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Phill, Chesterfield – 28 August 2014

What and when were the most number of London clubs in one division?

The Gaffer says:

Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea, Wimbledon, QPR, Crystal Palace, Charlton and Millwall fans didn't clock up too many miles in away trips during the 1989/90 season as they were all in the top flight - that's 56 London derbies in one division in a single season! (N.B. Luton were in Division One that season too, which admittedly isn't too far away, but they're certainly not "a London club" despite the name of their airport!)

Hammy Stockbrad, San Jose – 28 August 2014

What is the highest number of Americans (USA) starting an English Premiership game?

The Gaffer says:

Welcome aboard to the world of British football trivia, Hammy! Sorry it's taken me a couple of weeks to answer your question. I've got a big backlog so thanks for your patience. I reckon the most American players to be involved in a Premier League game was back in 2007/08, when Fulham beat Everton 1-0 at Craven Cottage. Fulham had Kasey Keller, Eddie Johnson and Brian McBride (who scored the game's only goal) in their starting line-up, with Carlos Bocanegra and Clint Dempsey both coming on as subs. USA national hero Tim Howard started in goal for Everton that day, making it a total of six Americans involved (Landon Donovan didn't join Everton until the following season).

Gerry, Burslem – 28 August 2014

How many times have Port Vale players scored 2 or more hat-tricks in the same match?

The Gaffer says:

I think I know what you're getting at with this one. In their first home league game of the 1993/94 season, the Valiants played host to Barnet. It didn't necessarily look promising when Vale defender Peter Billing was sent off in the 10th minute. However, astonishingly, the ten men went on to win 6-0 with Bernie Slaven and Martin Foyle BOTH scoring hat-tricks. Vale were promoted from Division Two (modern League One) that season and you may not be surprised to hear that Barnet finished bottom, winning only five games. But that's not the only time two hat-tricks have been scored by different Vale players in the same match. More recently, Louis Dodds and Justin Richards both hit trebles as Port Vale destroyed Morecambe 7-2 towards the end of the 2010-11 season in League Two.

Keith, Dubai – 28 August 2014

Players who have scored for both Aston Villa and Birmingham City in the Premiership please Gaff?

The Gaffer says:

Sutton PA

I reckon there are six in all - Liam Ridgewell, Emile Heskey, Craig Gardner, Kevin Phillips, Dwight Yorke (remember his two goals for Birmingham in 2004/05? Me neither) and Chris Sutton (I had no recollection at all of his playing for Villa, but the records show he scored one goal - against Everton - in eight appearances for them in 2006/07). N.B. Curtis Davies played for both sides in the Premier League, but started only two games for Blues in the top flight and failed to score.

Neil, Belfast – 28 August 2014

Gaffer apart from arsenal has any other team ever been in the champions league for 17 years in a row?? Or more??

The Gaffer says:

Arsenal made it 17 consecutive seasons in the Champions League group stages by beating Besiktas, but they're still one year short of matching the joint record of 18 years held by Manchester United (1996/97 to 2013/14) and Real Madrid (1997/98 to present day). Barring a meltdown at the Bernabeu this season, Los Blancos will go on to make it 19 next season and hold the record outright.

Ali Stirling, Prestwick – 4 September 2014

With Rolando Aarons scoring a goal at the weekend, making him top alphabetically of Premier League scorers, can you tell me gaff, who is bottom of this list? My mate Iain says it must be Zola but I'm sure you can prove him wrong?

The Gaffer says:

I certainly can, Ali! Firstly, you're right that Rolando Aarons' recent goal for Newcastle against Crystal Palace does indeed make him the top all-time Premier League goalscorer if you arrange them all in alphabetical order (taking over from previous incumbent Gary Ablett). Your mate is wrong about Gianfranco Zola being last alphabetically though. It's former Coventry forward Ysrael Zuniga, who scored three goals in his two seasons at Highfield Road between 1999 and 2001. Elsad Zverotic is the last on the list of all-time Premier League appearances, but he didn't score a goal in his six games for Fulham last season (2013/14).

Jonathan, Cornwall – 6 August 2014

Gaffer, here's a very interesting one for you - which of the 92 English League clubs broke their transfer record the longest time ago?

The Gaffer says:

Buckley PA

Love the question, Jonathan! After scanning through the record books of all 92 clubs, the longest-standing transfer record belongs to Walsall who paid Birmingham City 175,000 to re-sign Alan Buckley as player-manager in June 1979. It was Buckley's second spell as a player at the club and the transfer sum remains a Saddlers record. He's also their all-time leading scorer with over 200 goals.

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.

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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