Posted by sean on December 7, 2015 at 3:26 pm in Bath City, Life In Bath with No Comments


On Friday night, we went down to Twerton Park for a quiz night. Our team comprised of me, Claire, her mum and Mike York – a die-hard fan, who has been following the club for years… probably since its formation. The other quiz teams looked good and appeared to have people that knew stuff. I stayed optimistic, hoping they would have ‘X-Files’, ‘Nursing’ and ‘Bath City in the 1950s’ rounds.

Our quiz team was called ‘The Best Keeper in the League’, in honour of Mike “Yorkie” York’s catchphrase; used to describe every opposition goalkeeper Bath City have ever encountered. I wanted to be named Aston Villa, as like the beleaguered football team, I predicted we would finish rock bottom of the league table.

We started off very well, which surprised me. Bath City won the first six games of the season and have been utter dog shit since. I like to think that our quiz team’s performance resembled Bath City.

One of the questions was ‘what country gives a Christmas tree to England every year?’ Everyone, apart from me, thought the answer was Norway. For some reason, I had got into my head that the German Royal Family gift it to our country. I am sure I was taught this in junior school. After much thought, we did the cardinal sin and changed our answer from Norway to Germany. I was wrong. The answer was Norway. I was very unpopular and my school teacher from 1991 is an idiot.

I redeemed myself by knowing that Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator is the sequel to Chocolate Factory and Brian Deane was the first goal scorer in the Premier League. A childhood of reading Roald Dahl novels and vast knowledge of past Leeds United players, finally paid off!

We began to feel our age, as had no idea of the title of Adele’s new album and were equally clueless when it came to Ed Sheeran’s discography. Claire was annoyed at failing to know that Marie Curie was the first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Mike won much respect from everyone at recalling the name of the bent policeman in Only Fools and Horses. He took half the length of the quiz to remember the answer, but considering I have never seen one episode of the sitcom in my life, Yorkie deserves a lot of credit.

As I expected, our team finished bottom. We did, however, do a lot better than I thought. There were a lot of other very strong teams, and had the boffins from The Chase taken part, even they would have been given a run for their money. Unlike The Chase, the prizes did not consist of thousands of pounds in British sterling. Instead, the winners were awarded wine and beer. Despite finishing rock bottom, we didn’t leave empty handed, as there was a raffle, where we won some candy canes – which ironically, Claire’s mum had bought earlier that day in town and donated to the quiz.

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