“Bungay’s ball!” - unique football match planned

Bungay runs down the wing and passes to Bungay, who steps inside Bungay and shoots – but that's a great save from Bungay.

It certainly doesn't make for great radio commentary, but that's not the aim of a football match being organised by Bungay Town Football Club.

The club is hoping to unite two whole teams of Bungays for a game, but it doesn't stop there, with the club also hoping to find a referee, assistants, physio and mascot with the surname to take part in the novel game.

Organiser Shaun Cole said the idea came about after a Twitter conversation with Bill Bungay, the co-founder of PR agency Beattie McGuinness Bungay in London.

Mr Cole, who is on the club's management committee, said: 'I thought it was nuts when he first said it, and it is still nuts.'

The two launched a national campaign to find as many people with the surname Bungay as they could to take part in the match.

This even included writing to 68 Bungays in the phone book.

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Mr Cole said: 'We don't believe anyone has ever held a match in which all participants share the same family name, let alone one of the UK's least common names.

Mr Cole added that it would be first time many had ever visited the town they share a name with.

'Apart from their immediate family, many Bungays have never met another Bungay.'

So far they've found more than 40 people who are prepared to be involved, with ages ranging from eight to 67 years old.

Among those wanting to be involved are a couple from Devon aged 65 and 66, four brothers from Yeovil, a family from the south coast who are planning on travelling on a minibus, and even a man from Australia who happens to be in the country visiting family.

Strangely, it is local people that the match is now missing.

Bungay v Bungay will take place at Bungay's Maltings Meadow ground on Monday, May 7 at 2pm. There will be a charge on the gate with profits from the match going to charity.

richard.wood@archant.co.uk

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