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Dickie's special honour

18 March 2014

Club hero led the Dons out almost 40 years since Burton win

It was a proud moment for Dickie Guy on Saturday as he led out his beloved Wimbledon at Burton Albion.

Though AFC Wimbledon’s President played over 500 games for the Dons, including THAT memorable FA Cup tie against Leeds United in 1975 when he saved Peter Lorimer’s penalty, Dickie could not recall leading the side out.

“I used to always go out second because Ian Cooke was our captain,” said Dickie. “It was very nice to lead Wimbledon out on Saturday and I really enjoyed it. They were decent people at Burton and thankfully we just about got a result in the end.”

Dickie is pictured above leading the Dons out at the Pirelli Stadium (photograph by Paul Willatts) and his appearance brought memories flooding back for current Burton Albion chairman Ben Robinson. Ben recalled that Dickie was in goal for Wimbledon when he attended one of his first matches as a Burton Albion supporter on 7 September, 1974. It ended in a 3-2 win for the Dons at Plough Lane.

    It was, of course, honours even almost 40 years later on Saturday, when Burton staged a successful Health and Wellbeing fixture.

To mark this occasion, the match featured as Burton Albion’s designated fixture for Prostate Cancer UK, an official partner of the Football League. Ron Clarke, borough councillor for Eton Ward and Staffordshire County Council, attended the match as Burton Albion’s guest of honour, along with his grandson Thomas.

Ron, 74 was diagnosed with prostate cancer in June 2013, but he was given the all-clear in January 2014.

Burton Albion Community Trust Manager, Andy Taylor, said: “It was a fantastic day and it was a chance for us to showcase some of our health and wellbeing programmes as well as supporting key partners in their health awareness campaigns.

“We were delighted to welcome Ron Clarke and Dickie Guy as guests of honour as part of the Men United Prostate Cancer UK campaign.

“We hope that by raising awareness in the local community it will encourage people to take up the different health checks that are readily available in our community.”

Burton Albion Community Trust’s Golden Goal over 50s were on hand to take collections for Prostate Cancer UK prior to kick-off and supporters were also able to participate in a professional health check in the community room within the Pirelli Stadium.

 website.Prostate Cancer UKFor more about the Men United versus Prostate Cancer campaign, visit the 

  .  Dons You TubeTo view match highlights, Neal Ardley's reaction, and the celebrations after Darren Jones' late equaliser, click on 

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