Saturday 15 May 2016, AFC Wimbledon 1 Accrington Stanley 0 - Division Two, Play-off, semi-final 1st Leg, Kingsmeadow
I knew it was a non-league ground, was slightly bore by this holier than now image of AFC Wimbledon and also the constant abuse aimed at MK Dons by many in football - but I had not been to Kingsmeadow so the play-off game seemed a good good opportunity.
Tickets were going to be difficult to get and so I decided on match day hospitality - 3 tickets for myself, my fellow hopper, Colin and my wife - bad news, sold out!
Then started my change of opinion of AFC Wimbledon - a quick email to the club got a quick reply and the offer of extra seats in hospitality, this was followed by further emails from the club- all informative and helpful.
Then we arrived, found the bar, our table and the real Wimbledon kicked in - no dress code, everyone friendly, great service, good food, and packed but still a personal; service all at a good price.
Best bits? Ex-players including Dave Beasant chatting and willing to be photographed with everyone then an hour before kick off the Wombles manager came in, read out the team and gave a quick preview of the game - not sure any other club in the league would get this to happen.
We left, found our seat and a packed stadium - Accrington were better technically and had the best chance of a game with few chances, then the 'beast' came on as a sub- chaos in the Accrington defence and Wimbledon get a late winner.
So now I hope they get to Wembley - and win - they really are a fans club and one that is proud of their heritage but do not want to forget those who have got them where they are. I still think it is time the rest of football gave the MK Dons a chance, but it will be interesting nest season as both 'Dons' clubs may find themselves in the same division.