Leeds, Millwall, Cardiff… who are dubbed the ‘dirtiest’ team and where do Town stand

Research has been carried out looking back over the last ten seasons and seeing what team has had the most dismissals. Historically clubs such as Leeds United and Millwall have long held reputations for being ‘dirty’ but ironically it’s Accrington Stanley who have the worst discipline in the English game.

I say ironically, The Wham Stadium is actually the venue where two red cards were shown when Town visited earlier this month, one a piece. No club to have played in the top four divisions of English football in each of those campaigns has had players sent off more regularly than Stanley, with a sending off every 8.3 games.

The top 20 dirtiest teams (games per red card):

Accrington Stanley – 8.3

Peterborough United – 8.6

Southend United – 8.8

Sunderland – 8.9

Northampton Town – 9.1

Stevenage – 9.3

Brighton & Hove Albion – 9.7

Queens Park Rangers – 9.8

Watford – 9.8

Nottingham Forest – 9.9

Carlisle United – 10

Leeds United – 10

Shrewsbury Town – 10

Milton Keynes Dons – 10.2

Oldham Athletic – 10.2

Swindon Town – 10.2

Newcastle United – 10.3

Charlton Athletic – 10.7

Rochdale – 10.7

Portsmouth – 10.9

On the opposite side of the spectrum, Derby County comfortably lead the way in terms of being the ‘cleanest’ team. The Tractor Boys sit proudly in ninth position.

The top 20 cleanest teams (games per red card):

Derby County – 25.2

Burnley – 21.8

Cardiff City – 21.7

Exeter City – 21.5

AFC Bournemouth – 20.6

Crewe Alexandra – 19.5

Doncaster Rovers – 19.4

Brentford – 18.6

Ipswich Town – 18.6

Swansea City – 18.6

Liverpool – 18.5

Tottenham Hotspur – 18.5

Coventry City – 17.2

Bristol City – 17.1

Manchester United – 16.8

Walsall – 16.5

Hull City – 16.2

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