When Newport County goalkeeper Tom King shot a goal in a fourth-tier Premier League match at Cheltenham Town on Tuesday, he had no idea he would write his name in the Guinness Book of Records for the longest goal-scoring shot ever.
The result was a goalless draw in the 12th minute, when King put the ball into the six yard area and fired a powerful and long shot, which hit the ground before the opponent's penalty area and landed in the net over the head of Cheltenham Town goalkeeper Joshua Griffiths.
Guinness World Record ™ ️
Newport County goalkeeper Tom King's 105-yard goal against Cheltenham has been confirmed as a @GWR for the longest goal scored in a competitive football match! Pic.twitter.com/lEOz4VSi2i
- Sky Sports (@SkySports) January 21, 2021
The Guinness Book of Records confirmed the record on Thursday, with the ball crossing 105 yards (96.01 meters), smashing the previous record set by former Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, with his goal against Southampton in 2013.
"I'm definitely glad I didn't mean to do that. I'm sure this goal will be talked about for a long time to come, so I'm proud and sure my family will be very proud too," King told the club's website.
Article 16 of the Football Law stipulates that a goal can be scored from a goal kick directly into the opponents' goal only, and a corner kick is counted if it enters the team's goal directly.
Tom King (Goalkeeper) for Newport County scores direct from a goal kick against Cheltenham Town… pic.twitter.com/OqT1H7B4Gc
- ʀᴇɢᴏ ™ (@ bigreegs1985) January 20, 2021
🙌 NEW WORLD RECORD!
👊 Newport County goalkeeper Tom King has broken the Guinness World Record for the longest football goal at 96.01 meters!
@GWR @NewportCounty pic.twitter.com/eBAx8NabeP
- Sporting Life Football (@SportingLifeFC) January 21, 2021
🚨 Goalkeeper goal klaxon 🚨
Tom King from way downtown for Newport pic.twitter.com/fyLN0570Ay
- James Dart (@James_Dart) January 19, 2021