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Wembley winner Barry still going strong at the age of 38

Interview with our former captain

16 May 2023

Club News

Wembley winner Barry still going strong at the age of 38

Interview with our former captain

16 May 2023

Barry Fuller displayed the durability on Sunday that made him a real favourite with Dons supporters – and he’s showing no signs of stopping at the age of 38.

The man who led us to promotion glory at Wembley back in 2016 played on the Plough Lane pitch for the first time as he lined up for a Dons legends squad versus Team Harvey – a match that raised valuable funds for our Foundation’s important community activities.

Barry even marked his Dons return with a goal – something of a rarity during his five years with the Club – and he’s aiming to continue making a difference with Dorking, a club he helped to a 16th place finish in the National League after promotion last season.

“It’s been a tough season for us at Dorking,” said Barry. “Our aim was to stay in the league, but there are some big clubs in that division, and we did brilliantly. When I first went to Dorking the manager Marc White told me all about their story, there are similarities with AFC Wimbledon, and it’s unbelievable what he has done with that football club. Hopefully, one day we can get into the EFL and then who knows what can happen? It’s been amazing to have been involved with these two football clubs.”

On being back to play in front of our fans after five years away, Barry added: “It’s lovely to be here. I’ve only been to watch a game once at this stadium, I’ve obviously not been out there playing, so it’s nice to get the jersey back on and to be out there playing.

“Community is a massive part of this football club and when you are here you learn a lot about the Foundation and how much they do for local people. You can see what it means by how many people jumped at the chance to come back and support such a great cause.

“When I was at the Club this (the stadium) was in the planning process and kept on being put back. We stayed at Kingsmeadow at the time, but it was obviously amazing for everyone to get back here after the journey the Club has been on. It’s a beautiful stadium for everyone involved.”

Our event on Sunday was a tremendous success with over 2,300, including people of all ages, in attendance.

In case you missed it, access our previous article on Sunday's charity match.


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