Premier League - Davies picks up century of bookings

Mon, 12 Sep 14:00:00 2011

Kevin Davies has become just the second player to earn an unwanted century of bookings in the Premier League.

Kevin Davies robust

The veteran striker earned his 100th yellow card in style on Saturday and was lucky to remain on the pitch after putting in several hare-brained challenges that could each have earned him a caution during the Trotters' 5-0 defeat by Manchester United.

Davies put United defender Tom Cleverly out of action for a month with a tackle just five minutes into the match, but it wasn't until the 34-year-old scythed down Patrice Evra seven minutes later that referee Andre Marriner dipped into his pocket.

So which other names have appeared in referees' notebooks with alarming regularity? Here are the top 10 most-booked players in Premier League history.

1. Lee Bowyer - 101 yellows

The midfielder has a conviction for affray on a CV that doesn't make for pretty reading, and he clearly carries that violent streak on to the pitch. Still, at least he's safe from "improving" his top-flight yellow card record this season thanks to the Blues' relegation last term.

2. Kevin Davies - 100

The feisty forward, who tops the all-time 'fouls committed' list, is a dead-cert to also top this one by the end of the season - and probably by Christmas. Or Halloween. He is unique among the top 20 in that he is a striker, whereas the rest are defenders and midfielders. The next worst-behaved striker? You guessed it: Wayne Rooney - who is equal 21st on the all-time list with 65 bookings (alongside Dennis Wise, trivia fans).

3=. Paul Scholes and Robbie Savage - 89

Alex Ferguson once famously claimed that the ginger midfielder "was sent off because his name is Paul Scholes". No doubt all those cautions were for the exact same offence, Fergie. As for Savage? Well, no poll has ever been carried out to identify the player that most fans would like to commit a foul against, but if it ever were then he would be a shoo-in to come top.

5. George Boateng - 85

6. Patrick Vieira - 82

7. Scott Parker - 79

8. Phil Neville - 75

9. Gavin McCann - 74

10. Nicky Butt - 73

Honourable mentions

- Roy Keane, who is 11th on 71 bookings - an outstanding lifetime contribution to the art of fouling.

- Richard Dunne (20th on 66 bookings), Duncan Ferguson (=94th on 37 bookings) and Vieira top the 'red card' league with eight each.

- Lee Cattermole, whose 50 bookings in 151 matches give him the lowest appearances-to-bookings ratio in league history.


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