Saturday, 11 July 2009

The Haydon Community Omnibus

SUNDAY DECEMBER 2nd sees quite a significant day in the life of AFC Wimbledon when the club play Milton Keynes for the first time, away in the 2nd Round of the FA Cup.

There will no doubt be many stories to tell and much going on throughout the day, but for those supporters who either can't or don't wish to attend the game itself it is being shown by the club in the Kingsmeadow bars. With a potentially sizeable number of supporters turning up, as well as assorted media interest and possible press attendance all concentrating on the emotions stirred up by the game, this seemed a good opportunity to put another side of the club in the frame.

Although the main events will be the showing of the match in the two large bars, younger supporters can enjoy other diverting activities both before and after the match in the President's Lounge. Yellow & Blue themed face-painting and womble related activities should mean they will be occupied for the full 90 minutes at least!

There will also be some pre and post match diversions for adults that will also allow for some fundraising to take place on behalf of the club

The iDons Stall - Dvds, cds and computer games at 4 for a £1. Huge bargains to be had and all going to the club

The Inflatable Shoot Out - There's a chance of winning a commemorative prize for everyone who can put a ball through a hole. Easy, and again it all goes back to the club

The Dons Raffle - There has to be a raffle, it's traditional! Again, Wimbledon themed prizes and a few more pennies in the coffers

The Dons Trust Fete Games - A range of amusements and divertimento to keep your mind fresh and your blood pressure down. 

On the entertainments side, fresh from his Paralympics triumph, Rockin' Paddy will be playing a set or two in the back bar before and after TV coverage

The bars will be decorated with a range of supporter's flags to provide an intimate and Wimbledon themed viewing experience

Various football organizations will be pitching up outside the bars with displays and information on a number of themes, from Kick It Out to the Football Supporters Federation. Good for a browse to help calm the nerves...

However, the Community Dons want to contribute too! We see this day with its attendant media interest as an ideal opportunity to ensure that even more positive aspects of the club can be put on display and to show that AFC Wimbledon should not be defined by juxtaposing it to a faux team in a midlands town.

To that end the community team were looking for a light-hearted activity that could take place during half time and also raise some money for a good cause. It occurred to us that Haydon the Womble would be around the stadium so we thought he might take the opportunity to invite some of his mascot friends over to keep him company! Not only that, but an obstacle race at the stadium could help the Community Dons raise some funds for the recent Children in Need appeal

As it's all going to such a good cause, our friends at Andrews Estate Agents have agreed to sponsor the event with a very generous donation and the good people of the Womble Underground Press have agreed to sponsor a trophy for the winner and framed commemorative certificates for all participating mascots!

Sponsorship and helping Children In Need Supporters will also have the chance to support the charity and to win commemorative AFC Wimbledon memorabilia by purchasing their £1 their Golden Mascot ticket. Pick a ticket at random to find out which mascot you're rooting for, add your name and phone number and put it in the raffle bin. When we have our winner, the first ticket out the raffle bin with the winning mascot name on will be presented with a very unusual prize!

This is going to be a mascot race like no other, up close and in your face with thrills and spills galore, so we hope you'll take a few half time minutes to come out and cheer on Haydon and his friends!

The potential list of runners at the moment include the following stalwarts

1.                Haydon the Womble                  (AFC Wimbledon)

2.                KNK Kev                                     (KNK Builders)

3.                Debra the Zebra                        (Merton Road Safety)

4.                Sam the Dog                              (Samuel Estate Agents)

5.                Pudsey Bear                              (Children in Need )

6.                Bully Bullseye                             (Bullseye Quiz Show)

7.                Hot Dog!                                     (The Doggy Boutique, Morden)

8.                Bumper the Mouse                    (Hollywood Bowl, Tolworth)

9.                Howie Hornet                              (Horsham FC)  

10.              Blush The Bear                          (Children In Need)

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