Bungay vs Bungay - all 22 football players share the same name
Posted: 08 May 2012 02:30 PM   [ Ignore ]
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The Bungays from Britain, Australia and America turned up for the match which is believed to be the first in the world using all players of the same name.

The mixed sex teams were able to tell each other apart as they had different red and blue shirts - but all had Bungay printed on the back.

The mascot for the match was an eight-year-old Carla Bungay and the doctor on hand to treat any injuries was Dr Elizabeth Bungay.

Bungay is one of Britain’s rarest names with only 455 people called Bungay in the country - just 12 people per million.

The idea for the match came about after Shaun Cole who is on the Bungay Town FC management committee decided to investigate ways of promoting the Anglian Combination League club.

He saw a mention of the London advertising and public relations company Beattie McGuinness Bungay on Twitter and contacted the firm to see if anyone called Bungay worked there.

Mr Cole, 51, ended up speaking to the firm’s director Bil Bungay who suggested they find as many Bungays as possible to play in a football match.

He then searched the BT directory inquiries website to find addresses for 68 families with the name.

Mr Cole wrote to all the Bungays he could find and contacted others internationally on Facebook and Twitter.

Retired lorry driver Chris ‘Tiiffer’ Bungay, 57, of Queensland, Australia, agreed to play in the match while combining it with a holiday to visit his relatives in Britain.

Mr Cole found qualified referee John Bungay, 61, from Easteigh, Hampshire who agreed to officiate. His two sons Andrew, 37, and Graeme, 34, also attended.

All profits from the match - which was drawn 6-6 - went to The Jack and Ada Beattie Foundation, which supports vulnerable people.

Source: telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/9251332/Bungay-vs-Bungay-all-22-football-players-share-the-same-name.html

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