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Masai Graham, West Bromwich – 26 July 2014

Which 23 players have scored Premier League hat-trick and have a vowel at the end of their first and last names?

The Gaffer says:

I've got 22 if you only include players by their typical names. For example, Robbie Keane (full name Robert) counts, but Efan Ekoku (full name Efangwu) is excluded. Here are the others: Fabrizio Ravanelli, Gianluca Vialli, Gianfranco Zola, Tore Andre Flo, Clive Mendonca, Nwankwo Kanu, Paulo Wanchope, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Henri Camara, Luke Moore, Benjani Mwaruwari, Cristiano Ronaldo, Aruna Dindane, Mario Balotelli, Sergio Aguero, Demba Ba, Santi Cazorla, Shinji Kagawa, Romelu Lukaku, Andre Schurrle and Yaya Toure.

Alistair Butchart, Johannesburg, South Africa – 23 July 2014

Which Premier League player past or present has the longest surname? There have been some real whoppers out there!

The Gaffer says:

Vennegoor of Hesselink PA

That honour goes to Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, who scored three goals in 31 Premier League apparances for Hull City in the 2009-10 season. At a quid a letter, it would have cost you 20 sheets to get the Dutchman's name on the back of your shirt! Vennegoor of Hesselink dates from the 17th century when two farming families from the Enschede region of Holland were united by marriage, but neither would accept the loss of their name. 'Of' in Dutch translates to 'or' in English. Last season, Cardiff defender Kevin Theophile-Catherine led the way with 18 letters, but now the Bluebirds have been relegated, Arsenal and England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has the longest surname at 17 letters long.

 

Dave, Wardle – 23 July 2014

How many Smiths have played for England? And how many Joneses for Wales? I am asking as these are the names perceived as being most common in the two countries.

The Gaffer says:

Jones PA

There have been 20 different Smiths for England - Alan x2, Albert, Arnold, Bert, Billy, Bobby, Charles, Gilbert, Herbert, Jack, Joe x2, Leslie, Lionel, Reg, Sep, Steve, Tommy and Trevor. However, they are dwarfed in comparison to the amount of Joneses who have been capped by Wales, which include 55 to date - Albert x2, Alexander, Andy, Barrie, Bryn, Charlie, Cliff, David x2, Di, Ernie, Evan, Frederick x2, Gordon, Hugh, Humphrey, Ivor, Jack, Jeffrey, Jimmy, Joe, Joey, John x2, Keith, Lee, Leslie, Lot, Love, Mark, Matt, Owain Tudor, Owen, Paul, Ralph, Richard x4, Robert, Ryan, Samuel x2, Thomas x4, Vinnie (pictured), Wayne, William x3 and Wilson. If you're allowing hyphenated surnames then you can also add Albert and William Pryce-Jones and John Eyton-Jones to the list. No Smith has ever represented Wales, but there have been eight Joneses for England - Alf, Bill, Harry, Herbert, Mick, Phil, Rob and William.

Ehjaz, Islamabad – 23 July 2014

How many Muslim footballers are currently playing in the EPL?

The Gaffer says:

Around 40 at the last count, although this list doesn't include players from recently-promoted trio Leicester, Burnley and QPR: Abou Diaby, Mesut Ozil, Yaya Sanogo, Karim El Ahmadi, Yacouba Sylla, Mohamed Salah, Marouane Chamakh, Adlene Guedioura, Arouna Kone, Ahmed Elmohamady, Mamadou Sakho, Kolo Toure, Samed Yesil, Oussama Assaidi, Samir Nasri, Yaya Toure, Edin Dzeko, Bacary Sagna, Adnan Januzaj, Marouane Fellaini, Massadio Haidara, Hatem Ben Arfa, Cheick Tiote, Moussa Sissoko, Papiss Cisse, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Mehdi Abeid, Asmir Begovic, Modibo Diakite, El-Hadji Ba, Younes Kaboul, Mousa Dembele, Nacer Chadli, Nabil Bentaleb, Youssouf Mulumbu, Adil Nabi, Mohamed Diame, Modibo Maiga.

Colin Robson, Middlesbrough – 23 July 2014

How many players who have won the European Cup or Champions League have played for Middlesbrough

The Gaffer says:

I've got 14: Bobby Murdoch (Celtic 1967), Nobby Stiles (Man Utd 1968), Graeme Souness (Liverpool 1978, 1981, 1984), Viv Anderson (Nottingham Forest 1979, 1980), Pat Heard (Aston Villa 1982), David Hodgson (Liverpool 1984), Craig Johnston (Liverpool 1984), Alen Boksic (Marseille 1993), Michael Reiziger (Ajax 1995), Fabrizio Ravanelli (Juventus 1996), Christian Karembeu (Real Madrid 1998, 2000), Jonathan Greening (Man Utd 1999), Geremi (Real Madrid 2000, 2002), Ross Turnbull (Chelsea 2012).

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 coach Eladio 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.

Martin Burns, Glasgow – 10 June 2014

Are there many players to have been relegated from both the top flight in England and the top flight in Scotland? I can think of Jorge Cadete who was relegated with Partick Thistle in Scotland and Bradford City in England. Are there (m)any more?

The Gaffer says:

Derek Whyte PA

Fabulous question Martin! This has taken me the best part of a couple of hours, yet a couple may have slipped the net, so if anyone has any names to add, let me know. Here's who I've got - David Linighan (relegated with Ipswich in 1994/95 and Dunfermline 98/99), Derek Whyte (Middlesbrough 92/93 and Partick 03/04, pictured), Alan Kernaghan (Man City 95/96 & Middlesbrough 92/93 and St Johnstone 01/02), Graham Dorrans (West Brom 08/09 and Livingston 05/06), Wes Hooloahan (Norwich 13/14 and Livingston 05/06), Robert Snodgrass (Norwich 13/14 and Livingston 05/06), Dorus De Vries (Wolves 11/12 and Dunfermline 06/07), Adam Hammill (Wolves 11/12 and Dunfermline 06/07), Owen Morrison (Sheff Wed 99/00 and Dunfermline 06/07) and Paul Gallacher (Norwich 04/05* and Dunfermline 11/12) *Although Gallacher was a Norwich player when they went down in 04/05 he was out on loan that season). Your suggestion of Jorge Cadete is, however, wrong as his spell on loan at Bradford was during 1999/2000 - the season before they were relegated.

Woody, Swindon – 5 June 2014

Following on from your 'Premier League winners who've been relegated' question, has anyone got a Premiership and Championship winners medal?

The Gaffer says:

Yes they have Woody. Quite a few, in fact! The following have all won a Premier League winner's medal. I have listed in each case the club and year in which they also won a Championship/old Second Division winner's medal: Nicky Butt (Newcastle 2009/10), Andy Cole (Newcastle 1992/93), Steve Bruce (Norwich 1985/86), Teddy Sheringham (Millwall 1987/88), Dwight Yorke (Sunderland 2006/07), Bryan Robson (Middlesbrough 1994/95 - as player/manager), Lous Saha (Fulham 2000/01), Tim Sherwood (Portsmouth 2002/03), Paul Warhurst (Oldham 1990/91), Luis Boa Morte (Fulham 2000/01), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Man City 2001/02), Clayton Blackmore (Middlesbrough 1994/95), Mike Phelan (Norwich 1985/86 - he also has a Div 3 medal with Burnley in 1981/82) and Alan Smith (Newcastle 2009/10).

Barney Chadwick, Hull – 5 June 2014

Spain are the current holders of the World Cup, European Championships, Champions League and Europa League. Has this ever happened before (including the European Cup/Uefa Cup days)?

The Gaffer says:

Beckenbauer PA

It happened in the mid-'70s, Barney. West Germany won the European Championship in 1972 and lifted the World Cup two years later. At club level, Bayern Munich were crowned European Cup winners three years on the spin between 1974-76, while Borussia Monchengladbach won the 1975 Uefa Cup final. So all four trophies were in the Germans' possession for a year from 1975-76.

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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