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Laurence, London – 2 October 2014

Who has scored against the most premier league clubs? Is it Lampard with 39?

The Gaffer says:

Lampard PA

You've answered your own question Laurence because it is indeed Lampard, whose volley for Manchester City against his old side Chelsea made it 39 clubs to concede a goal against him in the Premier League. With that goal, he overtook Andy Cole, who scored against 38. Since the Prem began in 1992/93, 46 clubs have played in it, so Lampard has only failed to score against seven of them. Two of those - Oldham and Swindon - he never played against, so it's only Ipswich, Watford, Cardiff, Burnley and QPR who can boast that Lampard has never scored against them in the top flight.

Bimo, Liverpool – 2 October 2014

Name three Frenchmen to score in the Merseyside derby since the Premier League began.

The Gaffer says:

How about four? Olivier Dacourt was the first with a goal in the opening minute in Everton's 3-2 defeat at Anfield in April 1999; Nicolas Anelka scored in a 1-1 draw in February 2002; Djibril Cisse, the Lord of the Manor of Frodsham, netted in a 3-1 Liverpool win at Goodison in December 2005 and Sylvain Distin scored an equaliser in a 2-2 draw in January 2011.

Scott, Hull – 1 October 2014

Hi Gaffer great site! Which four players have won the champions league 2 years in a row with different clubs? :)

The Gaffer says:

Desailly PA

Great question! Gerard Pique won the Champions League with Man United in 2007/08 (although he didn't play in the final he made three appearances during the campaign, including the quarter-final v Roma), then won it again the following season with Barcelona. Samuel Eto'o was a team-mate of Pique's in the Barca team of 2008/09, then won it with Inter Milan the next season. Going a bit further back, Paulo Sousa lifted the trophy with Juventus in 1995/96 then Borussia Dortmund in 1996/97. And finally Marcel Desailly (pictured) triumphed with Marseille in 1992/93, then left for AC Milan and won it again in 1993/94.

Alfie Buckley, London – 1 October 2014

Which player, in the current Chelsea squad, has played away against Shrewsbury Town at the New Meadow Ground??

The Gaffer says:

It's Didier Drogba. He was part of a Galatasaray side that won 3-0 at the New Meadow in a pre-season friendly against the Shrews in the summer of 2013. The Turkish side trained at St George's Park for a week and also played a friendly at Notts County. Drogba joined Wesley Sneijder, Emmanuel Eboue, Johan Elmander and Albert Riera in the XI.

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.

Paul Eastwood, UK – 9 December 2010

Name the footballer who has scored a goal in the top flight in the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s?

The Gaffer says:

Roy Race, from Roy of the Rovers. Next!

Aaron, Leeds – 14 February 2011

Which is the biggest stadium in the world?

The Gaffer says:

May Day Stadium

The Rungrado May Day Stadium in North Korea can seat 150,000, making it the largest non-racing stadium capacity in the world. The Maracana in Rio seats 88,992, but reputedly housed a whopping 199,854 spectators for the 1950 World Cup final.

Taffy, UK – 9 December 2010

Is it true that West Auckland in County Durham won the first World Cup?

The Gaffer says:

West Auckland were the winners of the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy, one of the first international footballing competitions, in its two initial years (1909 and 1911). It is sometimes referred to as 'The First World Cup' but is predated by the Torneo Internazionale Stampa Sportiva, which was hosted in 1908, as the first international competition.

Nick, Weymouth – 9 December 2010

Can you tell me the players and scorers in the first FA Cup final?

The Gaffer says:

Wanderers beat the Royal Engineers 1-0 in the first FA Cup final at The Oval in 1872. The goal was scored by Betts, who strangely played under the pseudonym 'A H Chequer'. The full Wanderers line-up was: Welch, Alcock, Betts, Bonsor, Bowen, Crake, Hooman, Lubbock, Thompson, Vidal, Wollaston. The Royal Engineers' team was Marindin, Merriman, Addison; Creswell, Mitchell, Renny-Tailyour; Rich, Goodwyn, Muirhead, Cotter, Bogle.

Simon, Matlock – 9 December 2010

Which team won the FA Cup and never scored?

The Gaffer says:

This is a double trick question. You probably expect the answer to be The Royal Engineers, because Willie Never supposedly scored for them in the FA Cup final. However it's not true, as The Royal Engineers have not had a player called Never on their books at any point and he certainly didn't score in their 1875 triumph. Their team that day was Capt William Merriman, Lieut George Sim, Lieut Gerald Onslow, Lieut Richard Ruck, Lieut Pelham von Donop, Lieut Charles Wood, Lieut Herbert Rawson, Lieut William Stafford, Capt Henry Renny-Tailyour, Lieut Cecil Wingfield-Stratford, Lieut Alexander Mein. Old Etonians are also given as the answer in some cases, but Never has never (excuse the pun) represented them either.

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