Photo: Exhausted proud Southport team

Exhausted Southport Rugby Football Club has set the Guinness World Record for the longest rugby match in history, Saturday 1 July.

Exhausted Southport Rugby Football Club players have set the Guinness World Record for the longest rugby match in history.

The match, which kicked off at 2pm on Friday, and needed to last for 26 hours to eclipse the current record of 25 hours, 59 minutes and 47 seconds, recently set by Bromsgrove RFC.



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Gareth Lang is playing to raise £12,000 for a physio vest to help his daughter Ella Lang, aged 10, who suffers from cystic fibrosis.

And good friend James Doran is playing for his niece, Ava, aged three, who needs a kidney transplant.

Each of the players who took part are hoping to raise £200, with money going to buy Ella’s physio vest. Any surplus donations will be given to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool.

Donations have been coming in thick and fast, with former Manchester United FC manager Sir Alex Ferguson donating £1,000.


To donate, go to or text SRFC24, with the amount you wish to donate, to 70070.


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