Seb Brown has vowed to remember the good times after signing off his five-year spell at AFC Wimbledon with silverware.
The 24-year-old keeper, out of contract in the summer and set to quit the club, made his League Two farewell to the fans in last month’s 3-0 defeat to Morecambe United.
The former Cheam High School student made a better job of saying his goodbyes with Tuesday’s 2-1 London Senior Cup win over Ryman Premier League Met Police.
Brown cemented his Dons hero status during the club’s promotion to the Football League in the 2010-11 season, when he was named in the Conference team of the year and saved two shoot-out penalties as Wimbledon beat Luton Town in the play-off final.
He has found himself playing understudy to Ross Worner this season but, being a boyhood Dons fan, is delighted with the progress the club has made.
“I’m leaving with the club in a better place than I joined it,” said Brown, who was confirmed on the departed list this week.
“I think that’s the best way to look at it. It’s our best points total, even though I can’t really say I’ve had a great hand in that, but it’s in a better place and they’ll obviously build in the summer.
“As a fan I’ll be watching the results and be hoping they can really push on.
“The good times will be the memories that last. The bad ones are the ones that stick with you in the short term, but when I look back, you can’t get a much better moment than Manchester and then our first season in the league.”
Brown joined Wimbledon in 2009 after coming through the ranks at Brentford, has played more than 100 times for the club, and, while for the time being hopes to continue playing full time, he already has his sights on going back to watch the Dons when they get back to their real home.
“When I’ve stopped playing and they’re in the new stadium at Plough Lane and I’m sitting there with my family watching the game, that will be when I can sit back and say ‘That was quite a good thing I did back then’,” he added.
“I aim to stay in football. The pool is getting smaller and smaller, but everyone thinks they’re good enough and I’m no different.”
Neal Ardley believes it was only right to give Brown the opportunity to play the final home game of the season after his services to the club.
“I think for what this club’s about – and the values this club has – it was important to recognise somebody who’s played a major part in where this club is today,” the manager said after the Morecambe defeat.
“I thought 4,000 fans here would be a nice way to give him a good send off. For me, it was the right thing to do.”
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