History Repeating Itself

An update from the Surrey/London border tonight. It would appear that I called the AFC Wimbledon ineligible player saga incorrectly. Rather than the problem being the loan player (see the previous post on the matter for further details – it’s in the January archive somewhere), it would appear that the issue was Jermaine Darlington, who they had signed from Cardiff City in November. Somewhat remarkably, international clearance has to be obtained when a players transfers from a Welsh Football League club (as opposed to a League of Wales club), and this hadn’t been done. They have, as I previously mentioned on here may occur, been lobbed unceremoniously out of the FA Trophy (Gravesend will play Rushden in the next round) but, more worryingly, they have now been charged by the Ryman League with fielding a player before obtaining international clearance. The FA Trophy ruling is harsh, but not unexpected. The FA had shown form this very season when they lobbed Bury out of the FA Cup last month. It’ll hurt AFC Wimbledon somewhat in the short term but, hey, the FA Trophy very much plays second fiddle to the bread and butter of the League these days so that is, theoretically at least, no great loss. However, the Ryman League could take a dim view on it as well, and they could lose all of the points that they’ve...

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