Tuesday 29 June 2004
Party with the All Party Group
AFC Wimbledon were honoured again last week by Wimbledon MP Roger Casale and the All Party Parliamentary Football Group, with an invitation to an afternoon reception at the House of Commons.
The reception, to celebrate the club's success last season and to honour members and supporters for all the hard work which has gone in to creating the club, was held last Thursday afternoon in the Members' Dining Room. Roger Casale MP was delighted that representatives of the club could attend. "Right now AFC Wimbledon is the most exciting thing going on in my constituency - and that includes the tennis," he said.
Alan Keen MP, chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Football Group, talked about his connections with Wimbledon, going back to having sat on the bench alongside Jack Charlton at Plough Lane for an FA Cup tie in 1977. Alan was also at AFC Wimbledon's inaugural match at Sutton United and said of the club, "I am very proud of what AFC Wimbledon has achieved - they are a shining example to all clubs."
Representatives of AFC Wimbledon and The Dons Trust also spoke at the reception, as well as Phil Tooley, a director of Supporters Direct and of the Chesterfield FC Trust.
Kris Stewart thanked Roger Casale and the All Party group for the recognition of the club's achievements.
"Occasions such as today and the recent civic reception given by Merton Council help to recognise the enormous amount of hard work which so many people have put in to this club to make us what we are today. Those who work for the club on matchdays or during the week can never be praised enough for me," he said.
A House of Commons shield was presented to Kris Stewart to commemorate the occasion (pictured left with MP Roger Casale and Club President Dickie Guy).