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Re Bale, has he scored more goals in a Prem season than any other Spurs player?
Gareth Bale's winner for Tottenham against Sunderland took his 2012-13 Premier League tally to a club record-equalling 21 goals in a single campaign. Teddy Sheringham shares the record with the 21 goals he scored in the inaugural Premier League campaign of 1992-93, when teams played 42 games as opposed to today's 38.
How many goals has Bale scored from outside the penalty area in the Prem this season?
Gareth Bale took his tally of Premier League goals scored from outside the box in 2012-13 to nine with his fine late winner against Sunderland. No other player can match that figure. Bale's other 12 Prem goals were scored from inside the penalty area. In all, Tottenham have registered 16 goals from outside the box, more than any other team in the division.
Hi Gaffer. If Arsenal and Chelsea end up with the same number of points, goal difference and goals, are they going to have a play-off?
Yes they are. If, in today's last round of Premier League matches, Chelsea were to draw with Everton and Arsenal were to win by a single-goal margin at Newcastle having scored two more than the Blues, both teams would be level on points, goal difference and goals scored. A play-off game would then be played at Villa Park on 26 May to decide which club enters next season's Champions League at the group stage, and which one must start in the play-off round.
Which is the only side to have a 100% record against Manchester United since Sir Alex Ferguson became manager?
I assume you're referring to the old chestnut about Southend United, who beat Manchester United in a Carling Cup tie at Roots Hall in November 2006 when Freddy Eastwood scored the only goal of the game. It's true that the Shrimpers had a 100% record against Sir Alex, left, but since your question isn't restricted to English football, it's wrong to say that Southend are the only club to boast such a record. They are in fact one of six teams with 100% records against Fergie's United. The others are Athletic Bilbao (two wins), Borussia Dortmund (two wins), Vasco da Gama (one win), Lazio (one win) and Zenit St Petersburg (one win). Southend are, however, the only English club to claim the honour.
Hey Gaff, who was the first player to win Premier League winners' medals with two different clubs?
It was Henning Berg, who won the title with Blackburn in 1994-95, and with Manchester United in 1998-99, and then in 1999-2000.
In the light of Jermaine Pennant's potential jail time can you name a jailbird XI (players who've spent time in prison)? I've currently thought of Lee Hughes, Ched Evans and Marlon King...
Fabulous question! The man you're looking for is Les Sealey. He featured regularly in his first spell at Old Trafford, including a 1991 League Cup final defeat to Sheffield Wednesday and the 1991 Cup Winners' Cup final victory against Barcelona. He was then transferred to Aston Villa before returning to Manchester United on a free transfer as understudy to Peter Schmeichel (thanks to Fred the Red and Woody in Swindon for pointing out that Sealey and Mark Bosnich are the only players Sir Alex Ferguson has ever re-signed). In his second spell, Sealey played only two games - coming on in an FA Cup quarter-final against Charlton after Schmeichel was sent off, and starting the 1994 League Cup final, which United lost 3-1 to Villa.
Name three post-war England players with 3 letter o in their surnames.
Superb question Kev - a cracking bit of trivia! The three men in question are Peter Osgood, Tony Woodcock and Ian Storey-Moore.
Who won league titles in three consecutive seasons with three different clubs?
Hail Eric Cantona, winner of titles with Marseille in 1991, with Leeds in 1992, and with Manchester United in 1993. In all, the flamboyant Frenchman won seven league championship medals, four of them with United. Another, and less obvious, player to achieve the feat is Alexei Mikhailichenko, who won titles with Dynamo Kiev, Sampdoria and Rangers from 1990-92 (thanks Martin from Doncaster).
Who are 9 players who have played for two of the Big Four (ManU, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal) plus a Spanish club??
This old chestnut eh? I get this one a lot and in previous years there were seven - Michael Owen, Lassana Diarra, Boudewijn Zenden, Mark Hughes, Nicolas Anelka, Emmanuel Petit and Jermaine Pennant. More recently we can of course add Fernando Torres and Yossi Benayoun to the list to make it nine.
Why do Boca Juniors wear a blue and yellow kit?
Until 1907 Boca Juniors wore white shirts with vertical dark blue or black stripes. However, rivals Club Boedo had the same colours so a game was played, with the losers having to change colours. Boca were beaten and after the match some of the players went down to the local harbour. They decided that they would choose the colours of the flag of the first ship to arrive in the harbour. The Swedish vessel Drottning Sophia duly arrived so Boca decided that the club should adopt the blue and yellow of the Swedish flag.
Which was the last team to win the FA Cup with an all-English side?
The 1975 West Ham team who beat Fulham 2-0 in the final. The line-up was: Mervyn Day, John McDowell, Frank Lampard, Billy Bonds (c), Tommy Taylor, Kevin Lock, Billy Jennings, Graham Paddon, Alan Taylor, Trevor Brooking, Pat Holland.
Which players have won the Premier League, that are the only players from their country to do so. Eg Dwight Yorke with Man Utd who comes from Trinidad & Tobago.
This is one of my 'classic questions', so apologies to long-term readers who may have seen it on the old site or on Orange World. Here's the full list: Alex Manninger (Austria), Dimitar Berbatov (Bulgaria), Peter Schmeichel (Denmark), Michael Essien (Ghana), Eidur Gudjohnsen (Iceland), Park Ji-Sung (Korea), Christopher Wreh (Liberia), Tomasz Kuszczak (Poland), Dwight Yorke (Trinidad and Tobago), Oleg Luzhny (Ukraine), Diego Forlan (Uruguay). N.B. Quinton Fortune (South Africa) didn't play enough games in one season to win a title while at Manchester United.
Who played in the Premiership and was also on the plane of the Munich air crash but obviously survived?
A horrible urban myth this one. The answer is supposedly the unborn John Lukic in his mother's womb, but it's untrue. Lukic was born in December 1960, nearly three years after the tragedy - that's one long pregnancy! There was at least a passenger called Lukic on the flight, which is where the myth stems from.
Which Football League team is closest to the River Mersey?
Stockport County's Edgeley Park. The River Mersey starts where the River Goyt and River Tame - which run off the Derbyshire hills - meet under the MerseyWay Shopping Centre in the centre of Stockport.
What's the only team in Britain with a J in its name?
Of note? St Johnstone.