Gay Football Club Founder Awarded MBE
Aslie Pitter, founder of the London based club Stonewall FC, the first gay football club in England and one of the most successful gay clubs in football, was honoured in Britain on New Year’s as a Member of the British Empire. Pitter was given the award “for his impact on tackling homophobia in sport through his dedication to London-based Stonewall FC.”
Pitter said he is “still pinching himself” after being given the award, and that he “ just feels so honored, although it’s recognition for everybody in the club that we’re doing a good thing and helping people fulfill their potential. It’s a recognition of English grassroots football.”
Pitter, who now manages Stonewall’s reserve team, spoke also about the days when the club was formed back in 1991, saying that he was nervous about forming the team originally, but the worries he had proved to be largely unnecessary. “Being black and being gay I thought I might come in for a lot of stick. In our first game we were sharing a communal shower with seven other teams and I was pretty nervous. But it has never really been a problem.”
Stonewall FC chairman Liam Jarnecki commended Pitter for his work telling BBC, “Aslie is a wonderful guy. People like him are the salt of the earth and the lifeblood of grassroots football. We’re overjoyed for him”.
Congratulations Mr. Pitter and well done on 20 years of work combating homophobia in football.