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first_imgTopics Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest James Anderson is presented with a framed picture in front of the James Anderson End at Old Trafford. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images Christopher Chan 陳祉俊 (@christopher_ccc)Think sometime in the mid-90s, the Coupe de France was sponsored by RTL/CANAL/TFI and every team had the same sponsors!August 10, 2017 Share on Messenger Share on Twitter features “Jimmy Anderson is to bowl at an end named after him,” tweets Just Lambert. “Have any footballers attacked ends named after them (not friendlies)?”“The North Stand at AFC Bournemouth was renamed the Steve Fletcher Stand in 2010, I believe, and he retired some two years later,” notes Nick Dent, correctly. “I recall it even had a big, beaming visage of his face on the top of the stand.” This was during Fletcher’s second spell at the club, with chairman Eddie Mitchell saying at the time: “The renaming of the North Stand is a great way to honour Steve’s service to the club and he is a much loved player amongst the supporters and wider community.”Knowledge archive“Given the amount of four-wheeled bling in the Premier League, how many other footballers have the same trait as David Bentley and share names with cars?”asked Derrick Cameron back in 2008.Mirror, signal, manoeuvre and off we go. Rayner Simpson gets us into gear with the following: “There’s a Brazilian who plays for Galatasaray called Lincoln and there’s this guy, Keisuke Honda (a Japanese international), who plies his trade at VVV-Venlo in Holland. And one of his colleagues in the Japan team is Keita Suzuki. How’s that for starters?” Top gear, Rayner, top gear. Revving up at the lights with some more is Ewan Amos with “Kilmarnock defender Simon Ford, Dean Holden of Falkirk and former Everton player Matteo Ferrari, who now plays for Roma.”Sticking with the F1 theme, Steve McClaren was pulled out of the glove-compartment by Abdulkarim Omar while Philip Mayer, writing from the Czech town of Mlada Boleslav where Skodas are made, unsurprisingly suggests Milan Skoda (Bohemians 1905) and Jaroslav Skoda (Most) in the Gambrinus Liga. “I don’t think they can be blamed for their teams occupying the two bottom places,” adds Philip. “They’re not much to look at but they’re nice little runners.” Boom boom!Any more for any more? Chris Morgan of Sheffield United, former West Brom manager and player Bryan Talbot, Chris “Mini” Cooper of Middlesbrough fame, Moritz “Toyota” Volz, Gillingham’s Simon “Rolls” Royce, Jody Morris (Minor), Roy of the Rovers and – thanks to Billy Stewart of Cumbernauld for this one – ex-Dundee, Oxford and Southampton striker Nicky Banger. How about Stephen Carr? No.For thousands more questions and answers take a trip through the Knowledge archiveCan you help?“I can remember goalkeepers in my younger days (eg Pat Jennings) occasionally playing without gloves,” writes Tony Crawford. “Is there a goalkeeper in any of the top leagues who still plays without gloves? If not, who was the last goalkeeper to regularly play without them?”“By the time Sunderland play Leeds this coming Saturday, our opening five competitive games of the 2017-18 season will have each been played on a different day of the week (Derby, Friday; Bury, Thursday; Norwich, Sunday; Sheffield Wednesday, Wednesday,” exclaims Phil Boyle. “Can anyone top this? Has there ever been a perfect 7?”“In a discussion with an uncle of mine, who was a punk fan in his youth,” writes Raphael Chaskalson, “it came up that Half Man Half Biscuit once produced a song called ‘All I Want For Christmas Is A Dukla Prague Away Kit’. You can view a stonking live performance here. This got me thinking – how many other football clubs have been featured by punk (or any other genre) on recorded tracks? To clarify: I’m not talking about bilge like Glory Glory Man United’.”“Last Tuesday Joe Morrell came off the bench for Bristol City in their 5-0 win against Plymouth in the League Cup,” begins Ross Foakes. “This was his second appearance for the club having made his debut on 8th October 2013, nearly four years ago. This got me thinking what is the record length of time between a player’s first and second appearances for a club ?”Send questions and answers to [email protected] or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU Football Share on WhatsAppcenter_img “Wayne Rooney finished last season winning the Europa League with Manchester United but finds himself this season starting the same competition in the third qualifying round with Everton. Has any other player gone from winning a competition (continental or domestic) to an even earlier starting round than this the following season?” asks Rob Fearnley.Darren Beach (among a good number of you) has this covered. “Look no further then a bunch of Champions League winners from Liverpool, who had to enter the Champions League in 2005-06 in the first qualifying round as title-holders,” he begins. They had finished fifth in the Premier League in 2004-05, behind Everton, of all teams, and with England allowed a maximum of four clubs one of them would have to drop into the Uefa Cup the following season.“The situation had happened before in Spain, when Real Madrid won the Champions League in 2000 but finished outside the top four, but the Spanish FA unsurprisingly chose to drop fourth-placed Zaragoza into the Uefa Cup and allow Madrid to defend their trophy. The FA had previously suggested it would do the same in a similar situation, but in May 2005 announced it had changed its mind, and said the Premier League top four would be their representatives. Thanks to the confusion, there was a lot of nagging and wailing from all sides before Liverpool were given a special Uefa dispensation to defend their trophy.“They faced a conveniently local tie against Total Network Solutions, a Steven Gerrard hat-trick leading the way in a 3-0 first-leg victory on 13 July 2005, just 49 days after he captained Liverpool to victory against Milan in Istanbul. Other players who played in both games were Steve Finnan, Sami Hyypia, Xabi Alonso, Jamie Carragher, John Arne Riise and Djibril Cissé.”Similar sponsors“What’s the most number of clubs in one competition with the same sponsor?” tweets Jack Tanner. “Emirates had three in the Champions League last season, could be 4 next season with Milan.”Plenty more than that, is the brief answer, Jack. “In the 1990 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, 16 out of 20 teams had Coca-Cola as their shirt sponsor,” points out Dirk Maas. “The current season in the Brazilian Série A hasn’t much variety regarding shirt sponsorship either: 15 out of 20 teams are sponsored by Caixa Bank.” There’s also this. Facebook Twitter Share via Email Pinterest The Knowledge ‘London’ stalling“‘London’ appears to be poorly represented in terms of appearing in team names,” reckons Jon Pople. “Who is the highest ranked football team with ‘London’ in their name? Also, do any other capital cities suffer with this in the same way?”“It appears that the highest-ranked teams with London in their names are London Colney and London Tigers, both of the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division, at the ninth level of the pyramid,” mails Alex Whiting. “As to other capital cities with similar situations, I can’t say that I’ve looked exhaustively but I can’t seem to find any football teams with Mexico City (or Ciudad de México) in their name, nor any with San Marino (or Città di San Marino) in their name.”But wait. Darren Beach offers more: “The Brazilian club Londrina, aka ‘Little London’ or ‘Londoner’, currently stand in mid-table in Serie B (second division),” he writes. “Londrina, the city, was named after a group of migrant Brits who’d built the local railway. Not one of Brazil’s more successful clubs, their best finish was fourth in the 1977 Brazilian Championship.”Stand and deliver Share on Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more