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Arthur D, Donemana, Ulster – 17 April 2014

Since the inception of the SPL, how many different teams have played in it and who are they please? Thanks Gaffer

The Gaffer says:

19 teams played in SPL before it folded 2013. Here are teams in order of how many seasons they played in the SPL; Celtic, Hearts, Motherwell, Kilmarnock, Aberdeen, Dundee United (15 seasons), Rangers and Hibernian (14), Dunfermline (9), Inverness, St Johnstone, Dundee and St Mirren (8), Falkirk and Livingston (5), Hamilton (3), Partick Thistle (2), Ross County and Gretna (1).

Roger, Watford – 17 April 2014

When was the last time Everton finished above Man United?

The Gaffer says:

Everton have not finished above Manchester United in the Premier League era (yet!), although they did come relatively close in the 2004-05 season. You have to go back to the 1989-90 First Division campaign to find the last time. The Toffees finished 6th with the Red Devil all the way down in 13th.

Jon, Edinburgh – 17 April 2014

How many under 19's have played in the Premier League this season?

The Gaffer says:

The tally currently stands at 22. Moussa Dembele and Patrick Roberts (both Fulham, Adam Armstrong (Newcastle), Serge Gnabry and Chuba Akpom (both Arsenal), Sam Gallagher and Luke Shaw (both Southampton), Milos Veljkovic (Tottenham), Declan John (Cardiff), Hiram Boateng (Crystal Palace) and Jordon Ibe (Liverpool) are the current crop of U19 players. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Adnan Januzaj (Man United), Mats Moller Daehli (Cardiff), Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham), James Ward-Prowse, Calum Chambers and Harrison Reed (all Southampton), Cauley Woodrow and Muamer Tankovic (both Fulham), John Stones (Everton), Josh Murphy (Norwich) and Elliott Lee (West Ham) all turning 19 during the season.

Tom, Hull – 16 April 2014

Is it true that only one person has ever scored from a corner in the World Cup finals and if so do you have his name and country for me?

The Gaffer says:

Corner PA

It's true. Former Colombia midfielder Marcos Coll is the only player to have scored direct from a corner at the World Cup after his set-piece went straight in against Soviet Union at the 1962 finals in Chile. It was actually a rubbish corner which should have easily been cleared at the near post, but defender Givi Chokheli inexplicably let the ball bounce past him and into the net, much to the fury of the legendary Lev Yashin who was in goal. It inspired a thrilling Colombia fightback as they came from 4-1 down to snatch a 4-4 draw.

Mike., Hull – 16 April 2014

Russ Wicox has recently broken the record for a newly-appointed manager by going 24 games unbeaten and counting - beating a 125-year Football League record held by William Sudell as manager of Preston North End. Some sources are saying this is a world record. Surely this can't be right? Please help solve this problem.

The Gaffer says:

He's been credited with the world record, although it is unverified. The Scunthorpe boss extended his unbeaten run since replacing Brian Laws as manager on 20 November to 26 matches following Saturday's 2-2 draw against Bury. That result means he has passed the milestone set by former Chelsea and Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas, who went 25 games unbeaten after becoming manager of Porto in 2010.

Neil Vaughan, Rhondda – 16 January 2014

Name 10 Michaels who have played 100 or more Premiership games.

The Gaffer says:

I actually make it 13! Here's the full rundown in order of appearances - Carrick (395), Owen (326), Silvestre (275), Gray (234), Dawson (225), Hughes (197), Brown (194), Ball (169), Essien (168), Duberry (161), Turner (153), Thomas (108), Ballack (105). P.S. I'm not counting any Mikes, nor Maik Taylor or Mikael Forssell!

David ASU, Quilty, Co Clare – 9 January 2014

What players (strikers if there are too many) since 1990 WC have scored their only inernational goals at the World Cup?

The Gaffer says:

Materazzi PA

I love this sort of question, but this has taken me a *long* time to research! So, since Italia 1990, the list is as follows (players have scored only one international goal overall unless stated): 1990 - Pedro Monzon (Argentina), Stuart McCall (Scotland), Davor Jozic (2) (Yugoslavia), Michel De Wolf (Belgium), Alberto Gorriz (Spain), Mark Wright (England). USA 1994 - None. France 1998 - Mauricio Pineda (Argentina), Lilian Thuram (2) (France). Japan/South Korea 2002 - Hasan Sas (2) (Turkey), Junior (Brazil), Thomas Linke (Germany), Sol Campbell (England), Peter van der Heyden (Belgium), Raouf Bouzaiene (Tunisia). Germany 2006 - Bartosz Bosacki (2) (Poland), Marco Materazzi (2) (Italy) (pictured), Gilberto (Brazil). South Africa 2010 - Bongari Khumalo (South Africa), Winston Reid (New Zealand), Arne Friedrich (Germany).

Anthony Garvey, Doha, Qatar – 9 January 2014

Name all the brothers who have played in the Premier League.

The Gaffer says:

Wallace brothers PA

Having raked through the all-time Premier League players list, I *think* I've got them all! Here goes: Shola and Sammy Ameobi, Gary and Phil Neville, Rafael and Fabio da Silva, Kolo and Yaya Toure, Steven and Gary Caldwell, Martin and Marcus Olsson, Jon and Bjorn Arne Riise, Shaun and Bradley Wright-Phillips, Luke and Stefan Moore, Justin and Gavin Hoyte, Mikel and Xabi Alonso, Rio and Anton Ferdinand, Kevin-Prince and Jerome Boateng, Ray, Rod and Danny Wallace (pictured), Andy and David Linighan, Dickson and Kelvin Etuhu, Leon and Carl Cort, Lomano and Kazenga LuaLua, Andy and Michael Dawson. Edit: Thanks to Big Deacs in Scarborough for adding Adam and James Chambers to the list. Also, Ian Neary in Dublin correctly adds Noel and Stephen Hunt, but his other suggestion of Jim and Jeff Whitley isn't quite correct. Jeff did indeed make 31 Prem appearances in 2000/01, but none of Jim's 46 City appearances were in the Prem. They all came during City's six-season spell in the second and third tiers.

Chris, Teesside – 28 November 2013

Players that have played for 5 (or more) London clubs & are still playing now... I know Scott Parker, but struggling to think of anybody else

The Gaffer says:

Nathan Ashton PA

How about Nathan Ashton (pictured)? He's turned out for Charlton, Millwall (loan), Fulham, Crystal Palace (loan) and AFC Wimbledon. He's currently on the books at Tilbury! Can I also throw in Jermaine Darlington (currently at Whitstable), who's played for Charlton, Hendon, QPR, Wimbledon and AFC Wimbledon (and also for Watford, but we don't count them as London). And how about Andrew Frampton, who also has five - Palace, Brentford, Millwall, Leyton Orient and his current club AFC Wimbledon. Regular readers will know the all-time record is held by Clive Allen who played for six (QPR, Palace, Spurs, Chelsea, West Ham, Millwall). He also signed for Arsenal but didn't play for them, and had a gridiron stint as a kicker with the London Monarchs in NFL Europe!

Richard & Jon, Sunderland – 21 November 2013

Which player, for three different clubs, has lost the FA Cup final, League Cup final and Champions League final?

The Gaffer says:

Carew PA

John Carew. The Norwegian striker was in the Valencia side beaten on penalties by Bayern Munich in the 2001 Champions League final, he came on as a late sub in Aston Villa's defeat to Manchester United in the 2010 League Cup final, and played a brief cameo for Stoke when they lost the 2011 FA Cup final to Manchester City.

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.

Popodom, Chesterfield – 6 August 2013

Which goalkeeper has played in all four English leagues in the same season?

The Gaffer says:

Bit of an old chestnut this. Eric Nixon achieved the feat in the 1986-87 season when Manchester City loaned him to Southampton, Bradford, Carlisle and Wolves.

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