On 13 August 2000, Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Kevin Pressman was given a red card after just 13 seconds at Wolves’ Molineux Stadium.
Exactly 16 years ago on Saturday, Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Kevin Pressman was given a red card after just 13 seconds at Wolves’ Molineux Stadium in the Owls’ first league match of the season.
Wolves staged an early attack on the Wednesday box as midfielder Kevin Muscat played a through-ball to striker Temuri Ketsbaia.
Pressman advanced outside of his box to nullify the threat, but in doing so he handled the ball and left referee Mark Halsey with no choice but to give him his marching orders.
Remarkably, despite playing for the entire match with a man disadvantage, Wednesday managed to hold Wolves to a 1-1 draw.
Wolves opened the scoring after 17 minutes through Ketsbaia before Andy Booth equalised with 12 minutes to go.
However, the game will always be remembered for Pressman’s early indiscretion.
The incident occurred on the same that Roy Keane was sent off during Chelsea’s 2-0 Charity Shield win over Manchester United. It was a good day for red cards.
The 48-year-old Pressman was a Wednesday stalwart, spending 19 years at the club and amassing 406 league appearances for the Owls.
However, in terms of fastest red card including substitutes, the record lies elsewhere. In fact, it is jointly held.
On 20 January 2007, Sheffield United midfielder Keith Gillespie (it must be a Sheffield thing) was red-carded for elbowing Reading’s Stephen Hunt as he waited to be brought on to the field as a substitute.
Given that the referee hadn’t restarted play, Gillespie was effectively sent off after zero seconds.
A similar incident had occurred on 12 March 2000, when Swansea striker Walter Boyd came on as a substitute and was similarly sent off for elbowing Darlington’s Martin Gray to the ground.