22nd January, 2021
Tom King, the goal keeper of English League Two club, Newport County, has written himself in the Guinness World Records, scoring the longest goal ever, from the goal kick.
His club met Cheltenham Town on Tuesday when he took the kick.
Little did he know he would be making history.
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 on Thursday, with his 105 yards (96.01 m) 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.
“I’m absolutely delighted because it’s not something that I intentionally set out to do,” King said on the club’s website here. “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.
(Watch the goal as posted by Skysport:
Newport County goalkeeper Tom King scored directly from his own enormous goal kick this evening to help his side draw with Cheltenham Town!pic.twitter.com/XDdBmMrF0Q
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) January 19, 2021
“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… It’s not nice to be on the other end of it,” he said.