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Who scored most own goals in the Prem last season?
Southampton defender Jos Hooiveld, with three, was the player who scored most own goals in the 2012-13 Premier League. If you're referring to teams rather than individual players, the answer is Saints, Aston Villa and QPR with five apiece. Reading, Arsenal and Fulham were the only teams not to score an own goal during the season.
Hi Gaff. I'm a young Sunderland supporter and wanted to know who scored for SAFC in the FA Cup against Leeds in 1973.
It was Ian Porterfield, who scored the only goal of the 1973 FA Cup final after 31 minutes. He also held the more dubious honour of becoming the first manager to be sacked in the Premier League era when he was fired by Chelsea in 1993. Porterfield died of cancer in 2007, aged 61.
Who has played for Man Utd and never won the league with them but won it with another club?
Gordon McQueen for starters. He won the old First Division title with Don Revie's Leeds in 1973-74 before moving to Manchester United in 1978. He was at Old Trafford for seven years, during which United failed to win the league championship.
Hey Gaff. I'm following Alan Hinton on Twitter. What are his team-by-team stats please?
Hinton rose through the youth ranks at Wolves (75 league appearances, 29 goals) before moving in 1964 to Nottingham Forest (112 lge apps/24 goals), in 1967 to Derby (253/63), in 1977 to Dallas Tornado (24/4), and in 1978 to Vancouver Whitecaps (29/1). He won three full England caps (one goal), and scored six goals in seven games for England Under-23s. While at Derby he won promotion to the top flight and two league titles, in 1972 and 1975. In addition to his goal tally, the Wednesbury-born winger provided plenty of assists, and was an early wearer of white boots. Hinton's nickname of Gladys was coined because of his blond curls, above, and also, perhaps, because he wasn't the most aggressive of players in an era of specialist hard men.
In the light of Jermaine Pennant's potential jail time can you name a jailbird XI (players who've spent time in prison)? I've currently thought of Lee Hughes, Ched Evans and Marlon King...
Fabulous question! The man you're looking for is Les Sealey. He featured regularly in his first spell at Old Trafford, including a 1991 League Cup final defeat to Sheffield Wednesday and the 1991 Cup Winners' Cup final victory against Barcelona. He was then transferred to Aston Villa before returning to Manchester United on a free transfer as understudy to Peter Schmeichel (thanks to Fred the Red and Woody in Swindon for pointing out that Sealey and Mark Bosnich are the only players Sir Alex Ferguson has ever re-signed). In his second spell, Sealey played only two games - coming on in an FA Cup quarter-final against Charlton after Schmeichel was sent off, and starting the 1994 League Cup final, which United lost 3-1 to Villa.
Name three post-war England players with 3 letter o in their surnames.
Superb question Kev - a cracking bit of trivia! The three men in question are Peter Osgood, Tony Woodcock and Ian Storey-Moore.
Who won league titles in three consecutive seasons with three different clubs?
Hail Eric Cantona, winner of titles with Marseille in 1991, with Leeds in 1992, and with Manchester United in 1993. In all, the flamboyant Frenchman won seven league championship medals, four of them with United. Another, and less obvious, player to achieve the feat is Alexei Mikhailichenko, who won titles with Dynamo Kiev, Sampdoria and Rangers from 1990-92 (thanks Martin from Doncaster).
Who are 9 players who have played for two of the Big Four (ManU, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal) plus a Spanish club??
This old chestnut eh? I get this one a lot and in previous years there were seven - Michael Owen, Lassana Diarra, Boudewijn Zenden, Mark Hughes, Nicolas Anelka, Emmanuel Petit and Jermaine Pennant. More recently we can of course add Fernando Torres and Yossi Benayoun to the list to make it nine.
Why do Boca Juniors wear a blue and yellow kit?
Until 1907 Boca Juniors wore white shirts with vertical dark blue or black stripes. However, rivals Club Boedo had the same colours so a game was played, with the losers having to change colours. Boca were beaten and after the match some of the players went down to the local harbour. They decided that they would choose the colours of the flag of the first ship to arrive in the harbour. The Swedish vessel Drottning Sophia duly arrived so Boca decided that the club should adopt the blue and yellow of the Swedish flag.
Which was the last team to win the FA Cup with an all-English side?
The 1975 West Ham team who beat Fulham 2-0 in the final. The line-up was: Mervyn Day, John McDowell, Frank Lampard, Billy Bonds (c), Tommy Taylor, Kevin Lock, Billy Jennings, Graham Paddon, Alan Taylor, Trevor Brooking, Pat Holland.
Which players have won the Premier League, that are the only players from their country to do so. Eg Dwight Yorke with Man Utd who comes from Trinidad & Tobago.
This is one of my 'classic questions', so apologies to long-term readers who may have seen it on the old site or on Orange World. Here's the full list: Alex Manninger (Austria), Dimitar Berbatov (Bulgaria), Peter Schmeichel (Denmark), Michael Essien (Ghana), Eidur Gudjohnsen (Iceland), Park Ji-Sung (Korea), Christopher Wreh (Liberia), Tomasz Kuszczak (Poland), Dwight Yorke (Trinidad and Tobago), Oleg Luzhny (Ukraine), Diego Forlan (Uruguay). N.B. Quinton Fortune (South Africa) didn't play enough games in one season to win a title while at Manchester United.
Who played in the Premiership and was also on the plane of the Munich air crash but obviously survived?
A horrible urban myth this one. The answer is supposedly the unborn John Lukic in his mother's womb, but it's untrue. Lukic was born in December 1960, nearly three years after the tragedy - that's one long pregnancy! There was at least a passenger called Lukic on the flight, which is where the myth stems from.
Which Football League team is closest to the River Mersey?
Stockport County's Edgeley Park. The River Mersey starts where the River Goyt and River Tame - which run off the Derbyshire hills - meet under the MerseyWay Shopping Centre in the centre of Stockport.
What's the only team in Britain with a J in its name?
Of note? St Johnstone.