It was a transformation that really made our stadium feel like home!
Artwork to illustrate iconic moments in Wimbledon’s eventful history now adorns the walls at Plough Lane – highlighting the exploits of Dons heroes from different eras.
Seb Brown, Simon Bassey, Jeff Bryant, Dickie Guy, Ian Cooke, Darius Charles, and Lawrie Sanchez were all in attendance on Saturday for the unveiling of fantastic installations at different parts of the stadium.
Generations of supporters will now see iconic images from our history, thanks to the hard work of the WiSH (Wimbledon in Sporting History) team, the Dons Trust and volunteers.
Seb Brown said: “As soon as you come into the stadium you see the ‘We Are Winners” wall and it’s a reminder of the good times, including what this club has achieved. Then you see the ‘Womble Til I Die’ mosaic, which highlights everyone who has been involved in bringing us back to Plough Lane.
“Whether it’s about the 2016 play-off winning team or the 1963 Amateur Cup winners, it’s great for our younger fans to learn about these teams.
“I’d have liked the one of me to be a little bit smaller, but it does stop you in your tracks! Though Danny (Kedwell) and me get a lot of the limelight for the 2011 promotion, I think it’s important that we remember the rest of the team that made it all possible.”
Our 1963 FA Amateur Cup winning goalkeeper Mike Kelly was unable to attend due to a member of his family being ill, but he donated his winners’ medal to our WiSH exhibition.
The unveiling on Saturday included the following:
- A timeline of football in Wimbledon from 1889 until the present day (located in the Cappagh Stand).
- The “We Are Winners” wall (at the top of the stairs before the turnstiles in the Cappagh Stand).
- A tribute installation to Allen Batsford (on the south east corner of the stadium, located between the South London Movers Stand and the Ry Stand).
- A new fans’ photo mosaic behind the Ry Stand.
Timeline Project Manager Matthew Couper said: “The new display was made possible by the club, Wimbledon in Sporting History and the Dons Trust Board working together. Our aim is to keep on adding artwork and continuing to make Plough Lane feel more and more like home by celebrating our amazing history."
Pics: Ian Stephen, Pro Sports Images, and Kirk Pritchard.