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Wembley Stadium unveils plaque in honour of Gary Deards

A ceremony was held at Wembley Stadium this week to unveil a plaque in honour of Gary Deards.

Gary was the former Vice-Chair of Level Playing Field as well as long-term advisor and friend to our sister organisation CAFE, who work to improve access and inclusion throughout Europe using the unique power of football.

Gary’s parents and brothers attended the ceremony, as well as representatives from Level Playing Field including Chair Tony Taylor and ambassador June Wratten. Also present were Mike Rice of CAFE, and Fifa Chief Member Associations Officer, Joyce Cook.

The plaque is located on the official stadium tour route, meaning that many visitors to the stadium will learn more about the impact of Gary’s works and reads: “In memory of Gary Deards. A key advisor on accessibility at Wembley Stadium. Leaving a lasting legacy for disabled supporters.”

Gary first became involved with LPF back in 1999 and devoted so much of his own time and energies to working towards a better landscape for disabled people. He was also a much-respected member of the CAFE disabled fans advisory group, where his specialist knowledge helped to bring about real change in Europe.