Sunday, 26 October 2008

The Biggest Ever Win

This little piece about the biggest ever winning margin in a football game is taken from an article I did for the Scotland Magazine titled "50 Things You Didn't Know About Scotland."
Arbroath F.C. holds the world record for the largest winning margin in a senior football match, 36-0, in their Scottish Cup match against a scratch team from Aberdeen Bon Accord. On a wet day at Gayfield, 13-goal John Petrie led the rampant home team, a feat which is still recognised as the highest by one man in a single game.
Meanwhile 20 miles away Dundee Harp ran them close by beating Aberdeen Rovers 35-0 on the same day.
The man who refereed the Bon Accord game, Dave Stormont, revealed in a newspaper article many years later, that the Lichties could actually have won 43-0. He said: “My only regret was that I chalked off seven goals, for while they may have looked doubtful from an offside point of view, so quickly did the Maroons carry the ball from midfield, and so close and rapid was their passing, that it was very doubtful whether they could be offside”.

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