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Warren's penalty challenge

21 March 2013

An AFC Wimbledon supporter's unique spot-kick

AFC Wimbledon supporter Warren Palmer could finally achieve his dream of scoring into the Tempest End on Saturday, but only after completing one of the longest run-ups for a penalty kick ever seen!

Warren, who attends the High Path Day Centre for Adults with Learning Disabilities in South Wimbledon, is raising money for Comic Relief by attempting an unusual timed penalty kick, starting from the halfway line at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

To complete his challenge though he will putting his cane aside on Saturday before the Morecambe match and will be supported by an AFC Wimbledon player. Taking a penalty in front of over 4,000 supporters will be a real achievement for Warren so we hope the AFC Wimbledon supporters in the ground will get behind both him and the player! Warren has restricted mobility in his legs and uses a cane for walking. This makes movement at speed difficult, but following a trial effort his current record for the penalty run-up stands at 43 seconds. Can he beat that time on Saturday and score into his beloved Tempest End?

AFC Wimbledon have worked with the High Path Day Centre on a number of projects in recent years. Warren was a member of the Big Blast Band, whose version of “We Are Wimbledon” was performed live in the stadium and last season Marie Miller ran a circuit of the pitch with Seb Brown.

The picture above shows Warren (left) and Community Volunteer Clive Yelf at the Cherry Red Records Stadium before the trial run.

 .Warren’s Comic Relief pageWarren has a target of raising £300 for Comic Relief and he has raised £165 so far. There will be no bucket collection on Saturday, but supporters can donate by clicking on 

 .Penalty run-upTo watch the video of Warren’s trial run, click on 

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