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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).

Joe, Everton Valley – 14 February 2011

Who sung You'll Never Walk Alone first? Liverpool or Celtic?

The Gaffer says:

Kop PA

Although there is no clear evidence, most claim Liverpool sung the anthem before Celtic. The song is actually taken from the musical Carousel composed by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, and only became a terrace favourite after it was covered by Gerry and the Pacemakers in November 1963. Liverpool supporters adopted it which footage from Panorama in 1964 shows, however there is no concrete evidence that is was before or after Celtic. As an aside, the song was first heard in a footballing capacity at the 1958 memorial service for the Munich Air Disaster, but Man Utd didn't adopt it as an anthem, unlike Liverpool, Celtic, Feyenoord, FC Twente and FC Tokyo to name but five.

Harry, UK – 14 February 2011

Who is the oldest person to play league football?

The Gaffer says:

John Ryan PA

John Ryan (pictured), the owner of Doncaster Rovers, who brought himself on as substitute in the last minute of a game in 2003 aged 52 years, 11 months. Aside from that cameo appearance, the real accolade should go to Sir Stanley Matthews, who played his final game for Stoke on 6 February 1965. He was 50 years and 4 days old.

Woody, Clitheroe – 14 February 2011

Why are Hartlepool called the Monkey Hangers?

The Gaffer says:


During the Napoleonic wars a French ship was wrecked off the coast of Hartlepool and amongst its wreckage was the ship's pet monkey. Thinking the animal could be a French spy, the residents of Hartlepool held a trial and sentenced it to death by hanging.

Crag, Wigan – 14 February 2011

What is the highest number you can have on the back of your shirt?

The Gaffer says:

Ceni PA

It depends entirely on the league in question, and whether they entertain such nonsense - Mido requested 99 when he joined Tottenham, but the Premier League refused. Looking further afield, Rogerio Ceni wore number 618 during his record-breaking 618th appearance for Sao Paolo, which is believed to be the highest shirt number ever worn during a professional match. Vitor Baia wore 99 for Porto in the 2003 Uefa Cup final, which is the highest number in a European match.

Harry, Torpoint – 9 December 2010

What's the most amount of goals scored in an English league match?

The Gaffer says:

Seventeen, set on Boxing Day 1935 when Tranmere spanked Oldham 13-4.

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