A blue and yellow start to 2014/15
Neal Ardley is calling on Dons supporters to show their true colours for AFC Wimbledon’s 2014/15 opener at home to Shrewsbury Town.
Fans can get involved by donning their club’s famous colours, as well as finding the most innovative ways to show off their love for their team through social media using #WallofColour. As the new Sky Bet Football League season kicks-off, fans across the country are being set the challenge of creating a ‘Wall of Colour’ at their side’s opening home league match.
Last season, none of the 10 clubs that won promotion from the Sky Bet Championship, League 1 or League 2 lost their first home league match. Additionally, none of the nine clubs that were ultimately relegated won their opening home game. The Dons will be looking to kick off 2014/15 in style with the first home result often proving a useful pointer to a team’s prospects for the season ahead.
As part of the Wall of Colour campaign, we have been previewing the season by featuring all of Wimbledon’s opponents in reverse order on the fixture list. We are also planning to run an event on Saturday, 9 August, when the Dons entertain Shrewsbury.
Neal Ardley said: “The first game of the season has always got that lovely feel about it. There is something special about the opening game at 3.00 pm on a Saturday. Last year we were away to Torquay for the first game and we had good support, but it’s great to be at home this time.
“If we can get our stadium full of blue and yellow it will be a good feeling and there will be a buzz around the place for the first game of the season.”
Shaun Harvey, the Chief Executive of The Football League, said: “The beginning of the new season is always a special time, with supporters full of hope and expectation that this season is going to be their year.
“Every side will want to make a strong start to the new season and the three points on offer could go on to make all the difference when the trophies are being handed out next Spring.”