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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.

Lee Hartley, Northwich – 23 April 2014

Who were the last top flight team in England to win the league whilst not playing in Europe that season?

The Gaffer says:

Should Liverpool win the title this season, they will be the first English top-flight champions not to have played in Europe in their title-winning season since Leeds United in 1991/92. Even Blackburn in 1994/95 were in the Uefa Cup (knocked out by Trelleborgs in the first round). In the season of Manchester United's first Premier League title in 1992/93, they were knocked out in the first round of the Uefa Cup by Torpedo Moscow. In 1997/98, champions Arsenal also exited the Uefa Cup early, via a first-round defeat to PAOK Salonika.

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.

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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