ASK STATMAN 27

Club statistician Paul Dutton is back for his second statistical surgery of 2011, responding to fact and figure questions sent in by supporters...

We had plenty on goalkeepers and goalkeeping records in the last Ask Statman and that is going to continue at the start this month.

Immanuel Carlebach from Israel wants to know if any Chelsea goalkeeper has ever scored a goal in open play, or has given an assist for a goal.

The answer on scoring goals is no. One of our keepers, Ben Howard Baker, did convert a penalty at home to Bradford in November 1921 so that is the closest we've come.

As far as goalkeepers assisting for goals then there have been plenty. Fans who remember the Chelsea team of the mid 1980s are no doubt thinking about Eddie Niedzwiecki whose prodigious kicks from the back were a frequent source for Kerry Dixon and David Speedie goals, and last season I have Petr Cech down for three assists, the most recent of which was for Didier Drogba's second goal in the away game at Wolves last February.

The next discussion point on the men between the posts is a clarification on my criteria for the keeping of a clean sheet. This is in response to follow-up emails from Adrian Barton and Blueboot who keep records on this differently to me and I thank them for their comments.

When I publish the number of clean sheets Chelsea goalkeepers have to their name, which I did last month, the team as a whole has to keep a clean sheet during the match for anyone involved to be credited with one.

If a substitute goalkeeper does not concede a goal while he is on the pitch but the team has conceded over the 90 minutes then I don't allow him to claim a clean sheet. For instance, I don't award a clean sheet to Hilario for his 30 minute contribution in a 2-1 defeat against Inter last season, although he came on after the three goals had gone in.

Others chose to record it differently and there may be arguments both ways, but that is why there can be discrepancies. If a different method to mine is used and a player keeps a clean sheet as long as no goal goes in during the minutes he is on the pitch then some more of our emergency keepers would join the list.

For the record, there are three emergency outfield keepers that were part of a club clean sheet that were not included in last months list, they would be John Terry (pictured above) at Reading in October 2006 on the night Petr Cech suffered his head injury. David Webb in 1972 v Bury away in the League Cup when he replaced Peter Bonetti, and Reg Williams in 1949 when he came on for Peter Pickering as we beat Everton 2-0 in FA Cup.

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John Cox is wondering about a correlation between Ricardo Carvalho's presence in the team and defeats at Stamford Bridge during the defender's time at the club.

We lost just three league games at home during that time and John asks if Riccy played in any of them, as he was previously unbeaten at home in the league at Porto.

Of those Chelsea games, he wasn't on the pitch against Arsenal in 2008. However against Liverpool the day the 86-game unbeaten home league run came to an end the same season and Manchester City last season, Carvalho did play both 90 minutes.

Carvalho

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Paul Dunn wants some figures to disprove the claim of West Ham fan he knows that there were only 2,000 Chelsea fans in a 6,000 crowd at Stamford Bridge for a game against the Hammers on 22 December 1989.

The match was on the Friday night before Christmas which can't have helped the attendance, and nor would the fact that it was a third-round tie in the not-lamented ZDS Trophy.

Chelsea won 4-3 in front of 8,418 fans. There are no official figures for how much of that crowd were away fans but West Ham had two sections of the old north terrace which can be estimated at approximately 2,000.

Paul also asks about the biggest following of away fans to come to the Bridge back in the days of terracing. I'm afraid no records of away fan numbers were kept prior to the advent of the all-seater ground.

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While we are attempting to contradict opposition fans, I'll take on Mike Lumley's request for information about Yossi Benayoun at Liverpool. Mike's scouser mate claiming the player was 'pants' when he was playing for that club but Mike recalls that although Yossi did not start games often, he had quite an impact when he came on as a sub.

To help Mike's argument, in the Premier League Yossi started 55 games for Liverpool, came on in 37 others and scored 18 goals. In his last two seasons there his on-pitch minutes-per-goal were a healthy 267. Let's hope Yossi will soon be back on the pitch and bettering that figure with Chelsea.

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Bob Terry emailed in about a memory he has of Chelsea playing a game in the 1960s, possibly on Match of the Day, in an unusual combination of red shirts and green shorts. He recalls Tony Hateley up front.

There is a possibility that seasons are mixed a little here as Hateley played one season with Chelsea, the 1966/67 season. Although the second kit that year was yellow shirts, blue shorts and yellow socks, we did have a third kit of red shirts, white shorts and red socks.

However we didn't include green in the combination until 1972 when red shirts, white shorts and green socks are believed to be the wish of manager Dave Sexton and based on the kit of the great Hungary team of the 1950s.

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Eroms from Nigeria takes us topical by asking how many Spaniards have played for Chelsea.

I can tell him that prior to Fernando Torres's debut there were three previous - Albert Ferrer, our right-back in the late 1990s/early 2000s (pictured below), plus the short-lived Chelsea careers of midfielder Enrique De Lucas and left-back Asier Del Horno.

If you want to include below first-team level then in more recent times there was Sergio Tejera, a member of the team that reached the 2008 FA Youth Cup Final, who returned to his homeland.

Ferrer

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Onto a few short answers including one that takes us back to the very start. Vedatt Bajrami asks when Chelsea was created. The first meeting to form the new football club was on 10 March 1905.

Tommie Collins wants me to fill in some details of his first Chelsea game - over in the west at Hereford United with the game ending 2-2.

The Division Two match was on 6 November 1976 and the Chelsea side was:

Peter Bonetti, Gary Locke, Graham Wilkins, Garry Stanley, Steve Wicks, David Hay, Ian Britton, Ray Wilkins, Steve Finnieston, Ray Lewington, Kenny Swain. Chelsea's goals were both from Finnieston, one a penalty.

Ian Coles, who has been a spectator at our games for 40 years and has been working out his 500th home match, wanted confirmation that we beat Aston Villa 1-0 at home on 27 September 2003. We certainly did thanks to a Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink goal.

Jon Gordon and his brother, who will be celebrating 50 years of support at the Stoke match in April, went to their first match on 1 April 1961 when Chelsea were anything but fools as we won 6-1 at home to Cardiff. The extra details that Jon is seeking are a team line up of:

Peter Bonetti, John Sillett, Peter Sillett (c), Terry Venables, Mel Scott, Sylvan Anderton, Frank Blunstone, Jimmy Greaves, Ron Tindall, Bobby Tambling, Mike Harrison.

And goal details: Greaves, Tambling, Tindall 2, Harrison and an own-goal.

Artur Szymczak emailed in for the title of a book he saw in the Megastore but can't find online since he has returned to Poland. It was a complete record of Chelsea squads since 1905 so can only be '100 Years of the Blues' - compiled by my predecessor as club statistician, the late Ron Hockings.

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Doug Longley asks about records that might exist on his father who told him that he played for England schoolboys and was associated with Chelsea FC. He was not old enough to turn professional in 1936 when he was 15 and presumably had just left school, so he joined the army as an underage recruit (non-combatant) for three years, playing occasionally for Chelsea's third team when army life would allow.

Unfortunately I can't provide Doug with evidence of his father's connection to Chelsea as records of the third team line-ups pre and during the war don't really exist, and I have no record of him representing England schoolboys when with Chelsea

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Someone who describes themselves as a big Romanian fan asks a question about discrepancies noticed in match statistics for our game away against Zilina earlier this season.

Our emailer in Romania spotted that figures published by Uefa and the BBC after the game vary by quite a lot. Having taken a look I do agree there are surprising differences, such as an eight per cent possession difference.

It does highlight there is a human element to the collection of such data and different people do count shots differently with some not counting one if it gets blocked a long way from the goal. Others would include any shot in their total. For the Zilina game, one set of stats had three more shots on target by Chelsea.

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A request from Matthias Van Halst in Canada asks for some info and photos of a game Chelsea played on tour in Montreal in the 1950s.

Unfortunately I have no pictures but the game, which took place at the end of the 1953/54 season, the campaign prior to the club winning the league, was the second match of an eight-game tour of Canada and the United States.

The game took place on Sunday 16 May at Royals Park in Montreal and the Chelsea team lost 1-0 to Glasgow Rangers in front of a crowd of 10,920.

The team opened up the tour in New York, where they would return twice while that side of the Atlantic, and went on to play in Baltimore, Fall River in Massachusetts, New Jersey and Toronto.

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Akinkunmi Olalekan from Lagos in Nigeria wants clarification that Frank Lampard is the highest-scoring midfielder the English game has ever seen. Now I can't confirm that for all time as the early records on football are far too sketchy on who played in which position on the pitch.

If we begin the count at the start of the Premier League in 1992, Lamps most definitely is. He has just seven players ahead of him in the goal totals and they are all strikers - Alan Shearer, Andy Cole, Thierry Henry, Robbie Fowler, Les Ferdinand, Michael Owen and Teddy Sheringham.

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I'm going to finish this time with another question about current first-team goalscorers - our Ivorian duo.

Everton v Chelsea

Sebastien Chapuis wants goalscoring stats on Salomon Kalou coming from the bench, having been impressed with his super sub abilities, as witnessed recently in the FA Cup at Everton.

Maybe not as many as Sebastien was suspecting but of the 52 Kalou goals for Chelsea, 12 were scored as a sub.

Macca from Australia points out that while a big deal is made over Didier Drogba scoring many times against Arsenal, he seems to score against everyone. He asks for a list of Didier's favourite opponents.

Most damage has been done to Arsenal with 13 goals against the Gunners but next come Liverpool and Everton with eight against, then Portsmouth and West Brom with seven.

And there I ended it with my usual thanks for all emails and apologies to anyone so far unanswered. Please email statman@chelseafc.com with questions, comments or corrections.