AFC Wimbledon held a beam-back of the Oldham game on Tuesday night and it was a fantastic success with 270 supporters in attendance.
The UK Agora Hospitality restaurant was full with fans who had booked pre-match meals, but we also had plenty of supporters who turned up on the night for a £5 entry fee.
Of course, those in attendance watched Neal Ardley's men dig in for a point and maybe the Dons will go one step better and earn a victory for the next beam-back event!
Below are accounts from supporters who attended on Tuesday:
I'd only come along to one previous beam-back at the ground, for the away leg of the Conference play-off semi-final against Fleetwood Town in May 2011. That was a must-see game, but going to northern Blackpool on a Friday evening just wasn't on for me at the time. This was different: playing another team flirting with relegation just wasn't in the same category. But why not?
I chose the hospitality area. £15 for a two-course meal and a reasonably comfy chair sounded attractive. And the food was good: a carvery-style roast with a choice of beef or pork, followed by a nice tiramisu. The main course was a let-down as we were served up with a 0–0 draw. But the atmosphere was good, and I was lucky to share a table with some fine dining companions, including the one and only Dickie Guy.
Would I recommend it? Most definitely.
I would like to offer a formal note of thanks to the Wimbledon commercial team for offering the beam-back opportunity to watch the Oldham game on Tuesday.
It was a great evening with a very decent carvery, and a tiramisu dessert that had some clamouring for seconds. The atmosphere was, as always in the hospitality suite, jovial and good-humoured. Additionally, after a couple of matches where the Dons have done rather well, the mood was unusually buoyant, even expectant.
The ambience was improved by the pre-match warm up showing of the mighty Dons versus the Posh. It certainly helped to get everyone in the mood for the big match.
Unfortunately, the Oldham game itself is highly unlikely to feature in either team's end-of-season DVD collection!
That said, I thought that the quality of the coverage was very reasonable. It certainly captured all the highlights sufficiently to raise occasional "oohs" and "aahs" from the warm and toasty diners. It seemed somewhat different for the hardy Wombles who travelled up on the night, comparatively somewhat damper and chillier for them. A hard-fought point will have warmed them up a little I'm sure!
Once again, a huge thanks to the team for a very well-organised evening, and especially to the catering staff and the chef for a tasty spread. At £15, it was a treat! I look forward to further beam back opportunities and to more smiley faces at the club! Come on You Dons!