Lower League English Clubs Create Record With the World's Longest Ever Penalty Shootout
- Northern League clubs Washington and Bedlington put themselves on the footballing map last Wednesday night
- The teams partook in the longest official penalty shootout ever recorded, surpassing a record that had previously occurred in a Namibian Cup game back in 2005
- The shootout saw a staggering 54 penalties being taken, with 49 of these being converted
Northern Premier League clubs Washington and Bedlington put themselves on the football map in the most bizarrely remarkable fashion
They partook in the longest official penalty shootout ever recorded, with 54 spot kicks required to settle the match.
Competing in the first round of the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup in a tie that ended 3-3 at the Ford Quarry Football Hub in Sunderland, Washington prevailed 25-24. This means that both teams converted 49 out of the 54 spot-kicks.
As reported on ITV News, the Guinness World Records had, on its books previously, a shootout between KK Palace and Civics in the 2005 Namibian Cup. That match saw 48 kicks being taken as Palace emerged victorious 17-16
The previous British record occurred just last October when Old Wulfrunians and Lane Head in a JW Hunt Cup tie. The tie required 44 spot-kicks as Wulfrunians won that marathon 19-18.
Washington and Bedlington compete in the second division of the Northern League, tier number 10 in English football's league hierarchy.
Bradley Chisholm opened the scoring for the home side and added another before the break but Bedlington hit back in the minutes before and after half-time.
Austin Barbour hit a brace, sandwiched in between Hener Mateus' effort, to put the visitors in control but a stoppage-time penalty by Chisholm completed his hat-trick and ensured the scores were level at the end of 90 minutes.
And the night was far from over as an official crowd of 40 people then witnessed a piece of history.
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Source: Sports Brief News