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Tom King sets new Guinness World Record for longest football goal

21 January 2021

Newport County AFC goalkeeper Tom King has etched his name into the Guinness World Records by scoring the longest goal in football.

The Exiles shot-stopper netted a freak goal during County's clash against Cheltenham Town at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium on Tuesday night, helping Michael Flynn's men to a 1-1 draw against the Robins.

King caught Cheltenham goalkeeper Josh Griffiths off guard with what appeared to be a routine goal kick, which evaded everyone and bounced over his opposite number's head with the help of the blustery conditions.

There was some deliberation over whether King had beaten the record previously held by fellow goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, who netted in Stoke City's Premier League clash against Southampton with an effort from 91.9m (100.5 yards) in November 2013.

But Guinness World Records have now confirmed that King has, in fact, pipped Begovic to the record for his effort, which covered an incredible distance of 96.01m (105 yds) in Gloucestershire.

"I'm absolutely delighted because it's not something that I intentionally set out to do," said King.

"I'm sure it will be talked about for a long time to come, so I'm proud and I'm sure my family will be extremely proud too.

"I'll have to drop Asmir a message to send my commiserations, but, in all honesty, it's different territory for me because I never dreamt of being in the books that you get for Christmas every year.

"Hopefully I might actually read it if I get one for Christmas this year. I'm delighted and hopefully no one beats it for a long time now so I can show my grandkids!"

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