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Q. In recent times managers at Arsenal FC have had long tenures, yet Bruce Rioch was in charge for just over a year. What is the shortest term for a manager?

A. On Tuesday 10 September 1996, St Mirren FC announced the appointment of their new manager, Iain Munro. On Wednesday 11 September, Munro announced that he was leaving St Mirren. The Saints record during his tenure: Played 0, Won 0, Drawn 0, Lost 0, Goals For 0, Goals Against 0, Own Goals 1. - Colin Campbell, Elderslie, Strathclyde

Q. It seems the world's best continue to miss spot-kicks. A few weeks ago it was Maradona in South America; some weeks ago Eric Cantona missed from the spot at Elland Road. The enigmatic Frenchman, however, won Manchester United the FA Cup in 1994 with two penalties in the final. Has any League player scored three in one game?

A. Further to John Stagg's reply (22 September), it is perhaps not so much the fact of the feat as the manner in which it is done.

The first English League player to score three penalties in one game was Billy Walker of Aston Villa in 1922, a record that stood until 1950. It was equalled in prodigious style by the Manchester United dynamic sharp- shooting left-winger, Charlie Mitten, in a mesmerising encounter against Aston Villa.

Why so mesmerising? Charlie told the formidable Villa goalkeeper, Joe Rutherford, which side he was going to place each one. So say two on-pitch witnesses, Henry Cockburn and Allenby Chilton. This and more is in my biography of Charlie, Bogota Bandit (Mainstream, pounds 14.95 hardback), published last week. - Richard Adamson, Manchester


Q. Given the high wages, signing-on fees, endorsements, promotional work, etc, how many of our present crop of Premiership footballers might reasonably be supposed to be millionaires? - Tim Stevens, Worcester

Q. On 23 October 1971, Cardiff City defeated Charlton Athletic 6-1 in a Second Division fixture. As the 25th anniversary of this date fast approaches, City have not since scored more than five goals in a League match. Has any other British club had such a long wait for a similar score? - John Wilcox, Chester

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