Dave Bassett (Author) Dave Bassett was manager of Wimbledon FC from 1981 to 1987, overseeing their rise from the Fourth Division to the top of the Football League. Formerly a player then assistant manager at the club, he went on to manage the likes of Watford, Sheffield United, Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest. Wally Downes (Author) Wally Downes was the first Wimbledon apprentice to make it into the Dons first-team following their election to the Football League in 1977. He went on to make over 200 appearances for the club in an injury-blighted career, before joining his mentor Dave Bassett in the dugout. He has since managed Brentford and been on the coaching staff of the likes of Southampton and West Ham United.