Family’s Wembley pride

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THE family of Hartlepool-born footballer Andrew Taylor told of their pride at watching him play in a thrilling cup final at Wembley.

Cardiff player Andrew took to the pitch yesterday for the exciting match against Liverpool in the League Cup Final.

Liverpool won the trophy after a nail-biting match which went to penalties.

More than 30 of Andrew’s family and close friends were at the match to cheer him on.

They included his parents Kevin, 54 and Julie, 51, brother Christopher, sister Emma, along with both sets of grandparents, and other relations.

Dad Kevin, of Bishop Cuthbert, Hartlepool, said: “We had a great day apart from the end result.

“It was fantastic seeing Andrew play and the atmosphere was fantastic.

“We’re really proud of him. He was obviously not very happy with the result, but I think he enjoyed the occasion.

“I spoke to him in the morning and he said he was really up for it and looking forward to it.”

Andrew started the game and found himself in the thick of the action throughout an enthralling encounter which saw Cardiff taken an early lead, only to concede two goals before snatching a last-gasp leveller to take the game into a shootout.

Kevin, an electrician, added: “I thought they played well. Liverpool are a top side and they did well to frustrate them.

“I think Andrew cleared one off the line. He spent much of the time marking Stuart Downing who Andrew knows well from their time at Middlesbrough together.”