Following an overwhelming response from supporters to our article about the magic moments which Terry Brown and Stuart Cash provided us with, the official website today features a selection of your messages.
We will publish another selection in the next day or two on the official website, but more importantly, we will pass all your messages onto Terry Brown and Stuart Cash as soon as possible.
One of the first messages to reach us at the Cherry Red Records Stadium was from a man who is Wimbledon through and through. Marc Jones, of course, is one of four founder members of AFC Wimbledon and his message is an appropriate way to start.
Marc, who still lives in Wimbledon, says Terry and Stuart were a credit to the club from day one after their appointments.
He said: “From day one, when I helped Matt Rickard put the appointment of Terry and Stuart live on the club website at the second it was announced to the press, through to their solemn walk from the Kingsmeadow turf, Terry and Stuart have been nothing short of sheer class. Affable, polite, humorous, the list would go on forever if you tried to cover all their attributes.
“I can think of no better tribute than saying what many feel, there are no other men I can imagine more fitting as gaffer and number two to have delivered our greatest prize so far since reforming.
Terry's penalty kick after the final whistle at Manchester will be remembered forever, as will their whole contribution to the club. May they never buy another beer in these parts ever again, after all I can't remember either doing so previously!”
Sam Prior, a Wimbledon season ticket holder from Kingston, said: “I'd like to say a heartfelt thanks for all the success and happiness you have brought to all Wimbledon fans such as myself during your amazing achievements with the club over the past 5 years.
“I would obviously count your success on the pitch as paramount but I have to say your attitudes in terms of fair play, honesty, respect for the opposition and connection with the fans have made you both excellent ambassadors for the revived Dons. I think this has been extremely important in helping to make our club not only exceptionally successful but also well respected and admired amongst the wider football community.
“As a long term Wimbledon season ticket holder since the early 1990's, I have enjoyed some amazing highs and lows with Wimbledon FC and AFC. The highlights under your tenure have been some of the best - Hornchurch at home, Staines away, Fleetwood away and of course that brilliant day in Manchester last year - amazing!
“It is therefore with much, much sadness that we see you depart, however as always you have gone with dignity and with an attitude and the words that reveal your positive thinking and magnanimity.
“I wish you all the best for the future and am happy in the knowledge that you will remain a true Dons fan as we, the Dons fans, will remain firm fans of you both.”
The departures of Terry and Stuart brought back emotional personal memories for Tim Birch, a Wimbledon supporter from Salford, Greater Manchester, and he will never forget Terry’s celebrations after THAT day at Manchester last May.
“The Terry Brown and Stuart Cash era will remain memorable as an extra special time for me as it dovetailed with the final five years of my father's life. The two of us had become very close during those five years, and the rise (and rise) of The Dons played a pivotal role. A time of great fun and glorious memories, we managed to get to several matches together, and otherwise listened in via WDON from our respective locations.
“I recall my solo attendance at the ultimate resurrection game in Manchester in May 2011 as my dad had become just too ill to travel. I called him through the game and as soon as Kedwell's pivotal penalty swished the net I was on the phone to dad, celebrating together, informing him about Terry Brown's beaming face on the pitch. We both had unconditional respect for Terry and his staff. “
With Terry and Stuart having provided so much joy for our supporters, and plenty of laughs along the way, the pair are sure to appreciate our second message from “The Westcountry Womble”.
Wesley Reid, who lives in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, sums up their five years with a comparison to Frank Sinatra’s “My Way”.
“Regrets, I had a few but then again, too few to mention!”
“We all know the words and I think it sums up Terry and Stuart’s respective careers at AFC Wimbledon perfectly, as indeed do the words to the whole song. Although a latecomer to the ever increasing throng of Dons supporters, I’m thankful I had a chance to watch two legends of the club take the helm at Kingsmeadow. Things did not work out too well in the end, but then in football it so rarely does – especially for the manager. One minute you’re the hero, the next... I can’t bring myself to say it and I’d be very surprised if any Dons fan could after the last 5 years. That is why I don’t want to focus on the negatives, but celebrate instead the part these two men played in the AFCW story.
“What was their greatest moment? I think it’s pretty obvious! Getting promotion from the Blue Square Premier after only 2 seasons was an unbelievable achievement. Especially for a club only nine years old That league is so tough, with nearly every team a former football league member and only two places available for promotion. To this day, I still can’t quite believe it happened.
“But it did. And we have Terry Brown and Stuart Cash to thank for that. Yes, there are a lot of people to thank for the promotion, including the players of course - but it happened under their watch. For that they can be immensely proud. I think it speaks volumes that the fans are being given a chance to say goodbye to them, how many clubs would do that? Just another example of how special this club is!!!
“And so we’ve reached the final curtain...”
“So long Tel, Stu, thanks for all you’ve done. I wish you the very best for the future, be it in football circles or otherwise and just remember as Ol’ Blue Eyes once said, you did it your way!”