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Meet the football player who has the same name as his team

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Spot the difference – Bradley Stoke Town FC have a player of the same name on their team sheet

It’s not every day you come across a football player who has the same name as the team he plays for.

Meet Bradley Stokes, who plays for 14th-tier side Bradley Stoke Town FC in the Bristol and District League.

Fear not – you are seeing double, but for all the right reasons.

“It’s a coincidence I live there, but it isn’t a coincidence I play there,” the 23-year-old centre-back told BBC Sport.

After graduating with a degree in Business and Marketing from the University of the West of England, Stokes decided to get back involved with football.

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

As if by magic, he came across Bradley Stoke Town FC – just 10 minutes away from where he lives in Bristol.

In September, Stokes, who grew up in Launceston, Cornwall, called the club and arranged to watch the reserve team.

Stokes has scored five goals from set pieces with the team currently sitting in fourth

But the new signing was met with initial scepticism from staff and team-mates.

“I told the club secretary my name, and he asked me for ID before I filled in the signing on forms because he thought I was winding him up,” Stokes told BBC Sport.

Fast forward two months and Liverpool fan Stokes now plays for the first team