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Andy Gault, Troon – 24 April 2014

Can you tell me Gaffer, when was the last time Man United recorded less than 3 shots on target in a Premier League game before Moyes took charge?

The Gaffer says:

It wasn't actually that long ago, Andy. Man United only managed two shots on target in Sir Alex Ferguson's third-last game in charge, the 1-0 home defeat against Chelsea when a certain Juan Mata netted the winner. Under David Moyes' tenure this season, the Red Devils managed just one shot on target against Liverpool (H), two shots on target against Arsenal (H and A) and three shots on target against Norwich (A), Chelsea (H) and Everton (A). Although there are a couple of wins within those games mentioned, the shots on target stats do coincide with Man United's woeful form against the top six this season.

Colin, Grimsby – 24 April 2014

Hi gaff, if Real and Atletico win their Champions League semi-finals, will that be the first time a European final has been between teams from the same city? And if not what is the closest milage between teams in a European cup final, my mate says it might be Chelsea v Man utd?

The Gaffer says:

Good question, Colin. An Atletico v Real Madrid final would indeed be the first time two teams from the same city have reached the European Cup/Champions League final. In fact, there has only been four occasions where both finalists are from the same country; Real Madrid v Valencia (99/00), AC Milan v Juventus (02/03), Man United v Chelsea (07/08) and last year's final between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. Although your friend is correct in pointing out the Man United v Chelsea final, only 86 miles separate Milan and Juventus, whereas 207 miles separate the Red Devils and the Blues. Between Real and Valencia there's 224 miles and last year's German finalists are 370 miles apart. A mere five miles separate Real Madrid's Bernabeu and Atletico's Vicente Calderon.

David Forster, Co.Durham – 23 April 2014

Hi Gaffer, There is one team in the United Kingdom with a letter in there name that no other club has, what is the letter and who is ths team?

The Gaffer says:

I'm feeling in a good mood this afternoon so I'll indulge you this one old chestnut! It's St Johnstone; the only league team in Great Britain with a J in their name.

Mark, Stoke-on-Trent – 23 April 2014

Hi gaffer, awesome page. Some managers have been replaced to great effect this season (Palace) whereas some have had no effect at all (Cardiff). Of the teams in the Prem that have changed managers this season, how have their teams fared in terms of points per game before and after? Is the grass always greener?

The Gaffer says:

Crystal Palace have certainly seen the most dramatic upturn in fortunes since sacking their manager this season. Here are the relative points per game of each manager at each club that have made a change, in order of success: Crystal Palace - Holloway 0.38 / Pulis 1.63. Sunderland - Di Canio 0.2 / Poyet 0.96. Tottenham - Villas-Boas 1.69 / Sherwood 1.89. Fulham - Jol 0.77 / Meulensteen 0.83 / Magath 1.11. West Brom - Clarke 0.94 / Mel 0.86. Cardiff - Mackay 0.94 / Solskjaer 0.86. So, five changes resulted in improved results (two dramatically and three less so) and two led to a decline in results. (Of the other three sackings, Swansea and Man Utd are yet to appoint permanent successors, and Neil Adams has only had two games in charge of Norwich so the comparison isn't really a fair one).

Hammy Bradstock, Plymouth – 23 April 2014

Gaffer, we all know you are the real "chosen one" but how did David Moyes fare in his first 34 league games with Everton compared to the same period at Man Utd?

The Gaffer says:

David Moyes' record in his first 34 league games at Everton is startlingly similar to his first 34 at Old Trafford. After taking over at Goodison on 14 March 2002, Moyes won 16, drew 7 and lost 11 of his first 34. At Manchester United, his record was won 17, drew 6, lost 11.

Dr Evil, Planet Zorb – 3 April 2014

What significant goal did Moritz Voltz score?

The Gaffer says:

Moritz Volz was the rather unlikely scorer of the Premier League's 15,000th goal when he netted for Fulham against Chelsea in December 2006. Other Prem goalscoring landmarks are as follows: 1000th - Mike Newell (Blackburn v Forest, April 1993), 2000th - Mick Quinn (Coventry v Man City, Feb 1994), 5000th - Chris Sutton and Andy Townsend jointly (Blackburn v Leicester and Aston Villa v Southampton, December 1996), 10,000th - Les Ferdinand (Tottenham v Fulham, December 2001) and 20,000th - Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa v Arsenal, December 2011).

Sam, Suffolk – 31 March 2014

Can you name the player (outfielder) who has played the most Premier League games without scoring?

The Gaffer says:

Kenny Cunningham PA

That particular 'accolade' belongs to Kenny Cunningham, whose personal goal record during his 10-year Premier League career is completely blank. In all he played 335 top-flight matches (starting 334 of them, and coming off the bench just once) for Wimbledon and Birmingham without ever hitting the net. He did score just one goal as a professional - it was for Millwall in Division One (i.e. second tier) in a 2-2 draw away to Portsmouth on 2 April 1994.

Colin Robson, Middlesbrough – 7 March 2014

How many players with the letter x in their surname have full caps for England?

The Gaffer says:

Bit of a 'pub classic' this one, so it's certainly worth repeating - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Graham Rix, Lee Dixon, Kerry Dixon, Graeme le Saux, Jason Wilcox, Mike Duxbury, Jack Cox, Ronnie Dix, John Dixon, Albert Quixhall, Freddie Fox and George Molyneux.

Ken McKie, Newcastle – 3 March 2014

How many players have scored for both teams in a Premier League game and can you name them?

The Gaffer says:

Excellent question, Ken. There's a lot more than you probably think: 2013-14 - Fabian Delph, James Chester, Vincent Kompany, Phil Bardsley. 12-13 - Wayne Rooney, Gareth Bale, Emmerson Boyce, Jonny Evans. 11-12 - Thomas Vermaelen, Danny Graham. 10-11 - Brede Hangeland, Martin Skrtel. 09-10 - Kamil Zayatte, Carlton Cole, Jody Craddock, Leon Osman, Emmanuel Adebayor. 08-09 - Kevin Davies. 07-08 - William Gallas. 05-06 - George Boateng. 04-05 - James Beattie. 02-03 - Edu, Michael Svensson. 01-02 - Niall Quinn, David Beckham. 00-01 - David Unsworth, Mark Venus. 99-00 - Dion Dublin, Chris Armstrong. 98-99 - Gareth Barry, Frank Lampard. 96-97 - Scott Minto. 94-95 - Neil Maddison. 93-94 - Craig Burley, Chris Sutton. I make that 35 and counting!

David Forster, Co.Durham – 23 April 2014

Hi Gaffer, There is one team in the United Kingdom with a letter in there name that no other club has, what is the letter and who is ths team?

The Gaffer says:

I'm feeling in a good mood this afternoon so I'll indulge you this one old chestnut! It's St Johnstone; the only league team in Great Britain with a J in their name.

Rob H, Norwich – 14 April 2014

There is only 1 team in the football league without any of the letters from the word mackeral in its full name, which team isit??

The Gaffer says:

You can't claim to know anything about football trivia until you know the answer to this pub classic. It's your 'starter for ten', your passcode at the front door of Gaffer Towers. It's Swindon Town.

Rich and Jon, Sunderland – 10 December 2013

Which player has played in the Old Firm derby, Manchester derby and Merseyside derby?

The Gaffer says:

There are actually three - Andrei Kanchelskis (who is the only player to have scored in all of them), Michael Ball and Craig Bellamy.

Patrick Bescoby, Cheshire – 26 September 2013

There are four players who have played in all four divisions of the English football league, name them.

The Gaffer says:

You need to add on a couple of zeroes because there have been hundreds of players who have appeared in all four divisions. Regular readers will know of two players who managed to do it in the same season - Eric Nixon and Tony Cottee.

Chris, Copenhagen – 27 August 2013

Which player has appeared in the first team of Liverpool, Everton, Man Utd and Man City?

The Gaffer says:

Beardsley PA

Old one! Peter Beardsley started his career at Manchester Utd, making just one League Cup appearance before representing Liverpool and Everton with distinction in the 1980s and 90s. He played six games on loan for Man City in the 1997-98 season.

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