Goalie is new King of longest goal recorded

Newport County custodian Tom King (saving from Brighton's Neal Maupay in their FA Cup third round penalty shoot-out on Jan 10) set a new standard for the longest goal ever scored with his 96.01-metre kick on Tuesday.
Newport County custodian Tom King (saving from Brighton's Neal Maupay in their FA Cup third round penalty shoot-out on Jan 10) set a new standard for the longest goal ever scored with his 96.01-metre kick on Tuesday.PHOTO: REUTERS

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

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 for Newport's opener.

The official Guinness World Records website ratified the record on Thursday, with his goal breaking the record previously set by former Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, whose clearance from inside his own box found the Southampton net in 2013.

A statement read: "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."

"I'm absolutely delighted because it's not something that I intentionally set out to do," King said afterwards on the fourth-tier Welsh club's official website.

"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... 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."

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.

"I didn't even know how to celebrate really and I apologised to the other goalkeeper after the game (which ended 1-1)... It's not nice to be on the other end of it," the 25-year-old, whose side are second in the table, said.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 23, 2021, with the headline 'Goalie is new King of longest goal recorded'. Subscribe