Thursday, 14 January 2010

Football trivia quiz

In the spirit of Rob Marrs' excellent Christmas quiz at Left Back in the Changing Room, here's a burst of football trivia questions. Answers to, winner gets a bottle of something nice (if you're in Britain, I'll get it to you when I'm back at the end of next month). Don't bother googling the answers - for quite a few of them, there's no point anyway.

Section 1: British football

1. Where was the first FA Cup final played?
2. The Kinks' song "Dedicated Follower of Fashion" is allegedly about which footballer?
3. What links West Ham, Scunthorpe United and Union Berlin?
4. Which British pundit first proposed awarding 3 points for a win?
5. Which team's players bulked out the squad in the film "Escape to Victory"?
6. Whose dilapidated and now partly demolished former ground became known as "FER ARK" because these were the only letters left on the sign?
7. Who is the only man to score in the Liverpool, Manchester and Glasgow derbies?
8. Which team plays at the Dripping Pan?
9. Which English football league side (so outside the Prem) has not played outside its current division since 1973?
10. What was the only year in which neither of the Old Firm finished in the top three in Scotland? (bonus point if you can tell me who took the title that year)

Section 2: Grounds with rubbish corporate names
- For each one, give me the name of the team that plays there. Bonus point for the real name of the ground, if it has one.

11. The Abbey Business Stadium
12. Playmobil-Arena
13. Signal Iduna Park
14. Fitness First Stadium
15. Home Depot Center (2 teams)

Section 3: World football

16. What are the only three teams outside Moscow to have won the Russian Premiership? (3 points)
17. "He's only 25, albeit a Nigerian 25, and so if that is his age he's still got a good few years ahead of him." Who said this, and who was he talking about?
18. How many of Nigeria's squad were thrown out in the run-up to last year's under-17 world cup after tests revealed they were under age? (answers within 2 either way accepted)
19. Swindon Town, Blackpool, Newcastle United, Sutton United and Notts County were the only English winners of which defunct European competition?
20. Between 2006 and 2008, it was possible to win a trophy in the Intertoto Cup. How?
21. Who is Croatia's most-capped player?
What are the only two teams from Communist countries to have won the European Cup? (two points)

Section 4: Things loosely linked to Kidderminster Harriers

23. Harriers played in the first competitive match at the new Wembley, losing 3-2 to Stevenage in the final (and breaking my heart when they choked a 2-0 lead). Who did England play in their first match there? (bonus point for the result)
24. Harriers' record sale was Lee Hughes to West Brom for 200,000 in 1997. Why was his football career put on hold between 2004 and 2007?
25. Harriers played the first ever floodlit FA Cup match. When? (answers within 3 years either way are fine)

Tie-break: Which premiership manager do you think was most likely to have been caught by The Sun in a "Thai vice den" in December? Most entertaining answer will win, although it will almost certainly be too libellous to publish here.

UPDATE: Questions 9 and 17 have been corrected, see why here. To be scrupulously fair, I'll discount them when working out the winner.

Here's a video to keep you entertained and hopefully show that German football can be (occasionally) exciting. 1984 and 1993 are particular highlights.

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