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Ranked! The 15 greatest own goals EVER

Jamie Pollock

On this day in 1998, Jamie Pollock netted one of the great oggies in English football history while playing for Manchester City against QPR. There's nothing quite as ignominious in football, but as Greg Lea discovers, some culprits are much worse than others

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15. Tony Popovic 

Popovic’s glorious effort against Portsmouth is arguably the most aesthetically pleasing own goal on this list. The Crystal Palace centre-back met Steve Stone’s cross with a lovely right-footed flick, which clipped the far post and hit the back of the net before Julian Speroni could clamber across his goal.

14. Lauren 

If you wanted to show any centre-forward how to keep calm in front of goal, this Lauren clip would be essential viewing if it weren’t for the fact the finish came at the wrong end of the pitch. The Cameroonian’s first touch sent him into his own penalty box and, with Trevor Sinclair breathing down his neck, he couldn’t help but fire the ball into Arsenal’s goal.

13. Lee Dixon

There was no danger whatsoever. A long Coventry clearance sailed through to Arsenal right-back Lee Dixon, who took a couple of touches and assessed his options. Unfortunately for the Gunners, his final decision was not a good one: Dixon severely overcooked his backpass, inadvertently chipping the ball over the head of goalkeeper David Seaman and into the back of the net.

12. Djimi Traore 

"Don't blame it on Biscan; don't blame it on Hamann; don't blame it on Finnan; blame it on Traore.

"He just can't, he just can't, he just can't control his feet..."

So sung Liverpool fans to the tune of Blame It On The Boogie following Djimi’s pirouette against Burnley, which essentially dumped the Reds out of the FA Cup third round in 2005.

11. Assaf Mendes 

It feels rather unfair to label this an own goal, given the decisive role played by the elements. In a practice match against Dynamo Kyiv, Maccabi Tel-Aviv goalkeeper Mendes was beaten by his own kick, which sailed forwards before being blown back over his head by the wind. Even the Britannia Stadium on a Tuesday night’s got nothing on this.