Football is a contact sport that is a given. It’s almost inevitable for a football player no matter your temperament or disposition to get cautioned during a match over the period of his or her career.
However, there are an exceptional few. Those with squeaky clean records that will make saints green with envy. Read along as we highlight footballers who have never been Yellow card in their entire career.
1. Stanley Matthews
Sir Stanley Matthews is one of the greats, especially of English football. Way back when before football was as popular as it is today, Sir Stanley was one of the stars of the game. Known for his mesmerizing dribbles and wonderful skills Matthews captured the imagination of fans and opponents alike during the 1930s through to the 60s. The English Legend played over 700 games in total for club and country without amazingly ever getting booked. Known as one of the finest gentlemen of the game, Sir Stanley Matthews passed away in 2000 at the age of 85.
2. Jimmy Dickinson
James William Dickson was an English footballer who played all his career for Portsmouth FC from 1946 to 1965 in over 700 matches. He was also an England international with about 48 caps who for the Three Lions at the 1954 World Cup. Jimmy was able to play all these games without getting a single booking. Sadly, he passed away in 1982 at the age of 57.
3. William Ralph Dean
Also known as Dixie Dean the Everton FC legend played over 400 games from 1923-40. William played as a centre-forward during his 18-year career. He also featured for the English National team 16 times scoring 18 goals. Despite the huge number of matches he played, he was able to avoid getting cautioned even once. He passed away in 1980 aged 73. He’s one of the footballers who never got a yellow card in his career.
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4. William Ambrose Wright
Also known as Billy Wright, the former Wolverhampton Wanderers and England defender played almost a total of 600 games for both club and country. He was known as a one-club man and the first international player to reach 100 caps for his country. Billy over a 20-year period didn’t receive a single booking. He passed away in 1994 at the age of 70.
5. Gary Lineker
The former England international, unlike others on this list, ended his career not too long ago. The former Leicester City, Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur Striker played 460 games across various clubs plus 80 England caps, but somehow, he was able to avoid getting a yellow card not to talk of being sent off.
6. Peter Shilton
Peter Shilton is another player who has never received a yellow card in his career, although he was sent off once though.
He played 1,005 Football League matches in an astonishing 31-year professional career, making him one of the players who have played for four different decades. He is also England’s record cap holder, with 125 England caps, and is the player with most appearances ever.