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Club event hailed a success

24 April 2013

First-team players make it a memorable night

AFC Wimbledon’s kit sponsors had a night to remember when they were joined by the entire first-team squad and management just four days before the club’s important match against Fleetwood.

The club’s annual dinner for its kit sponsors was hailed as a tremendous success last night with guests, including those who have provided generous sponsorship since the Combined Counties League days, enjoying the event. Sponsors took part in a Q & A with first-team manager Neal Ardley, mingled with first-team players, and took part in a raffle that included prizes of a signed match ball, match day hospitality tickets and a bottle of Champagne.

Supporter Nick Le-Faye has this season sponsored Jason Prior’s kit and he has been a sponsor since AFC Wimbledon was formed. A framed kit of the club’s first captain, Joe Sheerin, takes pride of place in Nick’s home.

He said: “This a great way to acknowledge the kit sponsors with all of the first-team having turned up tonight. I think it is good that the players meet the supporters, who love the club so much, and I don’t think there are many clubs that could put on an event like this.”

Alan Parker, who sponsors Sammy Moore’s kit, said: “I think the night has been very enjoyable and it is a great effort by all the players to turn-up for the event.”

Alan Bennett was one of the first-team players who attended and he particularly enjoyed chatting to supporters ahead of Saturday’s big match.

“It is great to meet the fans and to talk with them about things like their first Wimbledon games and their favourite matches,” Alan said. “It really gives you a feel for the club. It is good to get a break in a way by coming here tonight, but all everyone wants to talk about is the game on Saturday!”

AFC Wimbledon Commercial Director, Ivor Heller, said: “I think tonight is the best kit sponsors dinner we have ever had here. I must say a big thank-you to the first-team management and players for making it a fantastic evening. It was great for the sponsors to meet them before perhaps the biggest game since AFC Wimbledon has been in existence. Kit sponsorship has raised about £115,000 for the club since we started and the annual dinner is a good way to reward the sponsors.”

Ivor also wished to thank Head Chef Roberto Carini and his team for providing excellent food on the night (Harry Pell is pictured above tucking into his dessert) and Commercial Executive, Sam Grayson, for organising the event.

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