Five Abbots Langley brothers believe they set a world record by taking to the pitch at the same time for AFC Bedmond.
Lewis, Jordan, Ashley, Ellis and Connor Toomey were all on the team sheet for Bedmond’s 6-2 win against Dome Bar on Sunday, May 9, helping lead the club to the knockout stages of the Watford Sunday Football League (WSFL) Junior Cup.
The Abbots lads, who are between the ages of 30 and 23, had been waiting for an on-pitch outing together for some time.
Jordan, who is captain of the team, explained: “Three of us play for Bedmond regularly, while Lewis and Connor play for Berkhamsted FC. Their season has been cancelled though, so they were able to join us.
“It was so good to play together. We’ve been trying to sort it for a long time but this is the first time we’ve all managed to get on the pitch together.
“I think our manager Paul Riddick had a bit of a nightmare explaining the team sheet to the officials though – and apparently the word ‘Toomey’ now has a place in his auto-correct settings!”
Not only was half the team dominated by Toomeys, but also the entire scoresheet; Connor grabbed four goals while Lewis added two more.
But Paul said the Toomeys’ impact at the club is as significant off the pitch as it is on it.
Jordan added: “We’re always massively involved with the club in some form. There’s always a few of us in the squad and whoever isn’t in it is usually supporting the lads from the side-lines.
“We’ve also had a big impact on the squad as a whole – with lockdown, it’s been hard to maintain a squad, and there have been weeks where we only had 10 players.
“We’re now getting at least 15 players per game and most of them are friends of ours that we’ve brought in.”
Jordan reckons the brothers have set a world record by playing together, though he’s not taking it too seriously.
He joked: “Most people are more bothered about our lack of hair – as you can see, there isn’t much between us!
“I do think we set a record though. I’ve looked up a few news reports to see if there’s anything similar – I think I saw that four brothers played together somewhere in Scotland, but I’ve seen nothing on five.
“It’s rare to even have five brothers, let alone five who all play the same sport at a similar level.”