Video: Bungay ready for unique football match

BUNGAY will play host to what is believed to be a world’s first on Monday as two football teams, all with the same surname, line-up to play.

Full colour souvenir programmes have been printed, specially commissioned knitted scarfs made and match shirts printed – complete with names.

In all there will be about 50 people with the surname Bungay descending on the town of their name for the unique football game that kicks off at the home of Bungay Town Football Club at 2pm.

Organiser Shaun Cole said: “We have two teams, both called Bungay. Each team is mixed sex and age, and the only qualification needed is the surname Bungay.

“Our qualified match referee is a Bungay, we have a GP – Dr Bungay – on hand, the managers of both teams will be Bungays, and our match mascot who will lead out both sides is called Bungay.”

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Players are travelling from across the country and across the globe to get involved, with Chris Bungay travelling from Australia and Rod Bungey visitng from South Carolina, in America.

On Sunday evening the players will unite at The Chequers Inn to listen to a talk from town mayor Terry Reeve.

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The big game, which has received national exposure, will take place on Monday with Sam Delaney, from TalkSport, taking on the challenging role of live match commentary, and Kevin Piper doing the interviews.

The players will be presented to town mayor Terry Reeve and Reeve John Warnes before the game, with the match filmed by students of the Norwich University’s College of the Arts film and moving image production course for a possible documentary.

It is being sponsored by advertising agency Beattie McGuinness Bungay, with co-founder Bil Bungay also among the players.

Admission to the match is free to under 16s and �3 to over 16s.

All profits from the match, at the club’s home ground at Maltings Meadow, are going to The Jack and Ada Beattie Foundation, which supports vulnerable people.

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