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England's Disaster Goals

affectionately called 'Howlers!'

Last update includes No. 928 against Denmark on 5 March 2014

 

Disaster Goals scored against England

to be completed

1882-83
10 March 1883, 2-3 vs. Scotland, Bramall Lane, Highfield, Sheffield
Dr John Smith's last minute 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

1884-85
14 March 1885, 1-1 vs. Wales, Leamington Street, Blackburn
In the 37th minute,
Billy Lewis 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.

1890-91
4 April 1891
, 2-1 vs. Scotland, Ewood Park, Ewood, Blackburn
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 Standard, Monday, 6 April 1891.

1904-05
25 February 1905
, 1-1 vs. Ireland, Ayresome Park, Linthorpe, 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.

1905-06
9 April 1906, 1-2 vs. Scotland,
Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow
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 free-kick.

1906-07
6 April 1907, 1-1 vs. Scotland,
St. James' Park, Gallowgate, 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.

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2003-04
6 September 2003, 2-1 vs. FYR Macedonia, Gradski Stadion, Karpoš, 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.

2004-05
4 September 2004, 2-2 vs. Austria, Ernst Happel Stadion, Leopoidstod, Wien
Andreas Ivanschitz's 73rd 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.

2005-06
17 August 2005, 1-4 vs. Denmark, Parken Stadion, Indre Østerbro, 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 empty net.

2006-07
11 October 2006, 0-2 vs. Croatia, Stadion Maksimir, Maksimir, Zagreb
Gary Neville's 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.

2007-08
22 August 2007, 1-2 vs. Germany,
The National Stadium, Wembley, London.
Kevin Kurányi's 26th minute 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.

15 November 2007, 2-3 vs. Croatia,
The National Stadium, Wembley, London.
Niko Kranjčar's 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.

2008-09
11 October 2008, 5-1 vs. Kazakhstan,
The National Stadium, Wembley, London
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 James.
19 November 2008, 2-1 vs. Germany,
Olympiastadion, Westend, Berlin
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.

2009-10
12 June 2010, 1-1 vs. USA,
Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace, Phokeng
Clint 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.

 

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