Words: Ethan Van Ristell
The FA have announced that Stonewall F.C. – Britain’s most successful LGBT club – are to play Wilberforce Wanderers (which is one helluva name) in the Middlesex County Football League Division One at Wembley.
It is a first for a non-league club of that stature and has been arranged to celebrate the new partnership the FA has announced with Stonewall, the leading charity campaigning for LGBT rights. The partnership sees the FA become a part of the charity’s ‘Diversity Champion’ programme, which they say is to help everyone feel that they can be themselves in the beautiful game.
Eric Najib Armanazi, the manager of Stonewall FC said: “This event is a landmark moment for all those who have worked tremendously hard to eradicate all forms of discrimination within football.”
Alongside the @wembleystadium announcement, we’re super excited to confirm we are hosting the first #RainbowLaces grassroots event to celebrate the campaigns start. We’re inviting everyone to join us, so register your place below and come down! 🌈🌈https://t.co/paXc0yjsK0— StonewallFC (@StonewallFC) 8 November 2018
What makes this game even better is that is set to take place during this year’s Rainbow Laces season – Stonewall’s yearly campaign dedicated to get those within football, such as high-profile players, to show their support for LGBT inclusivity.
“We are delighted that Stonewall FC will be able to showcase our talent under the stadium’s famous arch,” says Armanazi. “This game will mark the pinnacle in my twelve and a half years as manager of the club and I am extremely thankful to all those involved that made this happen.”
The game kicks off on the 30th November at 7:45pm.