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Rob Leason, Eas Yorkhire – 4 April 2014

Please name the 4 players who have played in the Manchester, Merseyside and Madrid derbys. .

The Gaffer says:

Hughes PA

Mark Hughes (Man Utd, Barcelona, Everton), Steve McManaman (Liverpool, Real Madrid, Man City), Nicolas Anelka (Real Madrid, Liverpool, Man City) and Michael Owen (Liverpool, Real Madrid, Man Utd). Anelka and Owen have also scored in all three derbies.

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).

Gazza, Belfast – 2 April 2014

How many ex-Premier League players have played/are currently playing in America?

The Gaffer says:

Beckham PA

I hope you appreciate my efforts because this has taken me far too long! All the players below have played in the Premier League (some are still active) and MLS. Apologies if one or two have slipped the net. British & Irish players: Giles Barnes, David Beckham, Ian Bishop, Ian Butterworth, Tony Caig, Terry Cooke, Simon Dawkins, Jermaine Defoe, Danny Dichio, Richard Eckersley, Hogan Ephraim, Steve Guppy, Steve Howey, Darren Huckerby, Nigel Reo-Coker, Rohan Ricketts, Paul Rideout, Andy Welsh, Mark Wilson, Ian Woan, Chris Woods, Steven Caldwell, Peter Canero, Paul Dalglish, Richard Gough, Mo Johnston, Kenny Miller, John Spencer, Robert Earnshaw, Carl Robinson, Steve Morrow, Mark Williams, Caleb Folan, Robbie Keane, Andy O'Brien. American players: Jozy Altidore, DaMarcus Beasley, Carlos Bocanegra, Michael Bradley, Geoff Cameron, Bobby Convey, Jay DeMerit, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Maurice Edu, Benny Feilhaber, Ian Feuer, Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan, Marcus Hahnemann, John Harkes, Stuart Holden, Tim Howard, Eddie Johnson, Cobi Jones, Kasey Keller, Jovan Kirovski, Eddie Lewis, Eric Lichaj, Brian McBride, Joe-Max Moore, Predrag 'Preki' Radosavljevic, Tim Ream, Claudio Reyna, Brek Shea, Johann Smith, Juergen Sommer, Roy Wegerle. Other players: Franck Songo'o, Olivier Tebily, Junior Agogo, Kalifa Cisse, Djimi Traore, Ade Akinbiyi, Obafemi Martins, Kei Kamara, Shaun Bartlett, Danny Allsopp, Tim Cahill, David Carney, Lee Young-Pyo, Ronnie Ekelund, Simo Valakari, Teemu Tainio, Laurent Courtois, Ousmane Dabo, Youri Djorkaeff, Didier Domi, Leandre Griffit, Thierry Henry, Frederic Piquionne, Laurent Robert, Mikael Silvestre, Bernardo Corradi, Carlo Cudicini, Matteo Ferrari, Collins John, Sherjill MacDonald, Robert Warzycha, Abel Xavier, Sasa Curcic, Jan Eriksson, Christian Wilhelmsson, Anders Limpar, Freddie Ljungberg, Bjorn Runstrom, Jim Brennan, Terry Dunfield, Frank Yallop, Mauricio Solis, Paolo Wanchope, Roger Espinoza, Ivan Guerrero, Hendry Thomas, Darryl Powell, Nery Castillo, Guillermo Franco, Shaka Hislop, Stern John, Carlos Marinelli, Jaime Moreno, Branco, Geovanni, Glauber, Julio Cesar, Juan Pablo Angel, Adrian Paz, Simon Elliott, Ryan Nelsen.

Mark Hughes, Birmingham – 1 April 2014

What do Manchester United, Stoke City, Birmingham City, Wolverhampton Wanderers & Burnley have in common?

The Gaffer says:

The answer is that they've all finished third in the FA Cup. "Third?" I hear you enquire. Yes, between 1970 and 1974 the FA introduced an annual match between the losing FA Cup semi-finalists to replace the traditional match between England and Young England. The matches were played at neutral venues and the 'winners' are exactly in the order you've given them in your question. The experiment's unpopularity was reflected in poor attendances and the idea was canned after five years. Incidentally, the 1972 game between Stoke and Birmingham finished goalless with the Blues winning 4-3 on penalties. It was the first ever FA Cup game to be decided via a penalty shootout.

David, Belfast – 1 April 2014

Gaffer please sort and arguement out here, My colleague tells me Everton and Aston Villa have never been relegated from top flight football but I'm convinced it's Arsenal!

The Gaffer says:

You're both wrong, I'm afraid. Everton were relegated from the top tier in 1951 and 1930 and Aston Villa were relegated as recently as 1987, as well as 1967, 1959 and 1936 (they even dipped into the third tier in the early 70s). It's also a myth that Arsenal have never been relegated. They went down from the top flight in 1913, finishing bottom by five points. They re-entered Division One after the hiatus for the First World War (in highly controversial circumstances) and have been in the top flight ever since.

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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