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Andy, Wolverhampton – 2 September 2014

How many Liverpool players have played in 16 consecutive seasons?

The Gaffer says:

Elisha Scott PA

I reckon seven players have spent 16 or more consecutive seasons at Anfield. Two of them - Elisha Scott (18 competitive seasons in a row - 1912/13-1933/34) and Donald Mackinlay (16 in a row - 1909/10-1928/29) - had their careers interrupted by World War I, and Billy Liddell's (17 - 1939/40-1960/61) first competitive appearance was delayed for seven years by World War II (although he played regularly during unofficial war-time friendlies). Scott holds the record for Liverpool's longest-serving player (21 years, 51 days, including the hiatus for WWI). If war hadn't got in the way, those three players would have clocked up more consecutive seasons of competitive football for the Reds, but it's Ian Callaghan who holds that record with 19 between 1959/60 and 1977/78 (he was still on the books in 1978/79 but played no games). Jamie Carragher (1996/97-2012/13) and Steven Gerrard (1998/99-present) have both played for 17 straight seasons and Tommy Smith clocked up 16 (1962/63-1977/78).

Steve, Scarborough – 1 September 2014

What's the highest shirt number ever worn in the Premier League?

The Gaffer says:

Sam Hutchinson (51) and Nicklas Bendtner (52) immediately came to mind, but the record belongs to former Manchester City midfielder Adbul Razak who wore shirt number 62 during his five appearances for the club. The Ivorian was highly-rated but at 21, he now finds himself plying his trade in the Greek Superleague for OFI Crete.

Dwight Preston, Motherwell – 29 August 2014

Are Arsenal the team who have played the most Champions League play-off matches and if so who is second on the list? Cheers Gaffa!

The Gaffer says:

Champions League PA

Arsenal are joint second on the list with Celtic. Both British sides have featured in four of the six Champions League play-off rounds since they were introduced in the 2009-10 season. However, Danish side Copenhagen have been in five play-offs, with their only win coming against Rosenborg in 2010-11.

Davey Ochiltree, Paraguay – 29 August 2014

Is Jovetic the first player to score more than one goal in their first game against Liverpool since the Premier League started?

The Gaffer says:

Firstly, while that was Stevan Jovetic's first Premier League game versus Liverpool, he previously played against the Reds for Fiorentina in the Champions League, scoring a brace on 29 September 2009. But back to your question, two players have actually scored FOUR goals in their first appearance against Liverpool in the Premier League. Mark Viduka netted all of Leeds' goals in a 4-3 win over the Reds at Elland Road in 2000 during the Australian's first season in England. Andrey Arshavin matched that feat in a 4-4 draw at Anfield towards the end of the 2008-09 season, just a few months after arriving at Arsenal from Zenit St Petersburg.

Phill, Chesterfield – 28 August 2014

What and when were the most number of London clubs in one division?

The Gaffer says:

Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea, Wimbledon, QPR, Crystal Palace, Charlton and Millwall fans didn't clock up too many miles in away trips during the 1989/90 season as they were all in the top flight - that's 56 London derbies in one division in a single season! (N.B. Luton were in Division One that season too, which admittedly isn't too far away, but they're certainly not "a London club" despite the name of their airport!)

Neily Brown, Campbeltown...Argyll...Scotland – 28 May 2014

Hey Gaffer... a wee teaser for you! Which player, on his only appearance for Scotland, scored before he even kicked the ball? :-)

The Gaffer says:

That would be Joe Craig. He won his only Scotland cap against Sweden at Hampden Park on 27 April 1977. The former Celtic striker replaced Kenny Burns in the 76th minute and scored a header a couple of minutes later before he had kicked the ball.

Danny, Midlands – 27 May 2014

How many players have won the Premier League and also been relegated from it? I've found 37. Are there any more and could you name them please?

The Gaffer says:

Butt PA

Cracking question, Danny. I've got 39 in total: Nicky Butt, Nwankwo Kanu, Damien Duff, Tim Flowers, Chris Sutton, Jason Wilcox, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Alan Smith, Fabio da Silva (all relegated with two different clubs),  Denis Irwin, Roy Keane, Michael Carrick, Park Ji-Sung, Joe Cole, Lee Sharpe, Geremi, Joleon Lescott, Robert Huth, Paul Ince, Andrei Kanchelskis, Tomasz Kuszczak, Raymond van der Gouw, Graeme Le Saux, Ian Pearce, Tim Sherwood, Paul Warhurst, Jeremie Aliadiere, Luis Boa Morte, Stuart Taylor, Matthew Upson, Nigel Winterburn, Jose Bosingwa, Glen Johnson, Adam Johnson, Clayton Blackmore, Roy Carroll, Michael Owen, Kieran Richardson, Ronnie Wallwork. If you spot anyone missing then let me know and I'll add them in.

Frederick Gillespie, Nottingham – 15 May 2014

Gaffer, my wife informs me that this season has seen a record number of managers leaving their posts in the Premiership? when was the previous record set and what was it?

The Gaffer says:

I wish my wife casually dished out football trivia over the dinner table! She's spot on. There were 10 managerial departures during the 2013/14 Premier League season, and 12 if you count Tim Sherwood and Pepe Mel, who technically left after the season had ended. The previous record was in 2008/09, when there were nine, but again 12 if you count the proceeding summer. They were, in chronological order, Alan Curbishley (resigned at West Ham), Kevin Keegan (quit Newcastle), Juande Ramos (sacked by Spurs), Harry Redknapp (left Portsmouth for Spurs), Roy Keane (resigned from Sunderland), Paul Ince (sacked by Blackburn), Tony Adams (sacked by Portsmouth), Luiz Felipe Scolari (sacked by Chelsea) and Joe Kinnear (stepped down at Newcastle). Then after the season had finished Guus Hiddink left as interim manager of Chelsea, Ricky Sbragia resigned at Sunderland and Steve Bruce left Wigan to replace him on Wearside.

Richard, St Helens – 15 May 2014

Which nine players have scored for six different Premier League clubs

The Gaffer says:

Bellamy PA

Craig Bellamy has now scored for seven different Prem clubs, making him the sole the record holder. He's netted for Coventry, Newcastle, Blackburn, Liverpool, West Ham, Man City and Cardiff. The others are: Andrew Cole (Newcastle, Man Utd, Blackburn, Fulham, Man City and Portsmouth), Les Ferdinand (QPR, Newcastle, Tottenham West Ham, Leicester, Bolton), Robbie Keane (Coventry, Leeds, Tottenham, Liverpool, West Ham and Aston Villa), Nicolas Anelka (Arsenal, Liverpool, Man City, Bolton, Chelsea and West Brom), Darren Bent (Ipswich, Charlton, Tottenham, Sunderland, Aston Villa and Fulham), Marcus Bent (Crystal Palace, Ipswich, Leicester, Everton, Charlton and Wigan), Peter Crouch (Aston Villa, Southampton, Liverpool, Portsmouth, Tottenham and Stoke) and Nick Barmby (Tottenham, Middlesbrough, Everton, Leeds, Liverpool and Hull).

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).

Wally Thomson, Norwich – 9 June 2014

Who is the youngest player ever to play at a World Cup?

The Gaffer says:

An old one but as it's that time of the year... Norman Whiteside, aged 17 years and 41 days, for Northern Ireland against Yugoslavia in 1982. Pele is the youngest to play in the final. He was 17 years and 249 days old when he scored twice in Brazil 5-2 victory against Sweden in 1958.

Frederick Gillespie, Nottingham – 15 May 2014

Gaffer, my wife informs me that this season has seen a record number of managers leaving their posts in the Premiership? when was the previous record set and what was it?

The Gaffer says:

I wish my wife casually dished out football trivia over the dinner table! She's spot on. There were 10 managerial departures during the 2013/14 Premier League season, and 12 if you count Tim Sherwood and Pepe Mel, who technically left after the season had ended. The previous record was in 2008/09, when there were nine, but again 12 if you count the proceeding summer. They were, in chronological order, Alan Curbishley (resigned at West Ham), Kevin Keegan (quit Newcastle), Juande Ramos (sacked by Spurs), Harry Redknapp (left Portsmouth for Spurs), Roy Keane (resigned from Sunderland), Paul Ince (sacked by Blackburn), Tony Adams (sacked by Portsmouth), Luiz Felipe Scolari (sacked by Chelsea) and Joe Kinnear (stepped down at Newcastle). Then after the season had finished Guus Hiddink left as interim manager of Chelsea, Ricky Sbragia resigned at Sunderland and Steve Bruce left Wigan to replace him on Wearside.

Richard, St Helens – 15 May 2014

Which nine players have scored for six different Premier League clubs

The Gaffer says:

Bellamy PA

Craig Bellamy has now scored for seven different Prem clubs, making him the sole the record holder. He's netted for Coventry, Newcastle, Blackburn, Liverpool, West Ham, Man City and Cardiff. The others are: Andrew Cole (Newcastle, Man Utd, Blackburn, Fulham, Man City and Portsmouth), Les Ferdinand (QPR, Newcastle, Tottenham West Ham, Leicester, Bolton), Robbie Keane (Coventry, Leeds, Tottenham, Liverpool, West Ham and Aston Villa), Nicolas Anelka (Arsenal, Liverpool, Man City, Bolton, Chelsea and West Brom), Darren Bent (Ipswich, Charlton, Tottenham, Sunderland, Aston Villa and Fulham), Marcus Bent (Crystal Palace, Ipswich, Leicester, Everton, Charlton and Wigan), Peter Crouch (Aston Villa, Southampton, Liverpool, Portsmouth, Tottenham and Stoke) and Nick Barmby (Tottenham, Middlesbrough, Everton, Leeds, Liverpool and Hull).

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.

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