KICK-OFF: World's longest football match starts today in Huntingdon

FOOTBALL-MAD fundraisers from Huntingdon kick off their attempt to play the world s longest-ever game this afternoon (Saturday). The match will start at 3pm at the all-weather pitch at Hinchingbrooke School and is scheduled to finish 40 hours later at aro

FOOTBALL-MAD fundraisers from Huntingdon kick off their attempt to play the world's longest-ever game this afternoon (Saturday).

The match will start at 3pm at the all-weather pitch at Hinchingbrooke School and is scheduled to finish 40 hours later at around 7am on Monday morning.

Zac Cornish, 19, has organised the match to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Relief, The Stuart Strange Vasculitis Trust and East Anglian Children's Hospices. Zac's dad was diagnosed with cancer in 2007 and it is hoped the match will raise �20,000 for the charities.

Two teams will field the usual 11 players, but a roll-on, roll-off format. Each squad's seven subs will allow the game to last almost two days, with each player expected to play 25 hours of football.


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Zac said: "I'm looking forward to playing - and I am definitely looking forward to all the organising being over, there has been so much to do you wouldn't believe."

The current record stands at 36 hours and was set in Bristol.

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INFORMATION: For more information, to sponsor the event or to make a donation, visit www.target40.co.uk.

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