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Gruelling 102 hour football match, twice as long as John Terry's season, ends in new world record

Testlands Support Project

One match, twice as long as the Premier League season.

I once played football for seven hours one summer afternoon and I felt like I'd just been sat on by Steve Bruce.

So God knows how the good guys at the Testlands Support Project managed to play a continuous football match for 102 hours!  That works out at 6102 minutes, almost twice as many minutes as John Terry played in his 38-game season, incredible!  

The mammoth match which took place at Southampton's St Mary's stadium featured two 18-man squads, with many taking on ridiculous 12 hour shifts before presumably collapsing and being filled with Red Bull and Pro Plus.  

Ahead of the gruelling four and a quarter day event, we spoke to Sam Kimish who co-organised the event and asked him what the guys would be doing in preparation for the game: "Whilst training has seen each and every one of us pushed to our limits, having the plans in place to manage ourselves properly has meant that our bodies have been given the time and tools they need to recover.

"One of the main organisers of the record attempt prepared detailed diet and training plans to each and every player that look to ensure that we are caring for our bodies both inside and out.

"I personally used to drink Diet Coke like it was water but we've all had to cut caffeine out of our diets completely, along with alcohol and any unhealthy foods. It may be difficult ignoring that 'Two for Tuesday' text from Dominos but knowing that you are benefiting such an amazing cause definitely helps you to live healthily and train hard!"

Cutting out the Dominos and the booze clearly helped as the Testlands guys smashed the previous world record by a whole hour! The final score ended up being a bit of a slobberknocker, with the Reds smashing the White 910-725 – presumably it didn't end in 'next goal wins'. 

Speaking after the game, Luke Newman told BBC Hampshire about the Herculean match, Luke said: “The last time I slept was the night before last night and that was probably for about an hour.

“Monday night was so bad – I think it must have rained from about eight or nine o’clock in the evening, through to about 11 o’clock in the morning – it was just solid rain. We had to play for a 12-hour stint so we couldn’t change our clothes.

“The tents all got absolutely soaking wet. The clothes inside and the sleeping bags were just drenched.”

So next time Raheem Sterling complains about not getting an extra day's rest, everyone please remind him about this! 

 Legends, absolute legends! 

All pics via Testland Support Project – 

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