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Russ, Banbury – 15 July 2014

If you get sent off in a World Cup final and your team wins, do you get a medal?

The Gaffer says:

Desailly PA

There's only one real-life example to give us the answer to this question. The only man to be sent off in the World Cup final for the eventual winners is Marcel Desailly. As you can see from this picture of him with Zinedine Zidane, Desailly was given a medal, despite his dismissal for two yellow cards in the 68th minute of the 1998 final against Brazil.

John, Birmingham – 15 July 2014

How many players have won the World Cup or Euros and played for Aston Villa?

The Gaffer says:

No player has won the World Cup while representing Villa at the time (three players - Ron Vlaar, Alpay and David Platt have reached the semi-finals). I'm pretty sure Robert Pires is the only World Cup winner (with France in 1998) to have played for Villa at one time in their career. Pires has, of course, also won the European Championship, coming off the bench in the 2000 final against Italy. Other former Villains to own a Euro winner's medal are Peter Schmeichel and Kent Nielsen (both with Denmark in 1992). Patrick Berger scored in a European Championship final in 1996, but his Czech Republic side finished on the losing side. Ex-Villian Thomas Hitzlsperger was also a finalist in 2008 with Germany.

Charlie, Scotland – 16 July 2014

Which club has had the most World Cup winners?

The Gaffer says:

Great question! To qualify towards a team's total, the player must have been contracted to that club when he lifted the World Cup (e.g. Geoff Hurst would only count for West Ham). If a player has won multiple World Cups whilst at the same team (e.g. Pele three times with Santos), they still only count once: Juventus (24); Bayern Munich (23); Inter Milan (19); Roma (15); Nacional, Penarol (14); Sao Paulo (13); Santos (11); AC Milan, Real Madrid (10); Barcelona, Koln, Palmeiras (9); Botafogo, Corinthians, Fiorentina, River Plate (8); Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund, Independiente (7); Borussia Monchengladbach, Flamengo, Fluminense (6); Bologna, Cruzeiro, Kaiserslautern, Lazio, Liverpool, Schalke, Valencia (5); Boca Juniors, Eintracht Frankfurt, Palermo, Vasco da Gama (4); Auxerre, Bella Vista, Cerro, Chelsea, Gremio, Huracan, Man Utd, Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain, Portuguesa, Talleres de Cordoba, Werder Bremen, West Ham (3); Argentinos Juniors, Athletic Bilbao, Atletico Mineiro, Bayer Leverkusen, Blackpool, Central, Danubio, Deportivo, Fortuna Düsseldorf, Genoa, Hamburg, Leeds, Marseille, Napoli, Newell's Old Boys, Nurnberg, Parma, Racing Club de Avellaneda, Rampla Juniors, Sampdoria, San Lorenzo, SpVgg Greuther Furth, Stuttgart, Udinese (2); America, Atletico Paranaense, Augsburg, Bangu, Bordeaux, Cagliari, Elche, Estudiantes de La Plata, Everton, Ferro Carril Oeste, FK Pirmasens, Freiburg, FSV Frankfurt, Fulham, Hannover, KSV Hessen Kassel, Lecce, Leicester, Livorno, Lucchese, Lyon, Metz, Middlesbrough, Miramar Misiones, Montevideo Wanderers, Nantes, Olimpia, Pisa, Racing Club de Montevideo, Real Betis, Reggiana, Rot-Weiss Essen, Sevilla, Sheffield Wednesday, Shimizu S-Pulse, Southampton, Torino, Tottenham, Triestina, Velez Sarsfield, Villarreal, Wolves (1).

Mike, Birmingham – 10 July 2014

Has any Englishman appeared in four world cups and how many and who have appeared in three?

The Gaffer says:

No Englishman has appeared in four World Cups although three men have come very close. Bobby Charlton played in the 1962, 1966 and 1970 finals, and at the age of 19 had been in the 1958 England squad in Sweden. However, he didn't spend any time on the pitch as England failed to get out of their group. Steven Gerrard played in 2006, 2010 and 2014 and was in the squad for 2002 but had to pull out due to injury. Rio Ferdinand has also been named in four squads, but didn't get a game in 1998 and had to pull out with an injury in 2010. As well as those three, the other Englishmen who've played (i.e. spent time on the pitch, not just in squads) in three World Cups are: Peter Shilton, Terry Butcher, Ashley Cole, Bobby Moore, David Beckham, Michael Owen, Wayne Rooney, Sol Campbell, Frank Lampard, Billy Wright, Joe Cole, Bryan Robson and Tom Finney.

Masai Graham, West Bromwich – 10 July 2014

Who was the first black goalkeeper to play in the English Football League?

The Gaffer says:

I think the man you're after is Arthur Wharton, not just England's first black goalkeeper but the first black professional footballer in the world. He arrived in the north east of England in 1884 from what we now know as Ghana, aged 19, intending to train as a Methodist preacher, but his athletic abilities were soon impressing the congregation more than his sermons. He was snapped up by Darlington in 1885, and after three years as the Quakers' custodian, later joined Preston, Stockport and Sheffield United. He was honoured in 2012 with a statue at Fifa's headquarters in Zurich.

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.

Thomas, Derby – 1 June 2014

Hi Gaffer, could you please tell me which manager has managed the most national football teams please? Thanks :)

The Gaffer says:

There's only one winner here - a German now aged 87 called Rudi Gutendorf. His career spanned 53 years and included spells as boss of Schalke, 1860 Munich and Real Valladolid, but most remarkable are his stints as national boss of EIGHTEEN different countries. In chronological order, between 1972 and 1999, they were: Chile, Bolivia, Venezuela, Trinidad & Tobago, Grenada, Antigua, Botswana, Australia, New Caledonia, Nepal, Tonga, Tanzania, Ghana, Nepal (again), Fiji, Zimbabwe, China, Iran, Mauritius and Rwanda.

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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