Hankin is still the king of the Posh bad boys

Peterborough United's Ray Hankin. Photo: Peterborough Telegraph Archives
Peterborough United's Ray Hankin. Photo: Peterborough Telegraph Archives
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Lee Tomlin has caught Ray Hankin up as the Posh player with the most red cards to his name.

Read Alan Swann on Lee Tomlin: A flawed and foolish genius.

Both can now ‘boast’ of five dismissals apiece, although Hankin managed his in just 18 months before he was sacked by Posh manager John Wile.

In fact Hankin started just 36 times in total for Posh so was collecting on average a red card for every seven appearances.

Hankin and Tomlin had plenty in common apart from their failure to finish matches on a regular basis.

Hankin was also a terrific player. He’d already played for Burnley, Leeds and Middlesbrough before Wile brought him to London Road soon after the start of the 198-3-84 season.

Hankin was a powerfully built striker, but he also had great technical skills.

He scored twice on his Posh debut against Torquay and scored again in his second game when Posh of Division Four over-turned a three-goal first leg deficit to dump Second Division Crystal Palace out of the League Cup on penalties

But Hankin was sent off four times in that first season at Posh as his robust challenges regularly irritated referees.

He missed the start of the following season because of injury and within weeks of his return he was sent off again at home to Port Vale, causing Wile to rip up his contract.

Hankin joined Wolves briefly before retiring from professional football at the age of 29. He then worked as a Football in the Community Officer at Newcastle United.

Sagi Burton is next on the list of Posh bad boys with four red cards. Ken Charlery, Dean Hooper, Andy Edwards and Paul Carden have all seen red on three occasions.