It is exactly 12 months since AFC Wimbledon pulled off the Great Escape with a tense 0-0 draw at Bradford City.
Though it wasn’t pretty, no one in blue and yellow cared as fans, players, and staff celebrated together on the pitch in West Yorkshire. It had completed a rollercoaster ride of a season on a high as Wimbledon ensured League One status for another season.
Following the home defeat against Burton Albion on 9 February – a fourth successive league loss - Wimbledon were 10 points off safety and on just 23 points after 31 games. However, 27 points from the remaining 15 matches meant that the Dons pulled off an unlikely survival act. It was perhaps more a case of 'Mission Improbable' than 'Mission Impossible', but nevertheless it was yet another example of Wimbledon triumphing through adversity.
Speaking after the draw at Bradford, Will Nightingale said: “It’s the highlight of my career. To join at eight years of age, do every single job at the club, come through the ranks, and finally captain the side, and do this with all the boys, is unbelievable. It’s what this club is about: being the underdogs, believing, and proving to people how good we can be.”
Take a look above at the scenes of joy from Bradford. This short video sums up what the day meant to everyone connected with AFC Wimbledon and you can watch more of the celebrations from 4 May 2019 by clicking on the links below.