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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