Sense & Ineligibility

I have no great intention of turning this into an AFC Wimbledon blog, but something has come to my attention which warrants a follow-up to my match report from the other night. As you may recall, I mentioned that AFCW have had a rather splendid run in the FA Trophy, having beaten Nationwide Conference clubs Aldershot Town and Gravesend & Northfleet, both away from home, to take up a place in the latter stages of the competition. This morning, though an ominous message appeared in the news section of their website. It reads: “We have been asked by the FA for clarification of the status of one of our players in the recent FA Trophy match against Gravesend. We have replied today giving them full answers to their queries and we have offered to give any additional information they may require.”. AFC recently signed the defender Paul Lorraine on loan from Conference South club Fisher Athletic for a month, and it appears that they may have made a mess of the registration. Nothing concrete has been said yet, but there’s a chance that they could now be expelled from the competition. Under the current rules, if they have broken the rules, they’ll be in trouble. Bury fielded an ineligible player in their FA Cup Second Round match against Chester City, and were expelled from the competition (and denied a...

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