Withington Pub Quiz League

HONOURS TABLE AND TEAM ARCHIVE

 

Year

League

Winners

League

Runners Up

Val Draper Cup Winners

Val Draper Cup Runners Up

Plate

 Winners

Plate

 Runners Up

WIST Championship

Winners

Lowly Grail

(A-Trophy) Winners

EoS Tournament Winners

'Question of the Season' Winners

2016/17

Dunkin' Dönitz

Opsimaths

History Men Ethel Rodin Prodigals Dunkin' Dönitz

Tr'vellers Call (Stock)

Prodigals

(With)

Mantis Shrimps Dunkin' Dönitz

2015/16

The Bards

Opsimaths

Prodigals

The Bards

Albert

History Men

The Bards (With)

Prodigals (With)

Ethel Rodin/ History Men

Mantis Shrimp

2014/15

Opsimaths

The Bards

Charabancs

History Men

Dunkin' Dönitz

Opsimaths

Opsimaths (With)

History Men (With)

Albert

Meat Raffle

2013/14

Opsimaths

I've Never Been to One

Charabancs

Prodigals

Electric Pigs

Ethel Rodin

I've Never...(With)

Prodigals (With)

Ethel Rodin

Ethel Rodin

2012/13

Smoke Fairies

The Bards

Charabancs

Electric Pigs

Meat Raffle

Prodigals

The Bards (With)

n/a

Sm. Fairies/ Electric Pigs

Charabancs

2011/12

The Bards

Smoke Fairies

History Men

Smoke Fairies

Electric Pigs

Albert

Chunky

(Stock)

n/a

Ethel Rodin

The Bards

2010/11

Opsimaths

SPW

SPW

Charabancs

Prodigals

Opsimaths

SPW

(With)

n/a

The Bards of Didsbury

Electric Pigs

2009/10

SPW

Opsimaths

SPW

Prodigals

History Men

Electric Pigs

SPW

(With)

n/a

SPW

Opsimaths

2008/09

SPW

Charabancs

SPW

Electric Pigs

Opsimaths

X-Pats

Chunky

(Stock)

n/a

History Men/ Snoopy's F'ds

Snoopy's Friends

2007/08

Napier Girls

History Men

Electric Pigs

Albert Park

Opsimaths

Albert

Chunky

(Stock)

n/a

Napier Girls

Ethel Rodin

2006/07

Napier Girls

2 FCEKs

Napier Girls

Electric Pigs

2 FCEKs

Opsimaths

n/a

n/a

Alexandra (Guests)

Guest

(John Tolan)

2005/06

Mad Dogs

FCEK

Electric Pigs

FCEK

Mad Dogs

Albert Park

n/a

n/a

Albert Park/ History Men

Mad Dogs

2004/05

Fifth Finger

History Men

Fifth Finger

FCEK

Not held

Not held

n/a

n/a

Albert Park

Electric Pigs

2003/04

Fifth Finger

St Catherine's

Fifth Finger

Brains of Oak

Ethel Rodin

History Men

n/a

n/a

Fifth Finger

Stumped

2002/03

Griffing

Braggarts

St Catherine's

St Catherine's

Griffing

Braggarts

History Men

Dr O'Neil

n/a

n/a

?

n/a

2001/02

Griffing

Braggarts

St Catherine's

Brains of Oak

Albert

?

?

n/a

n/a

Albert Park

n/a

2000/01

Griffing

Braggarts

St Catherine's

Griffing

Braggarts

Dr O'Neil

?

?

n/a

n/a

Albert

n/a

1999/00

Griffing

Braggarts

Old Erin

Albert

Old Erin

Griffing

Braggarts

?

n/a

n/a

G. Braggarts

n/a

1998/99

Griffing

Braggarts

?

?

?

?

?

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

1997/98

Albert

?

?

?

?

?

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

1996/97

Young Boys Burnage

?

?

?

?

?

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

1995/96

Young Boys Burnage

?

?

?

?

?

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

1994/95

Amboβ

?

?

?

?

?

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

1993/94

Griffin 'B'

Amboβ

?

?

?

?

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

1992/93

Griffin 'B'

?

?

?

?

?

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

 

Over the years a number of teams have been and gone (a bit like Accrington Stanley - oops!).  Others have stayed but changed their names (like Ardwick FC) - perhaps in an attempt to distract their opposition .  The names have varied from the bizarre (Electric Pigs) to the functional (Griffin 'B' team - although even then there was some attempt at humour since there never was a Griffin 'A' team).  The table below provides details plus some highly personal, and probably inaccurate, recollections.  If anybody can fill the gaps, enhance the accuracy, or provide details of earlier league and cup winners and runners up please let me (Mike Bath) know.

Latest name

 * signifies teams playing in the league this season

Earlier team names

Comments, Honours

& Register of Players - past & present (those who have played at least 5 matches)

Albert*

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.

HONS: 

 

League Champions

1997/98

Val Draper Cup Winners

1999/2000

Val Draper Cup Runners Up

2001/02

Plate Winners

2015/16

Plate Runners Up

2007/08, 2011/12

EOS Tournament Winners

2000/01, 2014/15

Players - past & present

 

 

 

Mary O'Brien

Mike O'Brien

Eveline Matthews

Ashton

Nick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charabancs of Fire*

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 FCEKs

FCEK

Brains of Oak

Moss Dross,

Swan Vestals,

White Swan

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').  Inventors of the 'bingo-style' quiz paper and particularly strong on questions about Irish counties.  Lately they have come under the influence of the extraordinary bog-cleric known as Fr Megson.  Finally, in 2011, the attractions of the White Swan, their Ladybarn watering-hole (and when I say 'watering-hole' I choose my words carefully) have worn off and they have moved to The Turnpike in Withington Village.

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.

HONS: 

 

League Champions

1994/95

League Runners Up

2005/06, 2006/07, 2008/09

Val Draper Cup Winners

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

Val Draper Cup Runners Up

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

Plate Winners

2006/07

Q of the Season Winners

2012/13

Players - past & present

 

 

 

Gerry Collins

Damian Land

John Dennison

Jane

Roisin Graven

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compulsory Mantis Shrimp*

Compulsory Meat Raffle

New to the league in the 2010/11 season and 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.

HONS: 

 

Plate Winners

2012/13

Q of the Season Winners

2014/15, 2015/16

EOS Tournament Winners

2016/17

Players - past & present

 

 

 

Rachael Neiman

Liz Mitchell

Adam Barr

Richard Gilbert

David Brice

Michael McKenna

Tristan Burke

Henry Pertinez

Tom Whyman

Tom Benson

James Haughton

 

 

 

 

 

Dunkin' Dönitz*

I've Never Been to One

I Blame Smoke Fairies

SPW

Napier Girls

Three Mad Dogs

Fifth Finger

Griffing 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.

HONS: 

 

WIST Champions Cup

2009/10, 2010/11, 2013/14

League Champions

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

League Runners Up

2010/11, 2011/12, 2013/14

Val Draper Cup Winners

2000/01, 2003/04, 2004/05, 2006/07, 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11,   2011/12

Val Draper Cup Runners Up

2002/03

Plate Winners

1999/2000, 2005/06, 2014/15

Plate Runners up 2016/17

EOS Tournament Winners

1999/2000, 2003/04, 2007/08, 2009/10

Q of the Season Winners

2005/06, 2016/17

Players - past & present

 

 

 

Kieran Dillon

Michael Delahunty

Barry McNorton

Martin

David Delahunty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

HONS: 

 

Val Draper Cup Winners

2005/06, 2007/08

Val Draper Cup Runners Up

2006/07, 2008/09, 2012/13

Plate Winners

2011/12, 2013/14

Plate Runners Up

2009/10

EOS Tournament Winners

2012/13 (shared)

Q of the Season Winners

2004/05, 2010/11

Players - past & present

 

 

 

Dave McColm

Gerry Hennessy

Andrew Simcock

Gary Donely

Guy Creswell

Pete Dodd

Paul Gilmour

Simon Lea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ethel Rodin* 

 

Dr O'Neil

Old Erin,

Red Lino,

Kelly's Earoles

Red Lion

For many years the hub of the league 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.  They are determined to keep the name of the Red Lion alive via anagram.  Any offers for next year's name?

HONS: 

 

League Runners Up

1999/2000

Val Draper Cup Runners Up

1999/2000, 2000/01, 2016/17

Plate Winners

2003/04

Plate Runners Up

2002/03, 2013/14

EOS Tournament Winners

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

Q of the Season Winners

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

Players - past & present

 

 

 

Roddy Toffler

Greg Spiller

John Tolan

James Williamson

Geoff Hammond

John Mellor

Roz

Lloyd Powell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

History Men*

 

Led by Ivor Cartmill and based at the Red Lion, they were league newcomers in the 2002/3 season.  They have quickly established themselves as regular contenders for honours.

HONS: 

 

WIST A-Trophy Cup

2014/15

League Runners Up

2004/05, 2007/08

Val Draper Cup Winners

2011/12, 2016/17

Val Draper Cup Runners Up

2014/15

Plate Winners

2002/03, 2009/10

Plate Runners Up

2003/04, 2015/16

EOS Tournament Winners

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

Players - past & present

 

 

 

Ivor Cartmill

David

Tim

Ann

Peter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opsimaths*

Alice's Hat,

My Sister used to live there,

Crown 'A'

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

HONS: 

 

WIST Champions Cup

2014/15

League Champions

2010/11, 2013/14, 2014/15

League Runners Up

2009/10, 2015/16, 2016/17

Plate Winners

2007/08, 2008/09

Plate Runners Up

2006/07, 2010/11, 2014/15

Q of the Season Winners

2009/10

Players - past & present

 

 

 

Hillary Forest

Paddy Duffy

Colin MacKenzie

Nick Mansfield

Nick Mills

Brian McClintock

John Jackson

Alice Calvert

Howell Davies

Russ Belshaw

Richard Seed

Mike Bath

Paul Harding

Mike 'The Tomato' ?

John Turrell

Alan Yates

John Dennison

Valentine ?

Clare Parody

 

Prodigals*

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 may have been part of the reason.  Traditionally they have been renowned for the excellent standard of their papers - for which they have had much praise.  Recently strengthened by Dave Rainford of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire fame they have often paid visits to the top half of the table.

HONS: 

 

WIST A-Trophy Cup

2013/14, 2015/16, 2016/17

Val Draper Cup Winners

2015/16

Val Draper Cup Runners Up

2007/08, 2009/10, 2013/14

Plate Winners

2010/11, 2016/17

Plate Runners Up

2005/06, 2012/13

EOS Tournament Winners

2001/02, 2004/05, 2005/06

Players - past & present

 

 

 

Cheryl Bassett

Alan Stores

Danny Glennon

Dave Rainford

Mark Bassett

Ed Payne

Richard Seed

Anne-Marie Glennon

Pete Conry

John Jackson

Rowland Jones

Graham Storrow

Clive Berry

Michael Taylor

Jimmy ?

John ?

The Bards of Didsbury*

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 their current base is Didsbury Cricket Club on Wilmslow Road.  In recent years they have crept up the table and are now strong contenders for the top honours each year.  If the law's an ass then they have extremely long ears!!

HONS: 

 

WIST Champions Cup

2012/13, 2015/16

League Champions

2011/12, 2015/16

League Runners Up

2012/13, 2014/15

Val Draper Cup Runners Up

2015/16

EOS Tournament Winners

2008/09 (shared), 2010/11

Q of the Season Winners

2008/09, 2011/12

Players - past & present

 

 

 

Jim Wilkinson

Dominic Kane

Tony Hammond

Steve Conway

Sarah Roberts

Bernard Keavney

Susan Duncan

Charles Sherrington

Kate Hammond

Eric Gow (QM)

Lisa Roberts

Mike Green

Louise Smailes

 

 

 

Amboβ

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.

Players - past

 

 

 

Rebekkah Ottaway

'Scottish' Tom Stephenson?

John Holden

Barry Atkinson

Ian Armstrong

 

 

 

The Badgers

Fletcher Moss (The Albert)

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.

Players - past

 

 

 

Judy Taylor

Val Draper

 

 

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.

Players - past

 

 

 

Graham Wiggins

Karen

Mick Baxter

 

 

 

 

 

Crown 'B'

White Lion,

Crown 'B',

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.

Players - past

 

 

 

John Turrell

'Sid' Siddons

Alan Yates

Derek 'The Sailor' Samsung

Frank Duffy

     

Dim Some

 

Players - past

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ebony & 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 is back in town and turning out for Albert Park.

Players - past

 

 

 

Dave Rainford

Anne-Marie Glennon

 

 

The Gateway

Heyscroft Roaders

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

Players - past

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Players - past

 

 

 

Gerry Laversha

William Duggan

Bill Souster

Ian Anderson

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.

Players - past

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ladybarn BL

 

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

Players - past

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Midland

Midland/Railway,

Mid Scot,

Railway

It 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.

Players - past

 

 

 

'Sid' Siddons

Chris Webb

Pete McKie

Brian Randall

Simon Townsend

 

 

 

Other Friendships are forgot

Friendship 'B'

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

Players - past

 

 

 

Keith Glazzard

Gervaise

 

 

The Parrswood

 

Players - past

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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?"

Players - past

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

HONS: 

 

League Runners Up

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

Val Draper Cup Winners

2002/03

Players - past

 

 

 

Mike Heale

Pete Taylor

 

 

Stumped

 

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 have made a point of including a Crossword round in each of their papers.  Left the league at the end of the 2003/4 season.

HONS: 

 

Q of the Season Winners

2003/04

Players - past

 

 

 

Roger Edmunds

Copland Smith

 

 

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.

Players - past

 

 

 

Brian McClintock

Bob 'the Telecom'

Terry

'One-armed' Pete Hines

'Scottish' Jimmy Ferrier

     

The Victoria

 

Players - past

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Worm

 

Players - past

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Men They Couldn't Hang

 

Newcomers in the 2007/8 season, they play their home matches at the Parrs Wood 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 have decamped in an effort to conquer the big city quizzers of Didsbury and Withington.  Although they have yet to achieve a top half league finish they have become the frontrunners for the Best Paper of the Season award.  The prospect of a new TMTCH question paper is only just behind the latest Harry Potter in terms of literary excitement.

So sadly in March 2017 their captain Dave died.  He is sorely missed by all of us.

Players - past & present

 

 

 

Dave Barras

Graham Wiggins

Steve Hudson

Neil Firth

Steve 'Brake Disc' Holland

Anthony 'Two Brains' Stevenson

Karen Sutcliffe

Danny Read

Mike Smith

Chris Lawrence

 

 

X-Pats

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.

HONS: 

 

Plate Runners Up

2008/09

Players - past

 

 

 

John Brennan

Jim Wilkinson