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Panjab FA will go head-to-head with England’s C team – made up of the Vanarama National League’s best English players – in a landmark friendly at Solihull Moors` Automated Technology Group Stadium.

Following months of ongoing talks and meetings at St George’s Park, the Panjab FA are pleased to announce a historic landmark in football history.

Panjab FA chairman Harpreet Singh further explains the importance of the fixture by stating: “It’s about celebrating inclusion and diversity and player opportunity for Asian football in Britain as a whole.”

The spirit and commitment to Inclusion is further strengthened by making the fixture free entry for all fans as Singh explains: “It`s something that was on my mind from the moment the game was agreed with the FA back in January 2017. I am so delighted with the game taking place, it is more important to me that all people from different backgrounds, the young, the elderly, people who may never have watched a football match previously, to come to the game and enjoy this unique fixture, the first of its kind.”

Laurence Jones, the FA’s Head of Leagues and Clubs said: “Enabling talented players from every diverse community to play in a match like this just one of the ways we hope to make football truly a game for all. Working with Solihull Moors and Panjab FA we hope this is a well competed game, a family friendly spectacle and something fans will remember for a long time.”

England C, managed by former Stevenage Borough and Barnet boss Paul Fairclough, go into the game most recently having beaten Estonia’s uunder-23 team.

They face the runners-up of the 2016 CONIFA World Cup on May 28th in a 3pm kick-off.

Panjab national team manager Reuben Hazell, who played over 300 League games and captained Oldham Athletic, expressed his delight upon confirmation of the game: “It`s a great game to be involved in as a player or a coach. A good test for the boys and should be a momentous occasion for the Panjab team, considering it’s still less than three years old and where all this started from.”

The objective of Panjab FA is to provide a canvas for the talents of the Panjabi community, and British Asian footballers to progress through the football Pyramid.

In closing, Harpreet Singh said: “I want to take this opportunity to reach out to the whole Panjabi and the wider Asian community; the media and public figures to come together and celebrate this new evolution in football – and our love for Panjab, its history, and the Panjabi identity”.


About Author

Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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