There’s no harm in taking pleasure from other people’s moments of personal horror. In this list I have only included own goals from competitive games, which means this brilliant effort from Carl Jenkinson in a pre-season friendly didn’t make it. Shame. These five are pretty good though.
3. Iain Dowie, West Ham (v Stockport)
This is what they call a striker’s goal – right place, right time. Dowie makes no mistake, craning his neck to get some extra power on that header and burying it in the corner. Textbook.
2. Jamie Pollock, Manchester City (v Crystal Palace)
This is arguably one of the best goals ever, who cares if it was an own goal. The lofted first touch and deft finish is reminiscent of Gascoigne against Scotland.
1. Wayne Hatswell, Morecambe (v Someone)
Pollock’s was good, but I can’t overlook this. Even the MOTD pundits chuckling in the back ground can’t disturb the pure horror that Hatswell endures here. Oh god, no.
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