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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 5
Own Goals 1872-1914 9
  own goals scored at home 1
own goals scored away 4
Own Goals 1919-1939 5
  own goals scored at home 18
own goals scored away 22
Own Goals Post-War 39
Own Goals for England 54


9 Own Goals 1872-1914

Own Goals scored for England

5 April 1879, 5-4 vs. Scotland,
The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington
Robert Parlane scored a 75th minute own goal from a Norman Bailey throw-in.

15 March 1880, 3-2 vs. Wales,
The Racecourse, Wrexham
Henry Hibbott scored an opening own goal. Newspaper reports reveal that the England right-back Thomas Brindle had only sent the ball in, goalkeeper Hibbott stopped it, but stumbled, and put it through his goal.

28 February 1885, 4-0 vs. Ireland,
Manchester Football Ground, Manchester
William Eames own goal put England 3-0 up. Modern sources credit the goal to Joe Lofthouse, but this is clearly an error, Eames had put the ball between his own posts from a corner.

26 February 1887, 3-2 vs. Wales,
The Racecourse, Wrexham
Jack Powell scored an own goal, to put England 1-0 up, often disputed as a Nevill Cobbold goal. Reports state that Cobbold did head the ball, but most reports also add that it went in off Powell.

12 March 1894, 5-1 vs. Wales,
The Racecourse, Wrexham
Charlie Parry scored an own goal.

9 March 1895, 9-0 vs. Ireland,
Derbyshire County Cricket Ground, Derby
Sam Torrans 'may' have scored an own goal. Many sources credit Steve Bloomer, reasonably giving him a debut hat-trick, but Bloomer's shot most certainly went in off Torrans, possibly even diverted a cross.
6 April 1895, 3-0 vs. Scotland,
Goodison Park, Walton, Liverpool
Neil Gibson scored an own goal.

17 March 1900, 2-0 vs. Ireland,
Lansdowne Road, Dublin

Michael Cochrane
scored a twelfth minute own goal, often credited to Harry Johnson. But Johnson cleverly dropped the ball in front of the Irish goal, and an attempted cleacrance by Cochrane was ill-judged, and he sliced it into his own net.

29 May 1909, 4-2 vs. Hungary,
Millenáris Sportpálya, Budapest
János Weinber scored an own goal, often credited to Vivian Woodward.


5 Own Goals 1919-1939

17 May 1924, 2-1 vs. France,
Stade Pershing, Paris
Edouard Baumann scored an own goal, the shot deflected in from a Harry Storer cross-shot.

21 May 1925, 3-2 vs. France,
Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Paris

Philippe Bonnardel scored headed into his own goal in an attempt to save an Arthur Dorrell shot.

26 May 1927, 6-0 vs. France,
Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Paris

Andre Rollet scored an own goal.

28 November 1927, 1-2 vs. Wales,
Turf Moor, Burnley
Captain Fred Keenor scored an own goal as he turned in an England corner taken by Louis Page.

14 May 1937, 6-0 vs. Norway,
Ullevål Stadion, Oslo
ivind Holmsen scored an own goal.


40 Own Goals 1946-to date


18 May 1949, 2-1 vs. Norway,
Ullevål Stadion,
Bjørn Spydevold scored the second half own goal when he diverted a Wilf Mannion shot wide of Torgesen.

3 October 1951, 2-1 vs. France,
Arsenal Stadium, Highbury
Abdelkader Firoud scored a fourth minute own goal, diverting a Tom Finney cross beyond Vignal.

22 October 1955, 1-2 vs. Wales,
Ninian Park, Cardiff

John Charles scored a 51st minute inexplicable own goal. A harmless-looking lob from Roger Byrne into the Welsh penalty area was greeted with little danger, yet Charles leapt and planted a superb header past the startled Kelsey.

19 October 1957, 4-0 vs. Wales,
Ninian Park, Cardiff
Mel Hopkins scored an early own goalJohnny Haynes threaded a strong through ball for Derek Kevan to chase.  Hopkins intercepted and rolled the ball back to goal, Kelsey had already advanced to pick out the cross, allowing the ball to trickle into the empty net.

21 October 1964, 2-2 vs. Belgium,
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Laurent Verbiest scored an equalising 70th minute own goal.  Terry Venables cleverly passed to Alan Hinton, following a weaving run, managed a weak cross, deflected into the net off Verbiest.

16 November 1966, 2-2 vs. Wales,
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Terry Hennessey scored an 80th minute own goal, when he lobbed in a Roger Hunt chip high over his keeper, dropping just under Millington's crossbar. The twentieth own goal in favour of England.

13 October 1971, 3-2 vs. Switzerland,
Sankt Jakob Stadium, Basel
Anton Weibel scored an own goal after a glorious Martin Chivers decisive run down the right produced a low cross into the path of Weibel, who could only turn the ball into his own net.

14 February 1973, 5-0 vs. Scotland,
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Peter Lorimer scored a sixth minute own goal. A move down the right began with Allan Clarke and Colin Bell.  Clarke eventually put in a cross for Mick Channon, heavily marked by Peter Lorimer. The Scot got the decisive touch with his head, into his own goal.
10 June 1973, 2-1 vs. USSR,
Central V.I. Lenin Stadium, Moskva
Murtaz Khutsilava scored a 55th minute own goal.  Following a Mick Channon corner, Martin Peters dummied over the ball, hitting the hapless Khutsilava, diverting it into his net.

17 October 1979, 5-1 vs. Northern Ireland,
Windsor Park, Belfast
Jimmy Nicholl scored an 83rd minute own goal. Tony Woodcock's ball found Phil Neal who hammered in a probing ball, for the unfortunate Nicholl to turn past Jennings.
20 May 1980, 1-1 vs. Northern Ireland,
Wembley Stadium, Wembley

Noel Brotherston scored an 81st minute own goal.  Emlyn Hughes played a centre ball, helped on by Kenny Sansom, the ball ran onto the far post, for David Johnson to nip in, going in off Brotherston's boot. The 25th own goal in favour of England.

19 November 1980, 2-1 vs. Switzerland, Wembley Stadium, Wembley

Markus Tanner scored a 22nd minute own goal. Steve Coppell fired in a low diagonal shot across the goal. Phil Neal attempted to lunge at it, but was beaten to it by Tanner, who then deflected it into his net.

World Cup Finals 1982, Spain
20 June 1982, 2-0 vs. Czechoslovakia,
Estadio San Mamés, Bilbao
Jozef Barmoš scored a second half own goal.  The defender intercepted some smart play between Paul Mariner and Trevor Francis, sliding the ball past Seman, the Czech keeper.

15 December 1982, 9-0 vs. Luxembourg,
Wembley Stadium, Wembley

Luxembourg's Captain Jeannot Moes scored a 21st minute own goal. Bryan Robson sent Luther Blissett away down the left hand side, his cross was low and Marcel Bossi's clearance was prevented from going to its intended destination when it hit Moes and rebound into the goal.

29 January 1986, 4-0 vs. Egypt,
Nasser Stadium, Cairo

Mohammed Omar scored a closing first half own goal. A Ray Wilkins chip, aimed for Mark Hateley, was intercepted by Omar, who put it in his own net.

8 February 1989, 2-1 vs. Greece,
Olympiakó Stádio Spiros Louis, Athína

Goalkeeper Spiros Economopoulos scored the own goal from a John Barnes' free-kick. After a foul on Alan Smith, the sharp-thinking Barnes took a quick free-kick, which hit the crossbar and away from the goal before going in off the goalkeepers back. The thirtieth own goal in favour of England.

27 March 1991, 1-1 vs. Republic of Ireland, Wembley Stadium, Wembley
Steve Staunton scored a tenth minute own goal. Staunton headed away a Stuart Pearce cross, only as far as Lee Dixon, whose first time shot was going wide, until it struck Staunton's left knee and past the wrong-footed Bonner into the net.
1 June
1991, 1-0 vs. Australia, Sydney Football Stadium, Moore Park, Sydney
Ian Gray scored a fortieth minute own goal.  Following a Stuart Pearce free-kick, the penalty area scramble to clear the ball somehow ended in the net, off Gray's boot.

12 May 1992, 1-0 vs. Hungary,
Népstadion, Budapest
Andras Telek scored the 56th minute own goal that is often credited to a Neil Webb header. A chipped pass by Andy Sinton sent Gary Lineker free in the penalty area.  He hit an instant cross to the far left post, where Neil Webb stooped to head towards goal.  The ball appeared to be covered by Brochauser, but Telek stuck out a foot, knocking the ball into his own net.

17 April 2002
, 4-0 vs. Paraguay, Anfield Road, Liverpool
Celso Ayala scored the own goal after 81 minutes.
World Cup Finals 2002, Japan & South Korea
15 June 2002, 3-0 vs. Denmark,
Niigata Sutajiamu, Niigata-shi
Thomas Sørenson scored the own goal after only five minutes. Awarded officially by FIFA as a Rio Ferdinand goal, but this is just wrong. Faced with an open goal from a Beckham corner, Ferdinand headed the ball sideways, where Sørenson pushed it over his line, touching it more than once! The 35th own goal in favourof England.

18 February 2004
, 1-1 vs. Portugal, Estádio Algarve, Almancil
Miguel scored the own goal after 47 minutes. Often credited to Ledley King, as both rose to head David Beckham's cross. Television evidence clearly show's that King never touched the ball, it was Miguel who put the ball in his own net.
European Championship Finals 2004, Portugal
17 June 2004, 3-0 vs. Switzerland
Estádio Municipal de Coimbra, Coimbra
Although still credited as a Wayne Rooney goal, his seventh career goal was actually a
Jörg Stiel own goal. Rooney's fifteen yard shot hit the post and came back out, to hit Stiel on the back of the head before going into the net.

8 September 2004
, 2-1 vs. Poland,
Stadion Śląski, Chorzów
Arkadiusz Głowacki scored the 58th minute own goal to help England regain the lead, when Joe Cole's cross was diverted past Dudek by Głowacki.
26 March 2005
, 4-0 vs. Northern Ireland, Old Trafford, Stretford, Manchester
Chris Baird scored the 53rd minute own goal. Wayne Rooney beat two defenders on the right, charged into the area close to the goalline and his pass deflect into the net off Baird.

3 June 2006
, 6-0 vs. Jamaica, Old Trafford, Manchester
Jermaine Taylor scored the 17th minute own goal, from a foul by Omar Daley on Joe Cole that provided David Beckham to whip in a free-kick and as a clutch of players rose at the near post the ball deflected in off Taylor's head. 
World Cup Finals 2006, Germany
10 June 2006, 1-0 vs. Paraguay,
Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt
Carlos Gamarra's
third minute own goal came from David Beckham's free-kick. Gamarra glanced the ball past Justo Villar. The fortieth own goal in favour of England.

13 October 2007
, 3-0 vs. Estonia, The National Stadium, Wembley
Taavi Rähn scored the 11th minute own goal in an attempt to clear the ball from outside his own box, he cleanly headed Ashley Cole's cross onto his own post and into the net.

11 October 2008
, 5-1 vs. Kazakhstan, The National Stadium, Wembley
Aleksandr Kuchma scored the 64th minute own goal with a header, following a Lampard free-kick and under pressure from Rooney.

(2) 30 May 2010
, 2-1 vs. Japan, UPC-Arena, Graz
Marcus Túlio Tanaka scored the 72nd minute own goal from a Joe Cole cross. Tanaka's diving header beat Kawashima.
Yuji Nakazawa scored the 83rd minute own goal from a Ashley Cole cross. Tanaka's diving leg deflected past Kawashima.

15 November 2011, 1-0 vs. Sweden,
The National Stadium, Wembley
Daniel Majstorović's own goal in the 23rd minute was England's 2000th goal in total.  Initially awarded to Gareth Barry, and indeed, the referee's report states so, but Barry's header following Stewart Downing's cross, was going wide of the goal, then Daniel Majstorović's diving header pushed the ball between Isaksson and the goalpost. The 45th own goal in favour of England.

22 March 2013, 8-0 vs. San Marino,
Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle
Alessandro Della Valle's own goal in the 12th minute was from a Leighton Baines cross. The ball was intended for Wayne Rooney, who was bearing down on Della Valle, prompting him to side-foot the cross into his own net.

11 October 2013, 4-1 vs. Montenegro,
The National Stadium, Wembley
Branko Bošković's own goal in the 62nd minute was from a Danny Welbeck cross. The ball was intended for Daniel Sturridge, who had already sublimely gifted the ball to Welbeck. Bošković attempted a safe clearance, but only miscued it past his goalkeeper Poleksić.

9 October 2014, 5-0 vs. San Marino
, The National Stadium, Wembley
Alessandro Della Valle's second own goal against England in eighteen months after 77 minutes was scored after Rooney's cross hit his chest and deflected past his own goalkeeper.

5 September 2015, 6-0 vs. San Marino,
San Marino Stadium, Serravalle
Cristian Brolli's own goal in the 30th minute was headed into his own net from an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain cross.
12 October 2015, 3-0 vs. Lithuania, LFF Stadionas, Vilnius
Giedrius Arlauskis' own goal in the 35th minute, the fiftieth in England's favour, was rebounded into the net off the keepers head after a fierce Harry Kane shot had struck the post.

22 March 2019, 5-0 vs. Czech Republic
, The National Stadium, Wembley
Tomáš Kalas's own goal came after 84 minutes when Hudson-Odoi's shot was brilliantly saved by Pavlenka, but it parried towards Kalas, who could not get out of the way, and rebounding into an empty net.

10 September 2019, 5-3 vs. Kosovo
, St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton
Mërgim Vojvoda's own goal came after 38 minutes when Sancho's hopeful cross was tapped in from three yards.
14 November 2019, 7-0 vs. Montenegro, The National Stadium, Wembley
Aleksandar Šofranac's own goal came after 66 minutes when Mason Mount's strike found its way into the goal in from three yards.