Alex Woodyard’s decision to become an AFC Wimbledon player certainly earned a big thumbs up from a man who followed the Dons during our first Plough Lane era – his father Colin!
Though Alex pointed to our manager’s plans for the future as a big factor in his decision, there’s also plenty of affection in the Woodyard family for all things blue and yellow.
Alex, who was raised in Dartford, said: “I wouldn’t say I’m local, but I’m not from too far away, and my Dad was actually a Wimbledon fan when I was growing up. His Dad was born in Tooting, so Wimbledon was always a team he supported. He went to the cup final and he knows a fair bit about the club. My Dad was happy and I’m pleased to be here – I can’t wait to get going.
“I know a lot about the history of the club and when I’ve played against AFC Wimbledon in the past it has always been a tough game. After speaking to the gaffer, hearing about what his plans are for the club, and also with the new stadium, it’s an exciting time to be with AFC Wimbledon. I am glad it’s done now, I’m happy to be here, and I can’t wait to get the season going. I know a few of the lads as well, which always makes it easier. I have played with Cheye before and ‘Pigs’ is local to me, so I know him too. The boys have welcomed me in and it’s all about getting fit - the season can’t come quickly enough.”
Having grafted through non league with Concord Rangers, Braintree Town, and Lincoln City, the AFC Wimbledon story resonates with Alex and he has vowed to give his all to push the club forward.
“It’s tough in non league,” said Alex. “I remember having to work outside of football. I can see from the start here that everyone works hard and pushes in the right direction. It suits my mentality as well, so I’m happy to be here. The gaffer, Nick, Mark, and Bayzo all seem good, and they know what they are doing.
“I spent a few years in non league after dropping out from Southend. It was difficult, but I worked hard and I got the reward of becoming a professional footballer. That will stay with me and I will carry on working hard.
“I am an all-energy midfielder who likes to get up and down the park. I like to win tackles and keep the ball moving for the team. I just try to be all-action and energetic. Hopefully, the fans can see my hard work and enjoy the performances.
“You always go into a new season trying to be better what you did last season. It’s all about trying to push up the league and hopefully moving into the new stadium can really push the club forward.”
You can watch the full interview with Alex below.