We all go to football for goals and excitement. The National League produces both of those in abundance. The players who put the ball in the back of the net are revered, but what about the poor unfortunates who have beaten their own goalkeeper? Here are the players with the most own goals in the National League.
Callum Reynolds (Five own goals)
The centre-back has been in the fifth tier of English football for a long time, making 285 appearances, having featured for the likes of Tamworth, Boreham Wood, Aldershot Town, Barnet, Dagenham and Redbridge and Bromley.
During his long National League career, the veteran centre-back has put the ball past his own goalkeeper on a record five occasions for his various clubs.
Ben Richards-Everton (Four own goals)
Currently playing in the sixth tier of the English game with Gloucester, Richards-Everton has had the misfortune of scoring four own goals during his time in the fifth tier of the English game. The Birmingham-born defender has represented Tamworth, Barnet, Yeovil and Scunthorpe United in the National League.
However, Richards-Everton scored five goals at the right end of the pitch in the fifth tier, with four of them coming while with Barnet.
Fraser Kerr (Four own goals)
The Scottish defender can match Richards-Everton for National League own goals, unfortunately for him, as his four own goals have come in 161 appearances for five different clubs, including Gateshead, Hartlepool United, Torquay, Chesterfield and York City.
He did at least redeem himself with eight goals at the right end of the pitch, with his most prolific spell coming at Gateshead in season 2018/19, when he scored three times.
Kevin Lokko (Four own goals)
The Maidenhead United defender has scored four own goals in his 199 National League appearances while representing Welling United, his current employers, Dagenham and Redbridge, Dover Athletic and Aldershot Town.
However, Lokko has been one of the more productive players on our list when it has come to goals at the other end of the pitch, too, scoring a creditable 17 goals in the fifth tier, with his most prolific campaign coming in his two-year spell at Dover when he scored nine National League goals.
Liam Hogan (Four own goals)
The experienced Oldham Athletic defender has had the misfortunate of putting the ball past his own goalkeeper four times during his 241 National League appearances for the likes of Macclesfield Town, Tranmere Rovers, Gateshead, Salford City, Stockport County and current employers Oldham.
He has at least contributed 11 goals in the correct goal, with his most successful season in front of goal coming at Stockport, when he scored four times in season 2021/22.
Will Evans (Four own goals)
The experienced centre-back has made 338 appearances in the English fifth tier, scoring 20 goals and providing six assists. Unfortunately for the defender, he has also put the ball past his own goalkeeper on four occasions in the National League.
These own goals have been while representing Hereford United, Newport County, Eastleigh, Aldershot Town, Chesterfield and Boreham Wood.
Corey Jordan (Four own goals)
The 24-year-old has made just 73 appearances in the National League but has still managed to score four own goals for Weymouth and Aldershot.
In fact, the former Bournemouth youngster has scored more own goals than he has normal goals, as he has scored just three times at the right end in his relatively short career in the fifth tier.
Joe Oastler (Three own goals)
The experienced right-back has made just 84 appearances for Aldershot Town in the National League but has still managed to score three own goals in his career in the fifth tier.
During his career in the National League, he also managed to find the net three times while also producing three assists.
Will De Havilland (Three own goals)
The centre-back made 184 appearances in the National League for Aldershot, Maidstone United and Dover Athletic, scoring a respectable 11 goals.
However, he also had the misfortune to score three own goals in his fifth-tier career.
Josh Staunton (Three own goals)
The defender is currently a player-coach in the sixth tier of English football with Yeovil Town. However, during his 214 games in the National League for the likes of Dagenham and Redbridge, Woking, Halifax Town and his current employers, Staunton scored three own goals.
Staunton at least scored nine goals in the opposition net to make amends for his misfortune in front of his own goal.
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