It was a bittersweet moment for a North East family when twins Amar and Arjun Purewal walked out at Wembley Stadium – on opposing sides.
The 31-year-olds, from Sunderland, had been the primary British South Asian brothers to face one another in a cup final at the stadium when Hebburn Town performed Consett AFC within the FA Vase final on Monday.
Arjun, captain of Consett, confronted Amar, of Hebburn Town, in an thrilling match, which was received by Hebburn. The final consequence was Consett 2 Hebburn 3.
Covid restrictions meant no followers had been allowed to go to Wembley Stadium, so their family members watched the match from their houses.
Kelly Purewal, the twins’ mum, 63, of Ryhope, mentioned: “It was a fully superb recreation. Amar and Arjun had been enjoying for opposing sides they usually made history at the final. Both of them performed rather well.
“I used to be watching the sport from dwelling. I used to be a bit nervous however they’re each correct professionals in order that they had been all the time going to play their hardest.
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“And they each performed tremendously. It was an excellent match. I’m actually glad for Amar, I’m so happy for him.
“But Arjun was so sensible. I couldn’t fault him and I’m completely gutted for him. He will probably be devastated as will his entire group. It was very emotional.”
This was Hebburn Town’s first Wembley final within the membership’s 109-year history.
The Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Norman Dick, mentioned: “The mayoress and I wish to congratulate Hebburn Town FC on profitable the FA Vase final at Wembley – what a outstanding achievement.
“I’m positive the group are completely delighted with their victory, as are the 1000’s of supporters who’ve cheered them on again dwelling in South Tyneside.
“Although the match needed to be performed behind closed doorways, followers got here collectively to show their help by portray the city black and yellow, the group’s membership colors, within the run as much as the match and it is clear that this encouragement actually paid off.
“Congratulations Hebburn Town FC – you have definitely made the borough proud.”