Wimbledon deserve credit for success against all the odds

PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 October, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 18 October, 1996, 12:00am

DEAR PREMIER SOCCER, Further to your article on Wimbledon FC in last Friday's Premier Soccer, I would like to add my support for the Dons, who always seem to get a bad press.

As an Everton fan, I saw Wimbledon win 4-2 at Goodison Park last season and thought they played some good football, certainly not the long-ball game.

They have a great team spirit and this is so important in football but, unfortunately, people equate Wimbledon with Vinny Jones just because they don't like that particular player.

Dean Holdsworth is a quality striker and has scored some great goals but because he plays for Wimbledon he doesn't seem to get any credit.

I think the whole club deserve praise for what they have achieved - and without ever having a decent following.

Carl Mesham, Mount Butler.

Through Premier Soccer, I would be interested to know the views of football fans on the subject of the 'second' referee - ie, a fourth official in the stand with access to action replays etc.

There are many controversial incidents in football and the referees are taking a lot of stick these days.

I am reluctant to see the authority of referees diluted but, at the same time, they cannot be expected to see everything, especially off-the-ball incidents.

The technology is there, with every Premiership match filmed from several camera angles, so why not use it, for example, if it's unclear whether the ball has crossed the goal line. After all, players' livelihoods are at stake.

It would be ridiculous to use the second referee too much but equally foolish to ignore the option when so much can be riding on one decision.

Peter Walsh, Tsim Sha Tsui East.

WHAT'S your opinion on a second referee? Is it common sense in today's mega-bucks sporting world or a step back for football? If you would like to express your view on this subject or anything concerning today's game, write to: Premier Postbag, Premier Soccer, 28th Floor, Dorset House, 979, King's Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong. Or send a fax to: 2811 1278 or 2811 1048. Letters must arrive by Wednesday for inclusion in next Friday's Premier Soccer.