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15 May 2013

Terry Gibson on commentating and his Wimbledon return

Terry Gibson was delighted to take time away from the Sky Sports studios to attend Saturday’s end of season dinner at AFC Wimbledon.

One of Wimbledon’s heroes from the 1988 FA Cup win, Terry now co-commentates on around 100 matches a year for the television channel’s Spanish football coverage of La Liga. Such a job has involved Terry commentating on El Clasico matches between Barcelona and Real Madrid at Camp Nou and watching some of the greats of world football strut their stuff.

anniversary of beating Liverpool.thHowever, Terry feels extremely privileged to have been a part of Wimbledon’s 1988 side and he was thrilled to meet up with former team-mates John Scales, Clive Goodyear, Dave Beasant, Terry Phelan, Andy Clement, and cup-winning manager Bobby Gould, at Saturday’s get-together that marked the 25

, Terry (the picture above was taken by Zoe Linkson) said: “I still keep in touch with Bobby, believe it or not, on Twitter, because he knows his way around a computer keyboard, even for an old boy. I have also been on his Talksport programme a few times over the years. I was hoping that someone would take the initiative to organise something like this and being the manager, we have relied on Bobby to do it. I still feel lucky to have been a part of a team that won the FA Cup. At this time of year every season I watch the FA Cup Final and I am extremely grateful that I was a part of a winning team at Wembley. It was such a memorable day in my life.Dons PlayerSpeaking to

“It is a real pleasure to be at AFC Wimbledon and I am so pleased that the club survived relegation under Neal Ardley. So many people have worked so hard to get Wimbledon started again and it was so important that the club survived on the last day. All of the old players were willing them to succeed and I am glad that they did it.”

anniversary may have passed yesterday, but the spirit of Wimbledon will never die, especially the teamwork that swept Bobby Gould’s men to Wembley glory against Liverpool.thThe 25

“We had some big names, but we worked as a team,” Terry recalled. “That was our strength because we were well organised, hard-working and had that hunger and determination that it takes to win an FA Cup. We had all those qualities in abundance. We had a great coach, a great manager and players that would give everything for each other. That led us all the way to the final and to beat a fantastic Liverpool team.

“The summer before we had a new manager, new coach and six or seven new players and it was important that we integrated as soon as possible. That was a lot easier and quicker because we followed the same path that had taken the club from the lower divisions to the top flight under Dave Bassett. Bobby and Don Howe were clever people and they knew deep down that they never had to change a lot. They had not taken over because the previous manager had performed poorly. The management were intelligent enough to continue with the right methods that had been so successful.”

Terry’s job as a Spanish football correspondent came about after he left Fulham in 2007, where he worked as a coach when Lawrie Sanchez was manager.

“I am a lucky bloke because I commentate on over 100 games a year,” Terry added. “I have been doing it for over five years now and it all started after I left Fulham. Lawrie lost his job and that meant I lost mine too, but fortunately I had been watching Spanish football for four years as a scout for clubs. Sky Sports got to know about that and since then I have been watching fantastic teams and fantastic players – I have really fallen in love with La Liga.

“I have been to a couple of El Clasicos and the last one I commentated on was when Barcelona beat Real Madrid 5-0. I was at the stadium and co-commentating on that match was a big thrill. It was a brilliant night and I watched a team performance that I have never seen bettered.”

   Saturday’s end of season dinner was, of course, also attended by members of Wimbledon’s FA Amateur Cup winning team from 1963 and we will tomorrow be featuring the thoughts of goalkeeper Mike Kelly 50 years after their superb triumph against Sutton United. Dons Player subscribers can watch the video interview with Terry Gibson on our premium site. 

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