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Terry's glorious reign started 13 years ago

Official announcement of our new manager was on 15 May 2007

15 May 2020

This date in 2007 marked a significant event in AFC Wimbledon's history as Terry Brown was officially unveiled as our new manager.

Terry arrived here with a fantastic pedigree in non league after guiding Aldershot and Hayes through the levels, coming within a whisker of taking both clubs into the Football League. However, there was to be no near miss on that front at AFC Wimbledon as Terry went onto help us claim our rightful place back in the league.

After his appointment in 2007, Terry guided Wimbledon to three promotions in four seasons, culminating in that magical day at Manchester. 

Following the announcement of Terry as our new manager on 15 May, 2007, a report on our official website stated: "Terry Brown, 54, becomes Wimbledon's first full-time manager and with extended training, plus the introduction of match and player evaluation software, the club is entering an exciting new era."

Speaking in a press conference on the day, Terry said: "Dave Anderson did a great job here and has left the nucleus of a very strong side. I went to the Bromley game, and if you hadn't had the sending off I think you would have won. He has left us the nucleus of not just a good side, but a young and hungry side. It's our job to supplement that with a couple of senior players who have actually won things. There can be a massive gulf between being a good footballing side and being a winning side.

"The Ryman league is a slightly different proposition from when I last managed there. I would say it was a stronger league when I took Aldershot up, but I will qualify that by saying that there are two or three very dangerous sides. I have the utmost respect for Jeff King. He's a fantastic manager and he has assembled a good footballing side which will be even stronger this year. I think any side that finishes above Chelmsford will go up."

The Dons were not able to achieve that in Terry's first season, but a third place finish was followed by that memorable play-off final at Staines Town and the glory years were underway.

 


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