Jake: ‘don’t let them think beating West Ham means owt’

Another game, another prize Guess the Score. Be first to be right, have a UK delivery address and – whoever you support – you will win the mug (a Wimbledon or neutral winner would be found something suitable).

We need to start winning again and we probably didn’t need Wimbledon to have a morale-boosting FA Cup victory over West Ham United.

But in a spirit of friendship, we hand over the rest of this edition of the competition to Gary Jordan*, one of several Wimbledon supporters who responded to a plea for help with the Who are You? interview.

Gary, covering NFL at Wembley

Gary, a published author (see the embedded tweet below for detail and check his Twitter account here), settled for writing a piece about the joys and less joyful moments of supporting his team. Here goes ….

“What’s it like to be a Wimbledon fan?” asks Gary. It was a tired question after a while. Something that was asked in an inquisitive way, as if the person asking was enquiring about some strange phenomenon that only ancient historians would be able to answer.

The reason: we were, and still are, a rare breed. But just as any other supporter of any club up and down the land it’s what you’re born into.

It’s your local club. Your local pride. Through thick and thin you stand shoulder to shoulder with others on the terraces (sadly seats have taken over most stadiums, but the choice could be heading back soon).

Others were also born into the heritage of following the team. For most the idea of supporting Wimbledon was lost. Why not follow another team with more success in the area? After all London is blessed with many clubs with a more successful history of winning.

But what is success? Trophies for sure, but if we were all just glory hunters looking to boast
how big our trophy cabinet is then football fandom would be a very shallow water.

Sunderland have had their own downs in recent times, the future for now though does look bright
and the club does deserve to be in a higher position, if not for its players but for its hardened support. Like say Manchester City and Leeds United who suffered through bad boardroom deals, the fans stood by the club and have strong support wherever they play.

The same, of course, lies at the heart of Wimbledon, now in its current guise with an AFC prefix.

The club is now run by its Supporters’ Trust, due to the now infamous franchising move that led to most fans around the country having a soft spot for us.

On the field the team is enduring its worst since its rebirth but will fight all the way until it’s either safe or mathematically impossible to avoid the drop.

That commitment was shown just this past week when the spirit rose emphatically to knock West Ham United out of the FA Cup and write another passage into our history books. Whatever the result this Saturday I’m sure it will be a keenly fought contest with points vital for both teams for their differing reasons.

* Gary Jordan adds:

Let me predict 2-2. As for me, I’ve been following the Dons since 1985 and am a season ticket holder, so have seen many ups and downs. I’ve been writing about football and other sports for years years with regular contributions to magazines and online.

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17 Responses to “AFC Wimbledon Guess the Score: giantkillers at Sunderland after slaying West Ham” Subscribe

  1. Malcolm Ray January 29, 2019 at 8:33 am #

    It’s gotta be clean at one end and a load at the other, 3-0 home win but any win will do

  2. Mel Bond January 29, 2019 at 8:35 am #

    The eternal optimist says a good end to the transfer window could do it 2 new strikers ? A steady fower nowt to the lads as we need to start killing them off at home

  3. John Mac January 29, 2019 at 9:34 am #


  4. Gary Jordan January 29, 2019 at 10:36 am #

    Monsieur Salut prefers the entries already posted but is adding the author of the Wimbledon piece above. As you see, he reckons 2-2.

  5. William C January 29, 2019 at 10:45 am #

    SAFC 2 AFC Wimbledon 1 – We must win home games.

  6. Eric012 January 29, 2019 at 10:53 am #

    Two nowt.

    • Eric012 January 30, 2019 at 9:12 am #

      Looks like I’m behind the eight ball on this with Mr Bond having my fower nowt and J Mac deciding on 2 – 0. So 0 – 0 it is.

  7. Phil D January 29, 2019 at 11:15 am #

    1-0 to the lads.

    • Phil D February 2, 2019 at 11:03 pm #

      A winner!

      • salutsunderland February 5, 2019 at 10:08 am #

        Phil: can you e-mail me the five names you want? Absolutely anything decent

  8. Donald Methven January 29, 2019 at 11:25 am #

    3-0 Oxford

  9. salutsunderland January 29, 2019 at 2:06 pm #

    Malcolm’s fun is at my expense. His comment relates to a stupid error – my first of two today, the second being to lose my laptop on a bus – in confusing this game with the next one one, versus Oxford, in the above piece . Now corrected

  10. wrinkly pete January 29, 2019 at 9:08 pm #

    The Wombles, buoyed by their superb FA cup success, will smash three past poor John. However, we will crash four past Uncle Bulgaria or whoever else they put in goal, including a brace for the returning Leadbitter. That’s 4-3 to The Lads.

  11. Mike January 29, 2019 at 10:36 pm #

    The Lads to win 3-1, new signings will freshen things up.

  12. CSB January 30, 2019 at 6:10 am #

    Sunderland 4 – 1 Wimbledon, a welcome return to winning ways and a re-focusing of our season on what matters for the future and not on what has gone (Cheerio Maja, all the best)

    • CSB January 30, 2019 at 6:11 am #

      And, welcome back Grant!!

  13. Paul January 30, 2019 at 7:56 pm #

    4-2 home win.

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