6th April 2013 AFC Wimbledon
April 6, 2013
Brian Daly collects his 50/50 winnings from Jim Chappell at the York game
FROM SC CHAIRMAN
n FOLLOWING THE DISAPPOINTMENT OF OUR MATCH POSTPONEMENT AT BRADFORD WE HAD TO ENDURE A RATHER DOUR GOALLESS DRAW HERE AT HOME TO YORK CITY LAST SATURDAY.
York, under new management and desperate for points in, dug in to prevent Rovers from extending a fine run of home wins. Anyway, it was back to what has become ‘normal service’ at Dagenham last Monday as the East Londoners were put to the ‘Pirates’ sword in spectacular fashion.
A flying start with three goals in the opening twenty minutes made great viewing for the ‘Gas Army’, who made up almost a quarter of the attendance, and a new Rovers star was ‘born’ as another raft of injuries forced a host of changes on manager Ward. We had not seen much of Oumare Tounkara before our trip out east but the Frenchman had showed up well if you were here at the Mem for our GFA Cup win over Yate Town the previous Tuesday and he more than took his chance when given a first proper start at Dagenham.
Oumare could, and probably should, have got himself a hat trick and there is no doubt that he can be another great asset for us in this division. John Ward’s signings have all proved to be major successes when coupled with the improvement in form to those already here and let’s hope he is allowed to carry on and finish the job that he has started in such fine style.
This evening sees the deadline for casting your vote for the various Supporters Club awards that are to be presented here in the Clubhouse at 6.00pm on Saturday 20th following our final home game against Accrington Stanley. I heard all the rumours going around that we were not going to have a presentation evening this year but I can tell you that it was never the Committee’s idea. The problem was in fact caused by something I’m sure every Rover’s fan is pleased about now – the appointment of John Ward as manager back in the dark days of December. Because John, along with many of the players he both signed and inherited from Mark McGhee, were on short term contracts only until the end of the season it ruled out the possibility of holding a presentation evening after the end of the campaign. With the club’s safety from relegation not made reasonably sure until only recently, planning for such an event was a very difficult issue.
All seems to have come good now and John is happy with what has had to become something of a compromise. Obviously with our bar open to members as per usual after home games it is not fair to charge a fee for the evening and so we have had to cut back on providing any entertainment to keep the costs down.
Therefore the Committee have drawn up a short list of what we consider the best three goals scored by our lads this season to compete for ‘Goal of the Season’ and there is no doubt that each one was a vitally important strike to boot!
These have been listed along with the names of those players eligible for Young Payer of the Year on the voting slips that have been distributed around the ground. It is my hope that we can return to showing film of the best ten or a dozen goals scored in our promotion campaign next year. Meantime, I’m sure you will agree that the three we have chosen for you to vote on this time are all absolute crackers. In recent seasons there has usually been a ‘stand out’ individual likely to win the main award but that cannot be said this time as so many players have really stepped up to the mark under Mr. Ward’s stewardship
It is down to you to vote for all the categories except Youth Team Player. who will be chosen by U-18’s Manager Alan Walsh, and Clubman of the Year, who will be decided by the Committee. Numbers will be limited but I expect to see a packed Clubhouse to round off a fine second half to the season.
Wimbledon will be fighting hard for vital points this afternoon so get behind our boys and let’s see Rovers into a top half position as a springboard for next term!
Barry Bradshaw hands over the signed shirt won by Des Lees in our recent competition
■ LUCKY SHARE SCHEME SHIRT WINNER MICHAEL FORTT WAS DRAWN OUT AT THE ROCHDALE GAME.
Well done Michael.Thank you to all subscribers past and present. The 50/50 draw prize at the York game, was a stomping £993. Congratulations to winning ticket holder Brian Daly and to seller Alan Williams at the Civil Service Club; ticket Number 36133. Thank you to all for purchasing tickets.