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England's Own Goals: Against

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FIFA published guidelines in April 1997 classifying an own goal as when a player plays the ball directly into his own net or when he redirects an opponent's shot, cross or pass into his own goal. Shots that are on target (i.e. goal-bound) and touch a defender or rebound from the goal frame and bounce off a defender or goalkeeper are not considered as own goals. 
We have used this guideline for 'own goals' post-97 only.  So Rooney's goal against Croatia in Euro 2004 counts as a Rooney goal, whereas Barnes goal against Greece in early 1989 is recorded as an own goal.

 

Definition of an own goal according to FIFA (2002)

If a goal-bound shot accidentally bounces off a team-mate into the opponent's goal, the goal will be awarded to the player who struck the ball towards the target in the first place.

If a goal-bound shot is intentionally redirected into the opponent's net, the goal will be credited to the player whose action produced the change of direction.

If a shot is going wide and is then deflected or redirected into the opponent's goal by a team-mate, or an opposing player, this player will of course be credited with the goal.

 

  own goals scored at home 4
own goals scored away 1
Own Goals 1872-1914 5
  own goals scored at home 2
own goals scored away 1
Own Goals 1919-1939 3
  own goals scored at home 6
own goals scored away 8
Own Goals Post-War 14
Own Goals against England 22

 

5 Own Goals 1872-1914

Own Goals scored against England

1880-81
12 March 1881, 1-6 vs. Scotland,
Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London
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.

1881-82
13 March 1882, 3-5 vs. Wales,
The Racecourse, Mold Road, Wrexham
Alf Jones scored a 60th minute own goal with his head.

1888-89
13 April 1889, 2-3 vs. Scotland,
Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London
Harry Allen 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.

1904-05
25 February 1905, 1-1 vs. Ireland,
Ayresome Park, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough
Debutant goalkeeper Reginald 'Tim' Williamson scored the own goal. The second half had 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 the goalkeeper, but it dropped from his hands and bounced back over the line.

1906-07
6 April 1907, 1-1 vs. Scotland,
St. James' Park, Gallowgate, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Captain Bob Crompton scored a fourth minute own goal. Jimmy Stewart and Bobby Walker worked the ball into a favourable position near the corner flag and Stewart centred accurately. Crompton rushed out to head the ball clear, but instead of doing so, landed it through his own goal.

 

3 Own Goals 1919-1939

Own Goals scored against England

1923-24
12 April 1924, 1-1 vs. Scotland,
The British Exhibition Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
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.

1927-28
22 October 1927, 0-2 vs. Ireland,
Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast
Herbert Jones scored an own goal.
28 November 1927, 1-2 vs. Wales,
Turf Moor, Brunshaw Bottom, Burnley
Captain Jack Hill scored an own goal.

 

14 Own Goals 1945-to date

Own Goals scored against England

1950-51
22 November 1950, 2-2 vs. Yugoslavia,
Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London
Leslie Compton scored a fiftieth minute own goal, at 38 years and 71 days old, is the oldest to do so... Willie Watson had possession of the ball on his goal-line, taken away from him by Orgjanon, his cross found Compton, who was trying to shield his goalkeeper, Bert Williams, to divert the goal into his own net.

1954 World Cup Finals, Switzerland
17 June 1954, 4-4 vs. Belgium,
Sankt Jakob Stadium, Basel
Jimmy Dickinson scored an extra-time own goal. A long hopeful cross by Dries was met by Dickinson's head and the ball flew past Gil Merrick.

1964-65
21 October 1964, 2-2 vs. Belgium,
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
Van Himst's shot was most certainly going wide of Gordon Bank's goal, it bounced of the back of
George Cohen's boot, sending a sprawling Bank's the wrong way.

1967-68
1 June 1968, 0-1 vs. West Germany,
Niedersachsenstadion, Hannover
Credited by most as a Franz Beckenbauer spectacular 25-yard shot at goal, but his effort deflected heavily enough to wrong-foot Gordon Banks, who had the shot covered.  The German's first victory over England was thanks to a
Brian Labone 81st minute own goal.

1972-73
6 June 1973, 0-2 vs. Poland,
Stadion Slaski, Katowicka, Chorzów
Captain Bobby Moore scored an early seventh minute own goal. The Polish FA likes to credit the goal to Robert Gadocha, but Moore's movement and the angle of deflection certainly suggest it to be a Moore own goal.  That and his own autobiography! Roy McFarland had brought down Lubanski, and the resulting Gadocha free-kick, low and hard to the near post, hitting Moore, and then Shilton's hands before going in.

1973-74
(2) 18 May 1974, 0-2 vs. Scotland,
Hampden Park, Glasgow
The first time two own goals have been scored in one match to the detriment of England, it was
Mike Pejic and Colin Todd, not Joe Jordan and Kenny Dalglish, on the scoresheet.  Jordan's angled shot after  four minutes, was deflected past Peter Shilton by Pejic's outstretched leg.  Dalglish's thirtieth minute shot on goal was well covered by Shilton, but another wicked deflection, by Todd, took it past the goalkeeper.

1979-80
17 May 1980, 1-4 vs. Wales,
Racecourse Ground, Mold Road, Wrexham
Captain Phil Thompson scored a 66th minute own goal.  Despite Trevor Brooking attempting to hold back the fleeing Giles, the Welsh forward's shot was diverted past Clemence by Thompson.

1982-83
19 June 1983, 1-1 vs. Australia,
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne
Phil Neal scored a 27th minute own goal that prevented Peter Shilton from equalling Gordon Banks record of seven successive clean sheets.  Clever work from Yankos and Murphy gave Watson possession on the right, his cross eluded Terry Butcher and Kosmina, hitting Phil Neal on the chest, deflecting past Peter Shilton.

1987-88
23 March 1988, 2-2 vs. Netherlands,
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London
Tony Adams scored a 21st minute own goal. A fine pass from Koeman sent Wouters down the right and his hard, low cross was shinned into the net by the unfortunate Adams. Ruud Gullit was pressing in behind him. Adams went on to make amends when he became the only England player to score for both sides.

1990 World Cup Finals, Italy
4 July 1990, 1-1 vs. West Germany,
Stadio delle Alpi, Torino
Whatever the record books say, this was clearly a
Paul Parker own goal. Andreas Brehme's free-kick would not have reached the goal but for the untimely intervention of Parker, allowing the ball to loop over the back-pedalling Peter Shilton.

1990-91
21 May 1991, 3-1 vs. USSR,
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London
Captain Mark Wright scored an eleventh minute own goal after Tony Dorigo allowed Kolyvanov to cross from the right, Mikhailichenko chested the ball to Tatarchuk, who instantly shot at the goal.  Wright's foot deflected it past Chris Woods.  The first time England have won, despite scoring an own goal.

1999-2000
3 June 2000, 2-1 vs. Malta,
The National Stadium, Ta'Qali
Richard Wright scored a 28th minute own goal from a penalty taken by David Carabott, after it rebounded of the post and hit Wright, before bouncing into the net. Only the second time England have won, despite scoring an own goal.

2006-07
11 October 2006, 0-2 vs. Croatia,
Stadion Maksimir, Maksimir, Zagreb
Gary Neville scored the own goal that severley dented England's hopes of reaching Euro 2008. Neville's backpass to Paul Robinson hit a divet in the pitch and bounced over Robinson's flailing foot and into an empty net.

2010-11
11 August 2010, 2-1 vs. Hungary,
The National Stadium, Wembley, London
Phil Jagielka's own goal in the 62nd minute came from a Michael Dawson mistake that led to a Koman cross that went rebounded off Jagielka. Despite the ball not cleanly crossing the goal-line, referee Harchay signalled the ball had done so. Only the third time in 21 attempts that England have won when they have scored an own goal.

2011-12
15 June 2012, 3-2 vs. Sweden,
Natsional'nyî Sportyvnyî Kompleks, Pechersk, Kyiv

Gary Johnson's 59th minute own goal came from an Ibrahamovic shot that had parried towards goal off Mellberg. Hart saved it, pushing it into Johnson's chest, after which he retrieved it off his own goalline, only to hit the post and into the net.

 

CG