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Tuesday, 26 November, 2002, 20:21 GMT
Ask Albert - Number 83
Match of the Day's footballing sage Albert Sewell is poised to answer your queries on the beautiful game.

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Farooq Ahmed, England

How did Huddersfield Town get their nickname "The Terriers"?

It dates from 1968, when Ian Greaves was appointed manager. He felt the club had been living in the past too long, from the time the team Herbert Chapman built won three successive League titles in 1924-25-26.

A lot of the old team photographs disappeared from the boardroom and Greaves said: "From now on, we'll not be known as "Town" but as "The Terriers."

Sue, UK

Who was the player who got married on a Saturday and in the afternoon went on to score the winning goal in the FA Cup final?

Here's a question that has me stumped. The nearest I can get to that is Raich Carter, who captained Sunderland's Cup-winning team in 1937 and scored in the 3-1 Wembley win against Preston.

He married a few days before the final, and when the Queen presented him with the Cup she said: "That will make a fine wedding present."

Greg, Scotland

Have the Republic of Ireland ever beaten Greece in a full international?

No. The countries have met only twice, both friendlies. Greece beat them 1-0 in Dublin on 26 April 2000 and they have just played a 0-0 draw in Athens, on 20 November.

Robert Ensor, England

In what position did Third Lanark finish in the Scottish League the season before they folded?

Third Lanark, who lived in the shadow of Hampden Park, were in the Scottish League from 1890 until their demise in 1967, when they were closed down after a series of Board of Trade enquiries.

In their final season they finished 11th of 20 in Scottish Division Two.

Scally, California, USA

What is Liverpool hero Ian Rush doing these days?

Now aged 41, "Rushy" is fit and well, still on Merseyside, and has an ambassadorial role with Liverpool FC. He also plays in charity matches for the Liverpool Former Players team.

Gerry Naughton, England

Did goalkeeper Alex Stepney take penalties for Man United at one stage, and was he their top scorer when they went down to Division Two?

That season of relegation was 1973-74, and Stepney was their joint leading scorer with two penalties after the first 12 matches. At season's end United's top marksmen were Sammy McIlroy and Lou Macari, each with six goals.

Thomas Dolph, Sweden

The first game I saw live in England was Liverpool at home to Man United in season 1983-84. Am I correct that the result was 1-1? Who scored the goals? And wasn't Kenny Dalglish injured in that match?

Your memory is spot on, Thomas. That match was at Anfield on 2 January 1984, the score was 1-1 (Craig Johnston for Liverpool and Norman Whiteside with United's last-minute equaliser).

And, yes, Kenny Dalglish was injured - he fractured a cheekbone and was out of action for two months.

Phil, Exeter

What is the "mixed zone" at football grounds? Is it where the benches are?

No, it's the behind-the-scenes area, close to the dressing-rooms, where the players appear for interview when they have changed after the match.

Sam, Dublin

Does Mark Lawrenson come from football stock? Was his father a professional?

The answer is "yes", twice. Mark's dad, Tom, was a forward with Preston North End and Southport (1949-56). Father and son were both born in Preston.

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