Tag: Wimbledon

AFC Wimbledon: For You, Fella

AFC Wimbledon’s promotion to League One on Monday afternoon provided a fitting end to a season that has, perhaps, seen more good news stories than most, of late. However, an argument over who would take a last minute penalty at Wembley caused discomfort for some, and it prompted Charlie Talbot to give consideration to the contrasting departure of two very different players from the club. As an AFC Wimbledon fan, Monday was brilliant, obviously. It was also in a very literal sense overwhelming. The sight of 23,000 Wimbledon fans at Wembley in the the FA’s own stadium – a...

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League Two Play-Offs: AFC Wimbledon Rise Again

That it should have happened on this of all days was probably the most delicious irony of the day. Fourteen years to the day since the club was formed after both the Football League and Football Association failed in their duty to football supporters in the most spectacular way possible, AFC Wimbledon secured promotion to League One, the third tier of the league system. There will be plenty on hand to tell us that this is a fairy tale, but to do so, if anything, does a disservice to so many people who put in so much work over the...

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Video of the Day: Wimbledon vs Portsmouth, January 1987

Wimbledon play Portsmouth this evening at Kingsmeadow in a League Two match between the two teams most likely to make up the last two play-off places in a couple of weeks time. Indeed, the winners of this match will be home and dry, in that respect. Portsmouth had started this season as the favourites to get promoted back and have under-achieved, a little. Meanwhile Wimbledon, for whom life in the Football League had become rather a humdrum existence, have blossomed in the second half of this season, catapulting themselves upwards in a display that has justified their faith in...

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Wimbledon, Kingstonian & Bojo the Clown

London (night)mayor Boris Johnson’s decision to “call in” AFC Wimbledon’s Plough Lane planning application this week brought a remarkable, mercifully succinct response from one long-time Kingstonian fan, who we shall call “Les,” for the purposes of this article (and because that’s his name). “Boris tells the squatters to f**k off. ‘AVT IT!!!” Of course, Wimbledon are leaseholders at their current Kingsmeadow Stadium site and so are by definition not “squatters” in it. The mayor’s powers to “call in” planning applications (transferring the responsibility to pass such applications from local planning authorities to City Hall in certain specifically-defined circumstances) are...

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Video of the Day: Newcastle United vs Wimbledon, February 1988

After a few mixed seasons, by the start of 1988 things were starting to look up somewhat for Newcastle United. The team that won the club promotion back to the First Division had been largely built around highly experienced players such as Kevin Keegan and Terry McDermott, but these players had moved on and been replaced by a generation of locally based youngsters such as Peter Beardsley, Paul Gascoigne and Chris Waddle, although the financial restraints of the era had already forced the sales of Beardsley and Waddle by 1987, and Gascoigne would soon follow. Beardsley’s sale to Liverpool...

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