We are delighted to announce that our Club President Dickie Guy is to be offered the freedom of the London Borough of Merton.
Dickie, who made national headlines in 1975 when he saved a penalty from Leeds United’s Peter Lorimer, has been a fantastic ambassador for AFC Wimbledon since the club reformed. The honour for Dickie is expected to be ratified at a full council meeting in September.
Ivor Heller, our Commercial Director, said that Dickie was overcome with emotion when he was informed about the news today.
“Dickie was utterly beside himself! He was completely flummoxed and so delighted. I had the honour, along with Kris Stewart, of offering Dickie the role of Club President. That was a great privilege for me and now being able to inform him that the process is underway to give him the freedom of Merton was just magnificent.
“As a club, we have a special bond with our President and there is no better Club President in British football. Dickie is just a fantastic human being and we are delighted that he’s getting this recognition.
“There will be more news to come and we will let people know when the meeting is taking place as it would be great to get fans there and get a banner made up for Dickie.”
Such recognition has been bestowed upon worthy recipients for centuries and driving sheep through the borough was previously a right of the honour, but grazing rights are not part of the modern freeman's privileges!
Nevertheless, it is fantastic recognition for Dickie and our club. We will keep you informed when we receive more details about the award of this honour for Dickie.