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 . . .
In today’s update, Paul Raymond shares his experiences of the 1988 FA Cup Final, including how the club handled ticket sales, his view from the stadium, and the celebrations in Wimbledon following the game.
Paul also discusses ongoing ticket sales for Wembley, and how things went on the opening day for the temporary merchandise outlet in Centre Court. Nick and Stu also have a few odds-and-ends to tie-up regarding the game on Bank Holiday Monday, including whether or not Connor Smith and Jon Meades should be involved in the squad, and comments from Plymouth manager Derek Adams.
The anticipation is growing as we have just four more sleeps till Wembley, but can anything match Stu’s excitement for musical theatre, especially as Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, goes on tour?
In the first of our daily updates, counting down to Wembley on Bank Holiday Monday, Nick speaks to his dad, Mark, about his recollections of our 1963 FA Amateur Cup victory at the national stadium.
Amidst the talk of Eddie Reynolds and Roy Law, Mark discusses his memories of the old stadium, Plough Lane, and the Isthmian League, as well as offering his thoughts on the ticketing policy for Monday’s game, and his favourites from the current squad, including one whom he witnessed collect silverware at the City of Manchester Stadium – 10 days before our Conference play-off success.
We also talk about the club’s pop-up shop in Centre Court, and release a Wembley EXCLUSIVE regarding an individual who’ll be on the pitch on Monday.