15 football questions for your next pub quiz

With so many of us confined to our houses and unable to frequent the local, it’s only natural that the British public have taken to conducting virtual pub quizzes with their friends and family.

A search of Twitter is all it takes to find countless online pub quizzes hosted on Zoom or House Party, some of them attracting celebrity quizmasters and many of them garnering hundreds of entrants.

But by far the most popular are the pub quizzes with the more personal touch – those put together by a group of family and/or friends to pass the time on another big Saturday night in.

A popular premise is this: Each person (or team) prepares a variety of questions across popular pub quiz categories, negating the need for a quizmaster and allowing everyone to take part. So, for your next sport round obligation, we’ve come up with a list of 15 football questions for your next virtual pub quiz!

Just in case you want to play along, we’ll put the answers at the bottom of this page.

1. Who was the first non-British manager to win a trophy in England?

A) Ruud Gullit

B) Arsene Wenger

C) Ossie Ardiles

D) Gianluca Vialli

2. How many England caps did Ian Wright win?

A) 30

B) 33

C) 35

D) 36

3. What is Harry Redknapp’s real Christian name?

A) James

B) Charles

C) Henry

D) Hughbert

4. What team did Paul ‘Gazza’ Gascoigne manage for a brief spell in 2005?

A) Aldershot

B) Eastleigh

C) Kettering Town

D) Gateshead

5. How many crime novels has Newcastle manager Steve Bruce written?

A) 0

B) 1

C) 2

D) 3

6. Which Englishman was the first winner of the European Football of the Year in 1956?

A) Stanley Matthews

B) Tom Finney

C) Ron Flowers

D) Bryan Douglas

7. Who tops Everton’s all-time list of Premier League appearances?

A) David Unsworth

B) Leighton Baines

C) Phil Jagielka

D) Tim Howard

8. Who is West Ham’s all-time top scorer in the Premier League?

A) Frank Lampard

B) Mark Noble

C) Paolo Di Canio

D) Tony Cottee

9. How many Premier League titles did Rio Ferdinand win with Manchester United?

A) 3

B) 4

C) 5

D) 6

10. Who was the oldest outfield player in England’s 2002 World Cup Finals squad?

A) Martin Keown

B) Teddy Sheringham

C) Gareth Southgate

D) Paul Ince

11. What was the official mascot for World Cup 1966 in England called?

A) World Cup Willie

B) Terence the Tea Cup

C) Great Brit-Hen

D) King Arthur the Sheep

12. Jamie Carragher made his first team debut for Liverpool under which manager?

A) Gerard Houllier

B) Roy Evans

C) Rafa Benitez

D) Graeme Souness

13. Who had three spells at Tottenham Hotspur as caretaker manager between 1998 and 2003?

A) David Pleat

B) Glenn Hoddle

C) Clive Allen

D) Alex Inglethorpe

14. Who was the Fiorentina player sent home from the 1995 World Cup Finals by the German management after he made a rude gesture towards sections of the German support?

A) Martin Wagner

B) Maurizio Gaudino

C) Thomas Hassler

D)Stefan Effenberg

15. Barclays (initially Barclaycard) have sponsored the Premier League for most of the 21st century; who were the league’s sponsors from 1993 to 2001?

A) Carlsberg

B) Natwest

C) Carling



Question 1: A – Former Netherlands and AC Milan superstar Gullit won the FA Cup with Chelsea in 1997.

Question 2: B – Wright scored nine times in his 33 appearances for the Three Lions.

Question 3: C – His full name is Henry James Redknapp. Harry has been a “spoken name” version of Henry since Medieval times in England. In fact, Prince Harry’s real name is also Henry.

Question 4: C – Gazza’s tenure at Kettering Town lasted just 39 days!

Question 5: D – The novels are called Striker!, Sweeper! and Defender!….and no – they are not very good.

Question 6: A – Bobby Charlton was the next Englishman to win the award in 1966 after Matthews.

Question 7: D – American keeper Howard made 354 Premier League appearances in total for the Toffees.

Question 8: C – Fiery Italian forward Paolo Di Canio is West Ham’s all-time Premier League top scorer with a relatively modest 47 goals.

Question 9: D – Cultured centre-half Rio Ferdinand won six Premier League titles with United after he moved to Manchester from Leeds in 2002 for a world record breaking fee.

Question 10: B – At 36, Teddy Sheringham was the oldest outfield player in England’s World Cup 2002 squad. 38-year old keeper David Seaman was the oldest player overall however.

Question 11: A – World Cup Willie was a lion in a Union Jack jersey, designed by freelance children’s book illustrator Reg Hoye.

Question 12: B – Carragher made first team debut for Liverpool under Roy Evans in a League Cup quarter-final against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium on 8 January 1997.

Question 13: A – David Pleat took the reins temporarily after Christian Gross and George Graham (both in 1998) and Glen Hoddle in 2003.

Question 14: D – During a group game against South Korea in the 1994 FIFA World Cup. Effenberg “gave the finger” to German fans at the Cotton Bowl, Dallas when he got substituted after a subpar performance.

Question 15: C – The FA Carling Premiership….doesn’t exactly roll of the tongue does it? Barclays took over sponsorship of the Premier League from 2004 to 2016, though there hasn’t been a sponsor since.

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