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Witton Albion’s World Record Attempt

By Andrew Simpson

WITTON ALBION supporters will attempt to break a record set two years ago by World Cup-winning goalkeeper Iker Casillas on Saturday.

Succeed or fail, they also plan to make a charity donation at the same time.

Organiser Mark Robinson has challenged fellow Witton fans to attempt to beat a benchmark set by Real Madrid’s number one for the most goals punted into the net from a pitch’s halfway line during 60 seconds.

The Spain shot-stopper managed 11 when he tried in Beijing back in July 2011.

“We wanted to do something we could tailor to a charity event,” said Robinson.

“The club has been working hard to interact better with the community around it, so this seemed like a logical progression and something we hope generates a bit of interest.

“Attempting to break a world record wasn’t a determining factor, rather it was something we spotted when having a look at the Guinness World Records website.

“This seemed like something we could have fun with.”

The challenge, set for Saturday March 15 when Witton host Whitby Town in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League, is open to anybody.

Robinson is hoping he can recruit ten participants by then.

Each person will pay £5 to take part, committing also to raising a minimum of £30 in sponsorship for this year’s Sports Relief.

The club is offering a signed shirt as an incentive to better Casillas’ previous attempt.

Barclays have agreed to match the sum raised for charity to double the final total.

If you would like to take part, or can help as a volunteer on the day, send an email to programme@wittonalbion.com

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