In the early 1970’s John with his brother Jim and two friends started playing in an internal quiz team competition at Christ the King Club. This prompted them to join the MQL as Christ the King. We think that this may have been in 1972 or 1973, as our records on file show that by the 1974-75 season there were two teams, CTK A in Liverpool East and CTK B in Liverpool West. The Liverpool League took its current form in 1977.
By the 1980s, as interest in quizzing grew, there were four CTK teams in the Liverpool League and John’s team had become CTK Ikthos. During this time, he also organised various internal quizzes at the Club, including a popular ‘Mastermind’ competition. When the CTK Ikthos team folded after the 2001-02 season, John joined Wanderers for a number of years and he also played for the Liverpool President’s Shield teams. John had to give up quizzing for a time, but happily returned and was playing for CTK Cavaliers when the League was suspended due to the pandemic.
For several years John was also responsible for organising a Summer League for Liverpool teams and certainly in one of those years he wrote all the questions himself. Not an easy feat! His only regret was that it meant he could not play!
John died of cancer on 6th April 2021.
May he Rest in Peace.