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Paul, Bournemouth – 14 January 2013

How many pens has Rickie Lambert missed for Southampton?

The Gaffer says:

In a word, none. After his latest goal from the spot, against Aston Villa, Rickie Lambert has converted every one of the 31 penalties which he's taken for Southampton in all competitions. He's following in the famous footsteps of Matt Le Tissier, who missed only one of his 48 penalties for Saints.

Danny, London – 14 January 2013

Hey Gaff. Why didn't Ronaldo play for Real Madrid v Osasuna at the weekend?

The Gaffer says:

Cristiano Ronaldo PA

Cristiano Ronaldo missed Real Madrid's 0-0 draw with Osasuna because he was suspended. It was his first absence from the team in 60 La Liga matches. Osasuna, by the way, are bottom of the league. Not a good day for Jose Mourinho's side, who now trail Barcelona by a whopping 18 points, and Atletico Madrid by seven.

Bob, Stoke – 14 January 2013

After Walters' two own goals v Chelsea, can you tell many how many other og doubles there've been in the Premier League? Thanks Gaff.

The Gaffer says:

In Chelsea's 4-0 win at Stoke, Jon Walters became the fourth player to score two own goals in a Premier League game. The other three were Michael Proctor while playing for Sunderland v Charlton in 2003, Jamie Carragher while playing for Liverpool v Manchester United in 1999, and Gary Breen while playing for Coventry v Manchester United in 1997.

Morgan, Cardiff – 14 January 2013

Re Man Utd v Liverpool, you missed out on Steven Gerrard.

The Gaffer says:

Thanks for that Morgan. I assume you're referring to players sent off in Liverpool v Manchester United games in the past 20 years. My original answer was about red cards in the Premier League. Steven Gerrard was sent off in the FA Cup clash on 9 January 2011 (United 1 Liverpool 0).

Craig, Glossop – 14 January 2013

Re all the red cards in Man Utd v Liverpool games, has there ever been a Prem game between them with no red or yellow cards.

The Gaffer says:

Yes there has - on one occasion. That was at Anfield on 4 November 2001 when Liverpool beat United 3-1. Graham Poll was the referee who kept the cards in his pocket that day. Another game during the past 20 years in which there were no bookings was United 1 Liverpool 0 in the FA Cup final on 11 May 1996. Dermot Gallagher was the ref on that occasion.

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!

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.

Popodom, Chesterfield – 6 August 2013

Which goalkeeper has played in all four English leagues in the same season?

The Gaffer says:

Bit of an old chestnut this. Eric Nixon achieved the feat in the 1986-87 season when Manchester City loaned him to Southampton, Bradford, Carlisle and Wolves.

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