Tim Howard refused to celebrate despite becoming only the fourth goalkeeper to score in the history of the Premier League with a freak goal from inside his own area in Everton’s home match against Bolton.
His clearance from a back pass bounced about 30 yards from the Bolton goal and was blown by the wind over visiting keeper Adam Bogdan, who was standing on the edge of his own six-yard line. Howard, who was making his 250th appearance for Everton, didn’t react out of consideration for Bogdan and was walking back to his own goal when he was mobbed by teammates.
“It’s not a nice place to be, I’ve been there before – a long, long time ago – and that was why I didn’t celebrate.”
The only other goalkeepers to score in the Premier League’s 20 years are Peter Schmeichel (2001), Howard’s fellow American Brad Friedel (2004) and Paul Robinson (2011).