beat The History
Men down at the Ladybarn Club so keeping in touch
with the leading pack. Ivor sends this
report from the depleted losers....
"We were three-handed tonight and our
first target was not to lose by more than ten
points; so we feel we had a successful match -
just. We certainly missed young David’s
encyclopaedic knowledge of world capitals and county
flags. Astonishingly we were in the lead until the
last question of the first half so we had the
satisfaction of knowing that we might have given
Ethel a scare. Sadly natural order was restored in
the second half as the usual phenomenon of 'the
questions we knew going to the opposition, and those
about which we hadn't an earthly coming to us'
occurred yet again."
The Prodigals beat The Charabancs of
Fire by a 9-point margin in the back lounge of the
Albert Club. Valiantly Damian reports
from the losers' enclosure....
"With Jane on the team (substituting
for the absent John who apparently prefers
Cheltenham to Withington at this time of the year),
the Charas attempted to take
on the might of the Prodigals, replete with Egghead
Dave. Inevitably the Charas came up short and
Yours Truly can't help but wonder if he made a
mistake when he tapped Dave on the shoulder (while
collecting the quiz questions in the Red Lion) to
remind him that his team were quizzing tonight.
Maybe it would have boded
better for our chances if I'd left him to watch his
beloved Man U in peace. It did seem ominous
that, after being 1-0 up for 20 odd minutes, West
Ham promptly equalised at the very same moment Dave
arrived at the Club! I wonder if I got his back up
This was a fairly close encounter for
the most part - but yet again the Charas suffered
from a chronic
lack of twos which has blighted them over the past
couple of seasons (they broke 10-5 in the Prods'
favour) . As seems to have been so often the
case this season, a reasonably competitive first
half soon morphed into a second half in which the
gap between us and our opponents grew steadily.
With unerring regularity, the questions just never
seem to play to our strengths towards the end of
matches! However, the sting of yet another defeat
was mitigated by the enormous entertainment value of
being in the company of Dave, Anne-Marie and co!"
Compulsory Mantis Shrimp lost for the
second time in two weeks - this time to the Albert
team at The Fletcher Moss. Mike O'B
"Hah! their apple-cheeked youthful
vigour was no match for our wizened, whining,
cronery. The delights of Wilfred PIckles in
Have a Go - all that effort for six pounds, five
and eight pence at the end of the evening. Oh
how it kept our spirits up in the age of austerity!
Who can forget We're a Couple of Diabetic-Footed
Swells? That'll teach them to be so young
and intelligent. This match was really decided in
Round 3 when we scored 9 and Mantis failed to score.
They never recovered from that."
The Men They Couldn't Hang
lost to The
Bards of Didsbury at the Cricket Club. At
last the Bards seem to be recovering some of their
form from last season.
Dunkin' Dönitz beat The Opsimaths
in a tensely fought match at The Griffin.
Bob was, as ever, imperious yet
unfailingly affable in the QM role and Andrew
spectated as a quietly satisfied setter. The
rest of the room gradually emptied unable to take
the tension ("....trying to get away from the bloody
football on the telly in every other part of the pub
for a quiet evening's chatter, only to run into a
sodding quiz match!" was one comment overheard).
This was an epic encounter. The
first half saw the visitors surge into a comfortable
lead (7 points at one stage) only for the home team
to claw back onto level pegging by the start of
Round 8. By the final pair the Dunkers were 2
points ahead and they kept
this margin with both teams getting conferred one
point answers. So the home team remain
undefeated and, with the Shrimps losing against
Albert, gain a four point advantage over their
I've been quizzing in these parts for
the over 30 years and have enjoyed dozens of
thrilling matches against Kieran, Barry, Martin and
David (and a few of their predecessors).
There's always a frisson of tension when you play
the super-competitive Dunkers but never less than
warm friendship once the final whistle is blown.
This year I sense an even greater keenness to wrest
back the league crown having only won it once in the
past six years after their 13 year dominance was
brought to a
juddering halt in 2011. Well they're on track
with 8 played and 8 won. Look a bit more
closely at the results and you'll see that 3 of
those victories have been by margins of 2 points or
less - so there's plenty of hope for the rest of us.
After the match Bob confided that from his QM
vantage point he had noticed how steely and focussed
the Dunkers are in the final stages of their
matches, playing the tactics dead right when often
their opposition relax and lose sight of the
possibilities for victory. I don't think this
was true in this match but, nevertheless, a helpful
observation for future would-be Dunker conquerors.
Well, of course, that's just my opinion. What
did the home captain have to say? Over to you
"For the second week running The
Griffin was filled by football fans, a result of
having a screen in four of the five rooms. This
week though we managed to find space in the middle
room at the back, the only one without a TV and,
somewhat squashed together on two small tables we
prepared for battle.
And what a battle! Your Johnny-come-lately
PSGs and Monacos, Chelseas and RasenBallsport
Leipzigs (check the Bundesliga table) are all very
well but this, and it sticks in my craw to say it,
was Liverpool v United - as it always is. Two
serial winning teams, going for every possible point
and aware of the effect the result would have at the
top of the table - but most of all just desperate to
get the win in the first head-to-head of the season.
reader we did! I looked back at the results of our
matches against the Opsis since their famed 'Tooting
Bec one point' win in January 2011 and, before
tonight, the record was 7-6 in their favour - many
of those games decided by one or two points.
So we've evened it up, and again by just two points
with the result still in doubt right up to the last
teasing of Mike by texting him the result (as I
usually do on Wednesday evening), even though he was
sat two foot away from me and had just played the
game against us, went a bit awry however as I'd
managed to send the message as 'Dunkin 45 -
Opsimaths 431'. If that is reflected in the league
table I will be mildly miffed.
Kate Bush demonstrates that one should never take
one's idol's shoes off and throw them in the lake as
you will discover that the object of your worship
has feet of clay, we can console ourselves with the
knowledge that we have made our best start to a
season in seven years. And Elton most
definitely isn't playing the inauguration!
Could almost make one sanguine about the rest of the
crap going on all around while we indulge ourselves
with our Wednesday evening trivia.
what a night (late November back in 2016)!"