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Richard, Wakefield – 21 August 2014

How many players have Chelsea signed from Barcelona and can you name them?

The Gaffer says:

Fabregas PA

Cesc Fabregas is the eight player to move directly from the Nou Camp to Stamford Bridge after Oriol Romeu, Deco, Juliano Belletti, Emmanuel Petit, Bolo Zenden, Winston Bogarde and Albert Ferrer.

Paul, Dudley – 21 August 2014

Which two non-Brits have won the FA Cup as a player and manager?

The Gaffer says:

Roberto Di Matteo and Gianluca Vialli - both with Chelsea. Di Matteo won the FA Cup twice as a player in 1997 and 2000 where he scored in both finals, before lifting the trophy as manager in 2012. Vialli also played in the 1997 final after coming on as a late sub and was manager when Chelsea triumphed again three years later.

Dave, Burnley – 20 August 2014

Am I right in saying that the 19,000 crowd for Man City [see Paul's question on 13 August] was a full house due to the Kippax being knocked down?

The Gaffer says:

It wasn't quite a full house but the capacity at the time was only around the 20,000 mark which explains the low number. The Kippax Street Terrace had to be demolished at the end of the 1993-94 season to comply with the requirements of the Taylor Report. City's final match with standing permitted took place on 30 April 1994, where a crowd of 33,594 watched them draw 2-2 with Chelsea. A three-tier stand was built in its place but wasn't officially opened by Bert Trautmann until October 1995.

Tom, London – 19 August 2014

Hi Gaffer - here's one for you: I have been a team-mate of and have played alongside John Ruddy, Steven Gerrard, Kasper Schmeichel, Gary Alexander, Clint Dempsey, Andre Wisdom and Sami Hyypia at some point in my career. Who am I?

The Gaffer says:

Whitbread PA

You are Zak Whitbread! The defender began his career with Liverpool in 2003 and played alongside Steven Gerrard and Sami Hyypia in cup games, before leaving for Millwall where he was a team-mate of Gary Alexander. In 2010, Whitbread joined John Ruddy at Norwich and then played with Kasper Schmeichel after signing for Leicester. Last season, he was loaned to Derby and featured in the same defence as Andre Wisdom, who the Rams were borrowing from Liverpool. And as for Clint Dempsey, the duo played together for the United States U20 team at the 2003 Fifa World Youth Championship. Whitbread played every game in their run to the quarter-finals, while Dempsey only made one substitute appearance against South Korea so they were only on the field together for 20 minutes. Great question, Tom.

Alexis Melkanov, Sofia – 19 August 2014

Have West Ham ever done the double over Arsenal in the Premier League era?

The Gaffer says:

Once - in the 2006-07 season. West Ham won both games 1-0 with Marlon Harewood scoring at Upton Park and Bobby Zamora netting in the reverse fixture.

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.

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).

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.

Chum, London – 13 April 2011

Which was the last team to win the FA Cup with an all-English side?

The Gaffer says:

The 1975 West Ham team who beat Fulham 2-0 in the final. The line-up was: Mervyn Day, John McDowell, Frank Lampard, Billy Bonds (c), Tommy Taylor, Kevin Lock, Billy Jennings, Graham Paddon, Alan Taylor, Trevor Brooking, Pat Holland.

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