Those who were late leaving the bar after half time (no names mentioned) returned completely oblivious to the fact that Wimbledon had scored two goals in the first five minutes of the half. The first came as a cross from Taylor was turned in by McDonald. The second came after a mistake in midfield allowed Barcham to escape and cross for McDonald to score his second.
Quique Sanchez Flores, for whom a briefer moniker must surely be arrived at pretty damn quickly, looks relaxed and thoroughly Mediterranean in a pale blue shirt. Actually he looks like a tanned Hugh Laurie, an image that I can’t shake and so will inflict upon you also. His approach to pre-season friendlies, of which there are an unprecedented-feeling-but-no-I-haven’t-checked eight, this the second, is interesting and doesn’t follow the template that we’re used to. For one thing, we’ve got competitive opposition four weeks before the start of the campaign; for another, whilst plenty of players get a run-out this afternoon there’s no mass turnaround at half time as anticipated.
It was a gorgeous day for a football match, even better that the Football Manager Cup between Wimbledon and Watford had been scheduled to coincide with the beer festival. It seemed appropriate to start the afternoon with a pint of Plough Lane Ale and rather lovely it was too. To add to the pre-match treats, there was a German würstl stand and, later, an oompah band appeared which started their repertoire with “Staying Alive.”
Taken from the programme on 31st July 2015- Friendly, Watford 0 Sevilla 1
I’m conscious that plenty of people never got the whole Wimbledon thing… for me it’s always been something to defend passionately. Sometimes aggressively. No aggression here though, no debate, that’s long gone. This is just a bunch of people getting on with supporting their football club, a football club that has elevated itself to League status in only nine years. An awesome achievement. So, yes, it’s nice to be here in any circumstances but particularly those. ig has a banner with him to welcome our hosts back to the Football League, and we’re standing on a mixed terrace, lounging in that relaxed pre-season kind of way and enjoying the welcome dryness of the day, renewing acquaintances missed over the summer. Life is pretty good.