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Vanessa, Kent – 22 April 2014

Both Liverpool and Everton have beaten Man Utd home and away this season. When was the last time both Merseyside clubs did that in the same season?

The Gaffer says:

Moyes PA

This season is the first time that both Liverpool and Everton have recorded the league double over Manchester United, one of the many records that David Moyes has managed to 'break' in his ten-month reign at Old Trafford. Other notable records include; The first time Man City, Liverpool and Everton have all beaten the Red Devils home and away since the Premier League era began, Man United will also finish the season with their lowest ever Premier League points tally, it's also the first time United have ever conceded a goal in the first minute of the Premier League (Edin Dzeko) and the first time Man United have failed to qualify for the Champions League since 1995.

Arthur D, Donemana, Ulster – 17 April 2014

Since the inception of the SPL, how many different teams have played in it and who are they please? Thanks Gaffer

The Gaffer says:

19 teams played in SPL before it folded 2013. Here are teams in order of how many seasons they played in the SPL; Celtic, Hearts, Motherwell, Kilmarnock, Aberdeen, Dundee United (15 seasons), Rangers and Hibernian (14), Dunfermline (9), Inverness, St Johnstone, Dundee and St Mirren (8), Falkirk and Livingston (5), Hamilton (3), Partick Thistle (2), Ross County and Gretna (1).

Roger, Watford – 17 April 2014

When was the last time Everton finished above Man United?

The Gaffer says:

Everton have not finished above Manchester United in the Premier League era (yet!), although they did come relatively close in the 2004-05 season. You have to go back to the 1989-90 First Division campaign to find the last time. The Toffees finished 6th with the Red Devil all the way down in 13th.

Jon, Edinburgh – 17 April 2014

How many under 19's have played in the Premier League this season?

The Gaffer says:

The tally currently stands at 22. Moussa Dembele and Patrick Roberts (both Fulham, Adam Armstrong (Newcastle), Serge Gnabry and Chuba Akpom (both Arsenal), Sam Gallagher and Luke Shaw (both Southampton), Milos Veljkovic (Tottenham), Declan John (Cardiff), Hiram Boateng (Crystal Palace) and Jordon Ibe (Liverpool) are the current crop of U19 players. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Adnan Januzaj (Man United), Mats Moller Daehli (Cardiff), Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham), James Ward-Prowse, Calum Chambers and Harrison Reed (all Southampton), Cauley Woodrow and Muamer Tankovic (both Fulham), John Stones (Everton), Josh Murphy (Norwich) and Elliott Lee (West Ham) all turning 19 during the season.

Tom, Hull – 16 April 2014

Is it true that only one person has ever scored from a corner in the World Cup finals and if so do you have his name and country for me?

The Gaffer says:

Corner PA

It's true. Former Colombia midfielder Marcos Coll is the only player to have scored direct from a corner at the World Cup after his set-piece went straight in against Soviet Union at the 1962 finals in Chile. It was actually a rubbish corner which should have easily been cleared at the near post, but defender Givi Chokheli inexplicably let the ball bounce past him and into the net, much to the fury of the legendary Lev Yashin who was in goal. It inspired a thrilling Colombia fightback as they came from 4-1 down to snatch a 4-4 draw.

Dr Evil, Planet Zorb – 3 April 2014

What significant goal did Moritz Voltz score?

The Gaffer says:

Moritz Volz was the rather unlikely scorer of the Premier League's 15,000th goal when he netted for Fulham against Chelsea in December 2006. Other Prem goalscoring landmarks are as follows: 1000th - Mike Newell (Blackburn v Forest, April 1993), 2000th - Mick Quinn (Coventry v Man City, Feb 1994), 5000th - Chris Sutton and Andy Townsend jointly (Blackburn v Leicester and Aston Villa v Southampton, December 1996), 10,000th - Les Ferdinand (Tottenham v Fulham, December 2001) and 20,000th - Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa v Arsenal, December 2011).

Sam, Suffolk – 31 March 2014

Can you name the player (outfielder) who has played the most Premier League games without scoring?

The Gaffer says:

Kenny Cunningham PA

That particular 'accolade' belongs to Kenny Cunningham, whose personal goal record during his 10-year Premier League career is completely blank. In all he played 335 top-flight matches (starting 334 of them, and coming off the bench just once) for Wimbledon and Birmingham without ever hitting the net. He did score just one goal as a professional - it was for Millwall in Division One (i.e. second tier) in a 2-2 draw away to Portsmouth on 2 April 1994.

Colin Robson, Middlesbrough – 7 March 2014

How many players with the letter x in their surname have full caps for England?

The Gaffer says:

Bit of a 'pub classic' this one, so it's certainly worth repeating - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Graham Rix, Lee Dixon, Kerry Dixon, Graeme le Saux, Jason Wilcox, Mike Duxbury, Jack Cox, Ronnie Dix, John Dixon, Albert Quixhall, Freddie Fox and George Molyneux.

Ken McKie, Newcastle – 3 March 2014

How many players have scored for both teams in a Premier League game and can you name them?

The Gaffer says:

Excellent question, Ken. There's a lot more than you probably think: 2013-14 - Fabian Delph, James Chester, Vincent Kompany, Phil Bardsley. 12-13 - Wayne Rooney, Gareth Bale, Emmerson Boyce, Jonny Evans. 11-12 - Thomas Vermaelen, Danny Graham. 10-11 - Brede Hangeland, Martin Skrtel. 09-10 - Kamil Zayatte, Carlton Cole, Jody Craddock, Leon Osman, Emmanuel Adebayor. 08-09 - Kevin Davies. 07-08 - William Gallas. 05-06 - George Boateng. 04-05 - James Beattie. 02-03 - Edu, Michael Svensson. 01-02 - Niall Quinn, David Beckham. 00-01 - David Unsworth, Mark Venus. 99-00 - Dion Dublin, Chris Armstrong. 98-99 - Gareth Barry, Frank Lampard. 96-97 - Scott Minto. 94-95 - Neil Maddison. 93-94 - Craig Burley, Chris Sutton. I make that 35 and counting!

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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