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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.

Duncan, Rugby – 31 March 2014

Hi Gaffer. Some time ago I asked you if there was a current Premier League player who had played more than 250 times for his current club and had never scored...you gave me Tony Hibbert of Everton as the answer. Thank you. Who is the next outfield player with the most appearances for his current Premier League club not to have scored a goal (friendlies and testimonials don't count as I think Hibbert scored his only goal in his testimonial)? Thank you Gaffer.

The Gaffer says:

I reckon it's Andy Wilkinson, who has failed to score in 122 Premier League appearances for Stoke. He's only netted one goal in his whole career whilst on loan at Partick against Clyde in a Scottish Division One match.

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.

Sandy, Inverness – 28 March 2014

Has any team won any Scottish league title in February?

The Gaffer says:

Not quite. Celtic's win this season, sealed on Wednesday March 26th, wasn't quite the earliest title win in Scottish history. Neil Lennon's men were 10 days short of the record held by Rangers, who clinched the championship on March 16th 1929 with eight games left to play.

James Johnston, Glasgow – 28 March 2014

Can you tell me 10 Glasgow celtic players who returned for a second spell

The Gaffer says:

Mulgrew PA

I think I've got 11, and by bending the rules a bit maybe 13! Victor Davidson (1970-74 and Mar-Nov 1979), Charlie Nicholas (1980-83 and 1990-95), Frank McAvennie (1987-89 and 1993-94), Peter Somers (1897-1901 and 1902-1910), Johnny Campbell (1890-95 and 1897-1903), Bertie Auld (1957-61 and 1965-71), Willie Fernie (1948-58 and 1960-61), John McCann (1892 loan spell and 1893 signed for three games), Patrick McAuley (1940-41 and 1942-1950), Charlie Mulgrew 2002-06 and 2010-present) and Shaun Maloney (1999-2007 and 2008-11) have all had two spells at Parkhead as players. Billy Stark (1987-1990 as a player, 1994-97 as assistant boss, plus caretaker boss in 1997) and the great Billy McNeill (1958-75 as a player and two spells as manager  -1978-83 and 1987-91) have both returned to Celtic having first played for the Hoops.

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!

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.

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.

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