• 16Apr
    eric nixon

    Eric Nixon played in all four top English divisions during the 1986-87 season


    Can you name 11 players who have featured in all 4 English divisions during the modern era (1992-present)?

    For a bonus, there is an ex international England player who in 2000-2001 managed to play for 4 different teams in the 4 top divisions! Who is he?

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    Premier League – Championship – Division 1 – Division 2 (or equivalent)
    Boaz Myhill – Hull City – Hull City – Stockport County – Macclesfield Town
    Dean Whitehead – Sunderland – Sunderland – Oxford Utd – Oxford Utd
    Leon Cort – Stoke City – Hull City – Hull City – Southend Utd
    Andy Dawson – Hull City – Hull City – Scunthorpe Utd – Scunthorpe Utd
    Ian Ashbee – Hull City – Hull City – Hull City – Hull City
    Ryan France – Hull City – Hull City – Hull City – Hull City
    Matthew Etherington – Tottenham Hotspur – West Ham Utd – Peterborough Utd – Peterborough Utd
    Matt Taylor – Portsmouth – Portsmouth – Luton Town – Luton Town
    Bobby Zamora – Tottenham Hotspur – Brighton & Hove Albion – Bristol Rovers – Brighton & Hove Albion
    Kevin Davies – Southampton – Blackburn Rovers – Chesterfield – Chesterfield
    Dave Kitson – Reading – Reading – Cambridge Utd – Cambridge Utd
    Jason Roberts – West Brom – West Brom – Bristol City – Torquay Utd
    Sean Davis – Fulham – Fulham – Fulham – Fulham
    Michael Turner – Hull City – Hull City – Brentford – Leyton Orient
    Gary Hooper – Norwich City – Scunthorpe Utd – Scunthorpe Utd – Hereford Utd
    Tony Cottee – Everton – Birmingham City – Millwall – Barnet

    In the 2000-2001 season Tony Cottee played in all 4 top divisions in one season for Leicester, Norwich, Millwall and Barnet becoming the first player to do this since goalkeeper Eric Nixon who did the same in the 86-87 season.

  • 15Apr


    Following on from Australians who have played in the Premier League, today’s poser is……….

    Name 11 professional or ex pro footballers who have spent time in prison. Our list isn’t conclusive and is based on players who played in the UK so we haven’t included Colombia’s amazing goalkeeper Rene Higuita who managed to get himself imprisoned for 7 months after being involved in a kidnapping plot.

    Bonus Fact – Nizar Trabelsi. This Tunisian professional footballer who scored for Fortuna Dusseldorf on his debut in German football in 1990 was arrested in 1994 for his connections to Al-Qa’ida due his involvements in plotting terrorist attacks. He was also suspected of being a suspected future suicide bomber. After twelve years in custody, he is now being held in Washington D.C. without bond.

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    Ian Wright – Avoided paying Tax on his cars
    Stig Tofting – Headbutting a restaurant manager
    Peter Swan – Match Fixing
    Lee Hughes – Caused Death by dangerous driving
    Joey Barton – Assault
    Mickey Thomas – Money Laundering
    Peter Storey – Financing fake coins
    George Best – drunk driving, assaulting a police officer,failing to answer bail
    Duncan Ferguson – Head butting a Raith Rovers player in a off the pitch incident
    Jan Molby – Drunk driving
    Tony Adams – Drunk driving
    Ched Evans – Rape
    Gary Croft – Driving whilst disqualified (became the first player to play with an electronic tag)
    Marlon King -Sexual assault charges amongst others (currently on his 3rd jail sentence)
    Luke McCormick – two counts of death by dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol
    Jermaine Pennant – driving offences
    Micky Quinn – breached a driving ban twice in one year
    Adam Chapman – death by reckless driving
    James Cotterill – A punch during a game that left his opponent with a double fractured jaw
    Chris Zebroski – Robbery, attempted robbery and assault

    Who have we missed? Please add comments and we will update as necessary!

  • 13Apr
    vinny jones gazza

    1. The penalty kick was invented by William McCrum from Northern Ireland.

    2. The bicycle kick originates in Chile.

    3. Kevin Moran was the first player to be sent off in an FA Cup Final.

    4. Trevor Francis was the first £1 million pound player.

    5. Gary Lineker scored a hat trick for Barcelona against Real Madrid and for England against Spain.

    6. Ossie Ardiles played for Blackburn Rovers in the Second Division (Old).

    7. James Hayter scored the fastest ever football League hat trick in 2 minutes 20 seconds for AFC Bournemouth against Wrexham in 2004.

    8. The most consecutive wins without conceding a goal in the English Football League is 9 by Stockport County (in League Two between January 13, 2007 and March 3, 2007).

    9. The fastest goal scored by a substitute was timed at 1.8 seconds by Nicklas Bendtner (for Arsenal v. Tottenham Hotspur, 22 December 2007).

    10. The player with the most FA Cup wins is Ashley Cole with 7 – (Arsenal) (2002, 2003, 2005) & (Chelsea) (2007, 2009, 2010, 2012).

    11. Vinny Jones once grabbed Paul Gascoigne’s crotch in a Wimbledon v. Newcastle United match. Ouch!

    vinny jones gazza

    Plum challenge, England (1980s)