A fantastic loan transfer which should make every football fan smile

AFC Wimbledon Playoff Win

A former Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea goalkeeper has sealed a 'dream' return to the club where he began his career.

With a grudge match on the horizon in the FA Cup against the MK Dons, fans of AFC Wimbledon have been forced to revisit the painful old memories of how the club they love was relocated 60 miles north of their spiritual home.

AFC Wimbledon only formed in 2002 as a direct response to those plans, and are now just one division below the Milton Keynes based club.

One piece of good news for fans dreading the upcoming cup clash, is the welcome return of a former hero of the 'original' Crazy Gang.

Goalkeeper Neil Sullivan, now 42, this weekend sealed a loan deal to the club where he began his career, spending 12 years between 1989 and 2000, making more than 220 appearances.

Sullivan went straight into the first team for League Two's AFC Wimbledon's defeat to Aldershot at the weekend.

He had previously been at Doncaster Rovers, but had not featured all season. 

The man instrumental in Sullivan's return? Old teammate Neil Ardley, now AFC Wimbledon manager.

After leaving Wimbledon in 2000, Sullivan signed for Tottenham, playing more than 80 games, before signing for Claudio Ranieri's Chelsea in 2003, where he was a reserve to Carlo Cudicini, playing just eight times.

With the arrival of Jose Mourinho and Petr Cech, Sullivan signed for Leeds, who had just been relegated, where he stayed until 2007 when he moved onto Doncaster Rovers.

After five years of service, few Rovers fans would begrudge Sullivan his dream loan move, and if any player will know what it means when they club visit MK Dons in the Cup on December 2, it will be Sullivan.

Good luck to him we say.

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