Friday, 14 December 2018

Football club’s record bid fails

A FOOTBALL club failed in its attempt to break a world record for fielding the largest number of players in

A FOOTBALL club failed in its attempt to break a world record for fielding 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.

The event raised almost £8,000, which will go towards the cost of a new clubhouse.

Club officials had been told by Guinness World Records, the official judging panel, before the event that the number to beat was 464 but afterwards this number was revised to 676, the record set by Petts Wood FC in Bromley.

A Guinness spokesman said the old record was broken inbetween the club making contact and its attempt two weeks ago.

He said: “Records are being attempted and achieved every day. We do make clear it in our correspondence with all record applicants that the record details we provide them with is ‘as of today’ and it is their responsibility to check with us to confirm the current record that you have to beat before making your attempt.”

Club chairman Andy Davies said he was disappointed the club did not achieve the record but added: “It doesn’t make any difference to us because we had a good time giving it a go.

“The most important thing for us was getting as many people as possible to play football. We had a fantastic day and raised a lot of money for the club.”

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