James Dart

More Knowledge
  • More Knowledge

  • After a decade of successfully tackling the wide-ranging collection of football queries proposed by its readers, guardian.co.uk's dedicated battalion of sleuths continues to uncover the answers in the weekly online column 'The Knowledge'. Trawling through the archives of nerdvana, this compilation uncovers the truth behind such questions as:

    Has a referee ever been sent off?
    Which players have attacked their own fans?
    Did pigs once force a match to be abandoned?
    Is Paolo Maldini the greatest runner-up?
    What is the fastest ever sending-off?
    Who are the most benevolent players?
    How did Alan Hansen get his scar?
    And which is the world's greenest club?

    All of these posers and many, many more are answered in this second collection of the best and most bizarre questions and answers from 'The Knowledge'.

James Dart is the deputy sport editor of guardian.co.uk, where he has worked for the past five-and-a-half years. He also appears on the site's Football Weekly podcast and live football/cricket coverage (when they're desperate). His writing appeared in the 2005 Guardian Ashes book, Is It Cowardly To Pray For Rain?, and he also compiled the first print edition of The Knowledge in 2007, though isn't sure what to make of the review which labelled it 'the sort of book most blokes would welcome as an addition to a toilet reading cabinet'.

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