HOOROO, DEAR WIZ…..

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IT is with a heavy heart that WDSA announces the passing of much-loved member and engaging contributor Michael ‘Wizard of Oz’ Flanagan following an illness.

Wiz, as he was fondly known, was a loyal long-time fan of Wimbledon and regularly delighted his many followers with his well-crafted contributions to the Wombles Downunder newsletter and occasionally on the web-site until the wearying onset of his illness.

Wiz was old school, and regaled his readers with his beautifully interwoven pieces, always glass half-full and upbeat and never forgetting his origins as a Dons supporter. He was immensely proud and vocal of his club’s achievements.

He was at Wembley the day the Dons took down Liverpool in the FA Cup and was in Manchester when AFC Wimbledon beat Luton Town on penalties to reach the Football League. Wiz’s Dons hero was the great Roy Law.

Michael was just 68 and in his final correspondence was enthusiastically looking forward to taking his place at the New Plough Lane. Sadly, Wiz won’t be there on that momentous day for Wimbledon supporters.

Wiz will be extensively featured in the next Wombles Downunder coming out in October, which also marks the 30th anniversary of WDSA.

He leaves an achingly huge hole within WDSA, irreplaceable, but leaves all who knew him with wonderful warm memories. We raise a glass to dear Wiz. Hooroo, as he would regularly sign off.

A funeral service for Wiz will be held at St.Neots on September 4 – Anglia Co-operative Funerals 1 Huntingdon Street, St Neots PE19 1BG England 01480 210 780.

The family requests donations instead of flowers to McMillan Woodland Cancer Research (contact Anglia Funerals for details).

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  1. Sad news, although i don’t think i knew him i’m sure we must have met on the terraces of Plough Lane and many other grounds where ever the Dons were playing. Condolences to his family RIP.

  2. Thanks for your thoughts Liam. I am planning to write some thoughts/insights into Wiz in the next Wombles Downunder newsletter in October so I would welcome all your thoughts. Were you an avid reader of his columns in the newsletter? Your observations and thoughts would be good to get so I can pass on to his family at this difficult time.

  3. I was lucky enough to meet the Wiz quite a few times over the last few years on my trips back to KM. Apart from his interesting comments on the games, he had a wonderfully dry sense of humour. He was a gentle giant and we talk about our respective A League teams as well as the Dons. Will miss his unique perspective on games. RIP.

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