Wembley clash with Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup ‘dream come true’ for AFC Wimbledon’s George Francomb
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The Spurs fan wasn’t fit the last time Neal Ardley’s men made it to the national stadium, but will hope to play on Sunday
Many of the AFC Wimbledon team will have played at Wembley prior to Sunday’s FA Cup third round fixture against Tottenham Hotspur, but for one member of the Dons squad the occasion will be a real dream come true.
Three of Neal Ardley’s side have links with Spurs as Hampstead-born Dean Parrett progressed through the north Londoners academy before signing for the League One club in the summer of 2016.
Andy Barcham is another to have spent time with Tottenham as a teenager before going on to forge a career in the professional game and he featured for the Dons the last time they made it to Wembley.
Barcham played the whole match for Wimbledon as they defeated Plymouth Argyle 2-0 at the national stadium in the League Two play-off final on May 30 2016.
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Current players Barry Fuller, Paul Robinson, Callum Kennedy and Lyle Taylor started for the Dons on that day while Jonathan Meades was on the bench, but one player who was not part of the match day squad was George Francomb.
Francomb, having played a key part in helping the south Londoners qualify for the League Two play-offs in the 2015/16 campaign, had to undergo surgery on his knee before Wimbledon reached the final.
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He therefore missed the win over Plymouth, but was in attendance at Wembley and actually revealed his hope that the Dons faced Spurs in the third round before the FA Cup draw was made on Monday December 4.
“Drawing Tottenham would be brilliant seeing as I missed the play-off final a couple of years ago,” Francomb told the official Wimbledon website ahead of the Dons second round tie at home to Charlton Athletic on December 3.
“If we were drawn against Spurs in the third round of the FA Cup, I’m a Spurs fan, so it would be what dreams are made of I suppose.”
It is very much now a reality for Francomb, who was part of the Tottenham academy until the age of 14.
Sunday will be a special occasion for Francomb and Barcham, plus Parrett if he can recover in time following surgery in October on his groin.
If they are all fit, the trio will hope to do themselves proud against a club very close to their hearts.