Tag: Wimbledon

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built around highly experienced players such as Kevin Keegan and Terry McDermott, but these players had moved on and been replaced by a generation of locally based youngsters such as Peter Beardsley, Paul Gascoigne and Chris Waddle, although the financial restraints of the era had already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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FA Cup First Round Week: Coventry City & Wimbledon – A Tale Of Two Cup Winners

In the second of our series ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup First Round matches, we take a look at two of the bigger names in the draw, who are playing each other on Friday night. Please, if you wish to reproduce this article elsewhere, link to it rather than copying and pasting it. Thanks.  In the FA Cup First Round on Friday night, two clubs with something of a pedigree in this competition will meet when Wimbledon play Coventry City at Kingsmeadow. In the late 1980s, these two clubs provided a little light relief from what would go on to become a little over a quarter of a century’s tedium for the supporters of all but a gilded few. In the years between 1981 and 2007, only a thoroughly predictable six clubs – Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Everton, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea – would otherwise be fortunate enough to see their teams lift the trophy at Wembley or Cardiff, and these are two clubs which now also have something else in common which has become increasingly common in recent years, the loss of a ground and an exile away from home forced upon them by their owners. During the 1986/87 FA Cup, Coventry City crept to the FA Cup Final as if by stealth. The stand out result of their run to Wembley, when viewed from the twenty-first...

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