Virgil twins to be honoured
Famed running twins Neil and Neville Virgil will be among those to be honoured at this year’s R.O. Smith Veteran’s All Stars Over-40s football match at Wellington Oval.
The pair remain the only twins to finish first and second in the Bermuda Day Half Marathon, having done so in 1964 with Neville breaking the tape in a winning time of one hour, 23 minutes followed 35 seconds later by Neil.
Neville won again the following year.
“I think this is very touching and it is nice to be recognised,” said Neil. “After all these years it’s good to know people are still thinking about us and appreciate what we did in football.
“We are very thankful for our coach Conrad Simons because he was the one who inspired and motivated us. To be honest I was surprised we got chosen this year.”
The Virgil twins played football for Somerset Colts before shifting their focus to road running.
Former Somerset Trojan, Allan Shakir, will also be honoured at this year’s match that will see seasoned warriors from Somerset and St George’s renew rivalries on the pitch on April 14 at Wellington Oval.
Somerset were victorious in last year’s All-Stars match at Somerset Cricket Club.
St George’s’ honorees this year include Richard (Blimp) Brangman, Ross (Baldy) Harford, Gladwin Paynter, Fred Pitcher, Alfred Wright and Edwin Cannonier.
Presentations and tributes will be made to the honorees following the match with all awards having been provided by sponsors Carlsberg and Pearman Funeral Home.
This year marks the 18th anniversary of the popular event.
Kick off time is 3pm.