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Simon aims to help Wimbledon create more FA Cup magic

Interview with our first-team coach about Wimbledon's 'huge' tradition in knockout competition

2 November 2017

Simon Bassey will never forget the magic of Wembley in 1988, but he is keen to focus on helping AFC Wimbledon to repeat a more recent memory in the famous competition.

The Dons host Lincoln City on Saturday aiming to take a step closer to the third round of the Emirates FA Cup, a stage which earned a televised tie against Liverpool back in 2015. It was the type of occasion that Simon says the club must strive for once again.

"We all look back, but in the positions we are in it is about creating the future and giving children fantastic memories in the FA Cup," said Simon. "It's something I had and I'm sure if you were a 10-year-old at the Liverpool game a couple of years back it will stay with you for a long time. You want to try and recreate the good memories like that.

"Wimbledon has a huge tradition in the FA Cup and we go into this competition hoping to do well every year. Our record is pretty good in the last few years, but it will be a tough game on Saturday. We are hoping to get through and see what this season's competition brings for us.

"I was sat pretty much behind the goal (in 1988). I was just to the side of it and when we scored I had a great view of it. It was just a fantastic day. I went with my parents and my sister, we dragged her along and I think it's the only ever football match she has attended! Being at the town hall in Wimbledon the next day for the celebrations was brilliant and that whole era was fantastic."

Book your place to cheer on the Dons in pursuit of another FA Cup victory. Tickets for the match against Lincoln are available from our online ticket shop. Hospitality is also available with former Dons hat-trick hero Paul Miller, who was also there in 1988, as guest of honour. See our previous announcement  for more details.

Simon is fully aware of the threat that Lincoln will pose on Saturday with former Wimbledon youth team player Danny Cowley having led the Imps into the quarter-finals last season.

"It is a cup match and these games always have good atmospheres with away teams getting the extra few hundred tickets. Lincoln are a big club and their support is really good. I know Danny Cowley and he has done a fantastic job there. He has really got into the community, got them going, and everyone has bought into it. They will come here with a noisy crowd and Danny likes to whip them up. With the way that they play, they get their crowd up for it, but we are fully aware of what our crowd can do for us, and I'm sure they will do it."

The full interview with Simon is now on our iFollow channel and an interview with Tom Soares will follow tomorrow.

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