When Tim Howard scored against Bolton a few weeks ago, the American was extremely apologetic for it as he felt sorry for the Trotters keeper Adam Bogdan, as such incidents like this were freakish and not commonplace in the game. The Everton keeper is absolutely right, although he is certainly not the first and won’t be the last to benefit from a stroke of fortune. Who can forget Darren Bent’s beach ball deflected goal for Sunderland against Liverpool, or Jason Cundy’s 50 yard clearance for Tottenham against Ipswich Town all those years ago?
The bizarre nature of Tim Howard’s goal has led me to compile a top ten of the freakiest goals ever to be scored. Whilst many will often cite the Stan Collymore goal that hit a pivot before bouncing over Tim Flowers, or any one of the various goalkeeping blunders that England fans have become accustomed to, I have chosen ten goals (in no particular order) in which the groundsman may not be held responsible, but where the nature of the goal itself is genuinely hard to believe.
Click on Chris Brass to unveil the top 10 freakiest goals in football