May 18, 2011
In the words of their physiotherapist there was no way they should have been able to do what they did. But that didn’t stop the Soccer AM PM AM team smashing the Guinness World Record for the longest football game played.
After the organiser, Paul Newton, lost his father last year to Wegeners Granulomatosis, the team played in aid of raising awareness and money for the cause.
With a Previous Record of 36 hours the Soccer AM PM AM lads smashed the record by 4 hours. After 6 months of a rigorous training programme the game lasted for 40 hours with a grand total of 1,250 goals scored. The initial £5,000 target was blown away with over £7,500 raised by the time the game started on Friday and is still climbing.
Paul Newton said about the day; “We will all take away memories that will last forever and it was an amazing way to honour my dad’s life”
“I was overcome with emotion toward the end and it was all due to the thought of how many people had been so generous with their time, effort, cash and commitment.”
Not only did the team gain amazing support from the public but also from the local football club, Newcastle United.
Newcastle’s first team coach John Carver and Number One Keeper Steve Harper joined the Soccer AM PM AM team giving them some last minute advise and support. Even though football alliances may have lay elsewhere in the region the two made the day truly special for the team.
As sponsors of the team Pulman supplied the Soccer AM PM AM lads with their ‘Powered by Pulman’ training kits and official match strips.
Paul Newton commented “Without Pulman we couldn’t have done what we did and all thank you from the bottom of our hearts”