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Albert

The Bards of

Didsbury

The Charabancs of Fire Compulsory Mantis Shrimp Dunkin' Dönitz The Electric Pigs
Ethel Rodin The History Men The Opsimaths The Prodigals    
Previous teams of whom something has been recorded (click team name to go to team)
Amboβ The Badgers Calluna Pussycats Crown 'B' Ebony & Ivory The Gateway
The Gerbils Griffin 'B' Ladybarn British Legion The Men They Couldn't Hang Midland

Other Friendships

are Forgot

Rabbi Lionel St Catherine's Stumped The Turnpike X-Pats  

List of previous teams of whom nothing other than their name has been recorded

Crown (Heaton Moor), Dim Some, The Griffin, The Lapwings, Manchester Teachers Centre, The Parrswood, The Red Lion Vault, Red November, The Royal Oak, The Station, The Victoria, Withington Weavers, The Worm

 

Albert

a.k.a.

Icarus

The Albert pub in Didsbury (long since renamed The Fletcher Moss) has provided a league team since the start.  In an act of defiance to the brewery they insist on keeping the old pub name alive.  When known as Icarus they were led by the doughty, but sadly late, Val Draper who is remembered each season via the end of season cup which bears her name.

Of late they have been hard to beat challenging a number of times for the league title.

Skipper Mike O'Brien rules his team with a rod of iron - or to be more precise his 'Paddle of Rebuke'.

HONOURS:

WithQuiz League winners

Val Draper Cup winners

Val Draper Cup runners up

WithQuiz Plate winners

WithQuiz Plate runners up

EOS Tournament winners

 

1997/98

1999/2000

2001/02

2015/16

2007/08, 2011/12

2000/01, 2014/15

Mike

O'Brien

Mary

O'Brien

Ashton

Davies

Stephen

O'Brien

Jeremy

Roussak

Eveline

Matthews

Chris

Hill

Nick

Tarrier

 

 

 

Mary

Jefford

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amboβ

 

a.k.a.

Ambo Sap Soc

 

Led by Rebekkah Ottaway for many years.  Involved in the only 'near pub brawl' incident when Scottish Tom fell out collectively with the Braggarts.  Suspension was only  averted by written apologies during the following week.

Rebekkah

Ottaway

 Ian

Armstrong

John

Holden

Barry

Atkinson

HONOURS:   

 

'Scottish' Tom

Stephenson

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Badgers

 

a.k.a.

The Fletcher Moss

 

I seem to recall that this was an all-female team including Judy Taylor and Val Draper, based at the Albert/Fletcher Moss.  I believe they only lasted for one season.

Judy

Taylor

Val

Draper

 

 

HONOURS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bards of Didsbury               

a.k.a.

Snoopy's Friends

Previously they did their quizzing in Merseyside where things were altogether more competitive.  After a spell in The Woodstock, St Catherine's Social Club, Hough End Social Club, The Didsbury and The Metropolitan and Didsbury Cricket Club their current base is The Parrswood Hotel.

In recent years they have been pretty successful winning the league a couple of times as well as the coveted WIST Champions Cup.

They continue to exhibit strong legal tendencies in their line-up bristling with judges, barristers and solicitors.  Cross them at your peril!!

HONOURS:

WIST Champions Cup winners

WithQuiz League winners

WithQuiz League runners up

Val Draper Cup runners up

'Q of the Season' winners

EOS Tournament winners

 

2012/13, 2015/16

2011/12, 2015/16

2012/13, 2014/15

2015/16

2008/09, 2011/12

2008/09 (shared), 2010/11

 

Steve

Conway

Sarah

Roberts

Tony

Hammond

Eric

Gow

Dom

Kane

Jim

Wilkinson

Katie

Hammond

Mike

H

Bernard

Keavney

Tom

Sherrington

Jonathan

Tippler

Paul

Lawton

Rebecca

Davies

Brendan

Fender

Bob

Curtis

Lisa

Roberts

Louise

Smailes

Chris

Smailes

Mike

Green

Susan

Duncan

Charlie Sherrington

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calluna Pussycats

   

New to the league in the 2010/11 season and based at The Albert Club.  Sadly they had to resign before their second season with us but we'd love to see them back some time in the future.

 

HONOURS:

 

Graham

Wiggins

Karen

Wiggins

Mick

Baxter

Jane

Baxter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Charabancs of Fire

a.k.a.

2 FCEKs, FCEK, Brains of Oak, Moss Dross, Swan Vestals, The White Swan

They are the inventors of the 'bingo-style' quiz round and are very strong on questions about Irish counties. Their long-time team manager (and captain) is the extraordinary bog-cleric known as Fr Megson.  Until recently they were usually placed in the upper half of the league.

A few years ago they moved from the upmarket watering-holes of Didsbury back to their roots in The White Swan, Ladybarn (known around the league as 'The Stadium of Murk').  In 2011, however, the attractions of the White Swan, their Ladybarn watering-hole (and when I say 'watering-hole' I choose my words carefully) wore off and they moved to The Turnpike in Withington Village.  In 2018 however they decamped a few yards down the road to The Victoria.

To read an interesting set of personal reminiscences of the earlier days of the League from Gerry Collins (a.k.a. Fr Megson) click here.

HONOURS:

WithQuiz League winners

WithQuiz League runners up

Val Draper Cup winners

Val Draper Cup runners up

WithQuiz Plate winners

'Q of the Season' winners

 

1994/95

2005/06, 2006/07

2001/02, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15

2003/04, 2004/5, 2005/06, 2010/11

2006/07

2012/13, 2017/182012/13, 2017/18

 

Jane

Thompson

Gerry

Collins

Carmel

O’Connor

John

Dennison

Roisin

Graven

Damian

Land

Damian

Thompson

Graham

Wiggins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compulsory Mantis Shrimp   

 a.k.a.

Compulsory Meat Raffle

New to the league in the 2010/11 season and (until the start of the 2018/19 season) based at the Turnpike in Withington Village, they boast a bevy of University Challenge superstars from successive Manchester University teams.  Their knowledge of the more recent rock combos is awesome.

Now in 2018 after steadily progressing up the table for a few years they have achieved League Runners Up status.  Surely next season....

Following the closure of The Turnpike they have decamped to The Woodstock for the start of the 2018/19 season.

HONOURS:

WithQuiz League runners up

WithQuiz Plate winners

'Q of the Season' winners

EOS Tournament winners

 

2017/18

2012/13

2014/15, 2015/16

2016/17

Adam

Barr

Mike

McKenna

Tristan

Burke

Rachael

Neiman

Tom

Benson

James

Haughton

Richard

Gilbert

Liz

Mitchell

 

 

David

Brice

Henry

Pertinez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crown 'B'

a.k.a.

White Lion, Crown Jewels, Old Grey Green Grocers

 

Led by the late John Turrell of 'Mild & Bitter' fame they consisted of various colourful characters including Val, 'Sid' Siddons and 'Sailor' Derek .  They vied with the Heyscroft Roaders in trying to lose each match so that they got the free pint at the end!  One season they reached the final play off evening held at St Caths.  They won their semi-final and were looking good for the final but, by the time the other semi-final had been played they were too drunk to speak and lost the final spectacularly.

John

Turrell

'Sid'

Siddons

Alan

Yates

Frank

Duffy

HONOURS:    

 

Derek 'The Sailor'

Samsung

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dunkin' Dönitz

a.k.a.

I've Never Been to One, I Blame Smoke Fairies, SPW, Napier Girls, Three Mad Dogs, Fifth Finger, Griffin Braggarts, Sporting Braggarts, Young Boys Burnage, Griffin 'B', Borussia, Not Not, Not the Rest of the World

Traditionally the league's frontrunners but can be upset by idiosyncratic papers.  Currently based at The Griffin in Heaton Mersey the present team is a result of a merger between the Sporting Braggarts and the Griffin.  In recent times beating them has become the main challenge for the other teams.  After 12 years of uninterrupted League glory 2011 saw them drop to second place in favour of the Opsimaths. To read an interesting set of personal reminiscences of the earlier days of the League from Kieran Dillon click here.

However in 2017 they regained the League crown which they retained in 2018.  There certainly seems to be life in the old dog yet!

HONOURS:

WIST Champions Cup winners

WithQuiz League winners

 

 

 

WithQuiz League runners up

Val Draper Cup winners

 

Val Draper Cup runners up

WithQuiz Plate winners

WithQuiz Plate runners up

'Q of the Season' winners

EOS Tournament winners

 

2009/10, 2010/11, 2013/14, 2017/18

1992/93, 1993/94, 1995/96, 1996/97, 1998/99,

1999/2000, 2000/01, 2001/02, 2002/03, 2003/04,

2004/05, 2005/06, 2006/07, 2007/08, 2008/09,

2009/10, 2012/13, 2016/17, 2017/18

2010/11, 2011/12, 2013/14

2000/01, 2003/04, 2004/05, 2006/07, 2008/09,

2009/10, 2010/11

2002/03, 2011/12

1999/2000, 2005/06, 2014/15, 2017/18

2016/17

2005/06, 2016/17

1999/2000, 2003/04, 2007/08, 2009/10 

Kieran

Dillon

Barry

McNorton

Martin

Bromfield

David

Delahunty

Antony

Timmins

Michael

Delahunty

Simon

Hickey

Bob

Ganley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ebony and Ivory

   

 

Led by 'Big Dave' (he of the quiz machine) they could be relied on to run the Braggarts close.  Sadly they folded when Dave went to London to write quiz questions for Channel 5.  Good news however is that Dave came back in town and turning out for The Prodigals.

Dave

Rainford

Anne-Marie

Glennon

   

HONOURS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Electric Pigs

   

Another Fletcher Moss based team.  Thanks to Gary Donely, their captain, they shouldered the burden of league organisation when Barry Whitehead hung up his boots a few years ago - thus keeping the league alive.

They are the most perfectly behaved team when it comes to the intricate and ancient protocols surrounding the art of indicating knowledge of the answer and the subsequent conference.  A few years ago they were strengthened through the addition of Gerry Hennessy, one of the original WithQuiz stalwarts.

When Gerry died in 2017 Barry Whitehead rejoined them ensuring our founding father kept his hand in.

HONOURS:

Val Draper Cup winners

Val Draper Cup runners up

WithQuiz Plate winners

WithQuiz Plate runners up

'Q of the Season' winners

EOS Tournament winners

 

2005/06, 2007/08

2006/07, 2008/09, 2012/13

2011/12, 2013/14

2009/10, 2017/18

2004/05, 2010/11

2012/13 (shared)

Guy

Cresswell

Dave

McColm

Gary

Donely

Andrew

Simcock

Pete

Dodd

Gerry

Hennessy

Barry

Whitehead

Tom

Grimshaw

Thomas

McColm

Paul

Gilmour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ethel Rodin

a.k.a.

Dr O'Neil, Old Erin, Red Lino, Kelly's Earoles, Red Lion

For many years the hub of our competition thanks to Barry Whitehead who did all the organising.  They are usually to be found in the upper reaches of the league and, of late, have a knack of doing well in the cup competitions.

Nowadays they play their home matches at the Ladybarn Social Club, the much tarted up premises that used to be The White Swan, notorious in quizzing circles as 'The Stadium of Murk'.

They are determined to keep the name of the Red Lion alive via anagram but seem to have run out of variations since the current name has been in use for some years now.

HONOURS:

WithQuiz League runners up

Val Draper Cup runners up

WithQuiz Plate winners

WithQuiz Plate runners up

'Q of the Season' winners

EOS Tournament winners

 

1999/2000

1999/2000, 2000/01, 2016/17

2003/04

2002/03, 2013/14

2006/07 (Guest - John Tolan), 2007/08, 2013/14

2011/12, 2013/14, 2015/16 (shared), 2017/18

Roddy

Toffler

Greg

Spiller

Geoff

Hammond

Robin

Proctor

James

Williamson

Lloyd

Powell

John

Mellor

John

Tolan

 

 

 

Roz

Jones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Gateway      .

  a.k.a

Heyscroft Roaders

 

Much missed when they quit at the end of the 2000/1 season.

       

HONOURS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Gerbils

   

The name came from Gerry Leversha and Bill Souster the team founders.  Other Gerbils included John Tolan (now with Ethel Rodin), Liz Barber, William Duggan, Ian Anderson and most memorably the cantankerous Alan McPhee.  Alan once declared "I do not know the answer but am NOT conferring" so the question had to be handed over!  And on another occasion when asked "What was the American equivalent of the Oxford English Dictionary?" declared "There is NO equivalent".  Gerry L writes to tell me that a favourite team saying (presumably when stumped) was "I spit on your bourgeois questions!".  Ah, those golden days.  The Gerbils finally expired in about 1986.

Gerry

Laversha

William

Duggan

Bill

Souster

Ian

Anderson

HONOURS:     

 

John

Tolan

Alan

McPhee

Liz

Barber

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Griffin 'B'

   

 

Star performers for a number of years.  They ran the Braggarts close but then merged with the Braggarts when team members moved from the area.

       

HONOURS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The History Men

   

Led by Ivor Cartmill and based at the Red Lion, they joined the league in the 2002/3 season.  Over the years they have usually been top half finishers though recently there's been a bit of a dip in form.

Nevertheless their cup form has been pretty good over the years including a victory in the WIST Lowly Grail inter-league trophy.

Kieran, captain of the Dunkin' Donitz squad, has long regarded the History Men as a bogey team and the annual visit of the History Men to the Griffin sends shivers down the Dunkers' spines.

HONOURS:

WIST Lowly Grail winners

WithQuiz League runners up

Val Draper Cup winners

Val Draper Cup runners up

WithQuiz Plate winners

WithQuiz Plate runners up

EOS Tournament winners

 

2014/15

2004/05, 2007/08

2011/12, 2016/17

2014/15

2002/03, 2009/10

2003/04, 2015/16

2005/06, 2008/09 (shared), 2012/13 (shared), 2015/16 (shared)

Peter

Morgan

Tim

Dunnngham

David

Bevan

Ivor

Cartmill

 

 

Ann

Webley

Mike

H

Vanessa

Nichol

Andrea

Kay

Anne Conyan

Kirkham

Rupert

Smith

Alison

Cartmill

Chris

Langley

Pat

Dunningham

Alex 'the

student'

Liz

Morgan

Eleanor

Cartmill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ladybarn British Legion

   

 

Famed only for their quick exit.  They joined at the start of a season and then left before the half way mark.

       

HONOURS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Men They Couldn't Hang

   

Newcomers in the 2007/8 season, they play their home matches at the Parrswood Hotel on the corner of School Lane and Parrs Wood Road.  Their origins lie in the Sett Valley Pub Quiz League (based in the New Mills area) but they decamped in an effort to conquer the big city quizzers of Didsbury and Withington.  Although they never achieved a top half league finish they became the frontrunners for the Best Paper of the Season award.  The prospect of a new TMTCH question paper was only just behind the latest Harry Potter in terms of literary excitement.

So sadly in March 2017 their captain Dave died and the team were forced to leave the league.  Dave is sorely missed by all of us.

HONOURS:

 

Richard

Newton

Graham

Wiggins

Steve

Holland

Dave

Barras

Gilly

Barras

Steve

Hudson

Chris

Finerty

Karen

Sutcliffe

     

Anthony

Stevenson

Josh

Cullen

James

Sutcliffe

Neil

Firth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Midland

 

a.k.a.

Midland/Railway, Mid Scot, Railway

This team flirted seasonally between the Midland and the Railway.  It's main members were Sid Siddons, Pete McKie, Brian Randall, Simon Townsend and Chris Webb.  Chris would always storm off before the free pint if they lost but eventually agreed to have a whisky on these occasions so he could chuck it down and then storm off.

'Sid'

Siddons

Chris

Webb

Pete

McKie

Brian

Randall

HONOURS:

   

 

Simon

Townsend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Friendships are Forgot 

a.k.a. 

Friendship 'B'

 

Led by Keith Glazzard they moved from the Friendship in Fallowfield to the Red Lion.  Folded a few years ago.

Keith

Glazzard

Gervase

?

 

 

HONOURS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Opsimaths

a.k.a.

My Sister Used to Live There, Alice's Hat, The Crown 'A'

One of the league's oldest teams (in both senses).  Currently based at the Albert Club in Old Lansdowne Road they used to pride themselves on their mid-table consistency.  As Crown 'A' they featured the late and much missed Russ Belshaw.

They became famous for their idiosyncratic QM, Jitka.  Once when she asked the question: "Who won the Men's boom in the Mexico Olympics?" it took both teams the rest of the quiz to discover that it was the 800 metres rather than some obscure yachting event to which she was referring.

But what's this?  Surely not!! It's 2011 and they've won the league.  Russ turns in his grave and Electric Pigs fly!!  And since then they've won 2 more League titles and the WIST crown.

HONOURS:

WIST Champions Cup winners

WithQuiz League winners

WithQuiz League runners up

Val Draper Cup runners up

WithQuiz Plate winners

WithQuiz Plate runners up

'Q of the Season' winners

 

2014/15

2010/11, 2013/14, 2014/15

2009/10, 2015/16, 2016/17

2017/18

2007/08, 2008/09

2006/07, 2010/11, 2014/15

2009/10

 

Brian

McClintock

Jitka Selinger

McClintock

Mike

Bath

Hilary

Forest

Nick

Mills

Howell

Davies

Clare

Parody

Colin

MacKenzie

Alice

Calvert

Richard

Seed

John

Jackson

John

Dennison

 

Nick

Mansfield

Paddy

Duffy

Russ

Belshaw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Prodigals

a.k.a.

The Getaways, Albert Park

Once they were in the habit of propping up the rest of the league which others found it hard to believe.  Their unique skill at talking themselves out of the correct answer (for which Mark Bassett was especially renowned) may have been part of the reason.

They have always been rightly proud of the excellent standard of the papers they set.

Over the past few years they have been strengthened by Dave Rainford of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire and Eggheads fame as well as by University Challenge Gonville & Caius winner Michael Taylor and they are no longer strangers to the top half of the table.

HONOURS:

WIST Lowly Grail winners

Val Draper Cup winners

Val Draper Cup runners up

WithQuiz Plate winners

WithQuiz Plate runners up

EOS Tournament winners

 

2013/14, 2015/16, 2016/17

2015/16, 2017/18

2007/08, 2008/09

2010/11, 2016/17

2005/06, 2012/13

2001/02, 2004/05, 2005/06

Mark

Bassett

Cheryl

Bassett

Anne-Marie

Glennon

John

Jackson

Pete

Conry

Allan

Stores

John

Hewitt

Richard

Seed

Dave

Rainford

Jimmy

Lawless

Michael

Taylor

Clive

Berry

Stella

Hewitt

Danny

Glennon

Rowland

Jones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rabbi Lionel

   

 

I believe it was the Rabbi that was responsible for the worst question of all time: "Who was the most famous racing driver of all time?"

       

HONOURS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St Catherine's

   

 

Solid performers over the years with a number of league titles to their name.  Despite their association with religion they claim that the last time they got  a religious question right Methuselah was in short trousers (no, this is not a reference to their captain, the venerable Mike Heale!!).  After many years at the summit St Caths were forced into retirement after the 2005/6 season.  Sadly Mike Heale passed away in 2009.  R.I.P.

     

HONOURS:

WithQuiz League runners up

Val Draper Cup winners

 

 

2000/01, 2001/02, 2002/03, 2003/04

2002/03

Mike

Heale

Pete

Taylor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stumped

a.k.a.

SWMCC (South West Manchester CC)

 

Led by Roger Edmunds and Copland Smith they were based at South West Manchester Cricket Club in Chorlton.  They were league newcomers in the 2002/3 season and quickly established a reputation for superbly crafted and innovative question papers.  In particular they made a point of including a Crossword round in each of their papers.  Left the league at the end of the 2003/4 season.

Roger

Edmunds

Copland

Smith

 

 

HONOURS:

'Q of the Season' winners

 

2003/04

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Turnpike

   

 

Motley crew of Bob the Telecom, Terry, One-armed Pete, Scottish Jimmy and Brian McClintock.  Once reduced to a team of 3 when Jimmy declared 'these questions are crap' and walked out in the middle of round 2.

Brian

McClintock

Bob

'the Telecom'

Terry

?

'One-armed' Pete Hines

HONOURS:   

 

'Scottish'

Jimmy

Ferrier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X-Pats

 

a.k.a.

TUFKAC, Christie's, Christie's 'A'

 

Long-serving league stalwarts.  Famous for their whacky question papers (including phials of sample beer for identification one year - and another time 64 questions on November 5th).   Sadly they had to drop out of the league at the end of the 2008/9 season.

     

HONOURS:

WithQuiz Plate runners up

 

2008/09

John

Brennan

Jim

Wilkinson