Tag: Wimbledon

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built around highly experienced players such as Kevin Keegan and Terry McDermott, but these players had moved on and been replaced by a generation of locally based youngsters such as Peter Beardsley, Paul Gascoigne and Chris Waddle, although the financial restraints of the era had already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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Wimbledon & York City Shred The Nerves At The Foot Of League Two

It is getting to the point of the season at which time starts to run out. The luxury of believing that our teams can afford to drop points starts to fade from view as we reach the home straight, and there are few other places in the whole of English football in which nerves are already in the air than at the bottom of League Two. Just four points separate the bottom seven clubs in the division, with variations in the patchiness of form of these clubs meaning that trying to predict which two may eventually slip through the trapdoor and into non-league football lays somewhere between being a tricky business and a fool’s errand. This also means that there a rather a lot of “six-pointers” between the clubs at the foot of the table, all of which means that there was plenty of good reason to be at Kingsmeadow yesterday afternoon for the match between Wimbledon and York City. These two clubs have both recently escaped the Blue Square Bet Premier through the play-offs, Wimbledon two years ago and York City last season. They arrived in that division from opposing directions, though, Wimbledon after their nine year rise from the Combined Counties League, whilst York dropped out of the Football League after an attempt at asset-stripping at the start of the last decade which nearly killed their club....

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After The Circus: AFC Wimbledon Return To The Task At Hand

With a couple of minutes left to play in Milton Keynes yesterday afternoon, a gaping hole suddenly and unexpected in the middle of the home defence, leaving Steven Gregory to bear down on the home goal. His shot dragged inches wide of the post, and a couple of minutes later a shot into the ground from Zeli Ismail was flicked in from six yards out by Jon Otsemobor. Life, we might ponder, isn’t fair. The players of AFC Wimbledon had done their supporters proud on the pitch, making a mockery of the forty-three league positions between the two teams, but in football the margins between defeat and victory can be mighty thin and in that one moment, the only possible way in which this match could have ended cruelly for AFC Wimbledon managed to find a way of manifesting itself. Yet the overwhelming feeling to come from that travelling support as the full-time whistle blew yesterday was one of absolute pride. We had discussed previously how this was a match that very few Wimbledon supporters wanted – and certainly not while the two teams remain disparate in terms of the resources available to their respective managers – but the club and its support acquitted itself as well as it possibly could under the circumstances. When Jack Midson levelled the scores just before the hour mark with a flying diving...

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