With the signing of Harry Forrester on a season-long loan being announced after we had recorded this week’s podcast, we thought it would be a good idea to publish our thoughts on our new addition. What does Harry offer us; is it wise that he will be our last signing of the summer; and what does this mean for Andy Barcham and Dean Parrett?
Episode 96 of the 9yrspodcast, featuring Jon Main, will be available tomorrow on iTunes and YouTube.
In this excerpt, Ryan Sweeney discusses some of the names he worked with in his years as an Academy player at Wimbledon, his first-team debut, and his run in the first-team, including his experiences of the play-off games at Accrington and Wembley. Adedeji Oshilaja, Danny Hylton, Darius Charles, Lyle Taylor, and Adebayo Akinfenwa also get a name-check.
You can listen to the full interview with Ryan Sweeney on Episode 57 of the show, available on YouTube.
Recorded prior to our play-off final victory over Plymouth, Terry Brown spoke to us about our promotion to the Football League in 2011. In a brief clip, Terry discusses Kaid Mohamed’s impact on the squad at that time; what would have happened had we lost to Luton; whether or not we were really ready for promotion; and how Neal Ardley would likely prepare for League One football.
You can hear more from Terry on Episode 44 of the show – Ghosts of Play-Off Past – available on YouTube.
Robert Ursell was a fan favourite during his time with the Dons. In this brief clip, Dave Anderson – the man responsible for bringing Ursell to Kingsmeadow – discusses the Wimbledon career of ‘The Wizard’, including how Ursell signed, and which club he rejected an offer from to do so; his spectacular pre-season hat-trick against Barnet; and how his role in the side changed after promotion to the Ryman Premier.
You can hear more from Dave on Episode 44 of the show – Ghosts of Play-Off Past – available on YouTube.
Exactly 14 years to the day that an FA commission allowed the old Wimbledon FC to become a franchise club, Nick Draper reflects on AFC Wimbledon’s rise from nothing to Football League – to Wembley.
Little in the way of news in the build-up to Monday’s game, but George Jones and Paul Raymond also appear to explain how ticket sales are going at the Centre Court pop-up show, including just who are still buying tickets, where tickets are available, and how some are choosing to be in the stands instead of the press box on the day.
On the verge of a sixth promotion in 14 years, with around 20,000 expected to support the Dons at Wembley, it would appear that commission was right. Not in the wider interests of football indeed . . .