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Friendships put on hold for the Championship play-off final…

Last updated: May 21st, 2019

Derby County vs Aston Villa, Frank Lampard vs John Terry, Andrew Rose vs Gemma Howell. Friendships will be put on hold next Monday as two Championship sides battle for a place in the prestigious Premier League.

Not only does the game offer a huge financial incentive of £170 million pounds to the winner, but pride is also at stake. No, we aren’t talking about Frank and John just yet. Both Andrew and Gemma, key members within our ski and sports tours team, have been bubbling away in anticipation of next week’s big clash with Andrew supporting The Rams and Gemma supporting The Claret and Blue.

To discover whether they truly meant business when they said they were passionate about their respective clubs, we put them to the test with some quick fire football questions to decide who the true football fan is within the office.

As always, scoring is important. Questions 1-4 were worth one point each, whilst a maximum of three points were up for grabs in question 5, depending on the quality of their final answer.

No pressure guys…


Quick-fire questions


1. Who has more Premier League appearances, Frank Lampard or John Terry?
2. Which club was founded first, Aston Villa or Derby County?
3. Which stadium has the larger capacity, Pride Park or Villa Park?
4. Which team finished with the highest goal difference, Aston Villa or Derby?
5. If you could take either Lampard or Terry in your five-a-side team, which player would you choose and why?


The results


Gemma: 5/7

After putting them to the test, with supervision of course, Gemma scored three out of four in the first set of questions and earned two out of three points for her final answer. Interestingly, despite being a Villa fan, she decided to opt for Lampard in her five-a-side team due to his all-round ability and ‘great tactical mind’. We’re with you on that one Gemma.


Andrew: 6/7 – winner!

We then put Andrew Rose, a.k.a Rosie, to the test. Similarly with Gemma, he scored three out of four on the initial questions. However, the quality of his final answer earnt him all three points. This meant Andrew clinched the prestigious title of ‘true football fan’ within the ski and sports team. We enjoyed his response to the final question that much, you can read it down below.


“For me it has to be Frank Lampard, five-a-side requires players to be flexible in their position and Lampard has demonstrated an ability to be a box to box midfielder on an eleven-a-side pitch, so he would find five-a-side relatively easy. He is also the highest scoring midfielder in Premier League history and without a doubt you need goals to win games. Nobody does that better than Frank!”


– Andrew Rose