Top 6: Own-Goal Gluts

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Oxford United defender Michael Duberry, formerly of Chelsea and Leeds United.
Duberry... Letters after his name (Img: wonker)

Former Chelsea and Leeds United centre-back Michael Duberry raised a few chuckles this weekend, plundering two own-goals while playing for Oxford United against Hereford United before making amends with a last-minute equaliser. As the man himself tried to explain…

Michael Duberry

And the veteran defender, who appears to have taken the form of a character from Bo’ Selecta! since his top flight heyday, had to cover for his own error yet again when he was alerted, no doubt by millions worldwide, to the misleading information of his prior Tweet…

Michael Duberry

So, who does Dubes now sit proudly alongside on the pantheon of own-goal-scoring greats? Here are a selection of other bad days at the office that tickled Football Burp decidedly pink…

1. FC Den Haag – The Dutch side scored three own goals in one half of a 1971 UEFA Cup game at Molineux. Allow a young Danny Baker to talk you through it…

 
2. Chris Nicholl (Aston Villa) – On March 20th 1976, the Villa defender scored all four goals in a 2-2 draw at Leicester City, coming from behind to draw his side level on two occasions. The other year, he told the Birmingham Mail:

“Whenever I went into Ray [Graydon, teammate]’s house he had these five plinths on his mantelpiece. It was all hat-tricks. He’d point to them and he’d say this one’s against Arsenal in 1972 or whenever it was, this one’s against so and so. He’d take me through them every time and I’d never had a chance. So there was one famous day where I managed to score four goals in a game at Leicester in a 2-2 draw. I so badly wanted to get that ball and put it up on a plinth that I went to see the referee at the end of the game but he wouldn’t give me it. He said no, it’s my last game, I’m keeping the ball. So I never got my ball to put on a plinth to show Ray Graydon!”

LOLZ!!!!!1!!

3. Stan van den Buys (Germinal Ekeren) – Now assistant coach at the acely named Germinal Beerschot, van den Buys made history wince when he bagged an incredible hat-trick of own-goals in a 3-2 defeat to Anderlecht in 1995. Come on, someone out there must have video footage of this!

4. Emre Toraman (Eskişehirspor) – In 2009, the defensive midfielder bagged this impressive brace, condemning his side to a 2-1 defeat at home to Bursaspor. Ignore the flimsy ‘mind control’ pretext and enjoy…

 
5. Kakha Kaladze (Georgia) – Also from 2009, Kaladze’s unwitting  double gave Italy a 2-0 win in a qualifier for the 2010 World Cup…couple of smart finishes these, Kakha…

 
6. SOE Antananarivo – In 2002, the Madagascan side scored 149 (yes, one hundred and forty-nine) own goals in a THB Champions League match against AS Adema in protest of a controversial late penalty given against them the previous week that cost them the title. No gag required.

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