10 Years Of AFC Wimbledon, Part Three – Gazing At The Stars


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. SW19 Womble says:

    Superb! Gives a real taste of what it was like for us to step into that somewhat scary void in the summer of 2002.
    I remember being part of a conference call in the early stages, and we thought, ‘well, maybe if we can get 500 fans to watch us in the Combined Counties, we can at least break even.” I thought I was being positive by reckoning on at least 750 season ticket holders – IIRC we ended up with 2,000… and regular home attendance pushing over 3,000.
    This was with teams in the CCL usually getting crowds of 50. The away games were crazy too, but we were welcomed with open arms…places like Merstham, who used the gate receipts and money from the thousands of cheese rolls they provided to build a new (small but modest) stand. Curries at Southall…. the CCL was great, as were many of the Ryman teams: although there were a few notable exceptions who decided we were billy big bollocks or something. No wonder we didn’t get that 75% majority vote to start ne division higher in Ryman One South in 2002. :/
    And along the way, we managed to secure the tenure of Kingstonian FC at Kingsmeadow along the way – whether they liked or appreciated it or not! They play for free, while we continue to make improvements and upgrades to the stadium and the pitch.
    Lots of happy memories coming flooding back in true Proustian fashion!
    Cheers for all three detailed parts of the story.

  2. Nathan says:

    We had @1,450 season ticket holders in the CCL.

    We broke the 2,000 barrier for our first season in the Conference National.

  3. Nathan says:

    We needed a 90% majority from the Ryman League because we were an AOB item. We got 87% and so off to the CCL we went cap in hand.

    A normal club application just needed a 2/3rds majority apparently. The craven timing of the FA Commission decision meant that we could not have possibly applied three weeks in advance as that would have required.

  4. Kevin Rye says:

    Just bloody marvellous all round really. The idea of ever giving this wonderful re-creation of ours to anyone else is sickening. Viva!

  5. Wiggo says:

    If ever we needed the belief in a bottle to take the next massive step on our journey then this series of articles is it. We are embarking on our journey home. The small matter of our league place is sorted. Next up showing what a positive force for good in the heart of our community a football club can be. I just know that we will engage with all relevant parties with the elegance, intelligence and spirit that will make those onside with our aim of coming home proud to be associated with the story. This is football as it should be. Take a look Hammam, Koppel, Stride, Norwegians, Craig and the others. Take a look at the power you could have had by your side if you had played your cards honourably. This power is now unleashed…..Now for the next chapter.

  6. Marc Jones says:

    As Wiggo says, the wrong that still needs righting was done to us in 1991. We are a club in exile. The same gusto that lifted us off the floor should sweep us home. It will require convincing others to share our belief, but reminding people what we have achieved from a standing start should help to get them caught up in the drive home.

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