In the Obituary thread on John McCirick I wrote the following
"In the 90's my quiz team won the Tetleys CIU national club competition. For winning a semifinal the prize was a silver service hospitality day at the Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter. John McCirick was a guest speaker. He "marked" our cards with likely the winners. I completely ignored him and proceeded to select 5 out of the 6 winners. Well free beer all day and a wad in my pocket it was the best days racing I have ever had.
The prize for winning the quiz grand final was supposed to be a weekend for 4 + plus partners in Paris. When we went up to collect our prize, the compere who was Gary Newbon the ITV sport reporter said " sotto voce", that there was a problem with the prize. Instead of the trip to Paris we were each given £500 in Hogg Robinson travel vouchers. It paid for me and my wife for a week holiday in Lake Garda."
There was a little bit more that is now overdue for telling after after 25 or so years ago!
I had a call from a mate of a team that wasn't very good. He asked if I would like to join his team for the above competition on Sunday evening. The venue was a CIU club in Rugby.The quiz was hosted by Gary Newbon and we won what turned out to be a heat of the national competition. The prize was a slab of 24 cans of bitter per team member and a place in a regional semi final.
A few days later another mate from a team that was very good asked me if I wanted to be in a quiz in a club in Coventry on the Friday following. Imagine my surprise when the poster in the club, was advertising that it was part of a heat for "The Tetley National CIU club championship". Exactly as the quiz on the previous Sunday had been. Including a Grand prize of a weekend in Paris for 4 winners plus their partners. Gary Newbon was not there that night but the questions were exactly as had been asked on the previous Sunday!
Of course, we duly won and were presented with 4 cans each. I demonstrated that I knew for a fact that the prize should have been 24 cans. There were some sheepish looks from the fiddling committee but they were adamant that the prize was only 4 cans.
A few weeks later the East Midland regional semi final was held on the Friday. Gary Newbon in attendance. Unfortunately we only came second and were eliminated.
Come the following Sunday the West Midland regional semi was held in Coventry again hosted by Mr Newbon. ( at this point I was trying not to be recognised by him).
To our amazement once again the questions had been recycled from the East Midland semi on the previous Friday! Because we were not trying to draw attention ourselves we threw in a few wrong answers so that we didn't look too good, whilst at the same ensuring we did enough to win.
That was when we found that we had won the trip to Uttoxeter for the Midlands Grand Final.
The Tetley Quiz final was to be held in the Churchill Hotel Birmingham.
You have guessed it the compere was G Newbon again.
In his opening remarks he stated that he had attended a lot of the heats and he knew that there were some good teams but there was one team that were exceptional! That's what you think we all thought, little do you know!
The quiz started and unfortunately we had to compete on a level playing fielding without the benefit of the right answers!.
The scores were given out at the end of each round and we were in the mix. Going in to the last round we knew if that we had a good round we could win it.
In fact we had a perfect 10. As the results were to be announced. GN told us that it had been a really close thing. The team that had won had been the only side that had correctly answered the very last question of the night and that was the difference between winning and a possible play off round.
I am pleased to say that I was the only one that knew the answer. I cannot remember what the question was but I do remember the answer..........................Shaun Edwards!!!!.
After the prize ceremony we were photographed for the CIU journal. To our disgust we were alluded to as " Walsgrave Club national champion Quiz team" So those cheating committee men that stole our beer had a bit of reflected glory. Hanging is too good for them!!! I can't stand cheats