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the Wise Old Owls Yorkshire Quiz League can claim descent from the former Tetley's League, the knock-out champions can likewise cite a lineage going back 31 years to when the "Beeley Wood"  of Sheffield became Yorkshire's first ever 'Champion of Champions'

In former times the 'Champion of Champions' competition was open only to divisional winners.  Now it is open to all who take part in the Wise Old Owls Yorkshire Quiz League.  Indeed, in actual fact any pub team in Yorkshire can enter if they so wish!

The 1999 'Champion of Champions' were the Traveller's Rest  of Elland.  Since their victory the team moved to another home in Halifax, and as the Branch Road Inn, (Greetland)  they went on to retain the trophy in April 2000.

In winning the final of the competition on 26th April the Branch Road Inn defeated the New Inn of Walton (Wakefield) by 83 points to 48. Follow this link to re-live the event & see the questions.

A complete list of competition winners follows.



1968-69  Beeley Wood, Sheffield

1969-70  Mannville, Bradford

1970-71  Junction B, Rastrick

1971-72  Junction B, Rastrick

1972-73  Malt Shovel, Elland

1973-74  Upper George, Halifax

1974-75  Upper George, Halifax

1975-76  no competition held

1976-77  Jacob's Well, Bradford

1977-78  Cross Scythes, Sheffield

1978-79  Upper George A, Halifax

1979-80  Broomhill Tavern, Sheffield

1980-81  Redoubt, Wakefield

1981-82  Stag, Huddersfield

1982-83  Coach & Horses, Bradford

1983-84  Royal, Ossett

1984-85  Shears Inn, West Vale

1985-86  George B, Ossett

1986-87  Redoubt, Wakefield

1987-88  Railway B, Marsden

1988-89  Railway, Sheffield

1989-90  Railway B, Marsden

1990-91  Babes In The Wood, Woodkirk

1991-92  Station, Hull

1992-93  Babes In The Wood, Woodkirk

1993-94  Babes In The Wood, Woodkirk

1994-95  Babes In The Wood, Woodkirk

1995-96  Halfway House, Wyke*    (defeated Babes In The Wood, Woodkirk)

1996-97  Sportsman, Sheffield        (defeated White Lion, Armley)

1997-98  Station, Castleford             (defeated Sportsman, Sheffield)

1998-99  Traveller's Rest, Elland    (defeated White Lion, Armley)

Millennium Champions

2000        Branch Road Inn, Halifax (defeated New Inn, Walton)


* Last of the Tetley's Champion of Champions, & so retained the old trophy

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