Asking A Soccer Legend a Quiz Question

I always love a good sports quiz and I am loving the Monday quiz that @talesfrmthecrypt is doing every week. The questions are hard and well done to anyone that gets them. The quiz question that was floating around Ireland for years around English footfall was a funny one. It was a bit of a trick question because only people who would have a basic knowledge of the Irish language would get the answer. If I am famous for anything in my home town in Tipperary it is for this question as I sort of made it my own. Now take into account that this question was going around in the 90's so some of you generation z's will have no clue of the answers to any of them.
So the question is:

Name a player in English football that is named after:

  1. A Mountain
  2. A City
  3. A River
  4. A Country
  5. An Animal.

Now most soccer enthusiasts will get the first four no problem. I will not give them away. You can guess them in the comments. But the 5th one always stumps people. And here is where the story begins. My dad had asked me that question and I too did not get the 5th question but I got every other one after a few minutes of thinking. I have a friend from home that was making it big with Brentford under an England legend called Steve Coppell.

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Coppell had done well with Brentford and got the Reading job and he asked my friend to play for him there. Reading were a big step up from League 2 and they challenged for the title and got promoted to the premiership. So my friend was all of a sudden gone from League 2 and about to come back to the League of Ireland to being propelled to millionaire premiership footballer in 2 years. It's amazing how things can change. So we went over to him every second week went to the best parties in the best clubs in London. We decided to go to Everton versus Reading in Liverpool on a cold Winters day. Sly Stalone was the guest of honour at Everton and the crowd went wild when he came out on the pitch. The night before the game we were to meet my friend at the team hotel, the Radission. Players families were allowed to see the players for a couple of hours the night before to keep them chilled. Coppell would sit at the bar chatting to one of his coaching staff. He was keeping an eye to make sure the players were behaving themselves. We were close by having a couple of drinks.
My friend said "Blanchy ask your question"
I said "No fucking way" Are you mad?"
"Ask him. He loves quizzes. Always has us doing them.
GAFFE GAFFE A FRIEND OF MINE WANTS TO ASK YOU A QUIZ QUESTION!!
Coppell nodded and smiled.
I walked up sheepishly as if I was meeting my hero and asked him the question. It was a bit weird considering he had played with some of the answers or if not was friends with them.

He wrote the 5 questions on a beer mat and said he will come back to me.

I sat back down and Coppell went about his business. It looked like he had completely overlook the question and was thinking about the formation that he was going with the next day. The team would have dinner that night where he would announce the starting line up.

A half an hour went boy and Coppell came our way.
He named out the first 4 answers.
"Correct" I said.

"I couldn't get the 5th but I have a funny feeling it's facking me" he said in a classic British accent.
"CORRECTTTTTTT" I said and we all fell around laughing. Capall means horse in Irish. Pronounced the same as his name. He did well to get it actually. One of his Irish players must have told him previously.

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"Get better friends" he told my friend as he walked off smiling and walked away.

News swiftly got back to Ireland that I had asked Steve Coppell the Steve Coppell question.
"It came straight from the horses mouth" Waheyy.

The first one to give me the other 4 names gets 2 Hive Basic Income shares.



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  1. Laurent Blanc
  2. Dwight Yorke
  3. Rio Ferdinand
  4. Alan Brazil
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Correct on 1 and 4. Worth 1 hbi . Think more 80s players with 2 and 3 .

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Well let's go

  1. Dion Dublin

80s player named after a river? Hmmm guess it’s not “Trent” Alexander-Arnold then 😅

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Correct. clue with river. had a row with gattuso

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Oh shit. Joe Jordan! Another former Bristol City manager. Wouldn’t pick a fight with him …

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Correct. 2 h.b.i to you on my next payout sir. Yeah he was a lunatic wasn't he. haha

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Really good manager Steve Coppell. Watched a lot of his Reading side having spent some time in that part of the world and my dad is a Bristol City supporter.

Great story!

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"It came straight from the horses mouth"

😅🤣

That's a class auld story man, fair play. I remember being in the Aviva when your pal scored against Zi Germans after something like 67 or 68 minutes. Well fuck me, I've never known time to go past so slowly until the final whistle. Cracking game to be at, still have the program and match ticket, not too often we beat the reigning world champions.

But back to the Coppell story, that's feckin gas craic, he sounds like a good sport.

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Yeah he was sound. He knew my mate was off his rocker but he always gave 120% for him so he put up with him. 🤣🤣

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Let me have a go.

  1. John Everest
  2. Alan Sunderland
  3. Nile Ranger
  4. Diego Costa (Costa Mesa, CA)
  5. Chris Eagles.
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Not as easy as I thought haha

  1. Laurent Robert Blanc/ Roy Keane (Kea is the name of a mountain, don't know if this counts). A river is also called Cho and Callum Hudson-Odoi is Cho)
  2. Bobby Charlton/James Chester
  3. Rio Gavin Ferdinand/Nile John/Lee Camp/Ian Rush
  4. Yakubu Aiyegbeni (Yak), Gavin Peacock, Hayden Foxe
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kea and cho hahah. You are pushing your luck with a few of them. A couple of animals there that I never though of actually such as Gavin Peacock

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😂😂🤣🙈🙈🙈 just thought of throwing them in; Kea and Cho.

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A Mountain - John Everest
A City - Chris Sutton
A River - George Boateng
A Country - Mike England.
An Animaal - Raul FOX

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I absolutely loved the story. Not participating in the contest though because I hate using my brain tho lol

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