A mere mention of the word 'Wimbledon' at this time of year,
might make you dream about sharing your bowl of
strawberries and cream
(all washed down with Champagne, of course)with a certain Roger Federer, maybe?
But, (sorry to disappoint you!) this is not tennis...
this is a blog post far more serious than that!!
This is football!!
(This is where I lose most of my readers!!LOL)
People often think I am mad and they are probably right ;-)
Next to my love for all things vintage, crafting, history, good books
and the theatre, is... my love of the game of footy!
Few of my friends love the game...many hate it and don't understand me!But I love it and that's that...which is why, back in 2002,
when the 'powers that be' gave the go ahead for Wimbledon FC
to re- locate to a place some 50 miles away...
Without going into too much detail, this meant that a town,
which had little history itself, suddenly found themselves with
a ready made football league club.
It also meant that the supporters of Wimbledon FC suddenly found
themselves with no football club on their doorstep.
Now, those of you who are not football lovers probably can't
understand what all the fuss was about....
but where football is your life and your club
is your meeting place every other Saturday...it hardly bears thinking about.
At the time, I remember thinking that this would be like
Torquay United relocating to some town in Cornwall
or Somerset or Dorset etc...
I mean how crazy is that?
So...that's what happened and MK Dons was born.
Boo Hiss!! ;-)
Incensed at this, true Wimbledon supporters went about setting up
AFC Wimbledon...and to cut a very very very long story short, yesterday
afternoon, after eight very determined seasons,
which involved five promotions through the lower leagues,
AFC Wimbledon was promoted to the football league.
It took nine years and a lot of hard work, true grit and determination .
I don't support AFC Wimbledon but I do support justice
and fairness in the game and I do think that it is ALWAYS
the supporters who get the rough end of the deal
in football..yet without the supporters ..well where would the game be?
So boy, did I let out a huge cheer!
I love Saturdays and the footy results!
During these years, I've always watched out for the results of Wimbledon AFC.
Yesterday, even though their play off match went to a penalty shoot out,
I just knew that this was how the story had to end...
it couldn't be any other ending! Could it?
Because, as with most fairy tales, the ending is usually happy.
Except that this is not the end is it?
Oh no! It's a new beginning
for all of those supporters and people at AFC Wimbledon,
who made it all happen.