Buckinghamshire brothers Sam and George Baldock proved that football has always run in their family when they faced each other for the first time in a competitive match on Saturday.
The pair were in action for Bristol City and Milton Keynes Dons respectively as the sides played out a 2-2 draw at stadium:mk with Sam scoring both goals for the visitors.
Sam, who plays as a striker, scored a goal in each half, the first a good shot into the top corner and the second a smart finish after a long ball forward, to twice give the Robins the lead before they were pegged back on both occasions.
Sam’s brace took his tally for the season up to five. This is his second season with Bristol City which followed a year at West Ham.
Born in Buckingham, he grew up in Steeple Claydon and attended The Royal Latin School in Buckingham and the pair have family in Aylesbury.
He joined the Dons as a trainee in July 2004, just after the club had completed its relocation from Wimbledon.
He remained at the Dons until 2011, and he left with a record of 58 goals in 105 appearances in all competitions.
His brother George, who plays in midfield and is four years younger, has been on the Dons books since 2009, with a record of 7 goals in 25 appearances.
Over the last couple of seasons he has had loan spells at Northampton Town, Tamworth (twice) and Icelandic club IBV. The draw keeps the Dons unbeaten start to the season intact as they now sit in tenth place with six points, while the Robins are nineteenth with two points.
After the game Sam said: “It would have been an emotional occasion for my parents, but I think they’ve got the result they’d have wanted – except maybe a goal from George. I think they’ll be pleased.”
“We have always encouraged each other throughout our careers. Nothing has made me happier than to see him come on and get his professional contract and to be doing so well.”
Meanwhile, MK Dons will be making a special appearance in Aylesbury Town Centre tomorrow (Thursday) from 2.30pm.
There will be an opportunity for Aylesbury youngsters to join Dons players Alan Smith and Dean Lewington for tea at The Aylesbury Alive Festival.
Dons mascots Donny and Mooie will also be in attendance.
Aylesbury-based business and MK Dons Group Ticket Rewards for Business member Tilly’s Coffee Shop will be selling refreshments alongside the players for you to come and sample.