Castle in their 120 - 77 win over the Pack Horse Bowling Club which leaves her second in the B League Individuals.

The Knot Inn top the B League with 2 wins out of 2, the Plough Taverners being on the wrong end of a 116 - 90 scoreline against them this week. Art Higham has started the season well and added another 24 to his total in this game.

The Albion had the better of the Waters Green Phoenix in a 115 - 100 win, with Roberto Rodriguez top scoring with 24 for the London Road outfit. Wendy Brown was the highest flying Phoenix with 30.

Rick Davis top scored with 27 for the Church House Bollington as they beat the Plough Horntails 126 - 82, Malcolm Asquith top scoring for the "Tails".

In the C League, the Crown are off to a flyer with a 100% record from 2 games, this week edging a close 106 - 101 win over the Cock Inn. Tim Hayes wore the crown individually with 30 whilst Jackie Hulme had 21 for the Cock.

The Baths Speedos opened their campaign with a 111 - 94 win over the Royal Oak. The "Nelson" scoreline didn't derail the Speedos for whom Dave Cooper scored 30. Gill Baker was the leading Royal with 21.

Closest game of the night was the Chester Road Tavern's 93 - 90 win over the Harrington 'B', Steve Moores (21) and John Green (30) topping the scores for each team respectively.

Finally, in the "Sutton Showdown", the Lamb Inn beat the Sutton Church House 110 - 85, Marshall Barnard leading the way with 21 for the Lamb and Ray Henry & Win Greenwood both scoring 15 for the House.

News & Views - Week 2 (13/10/2009)

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Alan Rudden


Peter McBride of the Dolphin team has informed me of the very sad news that Alan Rudden, a regular player in the League for many, many years passed away on Monday the 12th of October.

Alan played for the Dolphin and of course the Bridgewater prior to that, being a stalwart member of that all-conquering team. Alan had been battling cancer in recent years which he faced with typical good humour and resilience. His last appearance came in May’s Cup Final.

I have played in many games against Alan over the years and he was always fantastic company, erudite, intelligent and a thoroughly well rounded human being, always the same whether his team won or lost (won, usually!).

Our immediate sympathies go to Alan’s family and all his friends in this circle and well beyond. He was a gentleman who will be greatly missed.

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Week 1...

And they're off...

The new season dawned cold and wet last Tuesday, but spirits were high all round (and not just in those optics) as we resumed the titanic struggle to try and avoid giving the same wrong answers to questions we have all heard at least thirty times before but still can't get right...

We finished last season with 27 teams, having played the year with 9 teams in each League. We have had some changes over the summer and have lost two teams from last year, namely the Lords Byron (i.e. both Bards and Laureates) from the C League. We were anticipating those two teams becoming one, but eventually both have bitten the dust prematurely when they didn’t expect to, a bit like the man himself.

We have however gained one new team, the Royal Oak at Rushton Spencer, a near neighbour of the Knot Inn. A very warm welcome is extended to them from all concerned as they join us for the first time. They join the C League as is customary.

This leaves us with 26 teams and thus we will play with two leagues of 9 teams and one of 8 this year. Much discussion took place at the AGM as to which League should carry the vacancy, A or C League. A vote resulted which carried that the A League should play with 8 teams this year.

Mighty scores in the A League this week to get us going and the Ox-fford 'C' top the tree after a 189 - 158 win over the Dolphin in an early season clash of the titans. Haydn Thompson and Alice Walker got their seasons started with 51 apiece, whilst Peter McBride and Alan Hodgson scored 48 and 42 respectively for the Dolphin.

The Weaver were not far behind in scoring terms with a 172 - 151 win over the newly promoted Pussycat Guys. Alan Levitt top scored for the Weaver with 45 whilst Alasdair Reid weighed in with 42 for the Guys in a very creditable A League debut. The Weaver look very strong all round this year with a top quality "core 4" of a team.

In the remaining A League game, the Dolphin Dragons just beat the Castle in an excellent contest at the newly redecorated Dolphin by 162 - 157. The cerebral Robin Morrell scored 42 for the Dragons whilst Tony Fogarty racked up a cracking 45 for the Castle, including 11 out of 12 correct in the GK.

The B League saw the newly relocated Plough Horntails (ex of the George & Dragon) beat the Waters Green Phoenix 150 - 123 in their first game at their new home. Bob Langstaff scored 39 for the Phoenix who made an excellent effort with only 3 players due to some early season confusion, whilst Malcolm Asquith's 42 made him the horniest of tails for the Plough.

The New Castle just had the edge in a close contest with the Church House Bollington, Graham Wallace's 42 and Rick Davis's 39 being the best scores on either side.

The Knot Inn unluckily missed out on promotion to the A League due only to the League restructuring, but they resumed their normal service with a 159 - 128 win over the Pack Horse Bowling Club. Main men Brian Bogie and Art Higham scored 36 each for the Knot, whilst Mike Vickerstaff did the same for the Pack Horse.

Closest game of the night was at the British Flag who just edged a 150 - 146 win over the Albion. Good scores for all the Flags with Helen Laurence's 33 being the best of them, whilst the ever reliable John Hargreaves had the B League's highest individual score of the night with 45.

The Sutton Church House got off to a winning start in their C League match against the Chester Road Tavern, 125 - 97 sealing victory for the SCH. John Stein top scored with 30 whilst Tony Moores racked up 27 for the CRT.

The battle of the "Inns" saw the Cock beat the Lamb by 144 - 134, Jackie Hulme and Peter Wilcox scoring 33 each for the Cock with Chris Butler and Marshall Barnard chipping in with 24 each for the newly refurbished Lamb (the pub that is, not the people...)

In the first ever game at the Royal Oak, the Crown had the better of the contest with a 112 - 83 win. Glyn Bradley top scored with 24 for the Crown, who were equally unlucky as per the Knot Inn in missing out on promotion to the B League last year.

Scores were evenly spread amongst the Oak team who we hope enjoyed their first taste of this particular type of Tuesday night action.

Finally, the evergreen Harrington 'B' beat the Waters Green Rams 132 - 93 with John Green scoring an excellent 39 for the Harrington and David Reynolds 21 for the Rams.

It's like we were never away...enjoy the rest of the season.

News & Views - Week 1 (06/10/2009)

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Kings of the Castle...

At the AGM last Tuesday we played the Plate Final which was a well contested affair between the Castle and the George & Dragon, the Castle emerging victorious 99-79.

The game was expertly “question mastered” as always by Rick Davis and I would like to thank him along with Tim Massey from the Ox-fford ’C’ who scored etc. Thanks also to Haydn Thompson who compiled the questions.

Thursday, 3 September 2009

New Season 2009 - 2010

As soon as September dawned, someone, somewhere, somehow pushed the button marked “autumn” and the weather went even further to pot than it had managed to travel hitherto this summer…

The only saving grace is that the fancies of young and old men and women now turn to thoughts of answering (or not) daft questions on a Tuesday night, because, God knows, there is nothing on the telly.

Macclesfield Quiz League returns for what I reckon is the 29th or 30th season (I really must find out) and as per our decision at Finals Night, we will make an earlier start this year. The first business is, as ever, the AGM, where we will play the Plate Final to boot.

The date for the AGM will be Tuesday the 22nd of September at the Weaver, Thornton Square, Macclesfield.

This year the Plate Final is between the Castle and the George & Dragon. Questions are in hand. Watch this space for an update…

We will try to play the first game of the new season on Tuesday the 6th of October 2009, by hook or by crook.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

The Final Scores...

Many thanks to all who attended the Finals Night on Tuesday.

There was an excellent turn-out, the Cup Final was a finely contested affair and the butties were very welcome too. I have only a small number of trophies left in my possession; I will contact the winners separately.

In the Cup, the Ox-fford 'C' reversed last year's result by beating the Dolphin 117 - 99.

Congratulations to all concerned. Thanks also to our very own Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee, otherwise known as Rick Davis and Allan Sherratt, for asking the questions and scoring respectively – much appreciated, your fine efforts added to the night’s entertainment as always.

Thanks also to the Weaver - a great venue and the hospitality - and sandwiches - were very well appreciated.

The League Champions also deserve much credit, namely the Ox-fford (A League), Puss Heads (B League) and Albion (C League). Well done indeed and see below for details and pictures...

The final trophy of this year will be settled at the start of next season as usual.

The Plate Final will be: - Castle v George & Dragon

This game will be played at the AGM before the start of next season, sometime in September, date and place to be confirmed, although the place will undoubtedly be the Weaver!

If I don’t see you before we start again, have a great summer and I will be in touch…



Cup Winners 2009 - The Ox-fford 'C'

Cup Runners Up - The Dolphin

Your Cup Final Scrutineers - Rick Davis and Allan Sherratt

Our very own Jeff Stelling & Rachel Riley...

Finals Night - A League Winners - The Ox-fford!

The Ox-fford - triumphant despite a chronic trouser shortage...

Finals Night - B League Winners - The Puss Heads!

Finals Night Pictures...some of these people may have been drinking!

Finals Night - C League Winners - The Albion!

Final Scores...

The end is not just near...it is here!

18 weeks of titanic struggle has concluded and congratulations are due to the triumphant teams you can identify from the scores below, along with commiserations to those less successful - next season it all starts afresh!

In the A League, the Ox-fford won the title for the fourth year running, and the Principals enjoyed an excellent season in finishing second. The Principals are surely going to take the title any time soon...

The New Castle and the British Flag fell through the relegation trap-door, but both teams will be missed and were excellent opponents (and good company) through the season.

Mark Watson won the A League Individual standings with Peter McBride second and Haydn Thompson third. Since the turn of the Millennium, Mark and Quiz League Main Man and all round brainbox Alan Hodgson have shared this honour between them. Alan has won a remarkable 10 times, a record that remains a very long way from being beaten...

The B League saw a tight finish to the season with the Puss Heads winning the title by dint of winning one more game than the Knot Inn. Congratulations to both teams - a wonderful effort and promotion to the A League looms.

The Puss Artists and Cock Inn will start next season one rung lower, but their time will surely come again.

The incomparable Rick Davis won the B League Individual title - as he did in 2006/07. Rick also has 2 C League and a D League Individual titles to his name and is officially a "top banana" at this lark.

Alasdair Reid was second - his first Individual "Top 3" since winning the C League Individual in 1991/92. Yes, it was a long time ago...

Ed Baron was an excellent third, giving the Church House Bollington 2 of the Top 3 spots.

In the C League, the Albion won the title and promotion after just missing out last year - congratulations to all for a fantastic season. They will be a force next year in the B League, as will the Crown, having their best season for many years and finishing a very deserved second.

John Hargreaves proved he knows about a lot more things besides Second World War naval battles and won the C League Individual title. Andy Ridgway - a regular "top Tenner" - did even better this year in finishing second for the Crown and the ever reliable John Green from the Harrington 'B' was third. Well done to all.

In terms of questions, the Ox-fford won the Cars and Vans 4U Ltd Question Setters Trophy with their General Knowledge questions from Week 14. Credit also to the Byron Bards for excellent marks for their first ever set of questions, finishing fourth overall.

Final Cars and Vans 4U Ltd Questions Setters Trophy

Final Results - Leagues A, B and C...