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Tommy died on 25th April 2018 aged 71.

An early Open Singles champion, having won the second ever title in the 1980-81 season, Tommy was a member of the United Service team for many years until work commitments forced to him to give up quizzing. Tommy specialised in horse racing and athletics, but was also very knowledgeable in boxing and football. His sudden death came as a great shock to all the members of the League who remember his friendly personality.  



 Barry died on 7th June 2017 aged 61.

 Barry was a former Chairman of the League, a long-standing participant and twice Open Singles champion, whose sudden death came as a great shock to his team-mates and all League members. Playing for several teams including Wallsend Labour Club, The Rose, Chadwicks and latterly East End Nomads, he also led The Rose to twice win the Tyne-Tees TV sports quiz 'Sporting Chance'. He is sadly missed by his team-mates.



Bob died on 1st November 2016 aged 66.

The driving force behind the Throckley Bank Top team who dominated much of the 1980s, Bob was a mainstay of the League as administrator and player for many years until ill-health forced his retirement.  He was a popular member of the League who was known for his in-depth knowledge of cricket and won the League title with Throckley Bank Top, Gosforth Empire & Hazelrigg Victory,



Malcolm died on 16th September 2016 aged 77.

A long-standing and extremely popular member of the League. Over the years Malcolm was a member of  several teams from the Spennymoor area, including Leeholm SC and Low Spennymoor SC. An athletics specialist, Malcolm  was known for his cheerful and easy-going manner and is sadly missed.



Dave died on 10th April 2013 aged 53.

Dave, who died at home after a long illness, was a long-standing member of the Britannia Inn team, formerly Darlington Civil Service, but had not played in any quizzes for some time due to his illness. He is remembered for his in-depth knowledge of pre-war and 50s cricket.   



Billy died on 15th October 2011 aged 64. 

Billy, who died suddenly the day after competing for Coundon CC in a quiz at Morpeth Harriers, had been a member of the teams from the Spennymoor area for many years and his death was a great shock to all members of the League.



Bill died on 21st March 2008.

Bill was a long standing member of the North East Sports Quiz league and also the now defunct Cleveland Sports Quiz league.

'They certainly broke the mould when Bill was born, a man with a competitive spirit second to none, nevertheless humble in victory and respectful in defeat. Bill was a wonderful character, never shy to share his opinion, he made his mark in any quiz he participated.

A feisty individual with a 'never say die' attitude that pulled victory from the jaws of defeat on many occasions. Bill motivated me to further my sporting knowledge and I owe him a great debt for the tremendous enjoyment I now gain from sports quizzes.
A proud man of great integrity, Bill will be sadly missed by all who played with and against him in the sports quiz league. Thanks Bill.'
Mike Sowerby (Leeholme)



 Eddie died on 6th April 2007 aged 49.

 Eddie was a former member of the League who had appeared for the Masons Arms, the Bewicke Park and most recently East End Nomads. He is sadly missed by former colleagues, family and friends.



 Tony died on 17th March 2007 aged 65.                

Tony was a member of the league from its early years. He was the captain of the Stockton-based team which included in its line-up Stan Gray, Chris Rivers &  Ray Nicholson amongst others and played as the Mile House,  Roseworth Social Club & most recently the Castle & Anchor. He introduced many teams to the League from the Cleveland & County Durham area, who were also members of the Teesside Sports Quiz League of which he was Secretary. Tony's team played in the North-East Sports Quiz League until commitments forced their withdrawal. The League would like to pay tribute to Tony for the years of support he gave, he is sadly missed.