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Wednesday, 11 December, 2002, 17:22 GMT
Ask Albert - Number 85
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, UK

What are the opening and closing times of the next transfer window?

It will run from 1 January to 31 January - a football version of the January sales.

Managers looking to buy are working on their shopping lists, while a lot of clubs will be hoping to sell and bring in some much-needed money.

One thing is for sure, the transfer market will be buzzing as it has never done before at the start of the New Year.

Once January is through the window closes again until the summer.


Steven, Johnstone, Scotland

Where did Henrik Larsson play in his career before he moved to Celtic?

He had two Swedish clubs to begin with; Hogaborgs (1989-92) and Helsingborgs (1992-93); then Feyenoord (Holland) from 1993-97, before his 650,000 move to Celtic.

What a bargain. He has scored 132 goals in 165 games for The Hoops. How do they replace him when he goes home at the end of next season to finish his career in Sweden?


Sam Pettitt, England

If a player has been taken off injured, can he come back into play at any time?

He must be signalled back on to the field by the referee, no one else.

If the ref hasn't spotted that the player is waiting to resume, the assistant referee (linesman) can draw attention to this via the buzzer which connects him to the referee.


Eric Stone, UK

What is the furthest a non-league team has gone in the FA Cup and when did it happen?

Tottenham were the last non-league club to win the Cup, in 1901. They were then in the old Southern League.

Since then, the furthest progress by non-league sides has been to the fifth round, five times - by Colchester (in 1948), Yeovil (1949), Blyth Spartans (1978), Telford (1985) and Kidderminster (1994).


Roger, UK

Which player has scored the most goals in a single Premiership match?

Two players have each scored five in a Premiership game: Andy Cole for Man Utd against Ipswich in 1994-95 and Alan Shearer for Newcastle against Sheffield Wednesday in 1999-2000.


Colin, Southport

Did BBC pundits Gary Lineker, Alan Hansen and Mark Lawrenson ever play in the same FA Cup final?

Yes, they all played in the Merseyside final in 1986, which Liverpool won 3-1. Alan and Mark were in the Liverpool defence and Gary scored Everton's goal.


Chris Smith, Finland

When I played football at school, we ate oranges at half-time. Do professional players do the same nowadays?

No, oranges went out of vogue a long time ago. It is now reckoned that players need more liquid inside them. Some drink water at half-time, others have a cup of tea or a health drink like Lucozade.


Rob, England

What is the highest attendance ever at a football match and where was this?

The world record crowd has stood for half a century: 199,850 at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the World Cup final between Brazil and Uruguay on 16 July, 1950.


Steve, UK

I once saw footage of a referee heading a goal in a Spanish game, and wondered if a ref has ever scored in an English match?

There was an instance a couple of years ago in a parks league match in Essex.

One team were leading by a massive score. The referee took pity on the underdogs and, when the ball came into the goalmouth, he put it in the net. He was suspended by Essex FA and didn't ref again.


Mark Huggins, UK

When I was a young boy in the 1960s, there was a team called Bradford Park Avenue. Do you know what happened to them?

Bradford Park Avenue dropped out of the Football League in 1970 and were replaced by Cambridge United. They are still in existence, and currently lie third in the Unibond League Premier Division.


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