Merger Cup

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The Merger Cup is a series of annual sporting fixtures played between Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry and Queen Mary University of London. 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, athletics 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, QM were also victorious in 2013. In 2014 Barts dominated 29-24, winning most major sports in the process. In 2016, Barts won against Queen Mary 67-37. Barts are also the current holders of the Alumni Cup.

Results by year:

Year Winner QM Score BL Score
2005/2006 Queen Mary N/A N/A
2006/2007 Queen Mary N/A N/A
2007/2008 Queen Mary N/A N/A
2008/2009 Queen Mary N/A N/A
2009/2010 Barts and The London 7 9
2010/2011 Queen Mary 10 9
2011/2012 Barts and The London N/A N/A
2012/2013 Queen Mary 15 7
2013/2014 Queen Mary N/A N/A
2014/2015 Barts and The London 24 29
2015/2016 Barts and The London 37 67
2016/2017 Barts and The London 42 75
2017/2018 Queen Mary N/A N/A


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