Q&A: Burnley's red carpeting

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Q. The Queen visited Bradford City FC last month . In 1953, the Queen visited the cricket section of the Park Avenue, although not the adjoining football ground. Are there any other instances of monarchs visiting the football grounds?

A. While not being able to claim a visit by a monarch, Burnley FC is reputed to have been the first Football League club visited by a member of the Royal Family. In October 1888 Queen Victoria's son, Prince Albert, was among a crowd of 9,000 for Burnley v Bolton Wanderers. The Prince could only watch the first half. Burnley trailed 3-1 at that stage and were finally beaten 4-3. For some time after, Burnley were nicknamed the Royalties. - S Clay, Peterborough


Q. Last week Manchester United, Bolton, Bury and Wigan led the Premiership and the three Divisions of the Football League respectively. Is there any precedent for such regional domination? - Adrian Brodkin, London N2

Q. Norwich City scored against Stoke City last Saturday after just 10 seconds. Is this the fastest goal conceded by a team which kicked off? - John Godwin, Newcastle-under-Lyme

If you know the answers to any of these questions or have a sporting question of your own, write to Q&A, Sports Desk, Independent on Sunday, 1 Canada Square, London E14 5DL. Fax: 0171-293 2894