Friday 25 May 2012
Jon Main: Dons favourite on the goals that sparked success
His goals marked defining moments in AFC Wimbledon's history and there was plenty of them from Jon Main. The pacy striker scored 61 times in 91 starts, but it was the vital goals that he scored in key games that are still remembered by the Dons faithful. Unsurprisingly, they are the memories that stand out for Jon too in a hugely successful spell for him at AFC Wimbledon. Jon's goals helped us to two promotions and though he was not included in the squad at Manchester last May, there was a huge cheer from the Dons supporters when he lifted the trophy awarded for promotion to the Football League.
Best moment at Wimbledon?
The best for me was winning promotion to the Blue Square Premier at Hampton and Richmond. We had to draw to win the league that night, unless we lost about 20-0 in the final match. I started on the bench, but I came on with about 10 minutes to go when we were 1-0 down. I scored with a header and that was a great moment.
The semi-final of the Ryman Premier play-offs against AFC Hornchurch. We won 3-1 and I scored twice, but the atmosphere around the ground was the best I had experienced at the club. The buzz around the place was unbelievable and it was the best that I felt during my time at Wimbledon.
How did your move to Wimbledon come about?
I knew for a couple of weeks that Wimbledon were interested, but it all went quiet. I wanted to go, but Tonbridge were trying to hold onto me and they did not want me to leave. It ended up with them saying I could go, but only after we had played against Wimbledon. I scored in the match in a 2-2 draw, but I more or less signed for Wimbledon in the bar afterwards. That match was a bit strange for me and I have heard a joke since that Jason Goodliffe was told not to tackle me, but that didn't stop him smashing into me!
What was the key to AFC Wimbledon's success?
We had a very good mix of players. We had people like Jake Leberl, who had won the Conference title and Jason Goodliffe. Jason was the best captain I played for by a long way. He was a born leader. Playing in front of such a big crowd every week played a massive part too.
Why were you so loved by the Dons fans?
Scoring goals obviously helped win over the fans. But I have still got friends now who are Wimbledon fans. I made sure that I would always speak to whoever wanted to talk to me. It is a great club and I definitely felt at home there. We just kept on getting success and I certainly joined the club at the right time. I broke my foot in my first season at the club, but I came back and helped us win the play-offs.
Any regrets about your time at Wimbledon?
I am not one to hold grudges, but I was gutted when I left. I was a bit surprised to be honest. Terry changed the formation, which did not suit me, and I went out on loan. When I was out on loan, he reverted back to the old system. But that was down to Terry and it worked in the end.
What do you think of the current situation at AFC Wimbledon?
Every year that I was at the club, there was a lot of changes each summer. There was a bit of a clear-out at the end of this season and I was not surprised by how many went. But Terry has got a job to do. The training when I was there was very good and I do not know many players who did not love it at the club.
What is your current football involvement?
I have spoken to a couple of clubs now about joining them. I am only 31 and I still think I have a few years yet as a player. I had a problem last season with tendonitis and when I came back from that I injured my medial knee ligaments. But I have started running again now and I am hungry for next season.