‘It was murder’ – Stoke City’s future-Arsenal hero’s own goal of the century back on TV today



It was a Stoke City star who made the save of the century – and a Stoke City defender who apparently scored the own goal of the century.

It was poor old Steve Bould who chipped his own goalkeeper from 25 yards in a moment that has gone down in club folklore.

And guess what? Sorry Bouldy, it’s being replayed on BT Sport 3 this afternoon (5.30pm-6.30pm) for The Big Match – Revisited.

Bould suffered his tragic moment in the age before every match was captured on film – but this one was at Upton Park. Stoke were chasing a Uefa Cup spot while West Ham were looking for revenge for a 5-2 defeat at the Victoria Ground earlier in the season.

The defender, who had been on loan at Torquay United, was put in at right-back for his first league start of the season to avoid placing too much pressure on 17-year-old Steve Parkin, who had made a sound debut in a mid-week win over Nottingham Forest.

It was 0-0 after 52 minutes when Alvin Martin’s long punt dropped to Bould on the edge of his own box … and he sent the ball over Peter Fox.

Peter Hewitt added in The Sentinel: “The incident clearly unsettled Bould, who had previously stood up well to the pressure and another intended interception by the youngster again took the ball away from Fox before it was cleared.”

The Potters fought back to gain a point largely thanks to Mark Chamberlain.

The winger made a 40-yard run which took him past Frank Lampard before delivering a cross which was half-hit by Paul Bracewell and saw Sammy McIlroy hit the post before Micky Thomas slotted home.

Bould kept his place for the rest of the campaign as Stoke narrowly missed out on qualifying for Europe, shifting over to centre-back for the final day at Tottenham.

He said: “Having taken a long time to get into the First Division side I am here to stay.

“With Dave Watson going to America at the end of this season it is up to me to prove I can play at this level and earn a new contract.

“If I do well it will be a case of local boy makes good. I come from Blurton and Stoke City are my club.

“I was given my Stoke chance at West Ham and although I had a disastrous start with an own goal the boss said I had done quite well and I stayed in.

“The own goal was on television but I have not seen it.

“A ball came across from Alvin Martin and I was chasing with Paul Goddard on my back. I saw Peter Fox come off his line and tried to pass back but the ball bobbled and I put it over the goalkeeeper into the net.

“It was murder, but thank goodness Mickey Thomas saved me with his equaliser.

“Playing alongside Watson, Thomas and McIlroy is a great experience. Watson has helped me a great deal in training and is a tremendous player.

“I am happy playing a right-back but a central defensive spot is my natural role.

“I celebrated my 20th birthday playing in the first team at Torquay; now I hope I can celebrate my 21st as an established First Division player at Stoke.”

Bould did go on to establish himself as a top flight player, winning trophies as a vital part of one of the most famous back fours in history with Arsenal.

Now aged 57, he is still at the Emirates as under-23s coach.





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