Newport's goalkeeper Tom King sets world record for long-range goal with the 96.01m strike against Cheltenham

2021-01-22 19:09


Newport County's Tom King in action during the match.

Newport's goalkeeper Tom King has set a new Guinness World Record.

In the match against Cheltenham Town, the 25-year-old scored directly from the opening goal. King could never have imagined that when he struck a goal kick inside his own penalty box and the ball was blown into the Cheltenham net, leaving Newport with a 1-1 draw with Cheltenham.

Guinness World Records confirmed that King "officially broke the record for the longest goal scored in a competitive football match, which covered an incredible distance of 96.01m".

King's goal broke the previous record of 91.9m, held by Asmir Begovic in November 2013, when he scored from 91.9m for Stoke against Southampton.

In response, King said, I'm absolutely delighted to have set the record."

"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."