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Ask The Gaffer
Ask The Gaffer

Neil, London – 10 April 2014

Can you tell me how many times the number one spot in the Premier League has changed this season?

The Gaffer says:

The lead has changed 22 times since Manchester United topped the table on the opening day. Here's the order: Man Utd, Man City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Arsenal, Liverpool, Arsenal, Man City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal, Man City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Chelsea, Liverpool...

Arshid, New Delhi – 10 April 2014

Gaffer, seems like you don't have answer to the question, "What is the maximum number of goals scored in any match in the world?"

The Gaffer says:

I have an answer as this is one of the most often-asked questions I get (besides the yawn-inducing "Who has won more out of Man Utd and Liverpool?" and "What is *insert name* up to now?"). The most goals in a single game was 149 during a Madagascan first division match. Stade Olympique de l'Emyrne took exception to a crucial refereeing decision in a previous match that had denied them the title. So in their next fixture against AS Adema they deliberately rattled in 149 own goals in protest.

John, Australia – 9 April 2014

Born in Liverpool, now living in Miami, which player has played for both West Ham and Manchester City?

The Gaffer says:

Bishop PA

That would be former Hammers hero Ian Bishop, who made 304 appearances in the claret and blue between 1989 and 1998 - sandwiched in between two spells at Manchester City. The Scouser, who started his career with Everton and also played for Crewe (loan), Carlisle and Bournemouth, joined now defunct Major League Soccer club Miami Fusion in 2001. He returned to the UK for a couple of years to play for Barry Town, Rochdale and Radcliffe Borough, before ending his career with a stint at the New Orleans Shell Shockers in the USL Premier Development League. He now resides in Boca Raton, Florida, which is about 45 miles from Miami.

Sandy Dean, Norfolk – 9 April 2014

Which British international scored 22 goals in a single match in the 1980s?

The Gaffer says:

Your location provided me with a nudge in the right direction. It's Linda Curl, who scored 22 times in a 40-0 win for Norwich Ladies against Milton Keynes Reserves in 1983. She was a member of the England side which lost on penalties to Sweden in the 1984 European Championship final. Curl scored the only goal of the second leg to level the tie but missed one of the spot-kicks in the shootout.

Rob, Ireland – 4 April 2014

Name the six players from the UK & Ireland to play for both Liverpool and Sunderland in the Premier League?

The Gaffer says:

Jordan Henderson, Don Hutchison, Phil Babb, Jason McAteer, Stephen Wright and...hmmm. Are you sure about a sixth? Dominic Matteo and Stewart Downing both made loan appearances for Sunderland, but they were in the Championship. The likes of Paul Stewart and Barry Venison were pre-Premier League era. There must be someone I'm missing. Enlighten me!

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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