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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).

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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