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Ian, Northumberland – 25 March 2014

How many England debuts have been awarded by Roy Hodgson?

The Gaffer says:

So far Roy Hodgson has given 20 players their international debuts in his 25 games to date - (Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kelly, Butland, Cleverley, Ruddy, Livermore, Bertrand, Shelvey, Caulker, Sterling, Osman, Shawcross, Jenkinson, Zaha, Lambert, Barkley, Townsend, Forster, Lallana and Rodriguez). Fabio Capello gave 26 players their first caps in his 42 games, Steve McClaren 10 in 18, Sven Goran Eriksson 41 in 67, Kevin Keegan 14 in 18, Glenn Hoddle 10 in 28 and Terry Venables 27 in 24. What this proves, I'm not quite sure!

Shaun, Hull – 25 March 2014

Who scored the first goal at the KC Stadium?

The Gaffer says:

The official history books will show that Dean Keates scored the first competitive goal at the KC Stadium in Hull's 2-0 win over Hartlepool in Division Three (i.e. League Two) on Boxing Day 2002. However, the first goal was actually scored by Steve Melton, who netted in a friendly against Sunderland eight days earlier. The midfielder was on-loan from Brighton at that time, played 33 games for the Tigers but failed to score in a competitive game.

S Chamers, Derby – 25 March 2014

Who are the four Southampton footballers who have played for England during the World Cup?

The Gaffer says:

Adam Lallana should be the fifth Southampton player to play for England at the World Cup in Brazil this summer (Jay Rodriguez, Rickie Lambert and Luke Shaw might add to the tally too). The four who have already done it are Terry Paine (1966), Kevin Keegan (1982), Peter Shilton (1986) and Wayne Bridge (2002).

Jordan, Middlesbrough – 24 March 2014

Who are the 9 foreign players to have scored a hat-trick for an English club in the Champions League proper?

The Gaffer says:

Asprilla PA

Nine? Hmm. Unless you're counting Gareth Bale (Inter 4 Tottenham 3, Oct 2010) as a 'foreigner', I reckon there are only eight. Here they are: Faustino Asprilla (Newcastle 3 Barcelona 2, Sept 1997), Thierry Henry (Arsenal 3 Roma 1, Nov 2002), Nicklas Bendtner (Arsenal 5 Porto 0, March 2010), Didier Drogba (Chelsea 3 Levski Sofia 1, Sep 2006), Yossi Benayoun (Liverpool 8 Besiktas 0, Nov 2007), Alvaro Negredo (Man City 5 CSKA Moscow 2, Nov 2013), Ruud van Nistelrooy (Man Utd 4 Sparta Prague 1, Nov 2004) and Robin van Persie (Man Utd 3 Olympiakos 0, March 2014).

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!

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.

Popodom, Chesterfield – 6 August 2013

Which goalkeeper has played in all four English leagues in the same season?

The Gaffer says:

Bit of an old chestnut this. Eric Nixon achieved the feat in the 1986-87 season when Manchester City loaned him to Southampton, Bradford, Carlisle and Wolves.

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