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The first-team coach enjoyed his testimonial game
AFC Wimbledon first team coach Simon Bassey had a testimonial to remember as he struck a hat-trick in a celebration game involving Dons legends and fans.
Bassey was on the Yellow team and struck his first three goals for the club after 10 years of service.
His side emerged triumphant in a 4-3 thriller after Jon Main scored the winner with Rob Ursull, Elliott Godfrey and Dons fan Mike Trewin scoring for the Blues.
But the West Ham XI had not read the script, beating the Dons by four goals to two in a pre-season friendly that followed the first-team coach’s big moment.
“It was a fantastic day,” Bassey told London24. “I really enjoyed it.
“I loved the game before [the West Ham clash] and seeing some of the old faces.
“To score three goals was probably not in the script.
“One would have done but it was fantastic. It was a good turnout from the fans – I’d like to thank them for the support, not just on the day, but over the years.
“To be at this club for a decade and to still be a part of that is special.
“I came here as a washed up player so to be here as a first-team coach in League Two 10 years later is incredible.
“I have no intention of leaving the club, I’ve turned down offers in the past but I want to stay here until I am no longer wanted.”
The highlight of the day was Bassey’s second goal from the half-way line after Godfrey had given the Blues the lead.
“I said to Mainy [Jon Main] on the halfway line and we asked the ref as their players were still coming back from their goal. I thought I’ll try it anyway.
“I had the wind behind me. It was a great goal and for my children, who weren’t born when I retired, to see me playing football and scoring from the halfway line – my boy will try and replicate it in the garden.”
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