After Arsenal new boy Carl Jenkinson scored one of the more memorable own goals in recent times during a pre-season friendly at the weekend, First XI takes a look at some of the most significant to have graced the game.
Lord Arthur Kinnaird (1877)
Gershom Cox (1888)The first ever goal in the English Football League was an own goal. Cox, a full-back with Aston Villa, kicked the ball past goalkeeper Jimmy Warner in a 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers on the opening day of the first ever league season. Preston's 'Invincibles' side were actually the quickest off the mark that day - it took them just three minutes to break the deadlock in their 5-2 win against Burnley - but Cox's goal, after half an hour, arrived first as Villa's game kicked off 50 minutes earlier.
Samuel Wynne (1923)In Oldham's 3-2 win at home to Manchester United, Wynne scored four of the five goals in what The Guardian described at the time as "surely the most amazing 90 minutes ever experienced by a league full-back". Wynne got off to a bad start when he headed a corner into his own net on seven minutes, but he levelled the scores with a penalty on the half hour before a team-mate, Billy Howson, made it 2-1 early in the second half. Wynne then doubled Oldham's advantage through a free-kick, but he set up a tense finish by kneeing a corner into his own net.
Gary Sprake (1967)It was a snowy day at Anfield in December 1967 as second-placed Liverpool led fourth-placed Leeds United 1-0. Just before half-time, Leeds goalkeeper Sprake gathered the ball and attempted to throw it to Terry Cooper but, when the full-back was closed down by Ian Callaghan, instead threw it directly into his own net. Referee Jim Finney said Leeds defender Jack Charlton, further up the field and unaware of the incident, asked him what had happened. When Finney explained, Charlton replied: "You're not going to give a goal for that?" At half-time, the speakers at Anfield blared out the Des O'Connor song Careless Hands and The Scaffold's Thank U Very Much and, though Sprake was inspirational in the second half, Leeds went down to a 2-0 defeat and 'Careless Hands' stuck as his nickname. "That day at Liverpool I actually had a good game," Sprake later said. "At half-time the lads told me: 'Come on, get yourself together. We can do better'. I never got much stick off the supporters, then or now. It has mainly been the ex-players' books."
Gary Mabbutt (1987)Coventry secured the only major trophy in their history when they beat Tottenham 3-2 courtesy of a deflection from Gary Mabbutt's knee in extra time.
Spurs had led twice in the first half, with Mabbutt having made it 2-1 five minutes before the break, but Coventry striker Keith Houchen ensured the game went to extra-time with a memorable diving header in the 63rd minute. In the 96th minute, when Lloyd McGrath put the ball into the centre, Mabbutt was on hand to divert the ball over goalkeeper Ray Clemence.Tottenham fans welcomed the team back afterwards with a 'We don't blame Mabbutt' placard, but the defender has felt the greatest warmth over the years from the Sky Blues fans. A famous Coventry fanzine was published entitled Gary Mabbutt's Knee, and the player later told Sport.co.uk: "It was obviously very disappointing, being the first cup final Tottenham had ever lost, but I'm an absolute legend in the Midlands. I've got free food and drink for life. Everywhere I go, I've got Coventry fans coming up wanting pictures with me of them kissing my left knee."