VIDEO: Warren Byrne goes global after stunning volley at Tow Law
Warren Byrne has attracted worldwide attention after his incredible goal for South Shields against Tow Law Town on Saturday went viral.
You can watch the video of the goal above as Byrne flicks the ball up with his right foot, then hooks it over his head and smashes the sweetest of volleys left footed into the opposite corner.
Within minutes of the strike being posted by the club to YouTube, the goal was shared widely, with professional footballers and former stars, like ex-Newcastle United striker Mick Quinn, among those to post it, as well as TV presenters such as Max Rushden and Andy Goldstein.
Then, international broadcasters such as the BBC, Fox Sports and ESPN became involved, and by Sunday morning, the goal had attracted well over 1.5million views overall. By Tuesday morning, that was up to 3.3million, with the goal continuing to go viral.
It has been watched over 160,000 times on the Mariners’ YouTube account – by far the biggest figure ever attracted by the club – and well over 1million times on various Facebook pages, including high-profile posters such as The SPORT Bible, Dream Team and 101 Great Goals.
The goal was also posted to Instagram account 433, which has over 10million followers, and has so far been watched there over 1.4million times, attracting over 317,000 likes and 3,500 comments.
It was also featured on the website of the Shields Gazette and Daily Mirror – who called it “maybe the best non-league goal ever scored” – while requests have come in from broadcasters across the globe to use the footage, and it has appeared on websites in countries such as France, the Netherlands, Italy, Russia and Australia.
On Monday evening, Warren was featured on ITV’s regional news, where he talked about the goal and was shown in his day job as a labourer, while he has also been on the websites of The Sun, talkSPORT, Metro and many others.
It’s the goal which has truly gone global.
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