Jane Lonsdale and James Oliver Pearce join the team for another day of lockdown chatter.
Ian Holloway enjoyed a brief spell at Plough Lane in the mid-80s, in what he describes as a great, if somewhat mixed, experience. Here, he chats to Kevin Borras about his Wimbledon days, his thoughts on Wally Downes and Glyn Hodges, and his views on the current situation at the club.
This ten-minute chat took place at The Valley, at the EFL on Quest Season Launch event, also featuring Colin Murray, Karen Carney, and Chris Powell. More from the event can be found on the Quest TV Twitter page, @QuestTV.
We have Tuesday night football to look forward to this week! So we thought we’ve preview our trip to Oldham on Tuesday night with some chat about the recent form of ourselves and our opponents, prefaced with a look back on our excellent 3-1 win at Bristol Rovers on Saturday.
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?
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 . . .
Haydon the Womble’s OFFICIAL Wembley minder joins us for today’s Wembley update, as Nick’s brother Chris discusses memories of recent play-off victories against Staines Town, and Luton Town.
As well as some more great play-off nostalgia, Chris and Nick discuss the media coverage around Monday’s game, including Ian Holloway’s prediction, local newspaper coverage, and Neal Ardley’s comments to the official web site, leading to a discussion about Ardley’s legacy as a Wimbledon player and manager.
There is also a shocking admission from one member of the team about a match they attended over a decade ago, in which they were celebrating a victory for a hated rival . . .