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Newport GK King sets world record with 96m goal

  • Published at 04:34 pm January 22nd, 2021
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Newport keeper Tom King takes the goal kick that eventually led to a 96m world record goal, during their League Two game away to Cheltenham Tuesday

King refused to celebrate the goal out of respect for his Cheltenham counterpart

When Newport County goalkeeper Tom King took a goal kick in a League Two game at Cheltenham Town Tuesday, little did he know he would be writing his name into the Guinness World Records book for the longest goal ever scored.

At 0-0 in the 12th minute, King placed the ball inside his six-yard box and launched it so far upfield that it bounced a few yards outside the opposition box before the wind picked it up and over the helpless Joshua Griffiths in Cheltenham's goal.

Guinness World Records ratified the record Thursday, with his 105 yards (96.01m) goal breaking the record previously set by former Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, whose clearance from inside his own box found the Southampton net in 2013.

However, King refused to celebrate the goal out of respect for his Cheltenham counterpart even though it was the first goal he had ever scored as a professional.


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