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Brighton's trio of own goals

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It has been widely reported that Brighton & Hove Albion created FA Cup history yesterday when they 'scored' three own goals in their 6-1 Fifth Round tie defeat at Liverpool.

Although very rare, three own goals by the same team in a game is not unique.

In fact, it happened as recently as last Tuesday (14 February). Peterhead's 6-1 loss at Elgin City in the Scottish Third Division included OG's by David Ross, Rory McAllister and Callum MacDonald.

The Premier League's only own goal hat-trick was especially extraordinary.

In a relegation season, Sunderland lost 1-3 at home to Charlton Athletic in February 2003 with the visitors benefitting from three gifts from their generous hosts in the space of seven first-half minutes.

Another example in England goes back to the UEFA Cup in November 1971.

Wolverhampton Wanderers welcomed ADO Den Haag to Molineux.

Wolves were assisted to a comfortable 4-0 victory via a trio of first-half own goals by messrs Weiner, Mansveld and Van Den Burgh.

It has to be said, despite Brighton's disappointment, the world record was under no threat.

In October 2002, Madagascar's Stade Olympique de L'Emyrne (SOE) had their coach and four players banned after they scored a world record 149 own goals in a match.

SOE lost the match 149-0 to AS Adema in the last game of the league championship, the players protesting at what they thought was biased refereeing.

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