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Thursday, 7 December, 2000, 20:01 GMT
Ask Albert - Number 8
Happy New Year from Albert

Nick from the UK asks:

Q: Has any club amassed 100 points in a season since three points for a win came into force?

A: Since the Football League introduced three points for a win in season 1981-82, four clubs have cracked the 100-points barrier: York amassed 101 points in division four in 1983-84; Swindon 105 points in division four in 1985-86; and two in 1998-99 - Sunderland 105 points in division one and Fulham 101 points in division two. It looks as if Fulham are well on their way to doing it again this season.

Crafty from Reading asks:

Q: What happens if, during a game, players get sent off one by one; is there a limit on sendings-off before a game is forfeited?

A: Fifa stipulated that a game must be abandoned if either side is reduced to fewer than seven players. It would then be for the competition organisers to decide if the result should stand.

Karl from the UK asks:

Q: Can you tell me which five clubs have won the F.A. Cup most times please?

A: The F.A. Cup winners list is headed by Manchester United with ten triumphs. Then come Tottenham (8), Aston Villa and Arsenal (7 each), Blackburn and Newcastle (6 each).

Alan Roberts from Ireland asks:

Q: If a player is substituted during a match, can he later be substituted back on?

A: No he can't. The rules say that once a player is substituted, he is out of the game.

Stephen Field from England asks:

Q: As far as I am aware, the stadium standards for the Premiership are "all-seater." So will Fulham be allowed to compete in the top division if they win promotion this season, as Craven Cottage has vast amounts of terracing?

A: Fulham have already checked this out and been told by the Premier League that they would be able to play against Man. United, Arsenal and company at Craven Cottage next season, while new ground arrangements are being put in place.

Elaine Okley from the UK asks:

Q: What was the first ever game on Match of the Day?

A: It was Liverpool 3-2 Arsenal on Saturday, August 22nd 1964 in black and white on BBC 2 at 6:30pm. The commentator was Kenneth Wostenholme and the viewing audience was estimated at 20,000 (compared with the actual match attendance of 47,620).

Matthew Davies from Wales asks:

Q: Wales have only qualified once for the World Cup. What were their results?

A: That was in Sweden in 1958, when all four countries qualified for the final series for the only time. Wales' results were: Wales 1-1 Hungary; Wales 1-1 Mexico; Wales 0-0 Sweden; Wales 2-1 Hungary; Wales 0-1 Brazil.

David from the UK asks:

Q: What was the biggest comeback of all-time (e.g. 5-0 to 5-6)?

A: In the old second division on December 21 1957, Charlton were 5-1 down at home to Huddersfield with 28 minutes left, down to ten men too through injury (no substitutes during these days). But they won 7-6 with five goals from left winger Johnny Summers. The Huddersfield manager who could never believe it was Bill Shankly!

Peter Valcarcel from the UK asks:

Q: When did South Africa and England last meet and what was the result?

A: There has been only one full international between the countries. It was at Old Trafford on May 24 1997 and ended: England 2 (Robert Lee, Ian Wright) South Africa 1 (Masinga). The crowd was 52,676.

Darshans Patel from England asks:

Q: What do you think is left of Kevin Keegan's career? Will he be a football guru on TV or come back somewhere as a manager?

A: Kevin has gone very low profile since he resigned the England post. Having left managerial jobs with Newcastle, Fulham and England, he may well have decided, "no more," but after a break he might fancy giving it another try. At this moment I doubt if Kevin knows himself.

Laurie from London asks:

Q: Has any Premiership side fielded a team entirely without foreigner players this season?

A: Yes, George Graham's Tottenham line-up away to Manchester United on December 2 comprised all English, Scottish and Rep. of Ireland players: Sullivan, Perry, Campbell, Thelwell, Carr, Anderton, Sherwood, King, Clemence, Ferdinand and Armstrong.

Nicky from Northampton asks:

Q: Who have been the last five winners of Match of the Day's Goal of the season?

A: 1996 Tony Yeboah (for Leeds v Liverpool, Premier League); 1997 Trevor Sinclair (QPR v Barnsley, FA Cup 4th Round); 1998 Dennis Bergkamp (Arsenal v Leicester, Premier League); 1999 Ryan Giggs (Manchester United v Arsenal, FA Cup semi-final); 2000 Paolo di Canio (West Ham v Wimbledon, Premier League).

Neil Yeomans from England asks:

Q: Do England players receive a cap every time they play for their country?

A: No. They get one cap for each tournament they play in (i.e. World Cup or European Championship) and separate caps for every international.

Geordie from England asks:

Q: What is the nickname of the most famous FA Cup giant-killers, Yeovil Town?

A: They are known as the Glovers, because Yeovil is historically a glove-making town. They have had 20 FA Cup triumphs over League opponents.

Andrew from Worcester asks:

Q: I'm wondering... Ledley King's ten-second goal for Tottenham at Bradford City (December 9) is the fastest yet in the Premier League, but is it also the quickest goal scored in the top division?

A: No, that particular record has stood for 52 years - a great goal in seven seconds by winger Bobby Langton for Preston v Manchester City in the old first division on August 25, 1948.

Julie from London asks:

Q: On which days will Match of the Day be on the air over the Festive Season?

A: Great news for all MOTD fans. There will be four programmes in ten days: December 23, December 26, December 30 and January 1. And directly after that, it's the FA Cup 3rd round on January 6.

George Brann from England asks:

Q: Who has held the FA Cup longest?

A: Do I smell a trick question? Manchester United have won the cup most times (ten), but Portsmouth held it for the longest period. They won it in 1939... then came the war... and the trophy stayed in Pompey's possession for seven years until the competition was resumed in season 1946-47.

David from England asks:

Q: Can you tell me the oldest football club in the world?

A: That is Sheffield FC, who were formed in 1857. They wear that date on their present-day shirts.

Mark from Leeds asks:

Q: Who were the first club to have a magazine programme?

A: Chelsea set the fashion on Christmas Day, 1948, when they launched a 16-page programme for their match at home to Portsmouth. It cost sixpence (two and a half pence in today's money) and was an instant hit. Arsenal followed suit at the start of the next season.

Matin Finn from Ireland asks:

Q: Who was the other player before Les Ferdinand (QPR, Newcastle and Tottenham) to score a Premiership hat-trick for three different clubs?

A: That was Kevin Campbell, for Arsenal, Nottingham Forest and his present club Everton.

John from Gateshead asks:

Q: Who was Crewe's manager before Dario Gradi? He seems to have been there ages!

A: He has! He took over from Peter Morris in June 1983 and is currently the longest serving manager with one club.

Matt from England asks:

Q: Who is the Premiership's record goalscorer?

A: Alan Shearer is way ahead as the highest scorer of goals in the Premier League with a total of 181. He scored 112 for Blackburn and 69 for Newcastle up to the time of his present injury.

Dan from London asks:

Q: I'm interested in family records in football. Is it true that a father and his son have each won League Championship and FA Cup winners medals.?

A: It certainly is. John Aston senior and John Aston junior each did this with Manchester United.

Jeanne from Manchester asks:

Q: Who were the last English club to reach 100 points in a season?

A: Two clubs passed the century of league points in season 1998-99. Sunderland topped Division One with 105 and Fulham won Division 2 with 101. The best total by a Premiership club is 92 points by Manchester United in 1993-94.

Stuart from London asks:

Q: What are the dates of the World Cup finals in 2002 and how many matches will there be?

A: The 2002 finals will run from May 31 to June 30 with the 64 matches split between South Korea and Japan. There will be three kick-off times: 3.30pm local time (7am here), 6pm (11pm) and 8.30pm (12.30am).

Mark from Cornwall asks:

Q: What is Sunderland's nickname now that they are no longer the 'Rokermen'?

A: The club let their fans decide after the move to the Stadium of Light in 1997 and they voted for 'Black Cats'.

Tommy Howlader from England asks:

Q: How many honours have Southampton won and who scored their FA Cup-winning goal against Manchester United in 1976?

A: Bobby Stokes scored Saints' Wembley winner in one of the all-time Cup final shocks. That remains the only prize in the club's history. They were champions of Division Three South in 1921-22 and old Division Three in 1959-60.

Junior from Cheltenham asks:

Q: Do teams awarded a free-kick under this season's ten-yard experiment have the option NOT to move the kick forward, as free-kick experts such as David Beckham and Gianfranco Zola are obviously more deadly from 20 yards than ten?

A: There is no option at present, but international referee Graham Poll has advised the FA that they should consider some modification so that the advantage stays with the team awarded the free-kick.

Geoff from Somerset asks:

Q: What is the furthest a non-league team has gone in the FA Cup?

A: Tottenham were the last non-league club to win the Cup in 1901, when in the Southern League. Since then, round five is the furthest progress made by non-league sides; Colchester in 1948, Yeovil 1949, Blyth Spartens 1978, Telford 1985 and Kidderminster 1994. Could we be due another?

Vicky from Manchester asks:

Q: What is the address of the Football Association now that they have left Lancaster Gate?

A: The FA's move was set up by Adam Crozier who joined them as chief executive last January. The spacious new offices are at 25 Soho Square, London W1D 4FA.

Albert looks forward to receiving your questions next week and wishes all a Happy New Year.

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