Here we are, licking our wounds because of relegation and feeling sorry for ourselves, but if we need any inspiration, we should look to AFC Wimbledon, rising Phoenix like from the ashes, securing 5 promotions in 8 years, and claiming a place in the Football League today!
What a journey, what a story, what a REAL football club! You can stuff Man City and Chelsea, AFC Wimbledon are what football is about, a proper team loyal to the local area!
Years ago, I watched the old Wimbledon playing at Yeovil in the Southern League. We won the game 3-1 and a guy called Dickie Plumb, who went to Charlton for a season or two with Cyril Davies, shoulder charged Dickie Guy, the Wimbledon keeper, into the net. Guy went absolutely ape when the goal was awarded, it literally took all his team mates and half the Yeovil team to stop him assaulting the referee and at the end of the game, he chased the bastard in the black down the tunnel!
From there, Wimbledon went on to great things. The Cup runs, promotion to the league, the climb up the table, Vinnie Jones, Dennis Wise and the whole crazy gang, and, of course, that incredible Cup Final victory over Liverpool. And then the betrayal, moving to Purgatory on Earth, Milton Keynes. Cue the formation of AFC!
Had Luton been playing anybody else today, I would have been in the Hatters' camp because they were treated shoddily with the points deduction and I've scored a goal at Kenilworth Road so feel a certain affection for them, but the real story today was AFC and the whole of football should celebrate their success. Well done guys for showing there is a God in football after all!