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John Motson relishes prospect of a Plough Lane return

In-depth interview with commentator who delivered famous victory quip back in 1988

3 October 2018

John Motson OBE has fond memories of visiting The Crazy Gang at Plough Lane and he's hoping to take in a game or two when AFC Wimbledon return to a new stadium in Merton.

John, who famously quipped 'The Crazy Gang have beaten the Culture Club' after Wimbledon's iconic Wembley victory against Liverpool, joined us as a guest of honour 30 years later.

As well as talking to our supporters on the half-time PA, the commentator spoke to Rob Cornell before the Oxford game in an interview for our Facebook Live channel.

"I had some wonderful times at Plough Lane, I must say," said John. "I'm really glad that it has turned full circle. I know it's the old Greyhound Stadium, but it's still Plough Lane and I can't wait for them to start there and maybe go down and see a game.

"I was a regular down at Wimbledon in the 70s and 80s. I remember many, many a night down there in the little boardroom with the old Chairman Stanley Reed and a few of the directors.

"I remember the 1988 FA Cup Final, obviously, extremely well. It wasn't just that though, I made some good friends down there, including some of the players back then: Sanchez, Beasant, and Vinnie Jones made me extremely welcome. I saw Vinnie, by the way, the other week! He was a guest with me at Watford FC. He's now, of course, producing, as well as acting in his own films – he won't change! They're great people and always down to earth. That was always the thing with when you went to watch Wimbledon or commentate at Plough Lane – you knew you were with football people.

"People used to call them almost the extension of a Sunday League team. I knew what they meant, because they were so down to earth and that's what made a big impression on me at the time."

You can see the interview with John Motson in full below, via a link to our official YouTube channel, including John's special memory of that day 30 years ago when he delivered that famous commentary about the Dons upsetting the odds to win at Wembley.

 


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