Wimbledon Fan Wayne Powers Past The Beast

Merton Mencap benefits from goal-scoring triumph

AFC Wimbledon fan Wayne Lecky raised hundreds of pounds for Merton Mencap after powering past The Beast and scoring against goalkeeper James Shea.

Wayne, who attends the High Path Community Resource Centre (HPCRC) in South Wimbledon, has been nicknamed the Mini Beast by The Beast himself Adebayo Akinfenwa.

He struck the back of the net, leaving captain Barry Fuller in his wake.

The impressive performance from Wayne helped raise more than £600 for Merton Mencap, and Wayne hopes to add to that figure over the coming weeks.

Akinfenwa was a familiar face at AFC Wimbledon until May 30 when he was released from his contract following the club’s 2-0 win against Plymouth Argyle.

The HPCRC provides day services for people with learning disabilities, and a number of community and volunteer groups also use facilities at the centre, which is on the High Path estate.

Andy O’Brien, of the HPCRC said: “This is now the fifth time the club has allowed us to do an event like this. We really feel part of AFC Wimbledon, it is a real family club. Not only did the five players take part, but the whole first team watched and encouraged Wayne.”

Cabinet Member for Social Care and Health, Councillor Tobin Byers said: “This is an example of how the community in Merton gives great support to people with learning disabilities, alongside the really good services that the council provides.

“I am delighted so much money has been raised for such a good cause as a result of this event in partnership with AFC Wimbledon.”

Ivor Heller, Commercial Director and Co-Founder of AFC Wimbledon, said: “Wayne (AKA Mini Beast) is an inspiration to all of us, as are all of the gang. I am so proud of our club’s association with High Path. Long may it continue.”

June 16, 2016

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Adebayo Akinfenwa (left) and Wayne Lecky