Think own goals versus Charlton, and you think Michael Proctor. And Stephen Wright.
But the three that duo managed to score past the Addicks in 2003 eclipsed another self-inflicted defeat over a decade earlier, as on this day in 1992 Malcolm Crosby’s team went down 2-0 at home to Charlton – with Terry Butcher and Gary Bennett scoring the goals.
The game had got off to a bad start. John Kay had taken exception to winger Colin Walsh, and distributed his own form of retribution in the shape of a headbutt. Right in front of the linesman. Less than a quarter of an hour gone, and down to 10 men.
We hung on until midway through the second half until first Butcher – deflecting Garry Nelson’s shot past Tim Carter – and then Bennett – putting Robert Lee’s corner into his own net – gave Charlton the win.
The match was punctuated with protests against chairman Bob Murray. Chants of ‘Murray, Murray, Murray, Out! Out! Out!’ grew stronger the longer the match wore on – mainly due to his failure to back boss Malcolm Crosby.
While we’d spent a reasonable amount that summer – around £800,000 – we’d failed to keep Paul Bracewell, and Murray had blocked a move to Southampton for Gordon Armstong, which would have given Crosby additional funds. A large banner unfurled in the Fulwell End demanded Murray’s immediate departure.
There was also unrest at Murray’s proposal to relocate the club away from Roker Park – a plane flew over mid-match urging him to ‘Keep the Roar in Roker’ amid plans to move the club to land near Nissan.
As the match report noted, it was more likely that Crosby would leave than Murray, and so it ultimately proved, although Murray did take a step back for appearance’s sake, replacing himself as chairman with John Featherstone, while retaining his controlling stake.