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Q. When Stoke City played York City in the Nationwide League Second Division, the sides were managed, respectively, by the brothers Brian and Alan Little. Have siblings ever been on the opposing sides as managers before?

A. The most memorable occasion must be the classic 1991 Scottish Cup Final, when Tommy McLean's Motherwell defeated older brother Jim's Dundee United 4-3 after extra time.

Alan Renwick, Richmond, Surrey

A. On 15 January 1972, Tom McAnearney, the manager of Bury, faced his brother Jim, the manager of Rotherham, in a third round FA Cup tie. The tie went to a replay so they faced each other twice in nine days.

In 1971 I believe that father and son opposed each other when Fulham played Bristol Rovers, where Bill Dodgin Jnr and Bill Dodgin Snr were the respective managers.

Mike Holden, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

A. During the 1973-74 season. Bobby Charlton's tenure at Preston North End overlapped with Jack Charlton's managership at Middlesbrough and the two sides met in the Second Division. For the record, Boro won both matches: 3-0 at Ayresome Park and 4-2 at Deepdale on their way to gaining promotion. Preston, however, were relegated.

Ian Kinloch, Wrexham

Q. Every City used to have a Saturday evening sports paper, usually coloured green or pink. Which still do?

A. I know of the following: Edinburgh's Pink News and Aberdeen's Green Final.

Lauren Gibson, Edinburgh

A. Bournemouth and Southampton are served by The Pink.

D Haycock, Bournemouth


Q. On 21 November, the three leading clubs in the FA Carling Premiership, Aston Villa, Manchester United and Arsenal all lost. Has this ever happened before? Or perhaps to the top four clubs? The leaders of the Nationwide First Division, Sunderland, also lost on that day.

John McLoughlin, Wigan

Q. On 21 November,