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They’ll Never Touch Them: The Most Booked Players in Premier League History

August 19, 2015

- Grant Whittington

Not many Premier League games pass without a booking or two; such is the intensity and competitive nature of the English top flight.

Some clubs and players tend to pick up more yellow cards than others, however, thanks to their style of play and the level of aggression that they display on a weekly basis. You may be surprised to learn the identity of some of the league’s most booked players, but this only goes to show the unpredictability that underpins the Premier League’s appeal.

Kevin Davies (99 bookings)

Perhaps the only surprise surrounding Kevin Davies’ inclusion in the list is his position, as the combustible Blackburn Rovers, Southampton, and Bolton forward was well known for his aggressive style of play. He also committed the most fouls in Premier League history, so it stands to reason that a percentage of these should translate into bookings.

He was also booked on his England debut too, just moments after replacing Peter Crouch as a substitute. He ended his career with 99 bookings and left many  defenders with a series of recurring nightmares!

Lee Bowyer (99 bookings)

While Bowyer made his name as a stylish, free-scoring midfielder with Leeds United, he developed into more of a combative and fiery players as his career progressed. He was a controversial figure both on and off the pitch, collecting 99 bookings during his time with Leeds, West Ham, Newcastle and Birmingham. He is also famous for his on-field bust-up with teammate Kieron Dyer during his stint at St. James’ Park, when the two came to blows following an on-going dispute.

Gareth Barry (100 bookings and counting)

While you may have expected Davies and Bowyer to feature in the top three, the presence of Gareth Barry at the top of list is hugely surprising. During an EPL game with Stoke City last season, the Everton midfielder recorded his 100th booking and is likely to add even more as his career with the Toffees progresses.

Now 33, Barry can attribute his large number of booking to the sheer weight of games that he has played (more than 500), while his presence in combative midfields throughout Premier League history also means that he is often forced to commit to regular tackles and confrontations.

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