12 March 1881, 1-6 vs. Scotland,
Surrey Cricket Ground,
Edgar Field scored a
79th minute own goal,
though some reports still credit John Smith, so completing his hat-trick.
The goal came from Field's foot out of a scrimmage.
13 March 1882, 3-5 vs. Wales,
The Racecourse, Wrexham
scored a 60th minute own goal with his head.
10 March 1883, 2-3
Bramall Lane, Sheffield
Dr John Smith's
goal came down with a rush, as Dr. Smith sent the ball right into
Harry Swepstone's hands low down. For once, the brilliant custodian
had made a mistake, and had retreated a foot too far back in his goal,
so that he had received the ball when it was actually under the bar,
and although he got rid of it smartly enough, the sharp eyes of the
Scotch forwards found him out, and an appeal to the Umpires was
decided in favour of the Scotchmen, and half a minute later, the
whistles announced time. - Sheffield & Rotherham
Independent, Monday, 12 March 1883.1882-83
14 March 1885, 1-1
Leamington Street, Blackburn
In the 37th minute,
and George Farmer, by a brilliant dash, threatened danger, and Herby
Arthur running out a few yards fell, and the ball shot past him,
equalising the score. - The North Wales Chronicle, Saturday,
21 March 1885.
13 April 1889, 2-3 vs. Scotland,
Surrey Cricket Ground,
scored an own goal. Although some newspapers credit Oswald. But as
Billy Moon stopped a low hard shot, he threw the ball away into the
path of Harry Allen, who returned the ball, only to kick it through
his own goal.
4 April 1891,
In the 78th minute, Frank Watt
dribbled finely to the English quarters and Billy Moon, running out,
missed his kick, which left the goal clear for Watt to shoot the ball
through, a chance which he quickly took advantage of. The second
portion of the game had been in progress a little over half an hour. - The
6 April 1891.
25 February 1905,
Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough
The second half opened in sensational style. Ireland got down and
obtained a corner, which Williamson just cleared, and from a scrimmage
which ensued, Ireland got another corner, Jack Kirwan dropping the
ball in front of goal. It was caught by Tim
Williamson, but it dropped from his hands and bounced
back over the line. - The
Devon and Exeter Gazette, Monday, 27 February 1905.
9 April 1906, 1-2 vs. Scotland,
Scotland's goal came
as a surprise to all. Smith sent over a rare cross to
James Howie, who as
cleverly popped it into the goalmouth.
Jimmy Ashcroft made a brave effort to
save it, in fact, he caught the ball in his arms-but he had stepped
over the line, and a confident appeal by Scotland was favourably
considered by the referee, who after a seconds hesitation pointed to
the centre. - The Dundee Courier, Monday, 9 April 1906.
Notes: The Scotsman states it came from a Dunlop
6 April 1907, 1-1 vs. Scotland,
St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Jimmy Stewart and
Bobby Walker worked the ball into a favourable position near the
corner flag and Stewart centred accurately.
Bob Crompton rushed out to head the ball
clear, but instead of doing so, landed it through his own goal.
- The Dundee Courier, Monday, 8 April 1907.
1921, 0-3 vs. Scotland,
With the wind behind them, Scotland
penetrated the English half with ease.
from the touchline, sent in a high, curling ball. It was a centre,
rather than a cross, but it slipped into the net just under the bar,
after Harold Gough completely misjudged the ball.
12 April 1924, 1-1 vs. Scotland,
The British Exhibition
Empire Stadium, Wembley
In the first England match to be played at
the new Empire Stadium, Percy Barton was penalised for harshly
dispossessing Alex Archibald. The free-kick, taken by William Clunas,
dropped between Sam Wadsworth and Teddy Taylor, neither attempted to
make the ball, instead William Cowan took his opportunity and snapped
in a shot. It hit the post, but made it into the net via
Teddy Taylor's knee.
28 November 1927, 1-2 vs. Wales,
Turf Moor, Burnley
Jack Hill scored
a 40th minute own goal. In another Welsh attack on the right, Hill,
racing back, tried to head the bouncing ball back to Tremelling, but
instead the Captain turned the ball out of the goalkeeper's reach and
into the net. - Western Daily Press, 29 November 1927
13 April 1929,
0-1 vs. Scotland,
Hampden Park, Glasgow
The irony was in Scotland's goal. Blunders have decided more than one
big Association match in recent years and a blunder by Hacking, the
Oldham Athletic goalkeeper, was responsible for England losing. When
took the last minute corner, this goalkeeper came too far out of his
goal, and the wind swept the ball curling out of his reach as he
vainly fisted at it above his head. - Western Daily Press, 15
15 April 1939, 2-1 vs. Scotland,
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Venters, standing well back, placed the ball
accurately up the middle, and from Dougall it went to Walker, who
instead of turning it out to McSpadyen, in an open position, directed
it back to Dougal, who was covered by Cullis and Morris. But for some
inexplicable reason, Woodley ran out, and Morris unaware, passed back
towards the vacant goal. Like a shot
Jimmy Dougall was on hand to put the
ball into the net for the first goal of the game. - Glasgow
Herald, Monday, 17 April 1939.
16 October 2002, 2-2
vs. FYR Macedonia,
The Friends Provident
St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton
11th minute goal was the sixth corner kick that England had conceded,
the hapless Seaman failed to react to wind-assisted swirling ball.
The humiliation was not over, for on 25 minutes a fairly
innocuous low ball was played into the England penalty area, and
though Sol Campbell was first there, he did not make good contact
with his clearance, shuffling the ball out to the lurking
The midfielder found the perfect finish to curl the ball round
6 September 2003, 2-1
vs. FYR Macedonia,
Gradski Stadion, Skopje
Gheorgi Hristov's 27th
minute goal came out of calamitous English mistakes, Grozdanovski's
cross was completely messed up by Sol Campbell, his attempted header,
a single yard of the floor, was missed and the ball scrambled beneath
him to a waiting Pandev. His shot rebounded of a John Terry and Gary
Neville combination, falling to Hristov, who's shot hit James' foot,
parrying into the net.
4 September 2004, 2-2
Ernst Happel Stadion, Wien
minute goal was a twenty-five yard shot. Although the shot had power,
it should have been easily saved by David James, even more so as it
went through his arms, instead of parrying the ball away. Only two
minutes earlier, England were two-nil up.
17 August 2005, 1-4
Parken Stadion, København
Dennis Rommedahl's 60th minute goal was scored from a Danish
counter-attack. David James ran out from his goal to chase down
a cross-field ball that Jon Dahl Tomasson collected and won. The
momentum carried the ball towards the by-line. Tomasson's first shot
was blocked by the only defender, Ashley Cole, but the rebound was hit
towards an empty six yard box by Tomasson for Rommedahl to tap into an
11 October 2006, 0-2
vs. Croatia, Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb
68th minute own goal was a defensive backpass to his
goalkeeper, Paul Robinson, the ball hit a divot and bounced over Robinson's flayling foot.
The divot was created by Robinson himself, as a guide to himself.
August 2007, 1-2 vs. Germany, The National
tame tap-in from
three yards came after a Bernd Scneider's cross that should have been
dealt with by the goalkeeper, but Robinson's positioning and footwork
was all wrong and in the end he had to claw the ball out from under
his crossbar. He could only flap at it and gift Kurányi.
November 2007, 2-3 vs. Croatia, The National
8th minute speculatative shot from
thirty yards curled around Micah Richards and bounced in front of
Scott Carson as he crouched down to catch it, it bounced across him
and into the back of the net.
11 October 2008, 5-1 vs. Kazakhstan,
The National Stadium, Wembley
Zhambyl Kukeev's goal in the 68th minute came from
an innocuous backpass from Ashley Cole. After picking up the ball at
the touchline, a Kazakhi striker bore down on Cole who passed the ball
back to his goalkeeper, the ball is hit too short allowing Kukeev to
run past Ferdinand and Upson, and places the ball past a static David
19 November 2008, 2-1 vs. Germany,
Patrick Helmes' goal in the 63rd minute came from
a disastrous mix-up between captain John Terry and goalkeeper
Scott Carson. Terry was shielding the ball that was heading to
Carson, allowing his goalkeeper to pick up the ball as it entered the
penalty box. Unfortunately, Helmes' slipped in between them both and
poked the ball through Carson's legs, before sidefooting the ball into an empty net for a German equaliser.
2010, 1-1 vs. USA,
Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace, Phokeng
Dempsey's fortieth minute goal was a shot out of hope
more than anything. Dempsey's shot from twenty-five yards went
through a crowd of players, and should have been an easy catch for the
experienced Rob Green, instead, it slipped through his hands and
through his body, allowing an American equaliser to literally slip
through his fingers.