Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Football club in row over world record bid

A FOOTBALL club is involved in a dispute over a world record attempt to field the largest number of players

A FOOTBALL club is involved in a dispute over a world record attempt to field the largest number of players in a five-a-side match.

Rotherfield United hosted a 13-and-a-half-hour game featuring 578 players at Bishopswood Sports Ground in Gallowstree Common on Saturday.

Club officials had been told by Guinness World Records, the official judging panel, before the event that the number to beat was 464, which was achieved by BBC Radio 5 Live at the Sheffield United Academy in October.

But now Guinness has said the record was actually 676 and was set by Petts Wood FC in Bromley in May last year.

Rotherfield chairman Andy Davies said: “We paid £500 to Guinness to verify what we were targeting so something wrong has gone on. From our point of view there’s no confusion because we broke the record, which we’ve now just got to verify.”

Members of the club were joined by their families and friends in raising £8,000, which will go towards the cost of a new clubhouse.

Players were rotated throughout the day with a team playing in red bibs winning 95-85 against a side in blue ones.

The participants ranged from young children to their grandparents and even mothers and sisters who had never kicked a football before.

Mr Davies said: “The game was played in the spirit of fun and people just enjoyed themselves. There was a fantastic atmosphere.

“Quite a few people said they were proud to be part of the club’s little bit of history.”

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