Pompey Early Bath Eleven

Pompey Early Bath Eleven

At least this lot saw red, which is more than can be said for Chris Kamara


Alan Knight

The Legend collected his one and only red against Leicester City in the third round of the FA Cup in 1995. The match was played in filthy conditions and Knight’s dismissal came when after blocking a shot from Mark Draper his momentum on the muddy pitch took him outside the area. It was enough for the pernickety Dermot Gallagher to reach into his pocket.

Ricardo Rocha

The cultured Portuguese defender is much-loved at Fratton Park but his Pompey career got off to an horrific start when following a 5-0 defeat at Old Trafford on his debut he collected red cards in consecutive games against Sunderland and Burnley. Red cards obviously come like buses for Rocha, as he repeated the trick against Reading and Cardiff after resigning for the Blues in 2010.

Guy Butters

The burly centre back turned out to be a good buy from Spurs, but his sending off in the penultimate game of the 1992-93 season against Sunderland shattered Pompey’s hopes of automatic promotion. A win would all but have guaranteed a return to the top-flight, but with 20 minutes gone Butters was heading for an early bath after handling on the goal line. 

Billy Gilbert

Hard nut Gilbert was one of three Pompey players sent off against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane in the 1986-87 season; all before half-time. Gilbert was the first one off and given his marching orders for dissent after seven minutes. One can only wonder at his disciplinary record if he were to play the game today as he did back then.

Anthony Vanden Borre

The highly rated yet largely anonymous Belgian flattered to deceive for much of his time at Fratton Park. His red card for handball against Blackburn turned out to be one of the highlights. As it was AVB's dismissal that former Pompey man turned commentator Chris Kamara fabulously missed live on Sky while covering the game. 

Kevin Dillon

A lot of red card options to consider for Deadeye Dillon. He was the third Pompey player sent off in the infamous Sheffield United game, walking after picking up two yellows. The Sunderland-born midfielder also holds the dubious distinction of being sent off against all three big clubs from the North East (Sunderland, Newcastle and Middlesbrough).

Mick Tait

Yosser was the second Pompey player dismissed at Sheffield United and saw red for an off-the-ball incident with Peter Beagrie. When we say ‘incident’ Beagrie thumped Tait who responded with a headbutt – both were sent off.

Bobby Kellard

The pocket rocket midfielder is remembered with immense affection by those members of the Fratton Faithful long enough in the tooth to remember seeing him boss the midfield. Other than the bushiness of his beard, one of Kellard's claims to fame in a Pompey shirt is that in January 1974 against Orient he became the first Blue to be sent off on a Sunday.

Jimmy Scoular

The fearsome combative Scot is one of the hardest, most uncompromising tacklers in the club’s history and fits into a midfield comprising of Tait, Dillon and Kellard seamlessly. The double Championship winner famously received his marching orders against Fluminese in front of an estimated 200,000 fans in the Maracana during a three-week tour of South America in 1951.

Paul Walsh

The wavy–haired wonder was an inspiration during the 1992-93 season and his interplay with Guy Whittingham took Pompey to the brink of promotion. Yet it was Walsh's petulant dismissal against Sunderland and subsequent ban for the play-off games against Leicester that cost the club dear.

Diomansy Kamara 

The Senegalese international saw red in an FA Cup third round clash against that lot down the road in 2005. He was made to leave after two yellows, the second a daft handball on the halfway line. Early in his Pompey career Kamara picked up consecutive yellow cards for taking his shirt off while celebrating a goal. If only he’d done that in this game.