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.
Jon Main and Danny Kedwell sandwiched an incredible Conference South strike-partnership with starring roles in Wimbledon play-off successes. In this clip, Jon discusses what brought him to the club when in the Ryman Premier, and Danny explains the motives behind his move to Gillingham, which followed his Conference play-off final heroics.
You can hear more of our chat on Episode 44 of the show – Ghosts of Play-Off Past – available on YouTube.
Dave Anderson was the man chosen to lead the Dons out of the Ryman League wilderness in 2004. Here, he discusses his reasoning behind the changes he made to the squad when he first arrived, and how recruiting players at Kingsmeadow differed to what he had become accustomed to earlier in his management career.
You can hear more from Dave on Episode 44 of the show – Ghosts of Play-Off Past – available on YouTube.