Men with same names and job roles finally meet and discover another incredible coincidence
Simon Edwards and his namesake struck up an unlikely friendship as they began to regularly exchange their wrongly addressed messages
Two men with the same name, same job, and same football team have finally met up… and are now fast becoming best pals.
Simon Edwards, a court officer at the Manchester Civil Justice Centre, grew fed up of receiving emails for his opposite number in Yorkshire – a man with exactly same name.
The two strangers struck up an unlikely friendship as they began to regularly exchange their wrongly addressed messages.
But neither man could have predicted just how much they had in common, reports Manchester Evening News.
It wasn’t just the name or job titles – but both Simon’s wives shared the same name… and both were also Manchester City mega fans.
Lancashire Simon Edwards, as he is now known, works for the civil service in Spinningfields, Manchester.
He would often receive emails for Yorkshire Simon Edwards, a legal advisor at Huddersfield Magistrates Court and vice versa.
They would often indulge in the usual polite small talk as they passed emails, and it was when Yorkshire Simon wished Lancashire Simon a good weekend that their friendship started to blossom.
Lancashire Simon, 46, who lives in Altrincham, replied saying he would do if Manchester City beat Liverpool at Wembley in the Capital One Cup Final.
He then discovered that Yorkshire Simon, who is 48, was also a season card holder for City and that he too was heading down to London back in February for the big game.
He said: “We exchanged mobile phone numbers and arranged to meet as it transpired we were in adjoining blocks at Wembley.
“I had a photo taken with him and then we have subsequently arranged to meet before all City home games where possible as out seats aren’t too far apart.”
It transpired out that both Simons have wives named Tracy, who both have the middle name Jane (well one is technically Jayne), and they each had one child – 21-year-old Louise for Yorkshire Simon, and George, 13, for Lancashire Simon.
Now good pals, Yorkshire Simon said: “It was really surreal meeting up with my fellow Simon Edwards at first, especially due to our similar ages and interests and of course name and when I found out his wife’s name is the same as mine then we all fell about laughing with incredulity.
“I asked them were they being serious or winding me up!
“We get on really well despite only knowing each other a month so hopefully will continue to meet up at games and see where that leads!”
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