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Wednesday, 4 December, 2002, 15:16 GMT
Ask Albert - Number 84
Send Albert your festive footballing queries
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 if you have a question.

And here's a special invitation from Albert for the festive season: If you've a special question about Christmas football, let's hear it!

HAVE YOUR SAY

Gareth Connolly, England

Who has won more trophies, Manchester United or Liverpool? Please settle a work-related argument. I say Liverpool.

You are right. Liverpool have won 37 major competitions to United's 28.

Liverpool's trophies: League Championship 18 times, FA Cup: six, League Cup: six, European Cup: four, Uefa Cup: three.

United's trophies: FA Cup 10, League Championship: seven, Premier League: seven, European Cup: two, Cup-Winners' Cup: one, League Cup: one.


Chris, Wolverhampton

Why is Bolton striker Henrik Pedersen known as "The Carpenter"?

Henrik explains: "When I was about 16 back home in Denmark, I had an afternoon job in a furniture shop. I wore brown trousers, but didn't have time to change them for evening training, and team-mates started calling me 'The Carpenter'. It has stuck."


P Devine, Netherlands

Who is England's all-time leading scorer?

Sir Bobby Charlton, with 49 goals, is England's top shot in international football. Gary Lineker ran him close with 48.


Steve Looker, USA

I have a good collection of Arsenal programmes, including the League-winning game for every season except 1932-33. Can you tell me the actual match in which they clinched the title that season?

There were two points for a win in those days, and Arsenal finished four points clear of Aston Villa. Looks as if they clinched it when, with three games to go, they went to Chelsea and won 3-1. Incidentally, that was the season when Arsenal were victims of the biggest-ever Cup shock - they lost 2-0 away to Walsall.


Roger, Lancaster

Which player has made the most consecutive appearances in the history of the Premiership?

Goalkeeper David James holds the distinction with 159 consecutive League games for Liverpool. He was ever-present from February 1994 to February 1998.


Dave, Sunderland

What is the closest Liverpool have ever come to winning the Premiership?

They have never been close. Second last season is the nearest they have come in position, but they finished seven points behind champions Arsenal. Liverpool have finished third three times, in 1996, 1998 and 2001.


John, Belfast

Is it true that Manchester United once lost their first 10 games in a League season?

It was worse than that, John. United kicked-off season 1930-31 with what is still the record-worst run of 12 consecutive defeats in Division One. They finished bottom by nine points, with 115 goals against.


Adrian, London

How many sponsors has the League Cup had since it began?

The League Cup began in season 1961-62. It became the Milk Cup in 1981, the Littlewoods Cup in 1986, the Rumbelows Cup in 1990, the Coca-Cola Cup in 1992 and its five-year deal with Worthington ends this season.


Art, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Did Middlesbrough nearly go bust some years ago?

It was very close. Boro went into liquidation after they were relegated to the Third Division in 1986, and their old ground at Ayresome Park was padlocked by the administrators. But a consortium that included present chairman Steve Gibson rescued them, and Middlesbrough FC 1986 Ltd was formed. Which is why '1986' is on the club crest.


Martin, Oxford

Who has scored the most hat-tricks in a season?

That record has stood for a long time: nine by George Camsell for Middlesbrough in Division Two in season 1926-27. Dixie Dean set the record for career League hat-tricks with 37 for Tranmere and Everton (1924-38).


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