Friday, 18 November 2011

Remembrance Day 2011 - Wimbledon Common

Nick lays the AFC Wimbledon wreath on Wimbledon Common
This year's Remebrance Day service at the War Memorial on Wimbledon Common saw the first representation of AFC Wimbledon at the wreath-laying ceremony. In a way it seems quite strange that it took nine years for this to happen but, as is so often the case, it just  took one individual to ask 'Why aren't AFC Wimbledon represented?' before there was a collective "We don't know". Of course once Nick Brickell had asked the question it was obvious that it was only right and proper that the club and supporters took the opportunity to acknowledge the sacrifice of others through the simple act of remembrance. 

Was this something new or had this happened in the past? Well I don't know if this was the case with Wimbledon FC in its Plough Lane days but the club had certainly done it's bit in the aftermath of the Great War
1919 : There were fund raising games to face as well, against Metrogas and Metropolitan Police, with monies raised going to the wives and families of footballers who lost their lives in the war.
Wimbledon Old Centrals, Wimbledon FC and AFC Wimbledon all have strong links to the common and, as was perfectly correct, the individual responsible for pointing out this anomoly represented the club on the day. Nick himself had the honour of laying the AFC Wimbledon wreath alongside those of other Wimbledon organisations and businesses and I'm sure this will become an annual event on the club's calendar.


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