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Last Updated: Wednesday, 19 March, 2003, 16:51 GMT
Ask Albert - Number 96
Ask Albert
Match of the Day's footballing sage Albert Sewell is poised to answer your queries on the beautiful game.

Stephen, England

England's World Cup winners had a re-match with the 1966 West Germany team in 1985 in aid of the Bradford fire appeal, but all record of this game seems to have been wiped. Do you have any details, please?

The match was played at Elland Road, Leeds on 28 July 1985 two months after the Bradford disaster. England won 6-4 with another hat-trick by Geoff Hurst, at the age of 46.

Dougie Davidson, Scotland

I read somewhere that for every substitution and every goal there are 30 seconds of added time at the end of the half. Is this true?

There is no set time added on for substitutions or when goals are scored. The fourth official keeps a check on such things and this is built into the 'added time' at the end of each half.

Matthew Fish, England

Can you tell me which team won the League Cup in 1962?

Norwich City won the 1962 League Cup final in the second season of that competition. The final was played home-and-away, and Norwich beat Rochdale 4-0 on aggregate (3-0 away, 1-0 at home).

Chris, Wolverhampton

Who was the last manager to be sacked by Liverpool?

It hasn't happened for 44 years, since Phil Taylor was dismissed in 1959. He was replaced by Bill Shankly, who arrived from Huddersfield Town and Liverpool FC was reborn.

Maggie, Oldham

How many holes are there in each goal-net at Premiership and Nationwide League grounds?

You nearly sent me to Stamford Bridge to count them, Maggie, but I got the answer form the leading firm of net-makers in Dorset - it is 3,900.

Damien, Harrogate, Yorkshire

Who was the first black player to score for England in a full international?

That was Watford's Luther Blissett with a hat-trick in England's 9-0 win against Luxembourg in a European Championship qualifier at Wembley on 15 December 1982.

James C, England

Most people would say that Uruguay won the first World Cup, but it is strongly argued in the north-east that West Auckland achieved this distinction in the early 1900s. What is your opinion?

What is now the Fifa World Cup began in 1930, but Great Britain won an inaugural and unofficial world competition in 1909. Sir Thomas Lipton, a millionaire with business interests in Britain and Italy, decided to stage a tournament in Turin between teams from Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Great Britain.

The English FA declined to nominate an entry, but via one of Sir Thomas' employees in the north-east, West Auckland Town's team of coal miners raised the money to take part. They beat Stuttgart (Germany) 2-0 and then Swiss side FC Winterhouse 2-0 in the final in Turin on 12 April 1909. They returned to Italy two years later and successfully defended their titleż and the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy is still held by West Auckland.

Wilbur, New York, USA

I seem to remember a Cup Final at Wembley where the trophy was presented to the winning club's manager, not to the captain, or did I dream it?

It happened, true enough - in the 1983 League (Milk) Cup Final after Liverpool beat Manchester United 2-1. Skipper Graeme Souness and the team sent manager Bob Paisley up the 39 steps to receive the cup and mark his last season before retiring.

Stuart Colley, UK

I have been told that there are five different players who have all scored in the Premiership for five different clubs. Do you know who they are?

My thanks to radio's Sport on Five for supplying this answer on-air the other night. They are: Stan Collymore, Ashley Ward, Benito Carbone, Dean Saunders and Mark Hughes.

Pete, UK

What are the origins of Manchester City FC?

They were founded in 1887 as Ardwick FC and became Manchester city in 1894, two years after entering the Football League, Division Two. They have played at Maine Road since 1923, but this is their farewell season there. They move to the City of Manchester Stadium (built for the latest Commonwealth Games) for the start of next season.

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