Wimbledon supporters have been quick to send in their messages of appreciation for Neil Sullivan’s efforts after the goalkeeper’s second spell at the club came to an end today.
A true Wimbledon favourite during two spells at his local club, Neil’s contribution to the cause will never be forgotten by the supporters. His first stint lasted almost 12 years and during that time Neil helped Wimbledon to their joint highest top-flight position of sixth in 1994 – and he was regarded as one of the best Premier League goalkeepers. After returning to the Dons in November, Neil brought experience and stability to Wimbledon’s defence. For those who missed Neil’s interview with the official website earlier today, click on Sullivan interview.
Here’s what you had to say about Neil leaving Wimbledon:
Rey Leyden, who has supported Wimbledon since the 1950s, said: “It was great to see ‘Sully’ team- up with his old mate Neil Ardley with the Dons again and bring back some of the old magic. In my view it helped Neal to settle in a lot more quickly with a familiar face and an experienced pair of hands to call on. Now we can build on this for the future. It’s been a win-win for all of us at the club. Thanks ‘Sully’ and good luck with your return to Doncaster Rovers.”
Dons supporter Matt Jennings said: “Thank-you Neil for coming to the club in our hour of need and helping to steady the ship. You truly are a Wimbledon legend and I hope you return to the club again in the near future so we can sound our appreciation!”
Gary Wilkes said: “How fantastic it was to Have Neil Sullivan back in a Wimbledon goalkeeper’s kit, a true legend of the club. ‘Sully’ was one of my heroes and to be able to share memories of his past performances with my sons, while watching him play again, was priceless. Thank you Neil, once a Womble, always a Womble! Come back for longer next time and good luck to you mate.”
Stuart Stone sent the following message on behalf of him and his family: “You can take the boy out of Wimbledon, but you cannot take Wimbledon out of the boy. It was great to see ‘Sully’ back in a Dons shirt and helping us out. Neil will be missed again, but no doubt you’ll be back. ‘Nice one son, nice one Sully, you'll be our number one ......again.”
Pete Everett said: “I’m gutted that ‘Sully’ cannot be with us for the run-in as he has helped to give us greater stability at the back . He will always remain a big favourite with the Dons fans and I would like to thank him for his immense contribution, both for the original club, and with AFC Wimbledon.”
Richard Stobbs added: “Thank you ‘Sully’ for all you've done - you're a true Dons hero! Hope to see you back at the club again one day, whether it be as a player, staff or a fellow supporter - I know you'll always be welcome back any time.”
Last, but not least, Greg Parker, recalled the early days of Neil Sullivan’s breakthrough at Wimbledon and what it meant to Neil's family.
He said: “It was great to see you back in goal for the Dons. Thanks for you experience and contribution Maybe one day you will return again as a goalkeeper, coach or an 'ambassador'. I remember chatting to your parents when you were starting with Wimbledon as I taught at Abbotsbury Primary School (your brother was the school's keeper) and did the PA at Plough Lane. They were so proud of you and rightly so!! Stay fit and continue enjoying the game.”
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