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  Friday, 22 March, 2002, 15:24 GMT
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Chris Richardson, England

Which club has drawn most league games in a season?

The record is 23 draws, by four clubs: Norwich (Div 1, season 1978-79); Exeter (Div 4, 1986-87) and Cardiff and Hartlepool (both Div 3 1997-98). Nottingham Forest are this season's draw experts with 17.

Al, Leeds

Has any club been demoted more than once from the Football League?

Newport County dropped out of the League twice. They failed to gain re-election at the end of 1930-1 and finished bottom in 1987-88. Halifax Town are in danger of sharing that particular record with them at the end of this season - they were demoted in 1993.

David Forbes, UK

I recently visited Botswana, and our distributor there is adamant that he played for Fulham when Alan Mullery was there. His name is Lincoln Karkari and he originally came from Ghana. Can you check his Fulham connection?

Alan Mullery played for Fulham between 1972-76, but there is no trace of a Lincoln Karkari ever being in the first team. Of course, he might have been a reserve player there, but it's a long time ago and the club have no trace.

Stuart, Sheffield

Regarding the match between Sheffield United and WBA being abandoned through a "shortage of United players" on the field, can you tell me the precise wording in the Laws of the Game which says a match must be called off if one team is down to fewer than seven players?

This is one of many situations not covered in the actual Laws, but is dealt with in a recommendation years ago by the International Board. Its decision was approved by Fifa, the FA and the Football League, and the wording says:

"The Board is of the opinion that a match should not continue if there are fewer than seven players in either team."

Jake, Edinburgh

How does a referee continue to control a game, say on Sunday morning on a park pitch, if his whistle packs up and another one is not available?

My referee contact says he has known this to happen once. The match ref kept the game going by using a white handkerchief to signal with, which proves the old adage "where there's a will, there's a way".

Louis, Merseyside

I noticed that 16 players were sent off in the English divisions on 16 March. What is the record total of red cards on one day?

Those 16 dismissals on 16 March set a new one-day record in the English League. There were two in the Premiership, six in Division One, four in Division Two and four in Division Three. Sheffield United contributed three to the total. The previous record was 15 sendings-off on 31 October 1998.

Chris, Scotland

I have a bet with my mate that only one foreign player has scored 100 Premiership goals, and that player is Dwight Yorke. Am I correct?

You collect, Chris. Of the eight players who have passed 100 goals in the Premiership, seven are England internationals and Dwight Yorke is the other.

Rob, Worcester

Is it true that Worcester City once beat Liverpool?

They certainly did and I was there (reporting for the Daily Telegraph in those days). It was in the third round of the FA Cup and Worcester won 2-1. Liverpool were then in the old Second Division and their manager was Phil Taylor. A few months later Bill Shankly took over and Liverpool were on their way to greatness.

Marcus, UK

Who was the first 500,000 player?

Kevin Keegan cost SV Hamburg that amount when he moved from Liverpool in June 1977. The first 500,000 signing by a British club was David Mills, whose transfer from Middlesbrough to West Bromwich Albion in January 1979 cost 516,000.

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