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Top 10: Premier League own goals

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A case of boredom struck me pretty severely recently, to the extent that I found myself watching various football videos on YouTube. I came across one claiming to feature the most "hilarious" own goals ever scored, and some were pretty bizarre, to say the least.

Inspired, I decided to delve through the depths of the internet and my memory to unearth the most entertaining own goals ever scored in Premier League history.

Own goals happen to the best of players, some with extraordinary finesse and others with pure dumb luck. Although own goals hurt home supporters at the time, it's always entertaining to look back in hindsight and have a laugh at them.

Check out my top ten Premier League own goals below - and feel free to share any other favourites in the comment box provided! Enjoy.

10. Richard Dunne vs West Bromwich Albion, 2004.

First up, Richard Dunne - a man who rather unenviously is at the helm of the own goals chart with nine OG's throughout his career. 

Chasing European Qualification in the 2004/05 season, Kevin Keegan's Manchester City came up against Bryan Robson's West Bromwich Albion. City took the lead when Nicolas Anelka scored a free-kick shortly after West Brom were down to ten men, with Thomas Gaardsoe's dismissal. 

The Sky Blues pushed and pushed but failed to find a second goal, they had dominated the game and West Brom had not even had a shot on target. Step up, Richard Dunne, who saved the Baggies' skin as a cruel deflection off his knee outside the box resulted in the ball firing past the outrushing David James, earning Albion a point. 

A point, which proved to be essential in helping them avoid relegation from the Premier League that season. Nice one, Richard. 

9. Jonathan Walters vs Chelsea, 2013.

Jon Walters didn't have the best of days at the Britannia Stadium on 13 January 2013 in Stoke's 4-0 home loss to Chelsea. A cross came in and with a surging run ahead of two Chelsea players from the edge of the box, Walters dived through the air to fire a bullet header past the keeper. Only for that keeper to be Asmir Begovic, and that header to put Chelsea one nil up just before half time. 

Just over 15 minutes later he was at it again, as a Chelsea corner came in, there was the number 19 to divert a header into the top corner behind him to double Chelsea's lead. 

The Irishman further compounded his misery by blazing a spot-kick over the crossbar. His first goal though was by far the best, a trademark English header into his own net. A day to forget to say the least. 

8. Ian Walker vs Bolton Wanderers, 2004.

Walker was never a particularly poor goalkeeper, but he famously conceded five goals in 18 minutes against Aston Villa in January 2004, and this game will be one he won't want to remember either. 

Just a month after a fan came onto the pitch telling him he wasn't fit to be a Premier League player, Walker scored a wickedly bizarre own goal against Bolton in a 1-1 draw. 

He comfortably saved Kevin Davies' flick from a goal-kick, but suddenly lost grip of the ball and it crept in on the underside of his body and off his legs before he jumped up and tried to fumble the ball out of the goal. 

It was too late however, and Walker's odd own goal will forever go down in the the exclusive own goals elite club.

7. Frank Sinclair vs Chelsea/Arsenal/Middlesborough, 1990/00 and 2001/02.

Frank has scored a few own goals over his career and has gained a reputation for those goals coming at the most inconvenient times, with the 90th minute rather prominent. 

This video narrated by Rory McGrath shows just a sample of his unfortunate finishes. The first two are both goals from when his team Leicester City were 1-0 up against Chelsea and Arsenal, both times Sinclair manages to direct a header straight into his own net, giving the opposition a point. 

Two seasons later however, would come the pick of the bunch. Sinclair was a part of the team that finished bottom of the table. A trip to the Riverside Stadium in March to face Middlesborough saw Sinclair score the goal that decided the game. 

A fantastic hit from 30 yards out... into his own net, even more bizarrely with no Boro players putting pressure on him. Frank simply strokes the ball backwards as Ian Walker dives to prevent it going in, but unfortunately for Frank, he's done it again. 

6. Olof Mellberg/Peter Enckelman vs Birmingham City, 2002.

A derby is difficult at the best of times and this Second City derby proved no different, the first in 15 years following the Blues' promotion to the Premier League. 

A routine throw-in from Villa central defender Mellberg to goalkeeper Peter Enckelman turned ugly as when Enckelman tried to control the ball with the aim of booting the ball upfield, he misjudged it completely and the ball bounced and rolled under his foot into the empty goal. 

The ball was alleged to have brushed Enckelman's foot, to which he denies, but the referee decides to give the goal. Afterwards, he was duly mocked by a Birmingham fan who invaded the pitch and promptly decided to reward Enckelman with an obscene gesture just two yards in front of him.

5. Lauren vs Manchester City, 2007.

The Arsenal defender ran through the defence with ease and put the ball comfortably into the goal, only for it to be the wrong end. 

Distin hit a long ball forward, the ball bounced several times and as Lauren tried to steady himself he received a push in the back from Trevor Sinclair, he then succumbed to pressure of Sinclair with a poor attempt to control the ball which required him to run a few extra yards towards his own goal. 

As the attacker closed on him, he seemingly tried to put the ball out for an opposing corner or pass the ball back, very badly, with his left foot but failed to execute it and the ball shot straight past the shocked Jens Lehmann into the net. 

Luckily for Lauren, Arsenal went on to win the game 2-1.

4. Gareth Barry vs Southampton, 2013.

Manchester City were 2-1 down, desperately trying to claw back a result to keep up with neighbours Manchester United in the title race. The Premier League champions were beaten comprehensively, and Barry's clinical poke into his own net was one of the final nails in the coffin that lead to them resigning the title to the Red Devils. 

A dangerous cross through the heart of the Manchester City box found Gareth Barry who tried passing back to his keeper Joe Hart. Barry lost his footing on the pitch and the pass though was misguided. 

Hart desperately scrambled across goal but before he could reach it the ball found itself nestled in the corner, much to the despair of the visiting City supporters and Roberto Mancini. 

 

3.Alan Smith vs Wolverhampton Wanderers, 2003.

Alan Smith was at the height of his career and playing for Leeds United in the Premier League. As a striker Smith was used to finding the back of the net, but this finish was a little unorthodox. 

He attempted to clear an incoming corner on the edge of the six yard box at the near post but didn't catch the ball cleanly, instead he sliced the ball with the outside of his foot and the deflection glanced backwards past his keeper and the defender on the far post, off the woodwork and into the net. 

A brilliant finish, at the wrong end. 

2. Gareth Bale vs Liverpool, 2012. 

Though he cannot be blamed, Gareth Bale scored a wonderfully entertaining own goal with this point blank header into his own net. Facing his goal when a cross came in, Aaron Lennon cleared the ball off the line, however the ball rebounded off Bale's face standing just three yards in front of him and into the back of the net past Hugo Lloris.

Bale inadvertently halved the deficit, and entered the own goal hall of fame simultaneously. Nothing he could do about it, mind. 

And finally, the winner...

1. Anthony Popovic vs Portsmouth, 2004. 

With five minutes left of the game, Crystal Palace are 2-1 down. A Portsmouth cross comes into the box and Australian defender Anthony Popovic attempts what one can only describe as a makeshift clearance with a deft flick of the back heel. 

Unfortunately rather than clearing the ball out, it comically loops backwards and hits the inside of the far post to go in for a Crystal palace own goal, sealing a 3-1 victory for Portsmouth at Fratton Park. 

A wonderfully tricky finish, had it have been up the other end.  

I respect that many may disagree with the order of think that others belong in the list, others that narrowly missed the list were: 

Stephen Carr vs Sunderland 2010. 

Rio Ferdinand vs Portsmouth 2007. 

Abou Diaby vs Manchester United 2009. 

Kevin Nolan vs Middlesborough 2004, 

Sam Ricketts vs Blackburn Rovers 2009. 

John Arne Riise vs Southampton 2002.

 

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