Fodens involved in world record

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 14 September 2011

On Saturday 23rd July Foden’s Band entertained crowds as part of the finale to a world record breaking game of rugby. To mark the 150 years celebration of Congleton Rugby Club two teams competed in the World Record attempt for the longest game ever and at the request of new band president Mr Mark Greaves, Foden’s were invited to play at the conclusion of this popular event.

The two teams, one from Congleton (Congleton Bears) and the other an invitation squad (Mali Lions) from local clubs, started playing at 5pm of Friday 22nd July and smashed the record some 24 hours 30 minutes and 6 seconds later. For the record the final score was Mali Lions 894: Congleton Bears 715.   
The teams were restricted to a maximum squad size of 22 players and the game was played under full IRB Rules. The only concession from the normal game was rolling substitions (from the squad of 22) and a 5 minute break every hour (for bacon rolls). 
The event raised over £100,000.00 for charity shared between the Mali Initiative and the Mercian Regiment, so "Well Done CONGLETON RUGBY CLUB!!
Foden’s were well received throughout the afternoon and hopefully did their bit to encourage the tired players to keep going with their mix of popular music.
For any conductor and every audience, Foden’s Band is a musical Magic Carpet. It continually takes the listener to places that few other ensembles rarely even approach Howard Snell