The Best Worst Own Goals of all-time
September 08, 2015
Let’s face facts, we all love a good own goal. Unless it is being scored by one of our own players, there is nothing more satisfying that watching a goal that combines the unique elements of comedy, drama and tragedy within a single moment. There have certainly been some memorable and decisive own goals down the years, although for the dignity of those involved we have decided to focus this article around those that can be classed as funny rather than devastating.
So without further procrastination, here are our three most memorable own goals of all time for you to sit back, relax, and have a good old chuckle to…
Chris Brass, Bury v Darlington
If you have not seen this, you need to check it out as a matter of urgency. The bullish Englishman was attempting to clear a lofted ball into his penalty area, as he shaped to lift it over his own head and out of danger, his positioning was poor and he succeeded in kicking the ball into his own face before watching it trickle past a startled goal keeper and into the net. Fortunately Brass avoided a broken nose, although this would at least have afforded him the opportunity to escape down the tunnel, race home and bury himself under a large duvet.
Peter Enckelman, Aston Villa v Birmingham City
We did not trace Peter Enckelman’s movements in the days after Villa’s clash with local rivals Birmingham in September 2002, although we can safely assume that he did not leave his home. With Villa trailing 1-0 in this highly charged encounter at St. Andrews (which represented the first Midlands derby between the clubs since the Premier League era began), Enckelman allowed Olof Mellberg’s harmless throw-in to run under his boot and into the net, kissing the tips of his studs as it passed him. Cue riotous celebrations and taunting for the keeper, who was later beaten at his near post by a Geoff Horsefield strike adding insult to injury.
Interestingly, the goal may not have stood had Enckelman reacted differently and not given the impression that he had touched the ball.
Jamie Pollock, Manchester City v Queens Park Rangers
If there was an own goal of the month competition, Jamie Pollock’s incredible strike against Queens Park Rangers would win every time. Combining levels of touch, skill, and composure thought to be beyond him, Pollock may have forgotten that he was running towards his own goal as he flicked an aerial ball over the head of a challenging opponent. He then followed this with a lobbed header without breaking stride, which left his own keeper stranded and the ball nestled in the net. City would ultimately lose this game and end up relegated to the old first division, although we can assume that at least half of Manchester found this amusing.