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Wednesday, 13 November, 2002, 21:26 GMT
Ask Albert - Number 81
Match of the Day's footballing sage Albert Sewell is poised to answer your queries on the beautiful game.

Fill in the form at the bottom of the page to send Albert into action.


Leo O'Donnell, England

Who does Everton's Wayne Rooney have to beat (in terms of age) to become the youngest player capped by England in a senior international?

Michael Owen is in the record book as England's youngest cap for over a century - since 1900. He was aged 18 years, 59 days when he played against Chile at Wembley on 11 February 1998.

Adrian, Wales

When was the last time West Ham beat Liverpool, and who scored?

That was in the Premiership on 27 November 1999: West Ham 1-0 Liverpool, scorer Trevor Sinclair right on half-time. They haven't beaten Liverpool at Anfield for 39 years - since winning 2-1 there on 14 September 1963.

Rob Arnold, Nottingham

Nottingham Forest's unbeaten League record of 42 games was ended by Liverpool at Anfield, but which team ended their undefeated home record in that run?

Forest 0-1 Brighton, scorer Gerry Ryan, was the first home League defeat for Brian Clough's men in 52 matches over two-and-a-half years. Mark Lawrenson played in the Brighton side that produced such a shock.

Robert Buttwell, England

Who is the youngest-ever captain of an FA Cup-winning team?

That record has stood for 38 years, since Bobby Moore captained West Ham in their Wembley triumph against Preston in 1964. He was aged 23 years and 20 days.

Mike Gibson, England

Where can I find Sunderland's scorer in the 1-1 draw away to Burnley (Division One) on 7 September 1896? This is their only scorer I am missing since 1890.

Suggest you write to the Sports Editor of the Sunderland echo. If the paper or the club itself can't help, you might have to give up on this one. Hope not. Good luck!

Graham Lyon, Liverpool

Can you settle a dispute and confirm that West Ham's ground is called the Boleyn Ground?

Yes, West Ham United's official address is: Boleyn Gound, Green Street, Upton Park, London E13 9AZ. It's been their home since 1904. Will the Premiership still be their other "home" next season?

Ian, Sheffield

When was the first penalty shoot-out?

Manchester United were the first club to win a competitive match in English football via a shoot-out, 4-3 away to Hull City in the pre-season Watney Cup semi-final on 1 August, 1970, after a 1-1 draw aet. In that penalty contest, George Best was the first scorer and Denis Law the first to miss.

Matt Hansen, England

In a previous Ask Albert, you said that all players must where sleeved jerseys. What about the Cameroon national team at this year's World Cup?

Cameroon did wear sleeved jerseys in the World Cup - they were told they must do so by Fifa after turning out "sleeveless" in pre-tournament action.

Dave, UK

Am I right in thinking that the mighty Crystal Palace went a season winning all their games?

You wish, Dave! Palace were champions of Division Three South in 1920-21, Division Two in 1978-79 and Division One in 1993-94, but never with an unbeaten record, least of all as winners in every game.

Andrew, England

How come newly-formed Airdrie United have started in Scottish Division Two and not the bottom Division?

Airdrie United were formed to take over Second Division Clydebank, who folded in July - so it's simply a name change. First Division Airdrieonians went under last May, and Gretna, from the English Unibond League, were voted into the Scottish League (Div Three) as their replacement.

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