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King is crowned! Newport County goalkeeper breaks world record for longest goal

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 21 Jan 2021

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Newport County goalkeeper Tom King has officially set a new world record for the longest goal ever scored.

In Tuesday’s 1-1 League Two draw with Cheltenham Town, King launched the ball from his own six-yard box and watched it carry on the wind before bouncing over opposite number Joshua Griffiths and into the net.

King’s goal was scored from a distance of 96.01 metres, making it the longest ever measured in a competitive football match, according to Guinness World Records.

The previous record was set by another keeper, Asmir Begovic for Stoke City, who scored from 91.9m on November 2, 2013 against Southampton.

Signed from Millwall in 2019, King has made 34 appearances in League Two, although only three of those have come this year.

Interestingly, in his time at Newport, he places in the bottom 15 for all keepers in the division when it comes to passing accuracy, having found a team-mate with just 36 per cent of his attempts.

Still, with a shooting accuracy of 100 per cent, who are we to criticise his aim?

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