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John's special words help inspire Wimbledon to victory

“It’s not because I’m naïve or overly optimistic, it’s because we’re Wimbledon and hope is the truth”

13 March 2018

Our American friend John Green paid a flying visit at the weekend and his presence may well have added that special touch of luck, as AFC Wimbledon went on to claim three points.

The award-winning author, along with his guests who arrived on the morning of the game and flew back on Sunday, gave a rousing speech in our UK Agora Hospitality Restaurant before the Dons 2-1 victory over Oxford United.

“Like all of you, I have lived and breathed Wimbledon this season with you,” said John. “It’s been a difficult season in a lot of ways, but I also think it’s been an opportunity for us to come together as a club and support a club that we love.

“We also remember there have been challenging times in our past and we have overcome them in huge ways.

“I know there are people who remember how it felt to be 1-0 down against Staines with ten minutes left in the game, I think a lot of us remember how that felt.

"I think there are people who remember how it felt to go to penalties at the City of Manchester Stadium with a young goalkeeper who saved two of them. How it felt to watch Danny Kedwell score that penalty to win that game and send Wimbledon back to the league.

“I remember how it felt to be at Wembley and see Lyle Taylor redirect that cross into the back of Plymouth’s net. I remember all of this and that is why I am tremendously hopeful.

“It’s not because I’m naïve or overly optimistic, it’s because we’re Wimbledon and hope is the truth.”

John, a proud member of The Dons Trust, also stopped by the Radio WDON commentary box at the start of the second half to pass on his best wishes.

We look forward to welcoming back John and his guests for another game soon!


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