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Gold medalist plans return

3 February 2016

Daley Thompson impressed with club visit

Olympic great Daley Thompson is planning to return for an AFC Wimbledon game sometime soon after enjoying the match day atmosphere on Saturday.

Despite the result not going our way against Yeovil, the man who was king of the Olympic Decathlon in the 1980s, came away impressed by the experience and he admires what AFC Wimbledon stands for.

Thompson’s visit came about due to his friendship with Neal Ardley and his past connection with Wimbledon in the early 1990s.

Speaking during an interview with Rob Cornell for Dons Player, he said: “If there are problems in football, I think one of the things is that it’s been taken away from the community and ordinary people. Clubs like this are a breath of fresh air. What I am really looking forward to is maybe coming back and watching a few more games. I know Luton are here next and I may come back for that one if I’m around.

“I had not seen Neal Ardley for around 18 months, I thought I would give him a call and he said that I should come down. I think Neal is doing well as there was a good atmosphere on the terraces and talking to his staff you could tell that they are fully behind him. Everyone appreciates the job he is doing for the club.”

At the age of 57, Thompson is reluctant to consider a footballing comeback of his own though after meeting up with a few familiar faces on Saturday.

 “For a little while I was playing at Wimbledon in the reserves and stuff and I had a good time there,” Thompson recalled. “I have a few friends from back then, including Alan Reeves and Mick Harford. I haven’t kicked a ball for a couple of years now, but Neal would tell you I was rubbish anyway! I may try five-a-side soon though!” 


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