Merger Cup

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The Merger Cup is a series of annual sporting fixtures played between Queen Mary University of London and the medical school Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. The event has taken place since the merger of the two institutions in 1995.

The results of a number of matches, normally played on the same day, are combined to determine the overall winner. Among the sports played are rugby, football, hockey, rowing, tennis, badminton, netball, squash, and basketball.


There is a clear difference in student numbers between the two establishments (Queen Mary has almost 17,000 students[1] while Barts and The London has 2,400[2]), though the medical school has older and more experienced sportsmen and women available to it (medical degrees being longer than other subjects). In recent times Queen Mary have won the cup in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. 2009 saw the cup return to the medical school with a 9-7 victory over Queen Mary, but a close 10-9 win brought it back to Queen Mary in 2010. In 2011, Barts & The London were Merger Cup winners. In 2012 QM won with a 15-7 defeat of BL. In 2014 Barts dominated 29-24, winning most major sports in the process.


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