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Goals conceded on purpose: a recent history

In honour of Doncaster manager Paul DIckov instructing his players to let Bury equalise.

Paul Dickov instructed his players to concede a goal on purpose
HONORABLE: Dickov (Image: hst43077)

Goals conceded on purpose: the ultimate fair play gesture? Doncaster Rovers manager Paul Dickov instructed his players to let Bury score a last-minute equaliser after they’d accidentally taken the lead returning the ball to the Shakers’ goalkeeper following an injury…

Needless to say, we had a little rummage around for other recent instances of teams conceding goals on purpose – er, in a totally legit, non-match-fixing kinda way – and came up with the following…

Fersina v Dro, Italian 4th Division

The same basic deal as Doncaster v Bury, but more comedic – how on earth does the ‘keeper let that one slip through?

In 2011, Boreham Wood did the same against Havant in a Blue Square South match, losing 2-1 as a result. “I’d rather lose the correct way,” said their manager Ian Allinson.

Lillestrøm v Brann

A similar incident occurred in the Norwegian league in 2012, with one crucial difference – a goalkeeper who was clearly intent, albeit ultimately unsuccessful, on scuppering the gesture…

Note also the somewhat unfair volume of aggro directed towards the accidental Brann goal-scorer.

5 own goals in Indonesian match

PSS Sleman and PSIS Semarang were both disqualified from their national playoffs after trading five late own-goals in an apparent attempt at avoiding having to play a team backed by the local mafia…

Madagascan side lose 149-0

Stade Olymique L’Emyrne protested a refereeing decision by sticking the ball in their own net an astonishing one hundred and forty-nine times in a match against AS Adema, probably breaking all known records in the process.