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  Tuesday, 29 October, 2002, 15:53 GMT
Ask Albert - Number 79
Match of the Day's footballing sage Albert Sewell is poised to answer your queries on the beautiful game.

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Ryan, Belfast

What is the retirement age for referees in the Premiership?

It is 48, and the same for referees' assistants (linesmen) who previously had to retire at 45. One of our top refs retires on reaching the age limit at the end of this season -Harrow schoolmaster David Elleray.

Gary Billings, England

My dad played in the FA Cup for a team called Coventry Sporting in the early 1970s. I think it was in the first round proper, but can't find any record. Could you help?

Coventry Sporting played in the West Midlands Regional League and appeared in the first two rounds of the Cup in season 1975-76.

They were drawn at home both times and borrowed Coventry City's ground to beat Tranmere 2-0 (Gallagher 2) before losing there 4-0 to Peterborough. They were formed in 1946 as Coventry Amateurs and folded in 1989.

Rob Horsley, England

Can you tell me the formation played by Alf Ramsey in the 1966 World Cup final?

The team on the greatest day in England's history (30 July 1966) was Banks in goal...the back four Cohen, Jack Charlton, Moore and midfield Stiles, Ball and Peters...with Bobby Charlton playing close behind front men Hurst and Hunt.

Andrew, Mansfield

I see that Match of the Day have chosen Forest Green Rovers versus Exeter as the live game in the first round of the Cup. What part of the country do the come from?

Forest Green's ground is The Lawn at Nailsworth in Gloucestershire. They are in the lower half of the Conference, but were bottom when Colin Addison was appointed manager at the beginning of September.

And Motty will be at the mike when they play Exeter on Sunday 17 November.

Mark, Plymouth

Someone told me that after he finished playing and before he became a pundit, Mark Lawrenson managed two clubs. Who were they?

He managed Oxford United in 1988-89 and Peterborough United in 1989-90. As well as "punditing" for BBC TV and radio, Mark frequently flies to Dublin for internationals and Euro matches on Irish TV. Top man.

Dave, Manchester

Who has scored the most Premiership hat-tricks?

Alan Shearer heads that list with 11, followed by Robbie Fowler (9), Michael Owen (6) and Andy Cole and Ian Wright (5).


Is there some big celebration match coming up soon to mark the centenary of the great Real Madrid?

Yes, the European Champions will play a Fifa World XI at the Bernabeu Stadium on 18 December. The Fifa side will be managed by Felipe Scolari, who coached Brazil to this summer's World Cup triumph, and among the 16 players invited to take part are David Beckham and Michael Owen.

Steve, UK

Which was the first team to break the 100-point barrier in English League football?

York City, with 101 points as Division Four Champions in season 1983-84, hold that distinction. No Premiership side has yet reached 100 points - Manchester United came nearest with 92 in 1993-94.

Bradley Cotier, England

Who is the oldest outfield player ever to appear in the Premiership?

The answer is Gordon Strachan, now manager of Southampton. He was aged 40 years, two months and 24 days when he played for Coventry City at home to Derby County on 3 May 1997.

Robin, Scotland

I don't suppose Wayne Rooney has got a Scottish granny, has he?

Sorry to disappoint you Robin, but Wayne is fully qualified for England. What a gem Everton have discovered! He was born in Liverpool on 24 October 1985.

With over a year to go, he might just displace Michael Owen as England's full international since 1900. Michael was aged 18 years 59 days when he made his debut against Chile at Wembley in February 1998.

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