AFC Wimbledon – Almost, But Not Quite

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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6 Responses

  1. JamPot says:

    You really are frustratingly good at this writing lark. An excellent balanced piece with insight into both sides perception of non-league, the “NL-family” and our need to move on.

    I hope you will enjoy tomorrow.

  2. Andy the Don says:

    Probably the best article I read about the last few games of AFC Wimbledon’s season. Sadly not evrything I’ve read over the last couple of weeks has been quite so well informed and balanced. An article which appeared on ‘The Ball is Round’ website was factually incorrect and so biased as to be a disgrace. Sadly jealousy is very alive and well in the BSS. Bring on Oxford, Luton, Wrexham, Torquay and Cambridge. Good bye Bromley

  3. Martin says:

    Another great and fair article. This site really is one of the best on the net for really interesting football news and analysis.

  4. Rob Bernard says:

    I’ve been out of the country for a few weeks so this excellent article has brought me up to speed.

    I empathise with Dons fans. They have done the right thing and started from scratch and brought a lot of money to the leagues and clubs they have played against and are yet stil disliked by many. All they have ever done is wanted to support their football club. It is them who were sinned against by the former owner and the Football league by allowing Franchise FC to form.

    We are slowly getting a similar reaction from some opponents of Scarborough Athletic FC. The majority are still good with us but there’s an undercurrent of dislike and jealousy growing towards us from various sources (or am I paranoid?)

    I know I initially was totally for an open armed approach to other clubs but there’s only so many snide kicks you can take without a change of attitude. We’ve only been going 2 years so I can only imagine what AFCW have gone through. Hopefully we’ll find out over the next few years.

    Good luck AFCW and all fans owned clubs. I hope you overtake Franchise FC in the next few years.

  5. Lol says:

    This is a truly even-handed article.
    In all honesty the last couple of weeks supporting AFC Wimbledon have been a real nightmare with the season appearing to hang on bizarre decisions from both officials and team managements.
    Even now I can’t help feeling there is another twist in this seasons story and the rug will be pulled from beneath our collective feet by the Conference. I really hope I’m wrong!
    On reading a number of comments regarding these recent games from supporters of other un-involved BSS teams it will be twice as sweet to leave this particular league.
    The resentment of AFC Wimbledon has been almost overwhelming at times this season (as witnessed by those present at Bromley) and this seems to be a hangover from our Rymans league years.
    We will not be “big fish” next year and, as your article suggests may well have found our level at last. With any luck the envy from other teams supporters will be directed elsewhere or not be present at all but I guess that might be asking too much there.

  6. eddie says:

    Of all the articles on the net decribing the last few weeks of our season, this is the best. It explains exactly what happened in a balanced manner.
    I was at the Bromley, Hampton and Eastleigh matches and what strikes me, as we leave the BSS behind, is a bad aftertaste of jealousy and spite emanating from a few clubs. We will not be missed and and we won’t cry about leaving clubs like Bromley and Eastleigh behind.

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