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How many of the USA team that beat England in the 1950 World Cup finals in Brazil were American born?
Ken Myers, Kensington, London

THE JUDGE: Despite reports that England had been beaten by a team from Ellis Island, all but three of the USA team were born in America. The only goal of the match was scored by Haitian-born centre-forward Larry Gaetjens. What could have been a last-minute face-saving free kick from Alf Ramsey was brilliantly saved by goalkeeper Borghi, who was a professional baseball catcher. The United States were superbly organized by their Scottish captain Ed McIllvenny. Belgian right-half Joe Maca was the only other player born outside the United States. The English selectors arrogantly left their best player, Stanley Matthews, out of the team because they were convinced they could beat the Americans without calling on the skills of the Wizard of Dribble. Wrong! It was like leaving Wellington on the bench at Waterloo. Here's a sad fact for you: Goal hero Gaetjens later died in a jail in Haiti after helping to organise a guerilla movement against the island's dictator, 'Papa' Doc. His name will live on in football history.

What was the line-up of the England team beaten by the United States in the 1950 World Cup finals?
V. Grant, Nottingham

THE JUDGE: The England team beaten 1-0 by the United States in the World Cup finals in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on June 29 1950: Williams, Ramsey, Aston, Wright (captain), Hughes, Dickinson, Finney, Mannion, Bentley, Mortensen, Mullen.

Did Ernie Taylor, the former Manchester United inside-forward, ever play for Manchester City?
Brian Haines, Bolton

THE JUDGE: No. Sunderland-born Ernie Taylor played for four League clubs: Newcastle United, Blackpool, Manchester United and his hometown club Sunderland. He played for three clubs in three FA Cup Finals, winning with Newcastle in 1951 and as inside-forward partner to Stanley Matthews for Blackpool in 1953. In 1958 he was given special dispensation to join Manchester United after the Munich disaster, and got a runners-up medal in the Final against Bolton. The ex-submariner had played in an early round for Blackpool. A little Napoleon of an inside-forward, he was a gifted pass master, but was unfortunate to win his one and only England cap in the 6-3 thrashing by the Puskas-propelled Magical Magyars of Hungary at Wembley in 1953.

Who captained Celtic when they won the European Cup in 1967, and who scored the winning goal?
Jim Anderson, Corby. Northants

THE JUDGE: Billy McNeill was the Celtic skipper of the first British side to win the European Cup. The winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Inter Milan in Lisbon was scored by Steve Chalmers, who deflected a shot from Bobby Murdoch past the Milan goalkeeper in the 84th minute.

Did George Graham or Herbert Chapman have the better record as Arsenal manager?
Bill Hoskyns, Finsbury Park

THE JUDGE: George Graham won six major trophies in eight seasons: two League titles, the FA Cup, the Littlewoods Cup, the Coca-Cola Cup and the European Cup Winners' Cup. Chapman, who took over at Highbury in 1925, won the League title in successive seasons and Arsenal were on the way to a hat-trick when he died in January 1934. His team also lifted the FA Cup in 1930. He had earlier guided Huddersfield to two consecutive championships and the FA Cup. The Judge's verdict: 'Graham is the more successful on paper, but remember that Chapman did not have the League Cup or Europe to aim at.'

Did Kenny Dalglish ever play a competitive game for Blackburn Rovers?
V. Smith, Macclesfield

THE JUDGE: Kenny DaIglish played his last 'proper' game of football with Liverpool at Coventry on 5 May 1990 in his role as player-manager, and had retired before taking over as manager of Blackbum. He scored 118 goals in 355 League matches for Liverpool, adding to his 112 Scottish League goals with Celtic.

For which clubs did Steve Bruce play, and was he capped by England?
Jack Friend, Stoke-on-Trent

THE JUDGE: Bruce, one of the best uncapped defenders in modem football, served his apprenticeship with Gillingham and then played 203 League games for the Kent club. Norwich City signed him in 1984 and he made 141 League appearances for the Canaries before moving on to Manchester United in 1987 for his greatest days as Old Trafford captain. He joined Birmingham in the summer of 1996 after skippering the United 'double double' team. He returned to Birmingham as manager after a short spell as player-manager with Sheffield United followed by an acrimonious split with Crystal Palace.

Did Joe Mercer play more matches for Everton or Arsenal?
Sid Peterson, Toxteth

THE JUDGE: Joe Mercer played 184 League and FA Cup games for Everton and 273 League and Cup games for Arsenal.

Is it correct that Tottenham and Arsenal both played their wartime home matches at White Hart Lane?
Nick Chadwick, Edmonton

THE JUDGE: Correct, and to prove it there is a plaque in the Spurs boardroom from the Arsenal directors thanking Tottenham for letting them use White Hart Lane while Highbury was converted into an Air Raid Precautions centre during the Second World War.

Which footballer was said to be 'ten years ahead of his time'?
T. Watson, Gillingham, Kent

THE JUDGE: This was the label hung on Martin Peters by England manager Alf Ramsey when discussing his selection of the England squad for the 1970 World Cup finals in Mexico.

Did Terry Venables ever play in the European championship finals fo England?
Cyril Holland, Norwich

THE JUDGE: Terry Venables won just two caps for England in 1964, and neither game was in the European championships. His first cap completed a unique record. He is the only person to have played for England at schoolboy, amateur, youth, Under-23 and full level.

Was Bryan Robson the first million-pound player when he joined Manchester United from West Brom?
Alan Brown, Birmingham

The fee was £1,500,000 when Bryan Robson signed for United in 1981. Trevor Francis was the first British player to move for £1,000,000 when manager Brian Clough bought him for Nottingham Forest from Birmingham City in 1979.