Monday, August 31, 2015

31 August 2005 - Wells Face Shootout, Then Police

On 31 August 2005, Tunbridge Wells FC and Littlehampton Town FC set an English record by taking an FA Cup penalty shootout to 40 kicks, almost doubling the previous record of 24.

The sides met in the Preliminary Round of the FA Cup and drew 1-1 earlier in the week at Littlehampton, forcing a replay at the Wells' Culverden Stadium. They battled to a 2-2 draw (including two penalty kicks) through the end of extra time, then advanced to the shootout. Still level after five kicks, they kept going into sudden death and took 20 shots each before Tunbridge Wells emerged as winners by the margin of 16 to 15.

Unfortunately, while Culverden has capacity of 3,750 (250 seated), only 122 fans were present to witness the record being set.

As a reward for their perseverance, Wells moved on the Preliminary Round, where they were eliminated by Metropolitan Police FC, 2-0.

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