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Own Goals by West Ham United Players ...

Own Goals

John Bond was the first to concede an own goal on December 6, 1958 agains Leeds United at the Upton Park, Pablo Zabaleta was the last player at no.78 playing against his former club Manchester City at the London Stadium last season April 29, 2018.


The team that West Ham most like to help out is Liverpool, on 5 separate occasions the Hammers have put through their own net, and all at Anfield. Two of the five Hammers were goalkeepers Bobby Ferguson (72-73) and Robert Green (2009-10)  the others were Geoff Pike (82-83), Alvin Martin (93-94) and Guy Demel (2013-14).

There are seven teams the Hammers have a habit of consistently helping out. Arsenal, Derby County, Fulham, Manchester City, Newcastle United, Sheffield United and Southampton with 4 each.


15 players equally hold the unenviable record of scoring two goals against their own keeper. Double own goals are recorded against John Bond (1958-59, 1961-62). Even the legendary Bobby Moore wasn’t immune to a double error. The first came against Burnley In 1960-61 and in 1967-68 for Sunderland at Roker Park. Next was Ken Brown (1963-64, 1965-66), followed by Eddie Bovington (twice in 1965-66, the first against Olympiakos in the European Cup Winners Cup tie in Greece December 1, 1965 and a month later on New Year’s Day at home to Nottingham Forest).


Dennis Burnett was unfortunate with two in consecutive away games in 1966-67, Fulham at Craven Cottage October 29, 1966 and two weeks later at Bramall Lane.


Tommy Taylor (1972-73, 1976-77), Ray Stewart (1981-82, 1987-88), Alvin Martin (1989-90, 1993-94) and current Under-23 coach Steve Potts is 10th in line with his two errors both in season 1994-95 against Newcastle United in the Premier League at home and two weeks later in a League Cup tie away to Walsall.


Reo Ferdinand is next in line with his two boobs against London rivals Chelsea (1997-98) and Arsenal (2000-01). Christian Dailly (2000-01, 2003-04), Hayden Mullins (2003-04, 2008-09), Tomas Repka (2003-04, 2004-05) and last player to hold his hands to his head is current defender Winston Reid (2010-11 and 2014-15).


However, the Lampard household holds the record with 3 misdemeanours, Frank Lampard senior with two (1969-70, 1972-73) with Frank junior in the Premier League game with Leicester City at Upton Park November 14, 1998.


Other notable Hammers include John Lyall (1962-63 Tottenham Hotspur), Martin Peters (1964-65 La Gantoise) and Billy Bonds (1969-70 Crystal Palace).


The award for the most bizarre own goal must surely go to Iain Dowie. Being in the right place at the right time is the hallmark of what makes a good striker. For, Dowie, it was a case of right place, right time and wrong goal on a forgettable evening for him at sodden Edgeley Park against Stockport County in the League Cup replay December 18, 1996.


It’s worth noting that of the 79 own goals conceded against our own goalkeeper, 13 matches were won, 18 were drawn and a staggering 48 were lost.

It happens to every club side, and West Ham United are no different. Scoring an own goal is every player’s worst nightmare.


Since winning promotion from the old Football League Second Division at the end of the 1957-58 season we have seen umpteen claret and blue players with their head in their hands in utter disbelief at what just happened.


Debutant Issa Diop is the 79th Hammer to hold hands to head after his 70th minute own goal which gave Arsenal a winning lead at the Emirates Stadium. Diop can count himself unlucky as Lacazette’s cross was aimed at nobody in particular and the ball just hits him and goes in.

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Articles Class of 96 Full Members Cup 2534 Stockport County 01 (A) 96-97 Dowie own goal

A headed goal any striker would be proud of....

Shame it was for the opposition