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York City’s perfect penalties set new English record
9:42am Friday 13th February 2009 in Sport
YORK City’s incredible 13-12 penalty shoot-out victory over Kidderminster has set a new English record.
According to FA sources, no two teams have converted the first 25 spot-kicks in a cup tie in this country. The Minstermen and Kidderminster will, therefore, take their place in the history books but still fell short of UEFA’s European record.
That honour belongs to Galatasaray and Genclerbirligi, whose players hit the target 33 times before their Turkish Cup quarter-final tie was concluded.
Tunbridge Wells and Littlehampton claim the longest shoot-out for a first-class match in this country when 40 penalties settled their FA Cup preliminary round replay 16-15. But in that match some players missed their kicks before the sudden death stage.
City’s longest previous shoot-out was 22 for an Associate Members’ Cup tie at Blackpool in 1998.