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Neal hails charity push

13 May 2014

End of season speech now on You Tube

Neal Ardley saluted a great effort from the club and its supporters after £12,000 was raised from a charity match played recently.

 .You TubeThe Wimbledon manager was speaking during his speech at the end of season dinner and part one of this can now be viewed by clicking on 

Neal Ardley said: “The amount of money we’ve raised for a fantastic cause is unbelievable so everyone involved with the charity game deserves massive praise. Several of the players and I visited Shooting Star Chase hospice in Hampton before Christmas and we saw what it was all about. To put so much money towards this is an amazing thing.”

 . AFC Wimbledon wishes to thank all sponsors, supporters, and players who featured in the match, which was held in association with Paul Strank Roofing.One Life UK  and  Shooting Star ChaseGate receipts, an auction for fans to play in the match, and sponsorship raised the above figure for 

 .Community DonsTo view our previous article and photographs from AFC Wimbledon’s visit to Shooting Star Chase, click on 

Of course, Neal also reviewed his squad’s performance on the pitch during 2013/14 and he said that it had been a “frustrating” campaign.

“First and foremost, a big positive is that we’re still a league club,” Neal said. “But the words that the players and management staff would use (about the season) are ‘inconsistent’, ‘under achievement’ and ‘frustrating’. That’s how we feel about the season. We did not get ahead in games enough and when we did do that we never lost a game. But it did not happen enough.

“From that there is a massive positive though. The easiest thing to do in a game of football is to want the ball and play with arrogance when you are winning 2-0. When you’re down you are facing adversity and people get restless. We have an unbelievable record in that situation and we showed character, drive and an ability to come from behind. We did it so often and I think we deserve a bit of credit for that.”

   Neal also talked about improving AFC Wimbledon’s home record next season during the first part of his speech and the second part will follow on You Tube tomorrow. 

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