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BRADLEY Stoke Town FC has a new player this sea­son with the per­fect name – Bradley Stokes.

Yes that’s right, Bradley Stokes.

The 23-year-old grad­u­ated from UWE af­ter study­ing busi­ness and mar­ket­ing, isn’t from the area and it is not a co-in­ci­dence he joined Bradley Stoke – he signed up purely be­cause of the name.

On leav­ing uni­ver­sity the cen­tre-half, who works for HL Train­ing Ser­vices, de­cided to find a foot­ball club for a hobby.

He said: “I knew there was an area called Bradley Stoke, so I googled it to see if they had a foot­ball team be­cause I thought that would be cool.”

There was – Bradley Stoke Town FC, who play in the Bris­tol and Dis­trict League se­nior di­vi­sion.

Bradley called up the team and ar­ranged to watch a re­serve game be­fore sign­ing on. When he told the club sec­re­tary his name though, they thought it was a joke.

Bradley said: “He thought I was tak­ing the p**s, and asked to see my ID be­fore fill­ing in the sign­ing on forms.”

❝ When I told them my name my team-mates just started laugh­ing

And there was more laugh­ter when Bradley was in­tro­duced to his new team- mates in the chang­ing room. He added: “Most of them just started laugh­ing at me to be hon­est, they couldn’t be­lieve it. I sup­pose it is a bit weird.”

But since then Bradley has set­tled in nicely and says they have all been very wel­com­ing.

Man­ager Jon Welsh, who also thought Bradley join­ing this spe­cific team was a joke at first, said when he sends the scor­ers’ names into league he was ex­pect­ing them to flag it up, but no one has ques­tioned it so far.

He added: “Bradley is a great lad and has set­tled in very well on and off the fi­ield.”

Bradley says he has no re­grets on join­ing the club of his name, and all the play­ers have be­come his friends.

The sea­son has gone well so far, with Bradley scor­ing five goals from set pieces and the team cur­rently sit­ting in fourth place in the league.

He said: “I guess I am just in the right place at the right time .”

With a name like that he most def­i­nitely is.

» Do you know any­one with a name the same as a sport­ing club? If so email neil. maggs@reach­ or tweet @Bris­tolLive

Foot­baller Bradley Stokes, 23, joined Bradley Stoke Town FC this sea­son – purely be­cause of the name

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