British South Asian twins Amar and Arjun Singh Purewal enter Wembley history books

Twins Amar and Arjun Singh Purewal make history playing against each other in cup final between Hebburn Town and Consett; Arjun leads Consett out at Wembley as captain; Amar scored an equaliser for Hebburn, who went on to win 3-2 and lift the FA Vase for the first time in their history

Consett's Arjun Purewal (left) and Hebburn Town's Amar Purewal during the Buildbase FA Vase 2019/20 Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
Image: Arjun Purewal (L) and Amar Purewal (R) jockey for position in the Wembley cup final

Twins Amar and Arjun Singh Purewal made history on Monday as the first British South Asian brothers to line up against each other under the arch in a Wembley Cup final.

The Sunderland Sikh-Punjabis have spent much of their careers playing together at different clubs across the North East of England, but were on opposing sides as Consett AFC took on Hebburn Town in last season's rescheduled FA Vase final.

Sky Sports News exclusively revealed last week that the brothers were set to make Wembley history, and it was a moment to savour for the Purewal family with centre-back Arjun leading his side out at the home of English football as Consett captain.

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Consett took a deserved 18th-minute lead through Ali Alshabeeb before an unforgettable moment for Amar, who calmly slotted home an equaliser for the Hornets. Arjun was seen slapping the pitch in frustration after seeing his twin brother score.

Hebburn went 2-1 down, but levelled a few minutes shy of half-time before Oliver Martin completed the comeback with a dramatic 83rd-minute winner for the South Tyneside club.

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Record-breaking twins Amar & Arjun Singh Purewal speak ahead of entering the record books again when Hebburn Town played Consett AFC in Monday's FA Vase final

Speaking to Sky Sports News after the game, Amar said: "To play at Wembley and win, and to be going home with the trophy is an absolute dream come true, and this has been one of the best weeks of my life.

"Of course, it's a little bittersweet because I'm gutted for my brother. But I'm proud to score at Wembley, not many South Asians let alone Sikh boys have done that. It's a moment I will never forget.

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"It's also really devastating situation in India right now because of the pandemic, which is also really affecting people in this country who have family there. I hope what Arjun and I have done offers a little bit of comfort, hope and inspiration for the future."

Consett captain Arjun added: "Playing at was a fantastic occasion for us because we're not only brothers, we are best friends. Naturally, I'm disappointed not to be coming away with a winner's medal but I am really happy for my twin brother.

"There is a much bigger picture here and that's giving and showing kids - particularly British South Asian kids - belief that they can also make it in football.

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Image: Arjun and Amar hope they can blaze a trail for South Asians in the game

"We need better representation at every level of the game. Amar and I are determined to play a more important part in this push, starting at home in the beautiful North East."

Amar and Arjun were dubbed the 'Punjabi Pride of the North East' when they first made history as teenagers back in 2008 after becoming the first twins ever to score in the same FA Cup tie, netting for Bishop Auckland in a 3-2 Extra Preliminary Round win over Darlington RA.

Their cup heroics this time around cap a remarkable month for the South Asians in football movement in this country, with Sky Sports News leading the coverage.

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Last week, we revealed Sporting Khalsa were set to earn promotion to Step 4 of non-League, meaning subject to ratification, the West Midlands side will become the first club borne out of the South Asian community to play in the eighth tier of the modern-day pyramid.

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The news came after Leicester City midfielder Hamza Choudhury was serialised in a comic book about his identity, upbringing and Bangladeshi-Grenadian heritage, as well as his faith.

A day earlier, Gareth Southgate met with fans group Apna England, the first time a serving England boss has sat down and directly engaged with a South Asian-led Three Lions supporters' group.

Bournemouth full-back Dinesh Gillela last week captained the Cherries' U21 side to Central League Cup success, and Arjan Raikhy notched two assists in a 6-1 win over Newcastle to help Aston Villa into the last four of the FA Youth Cup.

Fellow British-Punjabi footballer Dilan Markanday was also in fine form, rounding off the scoring for Spurs' U23 side in a 4-1 win over Liverpool at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

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Manchester United starlet, Zidane Iqbal, fresh from penning his first professional contract, has picked up where he left off after a brief lay-off, scoring three goals in his last two U18 games, including a wonderful solo effort against Wolves.

Sky Sports News also revealed Birmingham Women academy prospect Layla Banaras was launching a campaign to better prepare Muslim athletes for fasting during Ramadan. Banaras, 15, who trains four times a week, worked with Birmingham City and club nutritionist Isobel Chotham to produce a Ramadan nutrition guide and meal planner.

Official Birmingham City supporters' group Blues 4 All last month worked directly with the club to mark the festival of Vaisakhi, with the Punjabi Rams fans group doing the same with fellow Sky Bet Championship side Derby County.

Sky Sports News also exclusively revealed Bhups and Sunny Singh Gill were to become the first British South Asian match officials ever to preside over the same Championship game, with the pair making history at Ashton Gate when Bristol City hosted Nottingham Forest.

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