Annette Dimond on her trip of a lifetime
Wimbledon supporter Annette Dimond spread the word about her beloved club and ensured there was a good Wombles presence at Wembley on Saturday.
Annette, who won a competition to sing Abide With Me before the FA Cup Final as part of a “Fans Choir”, met famous singers including Alfie Boe and listened to a “pre-match team-talk” from England manager Roy Hodgson.
Above is a gallery of images that Annette sent into us and below is a diary of how her trip to Wembley unfolded:
I had an amazing time at Wembley at the weekend. Meeting the other fans and hearing their stories was interesting and moving, and I received some lovely complements about Womble fans when they travel to away games. We arrived on Friday afternoon and immediately started to bond in our shirts. We met Steve the conductor and spent the afternoon learning the words, pace of the song, and harmonies.
We went out into the stadium and started to practice moving on and off the pitch, and finding our places. I was in the second row behind a Blackpool fan. I was interviewed by BBC London Radio for broadcasting on Saturday afternoon, and also that evening I was gathered into a group of London clubs to sing live on BBC London News.
Saturday morning was an early start as we had a broadcast on BBC Breakfast, followed by sound checks and recordings with both the band of the Gurkhas and Alfie Boe. We also met Aled Jones, who was interviewing fans and recording pieces for Songs of Praise, which went out on Sunday afternoon. In the afternoon Roy Hodgson popped in to give us a team talk and confessed he didn't have the best of voices for singing!
It was incredible waiting in the tunnel for our entrance and hearing the crowd, who gave us a warm welcome as we walked in, amongst the dancers and flames. We arrived on the pitch and immediately they were introducing us and off we went. It was all over so quickly and then we were walking off to more applause.
Group hugs and congratulations were had in the tunnel and then we had to rush back to our holding room as the teams were about to walk through the corridor and into the tunnel. Timings were so tight and we couldn't get in their way! There was time to pick up our belongings and find our way to the seats, which for me was in the Arsenal end. We had a fantastic match and enjoyed chatting to the fans around us.
that we featured on the official website.articleAnnette spoke about her love for the Dons and how she reached Wembley in a previous