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Celebration excites Darius

24 June 2016

Centre-back aims to savour victory parade

Darius Charles said that he can’t wait to celebrate with “true blue and yellow fans” at the club’s promotion parade in Wimbledon town centre on Sunday 3 July.

Though the 28-year-old has only made 12 appearances for AFC Wimbledon after initially joining on loan, he has quickly become a favourite with fans and the defender aims to cherish every moment of the celebrations before pre-season training starts a day later.

“Everyone knows the AFC Wimbledon story and as players you want to fully appreciate what a club means to its fans,” said Darius. “It will be great for all the players to see how much it means to true blue and yellow fans. A celebration like this helps us to comprehend what an achievement it was by us as a group of players. Players come and go these days and not many stay at a club for their entire careers so it's important to make the most of these moments. On July 3 we will get to see the whole club celebrate and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Neal Ardley, his coaching staff, and players will parade the Sky Bet English Football League Play-Off Trophy on an open top bus on Sunday week.

The bus will drive through Wimbledon Town Centre, coming through Wimbledon Village, down Wimbledon Hill into Wimbledon Broadway, stopping outside the Piazza (next to Morrison’s) at 11.00 am for 20 mins, where the club will thank fans for their support.

The open top bus parade will be followed by the new kit launch with first-teamers, academy players, and AFC Wimbledon Ladies and Girls taking to the catwalk (outside Monsoon on the upper level of the Centre Court Shopping Centre (from 12 noon).

The new kit will be on sale afterwards in the AFC Wimbledon pop-up shop (the former Help for Heroes shop).

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