POSH SPECIAL: Peterborough United are the bad boys of League One

Jermain Anderson sees red in the home match with Walsall. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Jermain Anderson sees red in the home match with Walsall. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Peterborough United are the disciplinary bad boys of League One

Midfielder Chris Forrester became the eighth Posh player to be dismissed this season in yesterday’s (April `9) 1-0 League One defeat at Barnsley.

Ricardo Santos is shown a second yellow card in the game at Chesterfield. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Ricardo Santos is shown a second yellow card in the game at Chesterfield. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Only Chesterfield can match that total, but Posh have the worst overall disciplinary record by some distance according to the FA’s ‘fairplay’ table.

Posh have collected 114 cautions in all competitions, 15 more than any other League One team, and under the FA’s totting up procedure Graham Westley’s men have 100 more disciplinary points than the second-worst offenders, Millwall.

In compiling their ‘fairplay’ table the FA award four points for a caution, 10 points for a red card awarded for two yellow cards or a denial of a goal-scoring opportunity and 12 points for a red card issued for serious foul play or violent conduct.

The other Posh players to have been sent of this season are Ricardo Santos (twice, both times for two yellow cards). Gaby Zakuani (serious foul play), Jack Baldwin (serious foul play), Michael Smith (two yellow cards), Jermaine Anderson (violent conduct) and Erhun Oztumer (serious foul play).

Michael Smith collects his second yellow card of the game at Chesterfield. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Michael Smith collects his second yellow card of the game at Chesterfield. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Forrester was dismissed for picking up two yellow cards. Anderson’s act of ‘violent conduct’ was laughably for throwing a water bottle by accident into a handful of unconcerned Posh fans!

Walsall are the only League One team not to have had a player sent off.

FA ‘fair-play’ table

Team games cautions dismissals disciplinary points

Posh 51 114 8 544

Millwall 52 98 5 444

Southend 48 99 2 416

Bury 52 93 3 402

Gillingham 48 95 2 402

Shrewsbury 52 87 5 400

Barnsley 53 93 2 396

Rochdale 49 89 3 390

Chesterfield 48 73 8 378

Swindon 47 86 3 378

Port Vale 50 86 3 376

Wigan 48 76 5 356

Blackpool 47 74 4 336

Sheff Utd 51 73 3 326

Fleetwood 50 72 3 320

Oldham 48 70 3 314

Bradford City 50 67 3 302

Scunthorpe 49 72 1 300

Burton 47 64 3 288

Colchester 49 64 3 288

Doncaster 50 53 3 244

Walsall 51 58 0 232

Coventry 46 52 2 228

Crewe 46 51 1 214