Merton Council celebrates AFC Wimbledon’s success

Merton Council is to host a party next week (5 May 2009) to celebrate AFC Wimbledon’s promotion to the Blue Square Conference Premier League, the team’s fourth promotion in seven years.

Merton’s Mayor Councillor Martin Whelton will welcome the club to the Civic Centre in Morden where a reception will be laid on to congratulate the team on this major achievement.

Fans will be able to see their favourite players as they step out onto the Civic Centre balcony proudly holding their trophy up high for all to see at 8.15pm.

This latest celebration follows the official opening of a permanent memorabilia exhibition at Morden Library last year when treasures from the team’s glory days were unveiled by legendary Wimbledon FC stars Dave Beasant, Roy Law and Lawrie Sanchez. Specially-designed glass display cases in Morden Library house many items including a miniature FA Cup from 1988, the football from the first game played by Wimbledon FC following the club’s 1977 promotion to the Football League, archive photography, and match programmes.

Mayor of Merton Councillor Martin Whelton said: ‘This is marvellous news for the team and for Merton. The players should be proud of their hard work to achieve such a promotion. AFC Wimbledon is a team built on passion for football and the cultural importance of Wimbledon Football Club. It was wonderful to see players and fans, old and new here last year when the FA Cup came to Merton and Wimbledon FC’s memorabilia was given its rightful home within the borough. I congratulate the team for their fantastic achievement and wish them even more success in the future.’

AFC Wimbledon president Dickie Guy said: ‘I am ecstatic at the team’s performance. We had a great day on Saturday after winning the final game of the season. All our loyal fans came out to party with us. With a fan base like ours we can’t go wrong. The support we have from them spurs us on to perform better and better. I’m looking forward to next season now with more wins and who knows, more promotions.’