Finals Night for 2023, the conclusion of the 2022-23
season, the second full season after returning from the Covid19 pandemic, was a part-success/part-disaster and one of the
league's events that will certainly go down in the history of the league and never to be forgotten (on a par with "The
Candlelight Final" held at Kippax some years back.
Night was held this year at the Upton Arms and the Plate Knockout Final, held between the same two teams who contested the
previous week's one-pointer Handicap Cup Final, Flanagan's Army and the Old Taverners was again a closely contested
and tense affair and indeed once again ran to a last-question deciding question, which again went in Flanagan's Army's
favour by a single point, by 68 to 69.
After that thriller,
the scene was set for a classic Knockout Cup Final, between the FTQL's relative newcomers and already twice league Champions
Lofthouse Lions and the FTQL's historically most successful team Wanderers. However, upon the questionreader opening
the questions it was discovered that the quiz envelope contained a virtually identical quiz to the Plate Final quiz and both
competing teams had sat and listened to that, so the situation was that the Knockout Cup Final simply could not proceed, everyone
already having heard the questions! It was decided on the spot to attempt to reschedule the Final for another venue
in a week or two on a date mutually acceptable to the Finalist teams.
So, that having occurred, the rest of the evening was a bit deflated but we made the best of it and had the raffle
and the annual members draw where one team wins a year's free league fees and this was ticket number 27 held by a member
of the Olde Taverners team. So next season they will compete for free.
Then the presentations section of the truncated evennig took place with presentations to League Champions Lofthouse
Lions, Division Two Champions and another new member team Kippax Legionnaires, the winners of the divisional Individual Competitions
- Evan Lynch of Lofthouse Lions and Ian Sutton of Kippax Legionnaires - the Plate Knockout Winners Flanagan's Army, the
winner of "The Spirit of the Game Award" (voted for by all league members for general good-eggedness), which this
year is Ian Moore of the Featherstone Phoenix team, and finally a special engraved glass award was made to the Wanderers team,
who have decided to leave the FTQL at the end of this season for pastures new and Secretary Simon Curtis paid tribute to their
membership of the league over 19 years, becoming quite simply the most successful team in the history of the league with 12
league Championships and 10 Knockout Cups. They leave us having made many friends.
The trophies were presented this year by Stacey Curtis of the League's sponsor Layers Cleaning.
And that was it, the evening concluded with some very nice sandwiches and lasagne
provided by the Upton Arms and we await to hear what date has been scheduled for the Knockout Cup replay and the venue too,
at which all and any interested parties will be more than welcome to attend.