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Definition of an own goal

When the ball’s clearly heading in a different direction away from goal and a defender (including the goalkeeper) diverts it into goal, then it has to be an own goal. Some clarifications: 

  1. If an effort is on target, but the goalkeeper looks like he’s going to stop it and a defender diverts it away from him into goal, that is NOT an own goal, because the original effort was on target.
  2. If a defender hits it more than once and ends up putting it into his own net, even if it was on target, that IS an own goal, but only if at least one of his touches stops it from going in. A good example of this is Gordon Strachan’s in the 1992 Charity Shield when the ball gets caught under his feet. He stops it, but then accidentally knocks it in because he can’t work out exactly where the ball is!
  3. If an effort is on target and it hits two defenders on its way into goal, only if one of the defenders diverts it away from goal does it become an own goal when it subsequently ends up in the net. In the 1984 Charity Shield, Alan Hansen stops a shot and it then rebounds in off Grobbelaar.


  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 8
own goals scored away 11
Own Goals Post-War 19
Own Goals against England 27


5 Own Goals 1872-1914

Own Goals scored by England

12 March 1881, 1-6 vs. Scotland,
Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington
Edgar Field scored a 74th 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
Alf Jones scored a 60th minute own goal with his head.

13 April 1889, 2-3 vs. Scotland,
Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington
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.

25 February 1905, 1-1 vs. Ireland,
Ayresome Park, 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.

6 April 1907, 1-1 vs. Scotland,
St. James' Park, 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

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.

22 October 1927, 0-2 vs. Ireland,
Windsor Park, Belfast
Herbert Jones scored a 36th minute own goal.. He was trying to keep out a Bobby Irvine shot, which was beating his goalkeeper, Ted Hufton, who at this point, was playing with a broken arm,
28 November 1927, 1-2 vs. Wales,
Turf Moor, Burnley
Captain 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.


Twenty Own Goals 1945-to date

Own Goals scored against England

22 November 1950, 2-2 vs. Yugoslavia,
Arsenal Stadium, Highbury
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, who had played so well, gave the Belgians a gift goal when he back headed a shot past Gil Merrick that was going wide into his own goal after four minutes of extra-time. Some say from a Dries cross, others state it was a free-kick fro the halfway-line.

9 May 1956, 4-2 vs. Brazil,
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Although creditted by most as a Paulinho goal, it appears absurd as his shot was a half-volleyed crossed intended for a teammate, instead, it parried off
Roger Byrne's outstretched boot, sending the ball past Matthew's inside and across the line.

21 October 1964, 2-2 vs. Belgium,
Empire Stadium, Wembley
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.

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.

22 May 1971, 3-1 vs. Scotland,
Empire Stadium, Wembley
As Scotland pressed,
Alan Ball intercepted an eleventh minute Jimmy Johnstone pass, heading the ball back to his goalkeeper, Gordon Banks, from twenty-yards. As Hugh Curran challenged Banks, the ball went through them both, without a Curran touch, to land into the English net.

(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.

17 May 1980, 1-4 vs. Wales,
Racecourse Ground, 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.

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.

23 March 1988, 2-2 vs. Netherlands,
Wembley Stadium, Wembley
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.

21 May 1991, 3-1 vs. USSR,
Wembley Stadium, Wembley
Captain Mark Wright scored an eleventh minute own goal after Tony Dorigo allowed Kolyvanov to cross from the right, MikhaIlićhenko 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.

3 June 2000, 2-1 vs. Malta,
Stadium Nazzjonali, Ħ'Attard
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.

11 October 2006, 0-2 vs. Croatia,
Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb
Gary Neville scored the own goal that severely 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.

11 August 2010, 2-1 vs. Hungary,
The National Stadium, Wembley
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.

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

Gary Johnson's 59th minute own goal came from an Ibrahamović 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.

15 November 2014, 3-1 vs. Slovenia, The National Stadium, Wembley
Jordan Henderson's 58th minute own goal came from a Novaković free-kick on the left. His inswinging cross was met on the head by Henderson flew over Joe Hart to put Slovenia one-up.

27 May 2016, 2-1 vs. Australia, Stadium of Light, Sunderland
Eric Dier's 75th minute own goal came from a Degenec cross, with a diving header Dier's clearance went through the legs of his own goalkeeper to give Australia a consolation goal.

6 June 2019, 1-3 vs. Netherlands, Estádio Dom Afonso Henriques, Guimarães
Kyle Walker's 97th minute own goal came from a John Stones' mistake. He was tackled outside his own box by Memphis who instantly struck to be saved by Pickford was pounced by Promes and Walker. Promes's slice hit Walker's ankle to bounce into the goal.