AFC Wimbledon Survive The Cut At The Foot Of League Two

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. Laurence says:

    Captured the mood exactly, Ian …… very well done.

    Neal Ardley’s biggest challenge now is helping to create a football league structure club, which is still primarily non-league by marrying the best of both worlds. That starts from the bottom upwards, where the club has some tremendous talent within its youth ranks with many willing and able coaches supporting players from 8 years old.

    No doubt, a flow of young players coming through the ranks will create a proper identity with AFC Wimbledon as much was so at Wimbledon – for exmaple my old school, Raynes Park High had at one time five players within the first team squad, and more to follow.

    When the current first team squad can boast those numbers from a local school, you will know the Youth Set up is delivering. I am sure it will.

    Neal’s experience at Cardiff City is now vital as the building blocks are cemented in place upon the present foundations. He has already written about the changes he has brought to the first team, and now we will see what else he changes and improves across the club.

    Will there for example be an under 21 side or perhaps the reintroduction of a reserve team, to help players take the step up from youth to senior football?

    This summer will be like a fresh start and an exicting one at that.

  2. Nathan says:

    What a great, perfectly-pitched article. Thanks Ian.

  3. fwis says:

    Tough but exciting times ahead…

  4. Micky F says:

    Glad that the Wombles managed to stay up. Also glad that Barnet were relegated after the part that Tony Kleanthous played in relegating Luton to the Conference.

  5. Colin Perry says:

    Returning to the Football League at the first attempt is a tall order for any club, regardless of existing financial difficulties, which will only become worse with the loss of TV revenues.

    Well done to AFC Wimbledon. I look forward to returning to Kingsmeadow with my team, Mansfield Town, next season.

    Good luck to both relegated clubs in the Conference, an exceptionally difficult league to escape from.

  6. NRP says:

    Great article, cheers

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