Cheering fans lined the streets of Wimbledon on Sunday, July 3, to celebrate AFC Wimbledon’s promotion to League One.
From left: Mayor’s consort, Lloyd Fraser, the Mayor of Merton Councillor Brenda Fraser and Council Leader Stephen Alambritis
An open top bus carrying the first team squad, club’s management, the Mayor of Merton and Merton Council’s Leader paraded through the packed streets of Wimbledon where they were met with a sea of blue and yellow.
Both the Mayor and the Leader addressed the crowds with the Mayor naming the club ‘the pride of Merton’.
Merton Council’s Leader Councillor Stephen Alambritis gave an impassioned speech on the club’s proposed new stadium in Plough Lane, calling on new Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to approve the plans to bring the Dons home.
The council unanimously approved the stadium in December 2015.
The Mayor of Merton, Councillor Brenda Fraser, left, with AFC Wimbledon Chief Executive Erik Samuelson.
The bus laden with club’s management, as well as Councillor Alambritis, the Mayor of Merton Councillor Brenda Fraser and players, toured from Wimbledon Village to the town centre, where the Piazza in The Broadway was packed with cheering fans who turned out to congratulate their club.
Captain Barry Fuller and manager Neil Ardley held the League 2 play-off trophy aloft to the delight of onlookers.
The victory parade organised in partnership between Merton Council and AFC Wimbledon, was followed by the launch of AFC Wimbledon’s new kit in Centre Court Shopping Centre.
Councillor Alambritis said: “It was an absolutely fantastic day and I want to congratulate AFC Wimbledon once again on their success.
“Merton Council was delighted to help organise the successful event and we are very glad so many fans turned out to support the club on the day.”