Goalkeeper's freak accident sets Guinness World Record

Andrew Reid
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Tom King's 96m goal set a new Guinness World Record. Pic: Sky Sports
Tom King's 96m goal set a new Guinness World Record. Pic: Sky Sports

Newport County keeper Tom King's long-range goal from his own penalty area stunned the football world this week and it's now landed the 25-year-old in the record books.

Vision of the English fourth-tier shot-stopper's extraordinary 96-metre goal left viewers around the world in disbelief.

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The incredible strike in the 1-1 draw with Cheltenham Town understandably went viral on social media.

However, it has now landed King the official honour of having scored the longest-range goal in professional football history.

King's wind-assisted effort against Cheltenham travelled 96.01 metres from his own six-yard box to to the opposition’s goal (315 feet), erasing Asmir Begovic's 2013 goal from 91.9 metres for Stoke City from the record books.

The official Guinness World Records website confirmed the new mark, saying: "With his epic downfield kick, King officially broke the record for the longest goal scored in a competitive football (soccer) match, which covered an incredible distance of 96.01m (105 yards).

"Booting the ball from his own six-yard-box, it was picked up by the wind and soared into the net just out of opposition goalkeeper Joshua Griffiths' reach."

Ridiculous goal not intended

The 25-year-old's goal was the opener in a 1-1 draw for Newport, who are based in Wales but play in the England's League Two.

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

"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."

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