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Own Goals

 We've all hear about the prolific journey-man Irish striker, Owen Goal. His name appears every week on Final Score. If Owen were a real striker for (Northern) Ireland he'd be fifth* equal in the all time goalscorer standings, but somehow he'd also have racked-up an impressive 21 goals against us!

Own goals are one of the most subjective statistics in the game of football, one man's O.G. is another's slight deflection. Add to that "scrimmages" and the like from the earliest days with a lack of video evidence, some goalscorers will just never be known beyond a particular reporter's opinion.

(Northern) Ireland Own Goals FOR and AGAINST

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Date

 Comp

Res

Score

Opp 

Ven

Scorer - (min)

Score-line

For/ Against

8

28/02/85

BIC

L

0-4

ENG

A

Eames,W - (77)

0-3

0/1

18

24/03/88

BIC

L

2-10

SCO

H

Wilson,R - (77)

2-9

0/2

33

25/03/93

BIC

L

1-6

SCO

A

Torrans,S - (20)

0-2

0/3

37

31/03/94

BIC

L

1-2

SCO

H

Torrans,S - (25)

0-1

0/4

38

09/03/95

BIC

L

0-9

ENG

A

Torrans,S - (3)

0-1

0/5

55

17/03/00

BIC

L

0–2

ENG

H

Cochrane,M - (12)

0-1

0/6

69

25/02/05

BIC

D

1-1

ENG

A

Williamson,T - (48)

1-0

1/6

125

22/10/27

BIC

W

2–0

ENG

H

Jones,H - (36)

2-0

2/6

212

05/11/58

BIC

D

2-2

SCO

A

Caldow,E - (74)

1-2

3/6

275

18/05/71

BIC

W

1-0

SCO

A

Greig,J - (14)

1-0

4/6

304

03/03/76

ICM

D

1-1

ISR

A

Lev,A - (58)

1-1

5/6*

330

17/10/79

ECQ

L

1–5

ENG

H

Nicholl,J - (74)

1-5

5/7

334

20/05/80

BIC

D

1-1

ENG

A

Brotherston,N - (81)

0-1

5/8

371

12/09/84

WCQ

W

3–2

ROM

H

Iorgulescu,G - (34)

1-0

6/8

399

21/12/88

WCQ

L

0-4

ESP

A

Rogan,A - (30)

0-1

6/9

McDonald,A - (64)

0-4

6/10

452

22/01/97

ICM

L

0-1

ITA

A

Wright,T - (9)

0-2

+

467

27/03/99

ECQ

L

0–3

GER

H

Morrow,S - (62)

0-3

6/11

469

27/04/99

ICM

D

1-1

CAN

H

Barker - (90+1)

1-1

7/11*

504

18/02/04

ICM

L

1–4

NOR

H

Gillespie,K - (58)

1-4

7/12

516

26/03/05

WCQ

L

0-4

ENG

A

Baird,C - (54)

0-3

1/7

524

15/11/05

ICM

D

1–1

POR

H

Craigan,S - (40)

0-1

7/14

537

08/09/07

ECQ

L

0-1

LVA

A

Baird,C - (56)

0-1

7/15*

538

12/09/07

ECQ

L

1-2

ISL

A

Gillespie,K - (90+1)

1-2

7/16

542

06/02/08

ICM

L

0–1

BUL

H

Evans,J - (38)

0-1

7/17

543

26/03/08

ICM

W

4–1

GEO

H

Healy,D - (55)

3-1

7/18

Kobiashvili,L - (87)

4-1

+

545

06/09/08

WCQ

L

1-2

SVK

A

Ďurica,J - (81)

1-2

8/18

551

28/03/09

WCQ

W

3–2

POL

H

Żewłakow,M - (61)

3-1

9/18

570

24/05/11

CNC

L

0-5

IRL

A

Cathcart,C - (45)

0-3

9/19

574

06/09/11

ECQ

L

1-4

EST

A

Piiroja - (40)

1-2

10/19

576

11/10/11

ECQ

L

0-3

ITA

A

McAuley,G - (74)

0-3

10/20

615

25/06/16

ECF

L

0-1

WAL

N

McAuley,G - (75)

0-1

10/21

627

08/10/17

WCQ

L

0-1

NOR

A

Brunt,C - (71)

0-1

10/22

630

24/03/18

ICM

W

2–1

KOR

H

Min-jae,K - (20)

1-1

11/22

643

05/09/19

ICM

W

1–0

LUX

H

Malget,K - (37)

1-0

12/22

(scoreline as after OG)

Notes:

  • #304 - Warren Feeney (Snr) claims this as his goal, but commonly recorded as an OG
  • #452 - Recorded in some sources as a Tommy Wright OG, but more commonly regarded as a goal for Gianfranco Zola.
  • #469 - Recorded in some sources as a Paul McVeigh goal, but more commonly regarded as an OG
  • #516 - Recorded in some sources as a Michael Owen goal, more commonly regarded as a Baird OG
  • #543 - Recorded as an OG in some international sources, UK sources record as a Peter Thompson goal
Records:
  • Most own goals "against" (Northern) Ireland: 3 (Sam Torrans 1893-1895)
  • Two own goals in a match "against" Northern Ireland: 2 (Anton Rogan & Alan McDonald vs Spain, 1988)
  • Scored at both ends: David Healy (vs Georgia, 2008)
  • Own goals "for" and "against" in the same match: vs Georgia, 2008 (disputed)

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