Friday, 19 May 2017

An International Double Bill

Two interesting matches taking place at the end of May are linked by the presence of the England ‘C’ team which brings together a selection of the best Non-League players in the country.

Under the auspices of the experienced Paul Fairclough, a host of players now plying their trade in the top four divisions of the game have pulled on the England shirt and a new generation will get their opportunity to impress in two upcoming friendlies.

Fairclough has named an experimental squad for the matches against the Panjab FA (more of whom in a second) and the Jersey FA, which take place on 28 and 30 May respectively, with clubs from Blyth Spartans to Boston United represented.

The Panjab football team is a representative side that is formed from the Punjabi community in the UK and who played their first fixture in 2014.

Solihull Moors play host to their game with England and admission is free for the 3pm kick-off although tickets must be obtained in advance.

Founder and chairman of the Panjab FA, Harpreet Singh, told the Solihull Moors website: "To make it an admission free game was something that was on my mind from the moment the game was agreed with The FA back in January. 

"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, come to the game and enjoy this unique fixture, the first of its kind."

Two days later, under the banner of an FA XI, Fairclough’s side will play at the Springfield Stadium in Jersey. Admission to the 7:30pm kick-off is priced at £5 with Under 11’s free.

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