Most goals scored by a single player in a game

Most goals scored by a single player in a game

Olympos Xylofagou striker Panagiotis Pontikos banged in 16 goals against SEK Ayios Athanasios FC to help his side win 24-3 in Cypriot third division game on May 7, 2007.

His feat is worthy of a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records as the number of goals scored by a single player in a game.

Pontikos was not even in the top five of top scorers in the division but he doubled his tally in the single game against SEK to take himself to the top of the scoring charts.

His goals were timed at 3, 20, 33, 35, 47, 50, 55, 56, 58, 61, 68, 75, 76, 83, 86 and 87 minutes.

Unfortunately he has not broken the record but merely equaled it.

He has to share the glory because Stephan Staniso also scored 16 times for his side Racing Club in a French Cup match against Aubry Asturies in December 1942.

In international football, the record for the most goals scored by a single player in a game is held by Australian Archie Thompson, who scored a whopping 13 goals in a 2002 World Cup qualifier against American Samoa on April 11, 2001. The Socceroos won 31-0 (the score was originally reported as 32-0 as the scorekeepers lost count).

Thompson's feat was helped by playing in a team of well-drilled professionals, even though they were not Australia's first choice team, and playing against one of the world's weakest national football teams.

In England, Joe Payne scored 10 goals in a single game for Luton Town in the 12-0 victory over Bristol Rovers on Easter Monday in 1936, the highest individual tally in a league game.

Payne’s record has never been equalled, no other player having ever scored ten in a league game. Not surprisingly the former Derbyshire miner was quickly dubbed Ten Goal Payne.

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Three Davids hold the record for the fastest recorded shot with former Sheffield Wednesday striker David Hirst claiming top spot, hitting the crossbar at a whopping 114mph against Arsenal at Highbury in September 1996.

David Beckham's 97.9mph effort against Chelsea on February 1997, is second while David Trezeguet's thunderbolt at Old Trafford on March 1998, was recorded at 96mph, putting him third on the list.

However, the Football Association's historian David Barber insists there is no official record.

He said: "Some players in history have been renowned for the power of their shooting – Charlie 'Cannonball' Fleming for Sunderland in the Fifties, Cliff Holton for Crystal Palace in the 60s and Peter 'Hotshot' Lorimer for Leeds in the 70s.

"BBC's Record Breakers programme featured an 87 mph shot by Nicky Summerbee in 1994 that was claimed as the hardest ever.

"Manchester United tested the power of Paul Scholes, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo with a special measuring gun and they were all around 70 mph."

But, Guardian has compiled a top 10 list for the fastest recorded shot in football, and here is the list:

1) David Hirst - 114mph (for Sheffield Wednesday @ Arsenal on September 16 1996)
2) David Beckham - 97.9mph (for Manchester Utd v Chelsea on February 22 1997)
3) David Trezeguet - 96mph (for Monaco @ Man Utd on March 19 1998)
4) Richie Humphreys - 95.9mph (for Sheffield Wednesday v Aston Villa on August 17 1996)
5) Matt Le Tissier - 86.8mph (for Southampton v Newcastle on January 18 1997)
6) Alan Shearer - 85.8mph (for Newcastle v Leicester on February 2 1997)
7) Roberto Carlos - 85.2mph (for Brazil v France on June 3 1997)
8) Tugay - 84.2mph (for Blackburn @ Southampton on November 3 2001)
9) Obafemi Martins - 84mph (for Newcastle @ Tottenham on January 14 2007)
10) David Beckham - 80.5mph (for Man Utd @ Derby on September 4 1996)

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Quickest goal ever

Quickest goal ever

An amateur English footballer who scored after two-and-a-half seconds had his strike recognised as the world's fastest goal by the England Football Association.

Marc Burrows scored the goal for Cowes Sports reserves against Eastleigh reserves on the Isle of Wight on April 3, 2004.

The English Football Association has recognised his achievement after receiving a match report from referee John Sorrell.

A statement from the FA said: "We can now say that Marc's goal is the fastest we are aware of.

"Two-and-a-half seconds may not seem long enough to complete the manoeuvre described by the referee, but we appreciate there was an exceptionally strong wind."

Burrows, who went on to score a hat-trick in a 5-3 win, said: "My fellow striker Michael Ponter rolled the ball forward a couple of inches and I took a mighty swing at it. The wind was so strong I thought it was worth a go.

"The ball just sailed over their poor keeper. I was so stunned I didn't really celebrate. I just put my hands in the air and burst out laughing.

"I have tried something similar once or twice but it normally goes out for a throw in and I feel like a right prat.

"The goal took everyone by surprise - not just the goalkeeper. People in the crowd wondered what was going on and the managers had not even made it to the bench."

Marc said he did not think it was possible to score a quicker goal.

Referee Sorrell admitted he was astounded by the freak goal and had never seen anything like it before.

He said: "Just before kick off I heard the Cowes centre forward tell his team mate he would have a go which I thought was a bit cheeky.

"He had spotted the goalkeeper was standing on his penalty spot and obviously fancied trying his luck.

"His mate touched the ball to him and he just hit it."

Burrows, a sales consultant, hopes his achievement will appear in the Guinness Book of Records' next edition.

The world's fastest goal listed by the book is 2.8 seconds which was scored by the Argentinian Ricardo Olivera for Rio Negro against Soriano on December 26 1998.

The previous fastest goal in Britain was scored by Colin Cowperthwaite, who scored in 3.5 seconds for Barrow against Kettering in the Conference in 1979.

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