Real OGs
After 1,000 own goals, who has most in EPL history?
Published: Jun 09, 2021 05:18 PM
Tottenham Hotspur's Sergio Reguilon (center) reacts after scoring an own goal in the game against Aston Villa on May 19 in London. Photo: VCG

Tottenham Hotspur's Sergio Reguilon (center) reacts after scoring an own goal in the game against Aston Villa on May 19 in London. Photo: VCG

This English Premier League (EPL) season saw a landmark goal that no one wanted. On May 19 against Aston Villa, Tottenham Hotspur's Spanish fullback Sergio Reguilon wrote himself into the record books.

The former Sevilla star scored the 1,000th own goal to be recorded in the English top flight since it rebranded in the 1992-93 season.

Reguilon's goal was one to remember anyway, even if it had not been such a landmark. The defender sliced an attempted clearance with his weaker right foot past his own keeper Hugo Lloris. Had it been at the other end the technique would have been rightly lauded.

Reguilon was a little less happy on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium pitch, which he slumped to after seeing the ball arrow past Lloris. Teammate Eric Dier hauled him up from the ground but he will have wanted it to eat him up - even more so as this was the first game with fans since December and 10,000 of them were inside to cheer on the hosts.

While the knowledge that he had helped Aston Villa back to parity after Steven Bergwijn's opening goal will have haunted Reguilon, he will have likely been unaware that his was the 37th own goal of the 2020-21 season and also the 1,000th of EPL history.

He would also not recall that Liverpool's Nat Phillips was earlier credited with the landmark own goal in his side's game to Old Trafford earlier in the month. ­However, the goal was later credited to Manchester ­United's Bruno Fernandes, and the ­Anfield side's center-back missed going down in history.

A lot of history was written between Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Mark Crossley becoming the first player in the Premier League era to see the letters "OG" next to his name.

Crossley did so on a sunny September afternoon back in 1992, with the league in its first few weeks and looking distinctly more like the old First Division which it had just rebranded from rather than the globally dominant Premier League we see today.

A corner came in for Blackburn Rovers and it was met with a powerful header from their towering Scottish central defender Colin Hendry. No matter, Crossley was equal to it and took it in both hands but as he came down from diving, the stopper somehow ended facing his own goal and he let the ball slip from his grasp and trickle into the corner of the goal.

Crossley opened the floodgates, and 10,483 days later Reguilon scored the 1,000th OG in the EPL. Like Crossley, the Spaniard now also finds himself as the answer to a football trivia question in years to come but they only have one own goal to their names each. Others have not been quite so lucky.

Richard Dunne

The former Republic of Ireland international was a defensive rock for much of his career but he also has the unfortunate title of being the most prolific scorer of own goals in EPL history. Dunne netted 10 times past his own goalkeepers in spells at Manchester City, Everton, Aston Villa and QPR.

Not that his output - or is it input - at the wrong end lessened his impact on the pitch or the affection he got from the fans in the stands. Dunne was the Man City skipper and named their Player of the Year four times in nine seasons.

Dunne played 431 games in the EPL and also scored 11 times at the right end.

Jamie Carragher

The Liverpool defender was a one-club man during his playing days, but in his 17 years at Anfield he was not always on the side of the Reds. Carragher scored seven own goals in that time with the hardest of them to swallow a brace for Manchester United at Anfield in a game that the visitors would go on to win 3-2.

Carragher only scored three times for Liverpool, meaning he scored more than twice as many times for the opposition in his 737 appearances.

He finished his career with two FA Cups, three League Cups, two UEFA Cups and a Champions League, and the record of being the only player to score two own goals in a single Premier League game.

Martin Skrtel

The Slovakian center-back spent eight years and nine seasons with Liverpool and averaged almost one goal for each of them. Skrtel ended with seven own goals to his name during his time with the Reds, matching Carragher's output over 17 seasons.

Little wonder when he was so prolific that in the 2013-14 season - one where Liverpool came second to champions Manchester City as they looked to end their own long wait for a first EPL title - scoring four own goals, a single season record. In fairness, Skrtel scored 16 times in the right end.

Skrtel is still playing, threatening at both ends for the 2020 Turkish Süper Lig champions Istanbul Basaksehir.

Phil Jagielka

The England defender impressed with Sheffield United and Everton, gaining a reputation as a utility player with an eye for goal. He also had an eye for an own goal, scoring seven of them in his time. "Jags" has played 376 times in the English Premier League over 15 seasons.

His latest came in the Yorkshire derby against Leeds United in April, with his unfortunate own goal handing rivals Leeds United a 2-1 win.

Jagielka also scored an own goal on England duty.

Wes Brown

The Manchester United academy product was unfortunate with injury, twice coming back from career-threatening crocks to play a trophy-laden 15 years at his hometown team and then move on to Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers.

In over 200 EPL appearances he also scored six times for the opposition, which is one more than how many EPL winners' medals he has. Brown also won a couple of FA Cups while at the Old Trafford club.
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