Apologies for the delay in posting these – we’re acutely aware it’s now March, and we should have done this weeks ago! Thank you to everyone who had a go at this quiz and has waited patiently for the results – we hope you enjoyed it and it kept your brains ticking over during the Christmas period…
1) These days, football at Christmas is usually associated with Boxing Day. That hasn’t always been the case though. In which year was a full league programme last played on Christmas Day itself in England?
1957 (a few games were played on Christmas Day of 1958, but not a full programme)
2) Santa is very real. Or, at least, FC Santa Claus is a very real football club with a very festive name. Which country are they from?
3) Which famous Argentinian goalscorer was equally festively nicknamed ‘El Ángel Gabriel’?
4) What is another, more seasonal, name for the 4-3-2-1 formation?
The Christmas Tree
5) Historically, they are probably the best known and most successful of all the women’s football teams that came out of the munitions factories of World War One. They played (and won) their first match on Christmas Day 1917 in front of a crowd of ten thousand. Who were they?
The Dick, Kerr Ladies
6) There are numerous English teams that are (or have been) nicknamed ‘The Robins’. Can you name TWO of them?
Any two of these:
Charlton Athletic (no longer used)
7) In Scotland, you’ll find teams playing at grounds with names that sound like the kind of place you’d go to get your Christmas tree (yeah, we’re reaching!), such as Fir Park and Fir Hill. Which two clubs play at these grounds?
Motherwell and Partick Thistle respectively. This one stumped a lot of you!
8) If you need lights for your tree, you might want to head over to Sunderland, where they have a whole stadium of the stuff! However, there’s also another ‘Stadium of Light’, the Estádio da Luz. Where is it, and who plays there?
Lisbon – Benfica (there have actually been two stadiums known by this name in Lisbon over the decades).
9) Since there’s always a classic musical on the telly over Christmas, which TWO British teams are most closely associated with the song from the film and stage show Carousel, ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’?
Liverpool and Celtic
10) Another Christmas movie TV staple is Mary Poppins. Which legendary striker received this as a (not very flattering) nickname?
11) In January 2018, football lost the trailblazing West Brom legend Cyrille Regis, who sadly died aged only 59. At WBA in the late 1970s, Regis was known as one of the club’s ‘Three Degrees’. Who were the other two?
Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson
12) What was unusual about the FA Cup third round tie between Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace in January 2018?
The first competitive match in England to have VAR technology available. In the end, it wasn’t used.
13) By the end of the 2017-18 campaign, Manchester City had become the first club to score 100 points in a top flight season. Ten years earlier, Derby County set a more unwanted record for the fewest points scored in a season. How many points did Derby get in 2007-08?
Eleven points. That’s a whole 89 points fewer than City a decade later!
14) In the group stages of the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League, five cities had two clubs each in the draw. Which cities? (Bonus Point for the clubs too!)
The five cities were:
Lisbon (Benfica/Sporting CP)
15) Which legendary football commentator retired from the BBC in May 2018?
John Motson – the man who gave us our name. We love you, Motty!
16) In the 2018 World Cup, the fabulous Harry Kane scored a hat-trick in England’s 6-1 drubbing of Panama. Only one other hat-trick was scored at this World Cup. Who scored it?
Cristiano Ronaldo, in the 3-3 group stage draw between Portugal and Spain.
17) Who set (another) unwanted record, this time at the World Cup, for being the first player to score an own goal in the Final?
Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic.
18) In fact, a record number of own goals were scored in the tournament as a whole. How many?
19) If you follow us on Twitter, you’ll have seen us enthusing about the very excellent Homeless World Cup project back in November. In which city did it take place?
20) At the end of November 2018, Robbie Keane announced his retirement from football. After a long career going back to the late 1990s, he ends it as the Republic of Ireland’s all-time top scorer, and is still very much loved at numerous clubs. Including loan deals, how many different club sides did he play for at senior level?
Eleven in total.
Leeds United (he also had a separate loan period here)
West Ham (loan)
Aston Villa (loan)
21) You might be surprised to know that the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup (basically the American version of the FA Cup) is one of the oldest football cup competitions in the world. In which year did it begin?
22) Since the Premier League was founded in 1992, 49 different clubs have played in it. Which SIX of those clubs have, to date, never been relegated from the EPL?
The six clubs are:
(Aston Villa were also on this list until they were relegated to the Championship at the end of the 2015-16 season).
23) Of all the clubs who won the old First Division title in the pre-EPL era, only one has never played in the Premier League. Who are they?
Preston North End
24) During the 1997-98 Bundesliga season, which player became the first goalkeeper to score a goal from open play in that league?
25) Which English Championship side was once famous for having a pub at every corner of their ground? (Bonus Point for the name of the ground too)
Brentford – Griffin Park
26) To date, only one non-English club has ever won the FA Cup. Who are they, and in which year did they win?
Cardiff City won in 1927, beating Arsenal in the final
27) One of the greatest of all the football legends, this player has been showered with accolades and awards for many years – including an honorary British knighthood. Who is he?
He is the revered Brazilian forward and sometime politician Pele. He received the honour from the Queen in 1997.
28) Who is (probably) the only footballer to have won an Oscar?
Neil Paterson (1915-1995). He played for Leith Athletic and Dundee United before becoming a writer and journalist. Won the Best Adapted Screenplay award at the 1959 Oscars for ‘Room At The Top’ (1958), which was taken from the novel of the same name by John Braine.
29) There is only one footballer on the famous Peter Blake-designed cover of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Who was he?
Albert Stubbins, who played for Liverpool between 1946 and 1953.
30) The Italian Serie A side Juventus have long been famous for their distinctive black and white striped shirts, but which British club did they ‘borrow’ these colours from?
So, how did you do…?