Unwanted records in the English Premier League
England’s top flight which underwent its restructure in 1992 is considered as one of the most exciting and fast paced football leagues. Football is a sport which has a lot of facets - dribbles, tackles, interceptions - but, at the end of the day it's the goals which matter.
In every season, a lot of players are purchased and sold. Some of them go on to become the legends of their respective clubs and some become big flops. So many new records are created and broken & in between, some of the unwanted records are made.
Quickly, let's delve through such records, we've seen in the EPL:
1. Richard Dunne - 12 own goals
Richard Dunne is an Irish footballer, who last played for Queens Park Rangers. He has the worst luck when it comes to own goals, having scored the most number of goals in his own net. Dunne has played for four teams in the Premier League – Everton, Manchester City, Aston Villa and QPR.
Dunne’s proficiency in scoring own goals came to the fore in the game against Liverpool. In that game, he scored an own goal and played a part in another one. Despite leading 2-1 at one stage, QPR went on lose the game 2-3.
Of the 12 own goals scored by the Irishman, six were bundled into the back of his own net during his time with the club he spent nine years at, Manchester City. Perhaps the most infamous of all the own goals scored by the Irishman was his first; playing against West Brom in 2004, a long ball down field cannoned of Dunne’s shin and past the calamitous David James and into the City net. Oh dear!
To be fair, Dunne was a good defender, having won the ‘Player of the year’ award at Manchester City four times. He was also a part of the Irish squad at the 2002 FIFA World Cup.