Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Statistics seem to show that Phil Neville's well struck header on Saturday is just one in a catalogue of own goals scored by Everton in derby matches. Here's a list of some of the most memorable own goals against Liverpool.

1. Sandy Brown (Everton)
At Goodison ParkFootball League Division OneDecember 1969
Poor old Sandy etched his name indelibly into Mersey derby folklore with this stunning headed effort from a Peter Thompson cross into an unguarded Park End goal. So much so that every 'oggy' scored on the parks of Merseyside since has been referred to as a "Sandy Brown"!

2. Gary Sprake (Leeds United)
At AnfieldFootball League Division OneDecember 1967
On an icy Anfield afternoon Leeds' Welsh international goalie earned himself cult-status on the Kop with one of the most unusual own-goals ever scored as his attempted throw out to Terry Cooper somehow ends up in the back of the net. Cue the hit record of the time 'Careless Hands' to ring out over the tannoy system at half-time.

3. Delfin Geli (Alaves)
At the WestfalenstadionUEFA Cup Final May 2001
The most dramatic UEFA Cup Final of all-time deep into extra-time with Liverpool and Alaves tied at 4-4 when Gary McAllister swung a teasing free-kick into the heart of the opposition penalty box. To every Liverpudlian's delight Geli rose highest and deflected the ball into his own net, handing the treble chasing Reds the Cup on courtesy of the 'Golden Goal' rule.

4. Mick Lyons (Everton)
At AnfieldFootball League Division OneOctober 1979
The Blues skipper could only look on in anguish as his attempted back-pass from 40-yards sailed spectacularly over the head of goalkeeper George Woods to give the Reds an unexpected derby lead after just nine minutes.

5. Phil Neville (Everton)
At AnfieldPremiershipMarch 2006
Half-time was approaching in the 203rd Mersey derby when Neville gifted 10-man Liverpool an unexpected lead. Alonso took a corner from the right and the former Man United man, to his horror, glanced a near post header into his own net with a clinical finish that a centre-forward would have been proud of.

6. John Bailey (Everton)
At AnfieldFootball League Division OneMarch 1981
There was little to separate the Reds and Blues in this tense Mersey derby until the home side won a 77th minute corner in front of the Anfield Road. Jimmy Case centered from the right and his fiercely struck set-piece was deflected past Jim Arnold by the bouncing perm of a distraught John Bailey.

7. Brian Laws (Nottingham Forest)
At Old TraffordFA Cup semi-final May 1989
Liverpool were leading Forest 2-1 when Laws rubber-stamped the Reds ticket to Wembley in front of the Stretford End. Beardsley drilled a low centre towards the edge of the six-yard box and the unfortunate full-back sliced the ball past a helpless Steve Sutton.

8. Mark Atkins (Blackburn Rovers)
At Ewood ParkFA Cup 3rd roundJanuary 1991
With the scoreboard clock showing that the regulation 90-minutes had been played, Second Division Rovers were on the verge of a major cup shock until a throw-in down the right caused confusion in the box and amid the resultant melee Atkins managed to dramatically level the score with a deflection past his own keeper.

9. Rio Ferdinand (Leeds United)
At Elland RoadPremiershipFebruary 2002
Liverpool and Leeds were vying for the mantle of title challengers when reckless Rio made a complete hash of an attempted clearance from a Danny Murphy free-kick and turned the ball home after only 15-minutes at Elland Road. It was to kick-start an impressive 4-0 Reds rout.

10. Steve Bruce (Man United)
At AnfieldPremiershipMarch 1995
Steve Bruce may have suffered his fair share of misery of late against the Reds but as this OG proves he didn't have it much better as a player. Steve McManaman's trickery bamboozled the United defence on the edge of the box and his goalward bound shot was deflected past Schmeichel off the leg of the current Brum boss, the first in a 2-0 Liverpool win.

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