5 players who were never booked
Rash tackles, emotional outbursts and the occasional wrap at the referee could earn you a yellow card in European football these days. While some of them are almost regulars in getting a booking – like Everton’s Gareth Barry or Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney – it’s worth noting that since the Premier League started, out of the top twenty offenders, fifteen of them are English.
Why? Because the English are a bunch of sly ‘men’ who expect everyone else to be as manly as they are. Kidding, of course. Ron Swanson is a ‘vowel-dropping accent’ away from being English by that definition. Surprisingly, however, the Queen’s men are also some of the most gentlemen-esque footballers the sport has ever seen.
Yes, Barry might be the most fouled footballer the Premier League has seen – with Rooney fifth on the all-time list – but the sport wasn’t always the way it is today. Referees were a lot more lenient back in the day and by lenient I mean, allowed a lot more physical contact before blowing the whistle. And there are a few footballers who haven’t been booked even once!
Here are five such gentlemen: (With their playing career in brackets)
#1 Willian Ralph “Dixie” Dean – (1923 – 1940)
All of who’ve played EA Sports’ FIFA series on ‘beginner’ might be familiar with Dixie Dean given Martin Tyler and Alan Smith won’t shut up about him when you score sixty goals or more in your respective domestic league.
Dean is an Evertonian legend. Although he played for five clubs in total, he spent a majority of his professional career playing for the Merseyside club and scored a whopping 349 goals in 399 appearances wearing the Toffees’ shirt.
Dean also has a rare honour of being one of the few professional football players who never received a booking of any kind. He made 447 appearances for all his five clubs in total and played the sport without any of its dirty necessities.