The 20 Questions Players Revealed…

The 20 Questions ‘Hall of Fame’…

For those of you who subscribe to our podcasts (which you can do on iTunes here), you’ll be fully aware of the 20 Questions game we play – where one member of the pod comes up with a player from a bygone Premier League era, and the rest of the team have 20 yes or no based questions to find out who it is.

It may have been the case that you’ve been left at times wondering just who was that 20 Questions player which the team came up with? Well, fear no more as here is the definitive list of the 15 players that have been mentioned so far:


The man who will now eternally be known as the first ever player on the OptaJoke Podcast’s 20 Questions game, and arguably one of the most difficult players chosen so far – the team never guessed Clint Sherwin Marcelle when he was offered up. The former Barnsley man scored the goal which promoted the Tykes to the top flight and played just one season in the Premier League in 1997-98 and then subsequently sunk into football journeyman territory – playing for the likes of Darlington, Scarborough, Hucknall Town, Tamworth and finishing his career at the intriguingly named Armthorpe Welfare. Wikipedia tells us he now runs the  “Clint Marcelle Football Academy”…believe that if you like!

Here’s his most famous moment however – the goal which promoted Barnsley to the Premier League…

ALPAY (Pod 16)

Full name Alpay Fehmi Özalan, he played 57 league games for Aston Villa between 2000 & 2003, and for a period became one of the most hated men in English football in late 2003 after a run-in with David Beckham during the Euro 2004 qualifying campaign…this promptly resulted in his contract being terminated at Villa Park. After ending his career in Germany in 2008, he is now a member of the management committee of Siirtspor – a club who play in the third tier of Turkish football.

Here’s a video of him doing a ‘Nigel de Jong’ on Clarence Seedorf, accompanied by some pleasant rap music…

MARK FISH (Pod 17)

With over 200 Premier League appearances, Mark Anthony Fish was one of the best-known stars of African football in the late 1990s, and plied his trade in England with Bolton Wanderers and Charlton Athletic between 1997 & 2005, suffering mixed fortunes in terms of relegation and success at both clubs. A sturdy centre-back who was linked to Manchester United early in his career, a cruciate ligament injury ended his career at the age of 31 while on loan at Ipswich Town. He became an Ambassador for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa along with great names of recent African football history such as George Weah, Roger Milla and Lucas Radebe.

Here’s Mark promoting a charity called “1 goal”…which was probably the same the number of career goals he scored… (Apologies for the cheap pun!)


The second player in OptaJoke Podcast history to not be guessed by the team, Bjarne Goldbaek spent 5 years of his career in South-West London with Chelsea and then Fulham. Joining the Blues in 1998 with Brian Laudrup going in the other direction to Copenhagen, he gradually fell out of favour at the Bridge and moved a couple of miles to Craven Cottage to help Fulham be promoted to the Premier League in 2001. After moving to Germany in 2003, he retired a couple of years later and became a pundit for Danish sports channel Kanal 5. Therefore, think of him as the Scandinavian Jamie Redknapp.

Here’s officially the 43rd best goal in Chelsea’s history, from Bjarne Goldbaek…


A once shining defensive light of Spanish football, Asier del Horno Cosgaya was one of Jose Mourinho’s signings during the Summer transfer window of 2005. Costing £8 million, it may have been small change for Abramovich, but after winning the league in his first season he promptly left and moved back to Spain despite being a first team regular. Many would argue this was the downfall to Del Horno’s plan as since then injuries have plagued his career and has become a forgotten man of Spanish football – as the national team go from strength-to-strength, a man who once scored in a friendly against England has struggled for fitness and first team appearances. At 29 years of age, he currently plays for La Liga side Levante – by no means a flop but certainly not the star he could have been.

Here’s Asier and Lionel Messi rolling around on the floor looking like idiots in an attempt to win the referee’s affection…


Chosen as the 20 Questions player in the week when the world watched in amazement as the 33 Chilean miners escaped from their underground vault, Javier Luciano Margas was an eccentric defender who played for Harry Redknapp’s West Ham United between 1998 & 2001. Playing for some of his time with the Hammers with claret and blue hair, he became more a cult player than a loyal stalwart to the club. Never really sure if he was coming and going, a couple of years ago Harry Redknapp wrote of the time when Margas’ wife became homesick and went back to Chile so Javier moved into a hotel. One day Redknapp alleges he and the club’s chief executive Peter Storrie visited Javier, but upon seeing them, he jumped out of the window and made a swift exit to the airport. He never played in England again. Since retiring he became a youth team coach at a former club of his in Chile and now runs his own business.

Here’s what appears to be a larger Javier Margas talking about West Ham United…

IAN WOAN (Pod 21)

The first Englishman to appear on 20 Questions, Ian Woan was a member of the Nottingham Forest team that were part of the debut Premier League season, and in total played for 10 years at the East Midlands club. Having never been capped for his country, he left the City Ground in 2000, and after a season at Swindon Town, finished off his career in America in the MLS. Nowadays he is first team coach at Portsmouth, and upon a recent trip to watch Swindon play, I discovered a two-page spread on him in the programme talking about his time at the County Ground.

Here’s a 7-1 victory for Nottingham Forest against Sheffield Wednesday during the 94-95 season in which Woan scores, and has a chat to the camera…


Born in 1971, Joe-Max Moore joined Everton in 1999 and became an instant success at Goodison Park by scoring 5 goals in his first 5 games. However, over time he became more of an Ibrahima Bakayoko character than a Big Duncan Ferguson one for the Toffees and his career on Merseyside began to wane as he managed just 3 more league goals during his 3 years at the club, with an injury ultimately ending his time in England in late 2002. Despite that, his career record is relatively successful – enjoying spells in Germany and playing at 3 World Cups for America, while at the same time earning 100 caps for his country. He is the fourth highest goal scorer in the USA’s national team history, and currently spends his days working for his home-based business ‘Xowii’.

Here’s a video with Joe-Max Moore talking about him earning 100 caps for his country…


Mauricio Ricardo Taricco is an Argentine who spent the vast majority of his career playing in England – predominantly for Ipswich Town and Tottenham Hotspur between 1994 & 2004. After drifting into the wilderness, he came back into the English football limelight in November 2009 when Gus Poyet installed him as assistant manager at Brighton & Hove Albion and they currently sit pretty at the top of League One. Then, through amazing coincidence, after being mentioned on the podcast, he promptly scored for Brighton in the FA Cup against FC United of Manchester having previously been sent-off against Woking. Next month he’ll be called up to the Argentina national squad.

Speaking of the FA Cup, here’s the match between Brighton & FC United in which Taricco scored…


Andrew George “Andy” Hinchcliffe is a former England left back who played for Everton & Sheffield Wednesday in the Premier League (along with Man City before it’s birth in 1992). Known for being a regularly occurring sticker in the Panini Premier League sticker books, he won the FA Cup with Everton in 1995 & collected 7 England caps, the first coming during Glenn Hoddle’s first game in charge of the country in late 1996. Since retiring he’s become a successful pundit & co-commentator for Sky Sports.

Here’s the 1995 FA Cup Final, which Hinchcliffe won with Everton, including some fun sounding foreign commentary…

BO HANSEN (Pod 25)

Bo Jannik Nyby Hansen was a striker who played one season for Bolton Wanderers in the Premier League during the 2001/02 season, but only managed to score one league goal – Middlesborough being the unlucky team. He did however manage 15 league goals during 96 appearances for the Trotters during his time at the club in the old Division One. He was a one-cap wonder for Denmark, and had to retire in his early 30s due to osteoarthritis after returning to his homeland after leaving Bolton when they were relegated. Unbelievably, not even Wikipedia tells me what Hansen has gone on to do since retiring from the game in 2004…answers on a postcard please.

Considering Hansen is officially the most elusive player in the 20 Questions Hall of Fame, this video of bloopers includes him, but he only appears briefly at number 15…


The lone Welshman in the 20 Questions Hall of Fame so far, Mark Anthony Pembridge was a left-sided midfielder who played at a variety of clubs in England during the 1990s and 2000s, and was one of a handful of British players to play abroad during his career – granted for only one season – at Benfica in 1998 when Graeme Souness was in charge. A fiery redheaded character, he first appeared in the Premier League in 1995 with Sheffield Wednesday, but regular injuries tended to impact his season appearances. He also played for the same Everton team as fellow 20 Questions player Joe-Max Moore around the turn of the Millenium. After retiring from the game, he stayed on at the final club he played for, Fulham, and is currently a coach for the academy at the South-West London side.

Here’s a great result for Wales in which Pembridge played – their 2-1 win over Italy during the Euro 2004 qualifying campaign…


Say what you like about the 20 Questions players, they’re certainly obscure…and no more so is that true than Marc Hottiger. Although don’t say that to Newcastle and Everton fans, who he played for between 1994 and 1997 – although many worst XI all time Everton websites do list Marc Hottiger along with the likes of Ibrahima Bakayoko & Brett Angell. A standard defender, he’s well known in his home country of Switzerland having represented them 63 times, including at the 1994 World Cup and Euro ’96. There’s not much known about Hottiger since he retired from the game in 2002 after finishing his career in his homeland at FC Sion, but I’m sure Magpies and Toffees fans will remember him fondly…

Hottiger took part in this match between Switzerland and the USA at the 1994 World Cup…


David Wetherall was a traditional English central defender who never played for his country, but played a combined total of over 500 games for Leeds United and Bradford City between 1991 and 2008. He won the league title with Leeds in 1991/92 – the final season before the arrival of the Premier League, but the one moment many neutrals will remember him for is his headed goal that saved Bradford from relegation in 2000. Before becoming a footballer, he completed a degree in Chemistry from the University of Sheffield, and after retiring had a brief stint as manager of Bradford, and has since been heavily involved with anti-racism campaigning in football.

Here’s Wetherall’s goal in Bradford’s 1-0 victory over Liverpool on the last day of the 1999/00 season which kept them up…

JO TESSEM (Pod 29)

Born in Norway, Jo Tessem attempted to make a name for himself on the South Coast between 1999 and 2005 during his time at Southampton and became one the ultimate ‘utility’ players in Premier League history. Primarily a striker by normal trade, his first game for the Saints resulted in him playing right-back which summed up his time at the club – in his later years he dropped out of favour and was sent out on loan, but did collect a runners-up medal for Southampton reaching the FA Cup Final in 2003. He returned to Norway after leaving Southampton, but returned to nearby Bournemouth on a short-term deal in 2008 and was relegated that season. He also tried to foray into management in the lower leagues of the English pyramid system but promptly stopped after one season.

Here’s a goal from Tessem in their match against Norwich during their run to the FA Cup Final in 2003…

There you go – all the legends of the 20 Questions game from the OptaJoke Podcast all in one place! If you’d like to check out the back catalogue of podcasts and relive the moments where these players were mentioned, you can find them on iTunes here or alternatively if you don’t have iTunes, or Libsyn here.


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