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Players needed for BBC 5-a-side football record attempt

 
 
 
 
 
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UK radio stations BBC Radio 5 live and BBC Radio Sheffield are to attempt to break a Guinness World Record for the "most players in a five-a-side exhibition football match in a 24-hour period".

Fighting Talk presenter Colin Murray, pictured above, and former Blackburn Rovers and Wales football star Robbie Savage will play in the final leg of the record attempt.

The event will also raise money for BBC charity Children in Need.

"It's time for the FT panellists to put their boots where their mouths are," Savage said.

"If they don't, then I will because I have been the butt of most of their jokes."

The current record is 441 players in an event organised by Panini Comics in Paris, France, in January 2011.

Murray, who also presents MOTD2 on BBC One, said: "It's great that we are trying to break the world record and all for a good cause, but I am doing it mainly to get a kick at Robbie.

"Hopefully the FT listeners will come along and cheer us on."

On the day, each player taking part in the '5-live-a-side' will get a minimum of 10 minutes on the pitch and the lucky ones will be able to show off their skills against the BBC presenters, celebrities and former professional footballers.

The game will run continuously for 24 hours with Guinness World Record adjudicators keeping a close eye on proceedings.

The 5-live-a-side challenge will take place from from 2pm Friday 12 October to 2pm Saturday 13 October at The Sheffield United Academy, Fishill Crescent (just off Shirecliffe Road) in Sheffield. It doesn't matter how good you are or whether you're in a team or not, if you'd like to take part all you have to do is sign-up at the 5 live website (www.bbc.co.uk/5live) and select your preferred time-slot.

Registration opens at 8.50am on Friday 21 September and places are limited, so be quick to make sure you're in with a chance of becoming a record breaker. It is free to register your interest in being part of the 5-live-a-side challenge, but players are encouraged to make a donation to BBC Children In Need.

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