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Former Manchester United winger Danny Wallace had his football career sadly curtailed when he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Now he is campaigning to make football more accessible to other disabled fans.

 

Danny was a member of the United team that lifted the FA Cup in 1990. It was the first trophy United won under Alex Ferguson and was the start of the most successful era in the club’s history.

 

But Wallace, who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1996, had his United career cut short by a sudden loss of form, which coincided, with the onset of the condition. He was sold to Birmingham City in 1993.

 

‘I think I must have had it before I went to United’, says Wallace, who joined United from Southampton in 1989. ‘I’m just presuming, because the doctor I saw said that I could have had the disease six years before any symptoms came out.’

 

It took him time to come to terms with the end of his career and overcome the frustration he felt at losing his physical fitness. ‘I used to go to a lot of games. But when I was diagnosed, I stayed in my house for five years without seeing anybody or talking to anybody.’

 

In August, Wallace became an ambassador for the National Association for Disabled Supporters (NADS). He is passionate about doing his bit to make football more accessible to disabled fans. ‘I’ve realised that there are other people who are cooped up, dying to go out and meet people and watch games, so I’m trying to get them out.’

 

Danny has supported NADS and Kick It Out by attending a number of educational days including events held at Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and MK Dons.

 

The support that Danny gives to NADS as one of their ambassadors was one of the factors that led him to winning the Community Award at the recent Black List Award Ceremony, hosted by The FA at Wembley. Wallace now plans to carry on his campaigning work for NADS and Kick It Out, and continue fundraising for his own charity, the Danny Wallace Foundation.

 

 

 

 

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