Sad News - Olive Behan

It is with great sadness we have to report the death this afternoon, in Warrington General Hospital, of Olive Behan. Olive had been in hospital for seven weeks and had undergone two major operations. In the end this proved too much for her. Olive was a long-standing player in the Quiz League, a member of the Warrington Sports Club Woodworms team, and several times winner of the Warrington Individual Trophy. I am sure that she will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

She was also a member of the Warrington Sports Club team that won BBC's Materteam in 1985, causing quite a stir, as this quote from the UK Gameshows website shows:

One member of the Warrington Sports Club team was a rather elderly lady called Olive. She became something of a star in the first series. The show's most memorable moment of all came in an open round, when Angela asked the question "Who is the lead singer of Motorhead?", to which Olive confidently replied "Lemmy"! She had done a lot of research into pop music, which was not otherwise a specialist subject.

Olive was also an excellent Scrabble player, being UK National Champion twice, in 1972 and 1975.

As yet we have no details regarding funeral arrangements but will advise all of you as soon as we have any information.

Congratulations!

Congratulations to WSC Woodworms on having won the first title of the season.

Football Quiz

The Southport & Formby Sports Quiz League are hosting a Football Quiz on the 12th November at the Ship and Mitre pub (in the upstairs function room), Dale Street, Liverpool.

The event opens at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. There will be some prizes and refreshments with a small entry fee to cover the food. There will be a couple of table rounds and 60 questions. Any teams or individuals are welcome. 

If you would like some further information, please contact Steve Lomas at steve.lomas1@btinternet.com

MQL Quizzers on TV - 15 to 1 Grand Final

Alan Gibbs of the Ormskirk League will be appearing in the Grand Final of 15 to 1 on Friday 30th October on Channel 4 at 3.00pm.

Given that it's Halloween,  Alan is expected to wear a truly horrifying shirt.

Charity Sports Quiz Book

“The Really Tricky Sports Quiz Book” has been compiled by David Jenkins and Ian Starkie, based on questions that were devised for the Stone (Staffordshire) Cricket Club Sports Quiz between 2011 and 2014.  The book has 70 rounds of 10 questions with each round being worth between 10 and 38 marks.  In addition, there are 20 tables of sporting facts to be completed throughout the book.  There are 13 different sports covered, although football and cricket have the lion’s share, and several thematic rounds, including decades, managers, geography, captains and birthdays!

Where possible, questions have been devised to stand the test of time but we have used 31st March 2015 as the up-to-date point.  The questions have been designed for groups to have a go at so we suggest that you share them with friends and family.

All profits from the sale of the book will go to two charities:-

  • Katharine House Hospice, based in mid Staffordshire
  • Stroke Association

“The Really Tricky Sports Quiz Book” costs £6.99 or £8.50 including p&p (UK) and is available from The Willows Publishing Co Ltd, 17 The Willows, Stone, Staffordshire ST15 0DE.  Payment can be by cheque or directly into the bank.  For further details contact:-

David Jenkins - jenkins.willows@ntlworld.com Tel 01785 814700

Ian Starkie - ianstarkie@aol.com Tel 01889 271046

They have initially printed 1500 books and we need to sell 400 to cover the printing costs.  To tempt you to buy a copy (or preferably copies!) of “The Really Tricky Sports Quiz Book” here are some sample questions:-

  • Which footballer, whose clubs include Chelsea and Stoke City, came on as a substitute to replace his father in an international against Estonia in 1996?
  • Three Indians have scored more than 2000 test runs and taken over 200 Test wickets.  Who are they?
  • Five golfers have represented Team USA 8 or more times in the Ryder Cup. Two of them made their first appearance in the 60s, one in the 70s and two in the 90s. Name them.
  • Since the Second World War, which three Great Britain athletes have won Olympic medals in the Men’s triple jump?
  • Who is the only woman to have won 8 grand slam singles titles as a teenager?
  • Which circuit has hosted the most Formula 1 grand prix – 64 – missing only one year between 1950 and 2014?
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