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Stonewall FC: World's best LGBT club play -- and win -- at Wembley Stadium

Published 1157 GMT (1957 HKT) December 7, 2018
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Wembley was awash with rainbow colors on Friday November 30 as Stonewall FC -- the world's most successful LGBT football club -- played in a historic fixture at the home of English football.
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Players arrived at England's national stadium for their match against Wilberforce Wanderers. The game was organized to celebrate the Football Association's new partnership with the Stonewall charity. The Football Association
"It's a pivotal and important moment. We want to use our brand to really appeal to a cross-section of society," Funke Awoderu, senior inclusion and diversity manager at the FA, told CNN Sport. The Football Association
One of the club's founding members, Aslie Pitter, was "proud" of how far the team has come since 1991. The Football Association
More than 1,000 people watched as Stonewall recovered from an early scare to win the match 3-1. It was the first non-league seasonal fixture to be played under the iconic arch.
"The occasion was massive," said Stonewall FC scorer Mike Sholly. "But the much bigger picture is to show people that you can identify as LGBT and still play in a masculine and male-dominated sport." The Football Association