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Sam, Dundee – 9 July 2014

Hi Gaff i was amazed to see Louis van Gaal bringing on Tim Krul in the dying seconds of extra time in the game vs Costa Rica for the sole purpose of using him for the penalty shoot-out. I've seen managers send on outfield players in scenarios like this but never a keeper, has this ever happened before?

The Gaffer says:

It's unusual but it has happened a few times before. In 2013, Southend goalkeeper Daniel Bentley replaced Paul Smith for the penalty shoot-out at the end of their Johnstone's Paint Trophy southern area semi-final at Oxford, which finished 3-3 after 90 minutes. Bentley had saved two penalties in an FA Cup second-round shoot-out win over Bury, prompting Paul Sturrock to make the change, and Bentley repaid his manager's faith by keeping out Alfie Potter's kick to send the Shrimpers through. Another example occurred in the 2003-04 season when Accrington Stanley, then playing in the Conference, beat Bournemouth in an FA Cup second-round replay on penalties. John Coleman substituted his goalkeeper Jamie Speare for Jon Kennedy in the final moments of extra time and his plan worked, sort of. Kennedy didn't save any of the spot-kicks, but Accrington went through after Bournemouth's fourth taker, Karl Broadhurst, blasted his attempt over from 12 yards. Leicester fans will also remind you about the 1996 Division One play-off final when Martin O'Neill brought Zeljko Kalac on for Kevin Poole with a minute left in extra time against Crystal Palace. However, the 6ft 7in Aussie was denied his chance to be the hero when Steve Claridge shinned in a last-gasp winner to send the Foxes up and avoid the need of a penalty shoot-out.

Barry Cummnock, Yeovil – 9 July 2014

Hi Gaff, how does Klose and Ronaldo's World Cup goal records compare when you look at minutes spent on the pitch?

The Gaffer says:

Klose PA

It's incredibly close, but Klose just edges it. The German has played 1,703 minutes over 23 games and scored a record 16 goals to date, which is an average of a goal every 106 minutes. Ronaldo scored 15 in only 19 matches but played 1,626 minutes, giving him an average of a goal every 108 minutes.

Dave, Newcastle – 4 July 2014

Following Newcastle's signing of Siem de Jong, how many sets of brothers have signed for the same Premier League club in their careers?

The Gaffer says:

The De Jongs will soon be the fourth set of brothers to play for Newcastle in the Premier League after Shola and Sammy Ameobi, Lomano and Kazenga LuaLua and Steven and Gary Caldwell (who also both later joined Wigan). Others include Kolo and Yaya Toure and Shaun and Bradley Wright-Phillips (Man City), Rafael and Fabio da Silva (Man Utd), Martin and Marcus Olsson (Blackburn), Jon and Bjorn Arne Riise (Fulham), Luke and Stefan Moore (Aston Villa), Justin and Gavin Hoyte (Arsenal), Rio and Anton Ferdinand (West Ham), Ray and Rod Wallace (Leeds), Adam and James Chambers (West Brom) and Noel and Stephen Hunt (Reading).

Danny Stevenson, Exeter – 3 July 2014

How many times has the World Cup reached the semi-final stage with only one continent left in the tournament?

The Gaffer says:

It's only happened four times in World Cup history and they've all involved teams from Europe. The first occurrence came in 1934 with Italy, Austria, Czechoslovakia and Germany. Then in 1966, the last four were; West Germany, Soviet Union (although it covered two continents), England and Portugal. In 1982; Italy, West Germany, Poland and France. The last time it happened was in 2006 with Italy, France, Germany and Portugal reaching the final four.

Mucky, Canada – 3 July 2014

Three England players to have scored at the World Cup whose surname begins with a vowel?

The Gaffer says:

Darren Anderton scored in the 2-0 victory against Colombia at the 1998 World Cup, Michael Owen scored twice in both the 1998 and 2002 World Cups and Matthew Upson completes the list with his goal in the 4-2 defeat to Germany in 2010.

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.

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.

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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