A Hans Segers masterclass prompts a Birthday request
Following an excellent response from Wimbledon supporters for their first match memories, the official website today publishes more of your contributions.
This was prompted by the Football League’s 125-year anniversary celebrations, marking the milestone of League founder, William McGregor, sending out a letter suggesting “that ten or twelve of the most prominent clubs in England combine to arrange home-and-away fixtures each season.”
As part of this, we asked supporters to send in memories of the first Wimbledon match they attended by letting us know via Twitter and e-mail.
recalled that his first Wimbledon match was a 2-1 victory for the Dons at Coventry in April, 1994. Though plenty of Dons favourites including John Fashanu were playing at the time, Wes was a goalkeeper at school and the performance of Hans Segers at Highfield Road helped to convince his father to buy him a Wimbledon goalkeeper jersey!Wes Reid, otherwise known as “the Westcountry Womble”
“John Fashanu had been substituted at half-time and I can remember my Dad saying that was a mistake as the team seemed to be deflated without his presence on the pitch. Fortunately, Wimbledon held onto the lead and thanks to some wonderful saves from Segers – including one in the final minute which effectively won the game – the Wombles hung on to win 2-1. After this game I cajoled my Dad into getting me one of those multi coloured Wimbledon goalkeeper jerseys for when my Birthday came around. Wes, who was brought up in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, said:
“We arrived at Highfield Road to be greeted by several well-dressed men offering free tickets to Wimbledon fans who had made the journey. We were told the tickets had been bought by then club chairman Stanley Reed to thank supporters for travelling to the game. Much to my Dad’s annoyance I opened my big mouth and said we’d only come up the road from Gloucestershire! Thankfully, the man said it didn’t matter and we were still given two free tickets, which if I remember correctly were about £10 each.”
Stewart Castledine and Dean Holdsworth scored the goals for Wimbledon in the 2-1 win at Coventry.
The picture above shows Hans Segers (currently goalkeeping coach at Fulham) passing on his advice to AFC Wimbledon goalkeeper Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz during the Premier League side’s friendly match at Wimbledon in 2011.
, who lives in Morden, has been a Wimbledon supporter for 60 years and he recalled his first match in 1953 with the Dons then in the Isthmian League. Chris still attends matches at the Cherry Red Records Stadium and he recently helped clear snow from the pitch to get the Port Vale match on.Chris Wright
Wimbledon played Walthamstow Avenue in the Isthmian League. Standing on the terraces were my brother and myself, courtesy of our Dad, experiencing Wimbledon for the first time. I can remember that it was very noisy with lots of banging of drums and blowing of trumpets. I Have no idea of whether we won or not just that I wanted to come back again. And so I did, for the next 60 years, which occurred to me as I was helping clear snow of the pitch a few weeks ago. Sadly, my brother and father are no longer with us, but they are still supporting in spirit as I have three bricks in the wall with our names on them. Vinnie Jones famously once said: ‘Yidaho, they are not up for this’. We will survive this season, many thanks to Ivor Heller and all the other people who have kept the dream alive.”Chris said: “
attended his first Wimbledon match on 4 October 1986 and he has fond memories of it even though the Dons lost 3-1 at home to Liverpool with a double from Ian Rush and a Jan Molby penalty doing the damage at Plough Lane.Michael Padmanathan
one of my most memorable moments. Probably in my top-10 together with two moments this season - Midson's equaliser in the FA Cup tie this year and Alexander's winner against Bradford.” Fairweather - I did not know what to expect so I wrapped up with loads of layers. It was a scorching day. I did not see much of the game but remember I could not stop sweating all game! We lost 3-1 but did well against them over the next few fixtures. I was hooked. I thought until recently that ‘Fash’ had scored. In fact, it was Carlton “We were playing the team of the moment Liverpool. Michael said: