Devon Amateur Side Inflict ‘Biggest Defeat In British Football History’ – Take Goal Tally To 167 In 15 Games

Chris Wright

23rd, March 2012


By Chris Wright

The odds are you may not be familiar with the Torbay Sunday League in Devon, but a team going by the name of ‘Wheel Power’ are currently topping the table and their ‘goal difference’ tally received one hell of a shot in the arm last weekend when they inflicted what has tentatively been labelled ‘the biggest defeat in the history of British football’ on their opponents, second-bottom side Nova 2010.

The score? 58-0.

Fifty eight. Nil.

Nova conceded 20 goals in the first half and attempted to ‘shut up shop’ at the break (you could feasibly argue it was a little bit late for that!) yet still went on to let in another 38 goals before the final whistle, with brothers Robbie and Stuart Bowker (pictured) scoring 28 times between them – Robbie nabbing 18, Stuart a mere ten.

Said Stuart:

“At 50-0, they’d had enough but the referee told them they must carry on playing or they would risk being fined.”

Battle-weary Nova veteran (that’s putting it kindly, he’s 60-years old) Lewis Parker added:

“A lot of the proper players didn’t turn up so we expected to lose, but not by that much.”

As mentioned, Wheel Power’s victory is now thought to be the biggest victory in British history, with Cornish side Illogan’s 55-0 mauling of Madron FC back in 2010 having been acknowledged as the previous record.

As for Wheel Power’s championship credentials; they’ve now scored a whopping 167 goals in the space of 15 games this season – which tells you all you need to know about the Torbay Sunday League title race.

Image: Metro

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  1. syndex says:

    Got ask how bad does it feel to be Applebys 2011, the team below nova with a much worse goal difference of -238 (20 played) (nova have an almost respectable -163 (17 played)).

  2. David Badknob says:

    Blimey! My shamble of a Sunday team lost 20-2 once in a cup game. Every player bar the keeper scored. Can be a cruel game at times… If you’re shit!

  3. KingB3113 says:

    Nothing to be ashamed of, as far as I’m concerned, if Nova 2010 gave their all, tried hard and had some fun, then everyone is a winner and when everyone wins, FOOTBALL WINS!

  4. Dont worry says:

    KingB3113 what world are you living in my friend

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