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Friday 24 January 2014

Pick your favourite Barclays Premier League own goal

Which is the greatest own goal scored in Barclays Premier League history? Have your say

Watch this review of some of the 'best' own goals to have been scored during the Barclays Premier League era and vote for your favourite on the homepage poll.

Some events in football just cannot be helped. Own goals, a lot of the time, fall into this category. It may be a miscued clearance, an unfortunate deflection or just bad luck, own goals are still a player’s worst nightmare.

In this article, looks at the history of goals at the wrong end of the pitch and asks you to choose your favourite. The above video takes you through some of the "classic" Barclays Premier League own goals and you can cast your vote for your favourite on the poll down the homepage.

Most own goals by team

An average of 34 own goals are scored each season in the Barclays Premier League and with 25 in the 2013-14 season, there are plenty more to come. Some teams put the ball in their own net more often than others, while some are more likely to benefit from them. But which are the most unfortunate teams for scoring 'OGs'?

Barclays Premier League
Most own goals by team
Team Own goals
Everton 41
Aston Villa 37
Fulham 33
Arsenal 32
Liverpool 32
Southampton 31
Manchester City 30
Sunderland 30

Four of the seven teams to have participated in all 22 Barclays Premier League seasons are in the top eight for own goals scored, but it is Everton who have conceded the most. Fulham and Sunderland meanwhile have played fewer top-flight matches (478) than Everton, Aston Villa, Arsenal and Liverpool (832) but still rank in the top eight.

Most own goals by player

Some players are unfortunate enough to make a habit of putting the ball in their own net and such is their reputation for it.

Barclays Premier League
Most own goals by player
Player Own goals
Richard Dunne 9
Jamie Carragher 7
Frank Sinclair 6
Phil Jagielka 6
Rio Ferdinand 5
Phil Neville 5
Henning Berg 5
Michael Duberry 5
Richard Rufus 5
Zat Knight 5
Neil Ruddock 5
Scott Dann 5

Most own goals in a match

On 1 February 2003, Sunderland became the first Barclays Premier League team to score three own goals in a single match. During a 3-1 defeat against Charlton Athletic at the Stadium of Light, Stephen Wright put the ball in his own net before a further two own goals by Michael Proctor wrapped up an unlucky afternoon for the Wearsiders.

On the same day, Birmingham City defender Kenny Cunningham scored an own goal in a 4-2 defeat by Bolton Wanderers and Phil Gilchrist also beat his own goalkeeper while playing for West Bromwich Albion against Manchester City, meaning a record five OGs were scored on a single matchday.

The only other players in history to have scored two own goals in a match are Jamie Carragher (Liverpool) and Jonathan Walters (Stoke City).

Teams to benefit from own goals

Manchester United have received by far the most own goals in the Barclays Premier League from opponents. Ten of those were scored in the 2009-10 season alone, which is by far the largest benefit to one team in a single campaign over the last decade.

Barclays Premier League
Teams to benefit from most own goals
Player Own goals
Manchester United 61
Liverpool 48
Chelsea 44
Arsenal 43
Blackburn Rovers 36
Aston Villa 35
Newcastle United 34
Tottenham Hotspur 34
Everton 33

Top own-goal scorers by team

Have you wondered which player has scored the most own goals for your team? The table below highlights the top own-goal scorers for each side currently playing in the Barclays Premier League.

Barclays Premier League
Top own goal scorers by team
Team Player OGs
Arsenal Kolo Toure 3
Aston Villa Mark Delaney, Gareth Southgate, Richard Dunne 3
Cardiff City None 0
Chelsea Steve Clarke, Michael Duberry, Frank Sinclair 3
Crystal Palace Tony Popovic 2
Everton Phil Neville, Phil Jagielka, Dave Watson 4
Fulham Zat Knight, Chris Baird, John Pantsil 4
Hull City Kamil Zayatte 4
Liverpool Jamie Carragher 7
Manchester City Richard Dunne 6
Manchester United John O'Shea, Wes Brown, Henning Berg, Jonny Evans  3
Newcastle United Titus Bramble, John Beresford 2
Norwich City 13 players 1
Southampton Jos Hooiveld 4
Stoke City Ryan Shawcross 3
Sunderland Phil Bardsley 3
Swansea City Neil Taylor, Danny Graham, Chico Flores, Jonathan De Guzman 1
Tottenham Hotspur Stephen Carr, Sol Campbell, Neil Ruddock 2
West Bromwich Albion Darren Purse, Jonas Olsson, Gareth McAuley 2
West Ham United Rio Ferdinand, Jonathan Spector 2

Other own goal facts

  • Last season produced the highest number of own goals than any other campaign (47). The next highest is 43 in 2009/10.
  • Leicester City's eight own goals in 2003/04 is the highest by a club in a Barclays Premier League season. Sunderland have scored five in 2013/14.
  • Only four players have scored three own goals in a single season (Jos Hooiveld, Scott Dann, John Pantsil and Andreas Jakobsson)
  • Fixtures between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have produced the most own goals in Barclays Premier League history (eight).
  • The fixture to have produced the most own goals in BPL history is Everton v Liverpool at Goodison Park (five).

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Key Points

  • Vote for your favourite own goal in Barclays Premier League history
  • Scroll down the homepage and choose one of the five nominations
  • looks at the history of own goals in the BPL