Britain’s most successful LGBT football club are set to play in a landmark match at Wembley Stadium.
Stonewall FC will take on Wilberforce Wanderers AFC in a top-of-the-table Middlesex County Football League Disjoin One clash on November 30.
It will be the first time a regular season non-League match has been played at the national stadium.
And it marks a new partnership with The FA and Stonewall, the UK’s leading charity for lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality with the match taking place during this year’s Rainbow Laces season.
Former Chelsea star Paul Elliott, who is now the Chair of The FA’s Inclusion Advisory Board, has heralded the historic game.
“This new relationship presents an opportunity for football to help change hearts and minds beyond the stadia, as well as ensuring that everyone who makes football happen feels included,” said Elliott.
“Whether players, supporters, members of the vital volunteer workforce, employees of The FA, contract staff or anyone else connected to the game, no one should be left behind.
"The principle behind this partnership therefore embraces the philosophy that the game is for anyone, anytime, anywhere.
“The FA is extremely excited to mark this move by welcoming Stonewall FC to play under the lights at Wembley Stadium.
“This is the first time we have invited a non-league side to play a league fixture at the home of football and it is shaping up to be a truly iconic and memorable evening for everyone involved.”
Elated Stonewall FC boss Eric Najib Armanazi revealed he cannot wait for the chance for his team to play under the famous Wembley arch.
“This game will mark the pinnacle in my 12 and a half years as manager of the club,” he said.
“I am extremely thankful to all those involved that made this happen.”
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