Sheffield football game smashes Guinness world record

Five live Five A-Side , 'Blades vs Owls kick off the Five A-Side games at Sheffield United 's Shirecliffe Training Ground 'The Fans Look on
Five live Five A-Side , 'Blades vs Owls kick off the Five A-Side games at Sheffield United 's Shirecliffe Training Ground 'The Fans Look on

STARS of sport and screen turned out in force as Sheffield played host to a world record-breaking footballing feat.

Celebrities, former footballers and the cream of South Yorkshire’s local talent came together for a mammoth five-a-side match at Sheffield United’s academy in Shirecliffe held as part of a BBC Children in Need record attempt.

The challenge was aiming to gain the title for most players to play in a continuous five-a-side football exhibition match.

Teams made up of Blades and Owls legends - including Chris Turner, Alan Quinn, David Reeves and Russ Wilcox - and other big names such as presenter Colin Murray took part.

And adding a touch of magic to proceedings were James and Oliver Phelps - who played the Weasley twins in the Harry Potter film series, while ex-referee Uriah Rennie was lured out of retirement to oversee the match.

Owls and Blades stars helped boost the record bid, with players staying on the pitch for a minimum of 10 minutes.

Children in Need mascot Pudsey Bear also made an appearance.

The grand total of players who took part in the game, which ran more than 24 hours, came to 464, beating the previous record of 441.

Former footballer Robbie Savage, who played in the final stint, said: “It’s brilliant to be a Guinness World Records breaker. It’s fantastic for all concerned and a great achievement for 5 live.”

The event was organised to cap off the BBC’s Octoberfest celebrations in Sheffield.