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Tom, Lincoln – 16 July 2014

Gaffer, you have Tottenham down as one World Cup winner but they have had Peters, Klinsmann, Ardiles, Villa and Greaves. Or am I reading this question wrong?

The Gaffer says:

Perhaps I should have been clearer, Tom. Whilst all of those players you mentioned have won the World Cup and featured for Tottenham, Jimmy Greaves is the only one who was playing for Spurs when he won the trophy. Martin Peters was at West Ham in 1966, Jurgen Klinsmann with Inter Milan in 1990, and Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa played for Huracan and Racing Club respectively before joining Spurs after their World Cup triumph in 1978. I've edited my original answer to clear up any confusion.

Euan, Glasgow – 15 July 2014

Hi Gaff! We are sitting in the pub debating the legality of changing your goalie. If, for example, a team is losing 1-0 with 2 minutes to go with all 3 subs made, could they change their 5 foot 2 left back with their 6 foot 6 keeper and send him up front to try and grab a late winner?

The Gaffer says:

Nice question, Euan! Fifa laws do indeed allow goalkeepers to swap with outfield players during a game, with the referee's permission. Finding examples of this actually happening is difficult though. It actually occurred in the first ever international match between England and Scotland in 1872. Robert Barker, who'd started the game in goal, swapped with forward William Maynard. More recent incidents of this are scarce though. You my remember an end-of-season Premier League game between Manchester City and Middlesbrough in 2005 in which David James was shoved up front and made a considerable nuisance of himself as City chased a late goal. However, manager Stuart Pearce had brought Nicky Weaver off the bench and taken off Claudio Reyna, so City had two keepers on the pitch, rather than swapping an outfield player with the 'keeper.

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).

Steve, Wiral – 30 July 2014

Hello Gaffa. Here`s one for you. Which was the last club to win the FA Cup, knocking out a previous winner of the trophy in every round?

The Gaffer says:

Good one! It was actually Arsenal in 1978/79. They beat Sheffield Wednesday (winners in 1896) in round three, Notts County (1894) in round four, Nottingham Forest (1898) in the fifth round, Southampton (1976) in the quarter-finals, Wolves (1893) in the semis and Manchester United (1909) in the final. Arsenal almost repeated the feat last season, playing previous winners Spurs, Coventry, Liverpool, Everton and Wigan, but their win in the final was against first-time finalists Hull City.

Thomas, Derby – 30 July 2014

Hi Gaffer, who is the longest serving international manager ever, either still managing them now or in the past?

The Gaffer says:

Josef Herberger PA

The legendary Bora Milutinovic holds the world record for taking charge of most international matches as a coach. The exact figure differs slightly depending on the source, but he has at least 287 games under his belt with Mexico, Costa Rica, USA, Nigeria, China, Honduras, Jamaica and Iraq. He is Yugoslav-born, married to a Mexican, lives in Qatar and retired in 2009. If, however, you're asking me who is the longest serving international manager in one job, the answer is Josef "Sepp"Herberger (pictured). He was coach of Germany/West Germany from 1936-1964, spanning 167 games, four World Cups and even an eight-year break during and after World War II!

Paul Debman, Ipswich – 29 July 2014

How many players have played for more than one country at the World Cup finals?

The Gaffer says:

Prosinecki PA

Seven. Luis Monti and Attilio Demaria (both Argentina 1930 and Italy 1934), Ferenc Puskas (Hungary 1954 and Spain 1962), Jose Santamaria (Uruguay 1954 and Spain 1962), Mazzola (Brazil 1958, Italy 1962 when known as Jose Altafini), Robert Prosinecki and Robert Jarni (both for Yugoslavia in 1990 and for Croatia in 1998 and 2002). Monti is the only player to appear in two finals for different nations, while Prosinecki (pictured) is the only one to score for two separate teams.

Jacko, Merseyside – 28 July 2014

Which team in the World Cup has had managers of 13 different nationalities?

The Gaffer says:

Great stat! It's Costa Rica. Since their first coach Eladio Rosabal Cordero (who was actually Costa Rican!) in 1921, they've had managers arriving from all across the globe. The full list is - Costa Ricans, El Salvadorian (Ricardo Saprissa 1935-38), an Englishman (Randolph Galloway in 1946 - a former Derby, Nottingham Forest, Luton, Coventry and Spurs striker who managed clubs in Spain and South America), several Spaniards, eight Brazilians (most recently Rene Simoes in 2009), four Uruguayans, a Chilean (Hugo Tassara Olivares in 1960), three Argentinians (most recently Ricardo La Volpe 2010-11), a Czech (Ivan Mraz in 1980), a Yugoslavian who became a naturalised Mexican (the famous Bora Milutinovic), a Hungarian/Brazilian (Americo Brunner), an American (Steve Sampson 2003-04) and three Colombians (including current boss Jorge Luis Pinto).

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.

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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