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Peter McCafferty, Jarrow – 23 February 2015

Which team holds the record for fielding the same team in consecutive Premier League games?

The Gaffer says:

McLeish PA

No doubt your question is prompted by Burnley boss Sean Dyche's recent run of 10 Premier League matches with the same starting XI. That sequence ended in the away game at Manchester United on February 11 when he replaced Dean Marney with Michael Kightly. The Premier League record run for matches without any line-up tinkering is 12 in succession, held by Birmingham City between November 21, 2009 and February 7, 2010. Manager Alex McLeish played the same starting XI (Hart, Carr, Ridgewell, R Johnson, Dann, Bowyer, Larsson, B Ferguson, McFadden, C Jerome, C Benitez) and it paid off handsomely. Blues won the first five games of that sequence and in all lost only one of those 12 games (3-0 at Chelsea), winning seven and drawing four.

Steve A, Glasgow – 20 February 2015

Alrighty Gaff. Since 1993, which 12 players have won the Champions League specifically two times and on each occasion with a different team? E.g. Cristiano Ronaldo for Man Utd and Real Madrid.

The Gaffer says:

Ronaldo PA

I'm with you, Steve. Along with Ronaldo, the other 11 are: Edwin van der Sar (Ajax, Man Utd); Thiago Motta (Barcelona, Inter); Owen Hargreaves (Bayern Munich, Man Utd); Paulo Sousa (Juventus, Borussia Dortmund); Xabi Alonso (Liverpool, Real Madrid); Didier Deschamps (Marseille, Juventus); Marcel Desailly (Marseille, AC Milan); Christian Panucci (AC Milan, Real Madrid); Deco (Porto, Barcelona); Jose Bosingwa (Porto, Chelsea); Paulo Ferreira (Porto, Chelsea). Of course, as you've only asked for players who have specifically won the Champions League twice, I've not included Clarence Seedorf - the only man to win it with three different clubs (twice with AC Milan, once with Ajax and Real Madrid), Samuel Eto'o (twice with Barcelona, once with Inter Milan), Gerard Pique (twice with Barcelona, once with Man Utd) and Fernando Redondo (twice with Real Madrid, once with AC Milan).

Mat, Yeovil – 20 February 2015

When was the last time there were no Scottish managers in the English Premier League?

The Gaffer says:

Following Paul Lambert's sacking at Aston Villa, this is the first time the Premier League has been without a Scottish manager. Just for years ago, there were seven Scots managing in the top flight: Lambert (Norwich), Sir Alex Ferguson (Man Utd), Alex McLeish (Aston Villa), David Moyes (Everton), Kenny Dalglish (Liverpool) and Steve Kean (Blackburn) - plus Scottish-born Owen Coyle (Bolton), although he was capped by the Republic of Ireland. Pre-Premier League, there has always been at least one Scottish manager in the top division since Don Mackay took over at Coventry City in December 1984.

John, Liverpool – 4 February 2015

How many players have scored perfect hat tricks in the Premier League and who are they?

The Gaffer says:

There have been 31 perfect hat-tricks (i.e. left foot, right foot, header) scored in the Premier League, the latest by Stoke's Jonathan Walters in their 3-1 win over QPR last Saturday (January 31). Robbie Fowler holds the personal record with three (all for Liverpool - W4-2 v Southampton in October 1993, W3-1 v Arsenal December 1995 and W7-1 v Southampton in January 1999). Yakubu also got two (one for Everton - W3-0 v Fulham in December 2007 and one for Blackburn - W4-2 v Swansea December 2011). Here's the full list: Jonathan Walters, Romelu Lukaku, Kevin Nolan, Jordi Gomez, Pavel Pogrebnyak, Yakubu (twice), Demba Ba, Edin Dzeko, Louis Saha, Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou, Emmanuel Adebayor, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Mikael Forssell, Peter Crouch, Thierry Henry, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Les Ferdinand, Emile Heskey, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Robbie Fowler (three), Gianluca Vialli, Andrew Cole, Tommy Johnson, Chris Sutton, Matthew Le Tissier, Efan Ekoku, Mark Robins. (list courtesy of Opta).

Scott, Stirling – 30 January 2015

Hey, Gaffer. Got a brain teaser for you: I'm an English striker. I've represented my country at youth level, played in all four professional divisions and in non-league. I've played in an FA Cup final at the old Wembley, scored 42 goals in the Premier League and was top scorer for my club during a season in which they finished 6th in the top flight. I once appeared in a Ridley Scott film, and I'm still playing today aged 40. Who am I?

The Gaffer says:

Joachim PA

Here he is....out from behind the smoke and the back-stage curtain.... Julian Joachim! He's still playing deep down in the English non-league system with Shepshed Dynamo, his 11th non-league side in the last seven years! His career began way back in 1992 of course, at Leicester City, when his impishness and pace terrorised Premier League defences. He scored the Foxes' first ever Premier League goal on the opening day of the 1994/95 season. Around that time he played for England U18s, U19s and U21s. He soon moved to Aston Villa where he was part of the side that lost the 2000 FA Cup final to Chelsea at the old Wembley. After 42 goals in 156 Prem games he dropped down the divisions with Coventry, Leeds, Walsall and Boston United and Darlington, before beginning his sojourn in English football's nether regions in 2008 with King's Lynn. He did initially retire in 2011 but came out of retirement in summer 2013 to sign for Holbeach United, from whence he has since transferred to Oadby Town and now Shepshed.

Steve, Wiral – 30 July 2014

Hello Gaffa. Here`s one for you. Which was the last club to win the FA Cup, knocking out a previous winner of the trophy in every round?

The Gaffer says:

Good one! It was actually Arsenal in 1978/79. They beat Sheffield Wednesday (winners in 1896) in round three, Notts County (1894) in round four, Nottingham Forest (1898) in the fifth round, Southampton (1976) in the quarter-finals, Wolves (1893) in the semis and Manchester United (1909) in the final. Arsenal almost repeated the feat last season, playing previous winners Spurs, Coventry, Liverpool, Everton and Wigan, but their win in the final was against first-time finalists Hull City.

Thomas, Derby – 30 July 2014

Hi Gaffer, who is the longest serving international manager ever, either still managing them now or in the past?

The Gaffer says:

Josef Herberger PA

The legendary Bora Milutinovic holds the world record for taking charge of most international matches as a coach. The exact figure differs slightly depending on the source, but he has at least 287 games under his belt with Mexico, Costa Rica, USA, Nigeria, China, Honduras, Jamaica and Iraq. He is Yugoslav-born, married to a Mexican, lives in Qatar and retired in 2009. If, however, you're asking me who is the longest serving international manager in one job, the answer is Josef "Sepp"Herberger (pictured). He was coach of Germany/West Germany from 1936-1964, spanning 167 games, four World Cups and even an eight-year break during and after World War II!

Paul Debman, Ipswich – 29 July 2014

How many players have played for more than one country at the World Cup finals?

The Gaffer says:

Prosinecki PA

Seven. Luis Monti and Attilio Demaria (both Argentina 1930 and Italy 1934), Ferenc Puskas (Hungary 1954 and Spain 1962), Jose Santamaria (Uruguay 1954 and Spain 1962), Mazzola (Brazil 1958, Italy 1962 when known as Jose Altafini), Robert Prosinecki and Robert Jarni (both for Yugoslavia in 1990 and for Croatia in 1998 and 2002). Monti is the only player to appear in two finals for different nations, while Prosinecki (pictured) is the only one to score for two separate teams.

Jacko, Merseyside – 28 July 2014

Which team in the World Cup has had managers of 13 different nationalities?

The Gaffer says:

Great stat! It's Costa Rica. Since their first coachEladio Rosabal Cordero (who was actually Costa Rican!) in 1921, they've had managers arriving from all across the globe. The full list is - Costa Ricans, El Salvadorian (Ricardo Saprissa 1935-38), an Englishman (Randolph Galloway in 1946 - a former Derby, Nottingham Forest, Luton, Coventry and Spurs striker who managed clubs in Spain and South America), several Spaniards, eight Brazilians (most recently Rene Simoes in 2009), four Uruguayans, a Chilean (Hugo Tassara Olivares in 1960), three Argentinians (most recently Ricardo La Volpe 2010-11), a Czech (Ivan Mraz in 1980), a Yugoslavian who became a naturalised Mexican (the famous Bora Milutinovic), a Hungarian/Brazilian (Americo Brunner), an American (Steve Sampson 2003-04) and three Colombians (including current boss Jorge Luis Pinto).

George, Watford – 10 July 2014

Who is the youngest manager ever in British senior leagues?

The Gaffer says:

Ivor Broadis PA

That record still belongs to Ivor Broadis who, at 91, is currently England's oldest surviving international player. He'd made a handful of appearances for Manchester United before the war, then after flying in the RAF he'd been posted to Crosby-on-Eden, Cumbria, when the war ended. Carlisle United, then in Division Three North, snapped him up as player-manager at the tender age of 23. In January 1949, a bid of 18,000 came in for him from Sunderland and he accepted, becoming the first manager to sell himself to another club. He was succeeded by none other than Bill Shankly. Broadis' playing career continued at Manchester City and Newcastle, before he returned to Brunton Park in 1955 for a four-year spell. He finished his playing career just across the border at Queen of the South. That initial two-and-a-half season spell at Carlisle proved to be his only one as a manager. After hanging up his boots, he began a 45-year career as a journalist.

Bap, Belfast – 20 November 2014

Hey gaffer. Who holds the Premier League record for most sending offs? I think it's Patrick Vieira but my mate is convinced it's Robbie Savage. Enlighten us Gaffer!

The Gaffer says:

I get this question a lot. The record jointly held by Vieira, Duncan Ferguson and Richard Dunne, with eight red cards apiece. Savage received 89 yellow cards (sixth on the all-time list) but was surprisingly only sent off once during his Premier League career - for Blackburn against Middlesbrough in 2006.

Liam, Buxton – 7 October 2014

With Watford sacking Billy McKinlay after two games, what is the short reign ever by a manager?

The Gaffer says:

Rosenior PA

Undoubtedly Leroy Rosenior's 10 minutes in charge of Torquay during his second spell at the Gulls. Regular readers will be familiar with the tale, but for those that aren't, Rosenior was unveiled as the Conference-bound side's new manager on 17 May 2007. However, just 10 minutes later, chairman Mike Bateson phoned him to say he'd sold the club to a new consortium and the new owners' first act was to relieve Rosenior of his duties. He said afterwards: "I did the press conference, I did all the interviews, and within 10 minutes, Mike called me to let me know he had actually sold the club. It was something that I knew was going to happen but I didn't think it was going to happen after 10 minutes."

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).

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