As well as being desperate for a win against Millwall, AFC Wimbledon’s man of the moment Scott Wagstaff has one big hope for today’s FA Cup tie: that it doesn’t rain.
After fulfilling his pledge to dye his hipster beard the club’s blue and yellow colours if Wimbledon beat West Ham to reach this stage, Wagstaff is petrified of what would happen should the heavens open above Kingsmeadow this afternoon.
“I’m really hoping it doesn’t rain,” he says with a broad grin. “Otherwise the beard will run! And after the game it better wash out – otherwise I’m going to have to shave it off and nobody wants that.”
Wagstaff’s infectious energy and willingness to send himself up has been a key part of the dressing room spirit that has carried AFC Wimbledon to their first ever FA Cup fifth round.
Throw in midfielder Anthony Wordsworth’s lucky crystal stones and players celebrating beating West Ham with a 1am McDonald’s, and you can see why comparisons are being made with Wimbledon’s legendary Crazy Gang cup winners of 1988.