Young AFC Wimbledon talents that travelled with the first-team to Germany will be a part of two completely different challenges on Saturday.
Just a week after playing a part in the matches at FC Kaiserslautern and Kickers Offenbach, Tommy Wood, Jack Madelin, Archie Procter, Paul Osew, Elliott Bolton, Finlay Macnab, Ayoub Assal, David Fisher, Dylan Adjei-Hersey and Reuben Collins will all be playing in one of two AFC Wimbledon matches tomorrow. The picture above shows David Fisher in match action against Kaiserslautern last weekend.
Two AFC Wimbledon teams, consisting of Under-18 and Under-23 players, will play friendly games at Hanwell Town and Staines Town (both 3.00 pm kick-offs). With the first-team over in La Manga, it offers a chance to get your Wimbledon football fix on a Saturday!
Under-18s manager Rob Tuvey said it was a great experience for the development of players in his squad to be involved with the first-team trip to Germany.
“This club has always embraced having young, home-grown players,” said Rob. “To see several of the boys go out to Germany and wear that shirt - and to have boys who are Wimbledon fans themselves on the pitch - was absolutely fantastic. Hopefully, they are going to get more opportunities here.
“To see so many fans over there in Germany, I think it has really shown these boys how much the fans will get behind this team. For them to travel abroad in those numbers was fantastic and Archie Procter said that having ‘He’s one of our own’ sung to him was fantastic. I think it’s showed them that there is a pathway towards the first-team here and there is that backing from the fans.”
Spectators are welcome at both venues to cheer on the young Dons against senior opposition on Saturday.
Entry prices are as follows:
Hanwell Town – Powerday Stadium (Postcode: UB6 8TL)
Staines Town (Postcode TW18 2PD)
Adult - £10
Children under12 - free with paying adult
Children 13-16 £5
Coaches Rob Tuvey and Mark Robinson talked passionately about bringing more young players through in an intreview during the build-up to tomorrow's matches. You can watch the full interview below.