By News Team
17th April 2020
Any football fan will have a collection of the most impressive goals that they have seen, their favourite celebrations or the biggest upsets that have happened in their time.
What about the weird and wacky, though? Here’s a run-down of some of the most bizarre goals to have been scored in the Premier League.
Dion Dublin vs Newcastle
So much of the requirements of being a Premier League goalkeeper, or a goalkeeper at any level for that matter, revolves around spatial awareness. But on one fateful day back in 1997, Dion Dublin took full advantage of Newcastle’s Shay Given’s small lapse in concentration.
Given got his hands on a high ball before putting it on the turf to redistribute. He looked around 180 degrees before taking the usual couple of steps back to get a run-up. Sadly for him, he had failed to notice Coventry striker Dion Dublin just off the pitch behind him who took full advantage and scooped the ball into the back of the net.
Peter Enckelman vs Birmingham
This one from 2002 sure deserves its place on our list. It’s hard to pinpoint just how or why this goal was allowed to come about. Aston Villa’s Olof Mellberg took a throw-in, opting to launch it back towards his goalkeeper. This was all straightforward enough but between the sticks Peter Enckelman appeared to have taken his eye off the ball as it trickled into the back of the net.
Arguably the goal should not have stood on account of it being directly from a throw-in, but the referee had judged Enckelman to have got a slight touch on it. To make matters worse for Enckelman, it came during a defeat to Villa’s arch-rivals Birmingham.
Jason Cundy vs Ipswich
Jason Cundy’s career wasn’t littered with goals, he was more of a tackling man. That pretty much sums up this entry on the list. Most definitely his most memorable goal, this beauty from 1992 saw the Tottenham man go in for a powerful tackle, only to somehow end up launching the ball 40 yards up and over Ipswich goalkeeper Craig Forrest and into the net.
Darren Bent vs Liverpool
This goal is probably the one that comes to mind if you ask most current football fans what the most bizarre Premier League goal has been in recent times. It was 2009 and Darren Bent was plying his trade for Sunderland, with Liverpool the visitors to the Stadium of Light.
Bent’s attempt wasn’t the most dangerous and Pepe Reina in the Liverpool goal looked to have it covered. Here’s the weird part – as he went to make the routine save, the ball deflected into the goal off a rogue inflatable beach ball that had found its way onto the pitch, remarkably from the Liverpool fans behind Reina’s goal.