West Auckland striker Amar Purewal has been name Asian Non League Player of the Year. His twin brother Arhun, now with Consett, was also on the shortlist of three.
Amar’s award is thought partly to be recognition of his seven goals for Panjab, including two hat tricks, in the 2016 Confederation of Independent Foootball Associations World Cup. in which Panjab lost on penalties in the final.
We meet this morning at a pub on the outskirts of Sunderland, the city of the twins’ birth.
Amar’s proudly British, still regularly attends the Sikh temple, has only been to India twice in his life – the first time when he was seven. He has also played Northern League football for Benfield, Durham City, Shildon and Bishop Auckland and hit 61 goals in 115 games for Darlington as the Quakers climbed the leagues.
Much more of all that in my Northern Echo column on December 21.
*Our chat’s at the Oak Tree Farm, a pub run by Farmhouse Inns but in the decidedly unagricultural setting of Doxford International Business Park. Since the blog grumbled last week about paying £8 18 for a large coffee and a small panini at Costa, it should be recorded that here a “small” plate at the breakfast buffet is just £3 99, including unlimited and very decent coffee.
The small plate’s quite big, too, allowing an attempt on the world hash browns balancing record. Great value.
*Yesterday’s blog anticipated the meeting between the FA and the Ebac Northern League management committee, to address questions over restructuring. A reader who asks anonymity points out that Durham FA have been essaying a little restructuring of their own.
From 2018-19 the Durham Alliance League will become a “development division” of the Wearside League, giving them “access to the national Non League System.” DFA also plan talks with the Crook and District League, these days the only remaining adult Saturday league based in the county.
Our man can’t wait. “This opens up the exciting prospect of a Premier League fixture in 2030 between West Ham United and Wearhead United,” he says. Best make that 2031.
*Several club secretaries have also forwarded an FA missive, received today, advising of the possibility of “lateral movement” between leagues. “I’ve read it ten times and still haven’t a clue what they’re going on about,” says one. I bet poor old Penrith have, though.