The best own goals in Premier League own history as England’s top-flight approaches number 1000

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The Premier League is just one moment of misfortune away from 1,000 top-flight own goals.

The ignominy of putting the ball past your goalkeeper and into your own net is always a popular moment in England’s top-flight, unless you are associated with the team and player committing the blunder of course. 

But as we wait for the number of Premier League clangers to enter into a four-digit number, which could even come this weekend, Sportsmail looks at ten of the best own goals in top-flight history…

The Premier League has seen 999 own goals in its history, Sportsmail lists the best ten ever

The Premier League has seen 999 own goals in its history, Sportsmail lists the best ten ever

PETER ENCKLEMAN: Birmingham 3-0 Aston Villa – September 2002 

Goalkeeper Peter Enckelman has had a fairly good career. He spent decade as an international goalkeeper for Finland and won the 2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup with Aston Villa.

But the shot stopper will always be remembered for one of the worst own goals in Premier League history, which he performed during Villa’s humiliating 3-0 derby loss away at arch-rivals Birmingham City in 2002.  

With Villa losing 1-0 and looking to build up possession from deep, Villa defender Olof Mellberg chucked a harmless throw-in back to Enckelman, who stood isolated in the Villa penalty area under zero pressure from a Birmingham player.

Peter Enckelman let the ball run through his foot and into his net in Aston Villa's derby loss

Peter Enckelman let the ball run through his foot and into his net in Aston Villa's derby loss

Peter Enckelman let the ball run through his foot and into his net in Aston Villa’s derby loss

The Finland goalkeeper attempted to control the passback, only for the ball to comically go underneath his foot and into the bottom corner of the Villa net. 

Two things should be noted in this brilliant act of comedy. First is Enckelman’s desperate attempt to chase after the ball which trickled very slowly over the line. The other being the fact the ball brushed under his studs ever so slightly to give him the own goal, and not Mellberg. 

The Finn’s case was not helped by a Birmingham City fan running onto the pitch to taunt the motionless goalkeeper. Enceklman had no case to argue.  

GARETH BALE: Tottenham 2-1 Liverpool – November 2012

Tottenham winger Gareth Bale is known for his fierce free-kicks, he scored through one of them during Spurs’ 2-1 home win over Liverpool in 2012.

What he isn’t known for is inadvertently heading into his own net from inside his own six-yard box, which is what he did shortly after putting his side 2-0 up at White Hart Lane. 

Spurs' Gareth Bale (on floor) was hit in the face whilst defending a corner against Liverpool

Spurs' Gareth Bale (on floor) was hit in the face whilst defending a corner against Liverpool

Spurs’ Gareth Bale (on floor) was hit in the face whilst defending a corner against Liverpool

With 20 minutes to go, Jonjo Shelvey’s corner was flicked on by Daniel Agger to Steven Gerrard, who headed goalwards. Thankfully for Spurs, Aaron Lennon was on the line to boot the ball clear…

… or so he thought. As Bale was standing just inches away from Lennon at the time of the clearance. The Welshman got in the way of the clearance, with the ball hitting him square in the face before collapsing to the ground in pain – and embarrassment.

Spurs held on for the win, though Bale’s blunder created a nervy ending for the north Londoners. 

FRANCK SINCLAIR: Middlesbrough 1-0 Leicester – March 2002

When you head up to Middlesbrough away, make sure you don’t do anything silly early on. Get settled in the game, cut out any early errors.

That message must have missed Leicester defender Franck Sinclair, who managed to score a 40-yard own goal from a backpass just four minutes into the Foxes’ clash at the Riverside in 2002.

Sinclair took the ball from central defence and looked to play back to goalkeeper Ian Walker. Unfortunately for him, the Leicester man overcooked his pass and put it wide of his goalkeeper, with the ball ending up in the bottom corner of his own net.

It was one of six own goals Sinclair scored in his Premier League career, and undoubtedly the most amusing.  

Franck Sinclair scored an own goal when a 40-yard backpass went wrong at Middlesbrough

Franck Sinclair scored an own goal when a 40-yard backpass went wrong at Middlesbrough

Franck Sinclair scored an own goal when a 40-yard backpass went wrong at Middlesbrough

SANTIAGO VERGINI: Southampton 8-0 Sunderland – October 2014

Ronald Koeman’s Southampton put eight past Sunderland over six years ago – well actually it was only five as the Black Cats put three in themselves!

The first of which will go down as one of the most bizarre own goals in Premier League history. 

Santiago Vergini (right) scored the first of three Sunderland own goals in a 8-0 top-flight loss

Santiago Vergini (right) scored the first of three Sunderland own goals in a 8-0 top-flight loss

Santiago Vergini (right) scored the first of three Sunderland own goals in a 8-0 top-flight loss

Morgan Schneiderlin, who was never known as a prolific goalscorer in his Premier League days, chased a loose pass which startled Sunderland defender Santiago Vergini – so much that he tried to lash a clearance as hard as he could despite the fact he was facing towards his own goal. 

The Sunderland man looked on in horror as what he thought was a boot away from goal ended up being a fabulous strike into his own net. What a hit son.

Liam Bridcutt and Patrick van Aanholt also found their own net in the same game. Siri, show me an example of ‘a bad day at the office’… 

TONY POPOVIC: Portsmouth 3-1 Crystal Palace – September 2004

Before the scorpion kick, there was the scorpion own goal. Just the one though and it came from Tony Popovic’s awkward leg. 

With Palace already losing 2-1 in the Premier League tie at Fratton Park, Pompey’s Steve Stone played a ball towards the front post which Popovic looked the clear.

Just why the big Australian centre-back dangled his leg at an awkward angle is only known to him, but it led to one of the most attractive own goals in football history. 

The ball ricocheted off his ankle ankle and flicked into the bottom corner of the net. A moment nobody, apart from the Palace defender, will want to forget…

 RIO FERDINAND: Portsmouth 2-1 Manchester United – April 2007

Another own goal from the hallowed turf of Fratton Park, and this one will go down as one of the angriest moments you will have ever seen from Rio Ferdinand.

Manchester United were on a six-game winning run when they visited Pompey in April 2007, but only had a three-point lead over Chelsea at the top of the table.

Their title chances suffered a hitch when Harry Redknapp’s Pompey strolled over them with a solid display. Matt Taylor opened the scoring in the first-half and played a major role in the second goal.

Edwin van der Sar (left) clashed with Rio Ferdinand (middle) in Man United's loss at Pompey

Edwin van der Sar (left) clashed with Rio Ferdinand (middle) in Man United's loss at Pompey

Edwin van der Sar (left) clashed with Rio Ferdinand (middle) in Man United’s loss at Pompey

The winger tried to slip in Lomano LuaLua but Ferdinand covered the striker’s run well and had the simple task of passing it back to goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar.

Little did the England defender know that van der Sar was already out the blocks trying to scoop up Taylor’s pass, so when Ferdinand passed it back to him – he was nowhere to be seen and the ball trickled over the line.  

Ferdinand then turned round and started shouting at himself, as Pompey held on for a 2-1 win. 

PHIL JONES: Newcastle 3-0 Manchester United – January 2012

Phil Jones was never seen as a reliable option at the back for Manchester United, mainly due to moments like this. 

Sir Alex Ferguson’s United were chasing Manchester City at the top of the table when they visited Newcastle in January 2012, but found themselves 2-0 down in the closing stages due to goals from Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye. 

Phil Jones was another United defender to score an own goal - this one in a loss at Newcastle

Phil Jones was another United defender to score an own goal - this one in a loss at Newcastle

Phil Jones was another United defender to score an own goal – this one in a loss at Newcastle

As the match ticked over into stoppage time, the Red Devils’ woes were sealed when a long ball forward was kicked up by Newcastle Tim Krul and Jones got his bearings all wrong.

Manchester United goalkeeper Andreas Lindegaard was ready to collect it to the left of the goal but Jones put an awkward header in which ended up going over his own goal line. A night to forget for Ferguson’s side.

RICHARD DUNNE: Manchester City 1-1 West Brom – December 2004

Richard Dunne ended up scoring ten own goals in his Premier League career, with this Christmas cracker for Manchester City being the best one of the lot. 

City were cruising at home against the Baggies, with Kevin Keegan’s side 1-0 up through Nicolas Anelka’s goal after West Brom’s Thomas Gaardsoe had been sent off in the first-half. 

Richard Dunne (left) messed up with David James in Man City's draw with West Brom

Richard Dunne (left) messed up with David James in Man City's draw with West Brom

Richard Dunne (left) messed up with David James in Man City’s draw with West Brom

Keegan’s men were heading for victory until Baggies defender Paul Robinson tried to find Robert Earnshaw with a long ball forward, only for Dunne to get in the way and unintentionally divert the ball past the onrushing David James.

Sylvain Distin’s reaction to the freak goal was priceless as Bryan Robson’s West Brom earned an unlikely point in Manchester. 

MARK CROSSLEY: Blackburn 4-1 Nottingham Forest – September 1992

Own goals aren’t just a recent phenomenon you know. One of the best own goals of the lot came in the Premier League’s first ever season back in 1992. 

 Around the hour mark at Ewood Park, Nottingham Forest were in trouble. They were 3-1 down thanks to an Alan Shearer brace and Rovers were streaming towards their goal at every oppourunity.

The Forest defenders were grateful that goalkeeper Mark Crossley managed to save Colin Hendy’s bullet header from a corner to relieve some pressure. Unfortunately for them, the goalkeeper fumbled the ball when he hit the deck and it spilled over the line.

The scoring stopped for Forest, but the humiliation still remains for Crossley. 

VINCENT KOMPANY: Fulham 2-4 Manchester City – December 2013

Former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany was a reliable option for his side at centre-half, but one moment of madness at Fulham showed he was human after all. 

City stormed into a 2-0 lead at Craven Cottage in 2013 but the pressure ramped up when Kieran Richardson pulled one back for the west Londoners after half-time. 

Minutes later, Sascha Riether burst down the right hand side minutes later only to put a harmless cross into the box which Kompany should have cleared easily.

But the Belgian defender took his eye off the ball, which then sliced up in the air and into Joe Hart’s net. 

City went on to win the game 4-2 thanks to late goals from Jesus Navas and James Milner, but this was arguably an all-time low point for Kompany in a City shirt. 

BUT WHO HAS SCORED THE MOST OWN GOALS IN PREMIER LEAGUE HISTORY? 

1. Richard Dunne – 10

=2. Jamie Carragher – 7

=2. Phil Jagielka – 7

=2. Martin Skrtel – 7

=5. Wes Brown – 6

=5. Jonny Evans – 6

=5. Ryan Shawcross – 6

=5. Frank Sinclair – 6 

 



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