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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.

Ray Flanders, Lineker's bar, Magaluf – 18 August 2014

Gaff, me and my mates are enjoying a football debate under the sun with a beer (or 12). Our question is if you only consider home form who would have won most Premier Leagues?

The Gaffer says:

Great question! Going through each Premier League season in turn, if only home form were considered then there would have been a different title winner in five of the 22 seasons. In 1995/96 and 1996/97 the winners would've been Newcastle whose home records (W17-D1-L1 and W13-D3-L3 respectively) were superior to first-placed Manchester United's (W15-D4-L0 and W12-D5-L2). In 1998/99, second-placed Arsenal had a superior home record (W14-D5-L0) to first-placed United (W14-D4-L1). In 2000/01, once again second-placed Arsenal were better at home (W15-D3-L1) than winners United (W15-D2-L2). Finally, in 2001/02, Liverpool had the superior home record (12-5-2), but - get this - the second-best home record that year belonged to seventh-placed West Ham! (W12-D4-L3), with champions Arsenal (W12-D4-L3) in third. Hope you lads are enjoying those cold ones.

Woody Kite, Gretna – 15 August 2014

Who was the last Premier League defender to score more than 10 goals in a season?

The Gaffer says:

Dicks PA

No defender has ever scored more than 10 goals in a Premier League season, but there is one defender who has scored exactly 10 - Julian Dicks. He scored five from the penalty spot to help him on his way to double figures for West Ham. No defender has matched Dicks' feat since.

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).

Imran, Manchester – 22 March 2011

Which players have won the Premier League, that are the only players from their country to do so. Eg Dwight Yorke with Man Utd who comes from Trinidad & Tobago.

The Gaffer says:

This is one of my 'classic questions', so apologies to long-term readers who may have seen it on the old site or on Orange World. Here's the full list: Alex Manninger (Austria), Dimitar Berbatov (Bulgaria), Peter Schmeichel (Denmark), Michael Essien (Ghana), Eidur Gudjohnsen (Iceland), Park Ji-Sung (Korea), Christopher Wreh (Liberia), Tomasz Kuszczak (Poland), Dwight Yorke (Trinidad and Tobago), Oleg Luzhny (Ukraine), Diego Forlan (Uruguay). N.B. Quinton Fortune (South Africa) didn't play enough games in one season to win a title while at Manchester United.

Darren Stow, Boston – 28 February 2011

Who played in the Premiership and was also on the plane of the Munich air crash but obviously survived?

The Gaffer says:

Lukic PA

A horrible urban myth this one. The answer is supposedly the unborn John Lukic in his mother's womb, but it's untrue. Lukic was born in December 1960, nearly three years after the tragedy - that's one long pregnancy! There was at least a passenger called Lukic on the flight, which is where the myth stems from.

Zac Bearshaw, Rochdale – 16 February 2011

Which Football League team is closest to the River Mersey?

The Gaffer says:

Edgeley Park PA

Stockport County's Edgeley Park. The River Mersey starts where the River Goyt and River Tame - which run off the Derbyshire hills - meet under the MerseyWay Shopping Centre in the centre of Stockport.

Rambo, Scotland – 11 February 2011

What's the only team in Britain with a J in its name?

The Gaffer says:

Of note? St Johnstone.

Paul, Angelsey – 10 February 2011

Has the score of Forfar 4 East Fife 5 ever happened?

The Gaffer says:

East Fife have never beaten Forfar by that infamous scoreline. However, in the 1963/1964 season, Forfar did beat East Fife 5-4 in a Scottish Division Two match.

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