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Rovers fan helps the Dons

8 April 2014

Volunteer spirit summed up at Saturday's game

There was an unusual sight before Saturday’s match at the Cherry Red Records Stadium with a supporter wearing opposition colours working on the pitch.

Bristol Rovers supporter David Smith (pictured above right) offered his assistance to regular volunteer Nick Brickell (left) before the game, but there was no helping hand for the Dons after 3.00 pm as they were held to a hard-fought 0-0 draw.

However, David’s presence summed up the camaraderie between clubs at League 2 level and the volunteer ethos that is so important at AFC Wimbledon.

Nick, who regularly volunteers to maintain the pitch on match days, said: “David wanted to help out, but he asked if he should wear his Bristol Rovers top. I said it would be okay because it shows what we’re about as a club. It’s not just about the football, it’s about the community. People come together at the football club and that’s the most important thing.”

David grew up in Bristol as a big Rovers supporter, but after moving to London he has a lot of respect for what AFC Wimbledon stands for as a club.

“I totally support everything that AFC Wimbledon is about,” said David. “This club is run the way it should be and it’s a great club. Today, I’ve been getting rid of divots on the pitch, putting up the practice goals and flags and attaching covers on the sprinklers before the game. I’ve heard all about the club from Nick and it was a no-brainer to help out.”

  or contact 020 8547 3528.Your AFC WimbledonAFC Wimbledon require volunteers for its annual clean-up weekends on 24/25 May and 12/13 July (9.30 am to 5.00 pm each day). Many odd-jobs need doing to ensure the stadium is in good working order for season 2014/15. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day. If you can help for a few hours or for a full day, please e-mail us by clicking on 

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