Disability football ambassador is guest of honour at FA Cup final

Disability football ambassador is guest of honour at FA Cup final

The Football Association (FA) has confirmed that their guest of honour at the final of this year's upcoming FA Cup will be Dave Clarke, the former captain of England's blind team and a pioneer of disability sport.

The 42-year-old, who retired after captaining Great Britain in the 2012 London Paralympics, bringing the curtain down on an international career in which he scored 128 goals in 144 appearances, is seen by many in and outside of football as an inspiration and a true hero of the game.

Now, Clarke is preparing to be in the privileged position of handing over the FA Cup to the winning captain of the final between Manchester City and Wigan Athletic on May 11th, following in the footsteps of other towering figures like Sir Bobby Robson and Kofi Annan.

Clarke's breathtaking achievements of the last two decades or so have not gone unnoticed by users of aids such as Motability cars around the country, and his performances have no doubt led to many in a similar position opting to take up a sport of their own.

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