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Hi Gaff. Which outfield player has made the most Premier League appearances without scoring? Cheers Gaff.
Unless somebody has slipped off my radar, it's still Kenny Cunningham. The Dublin-born defender made 337 goalless appearances in the Premier League: 134 for Birmingham, 203 for Wimbledon. But his professional career elsewhere did include two goals, one of them in the league, for Millwall. Des Walker is also worth a mention. The former England international was a terrific defender, but one who suffered from acute goal shyness. He played 264 Prem games without scoring, though he did manage one for Nottingham Forest against Luton in the top-flight season before the Premier League began.
Hello Gaffer. Could you please list the managers of clubs in the first Premier League season?
This was the managerial line-up on the final day of the 1992-93 season: Arsenal, George Graham; Aston Villa, Ron Atkinson; Blackburn, Kenny Dalglish; Chelsea, David Webb who in February had taken over from Ian Porterfield, the only manager to be dismissed during the campaign; Coventry, Bobby Gould; Crystal Palace, Steve Coppell; Everton, Howard Kendall; Ipswich, John Lyall; Leeds, Howard Wilkinson; Liverpool, Graeme Souness; Manchester City, Peter Reid; Manchester United, Alex Ferguson; Middlesbrough, Lennie Lawrence; Norwich, Mike Walker; Nottingham Forest, Brian Clough; Oldham, Joe Royle; QPR, Gerry Francis; Sheffield United, Dave Bassett; Sheffield Wednesday, Trevor Francis; Southampton, Ian Branfoot; Tottenham, Doug Livermore; Wimbledon, Joe Kinnear.
Hi Gaffer. A friend said Luton Town played in the Premiership. Is he right?
No he isn't. Luton were relegated from the top flight, finishing 20th in the old First Division, in the season before the Premier League was introduced in 1992-93.
Hi Gaffer. What are the top five countries that have been represented in the Champions League final?
The numbers for the European Cup/Champions League show that Italian clubs come out on top with 26 final appearances between them (12 winners, 14 runners-up). Then come Spain with 22 (13 winners, nine runners-up); England 19 (12 winners, seven runners-up); Germany 15 (six winners, nine runners-up); Portugal nine (four winners, five runners-up). These stats don't include the 2013 final featuring two German clubs, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, which will take the Bundesliga's all-time representational tally to 17.
Which football player married one of the Beverley sisters?
It was the late, great Billy Wright (105 England caps, 490 league appearances for Wolves). He married the eldest of the three Beverley Sisters, Joy, in July 1958. They were married for 36 years until Billy died of cancer in 1994, aged 70.
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.