Tag: Wimbledon

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built around highly experienced players such as Kevin Keegan and Terry McDermott, but these players had moved on and been replaced by a generation of locally based youngsters such as Peter Beardsley, Paul Gascoigne and Chris Waddle, although the financial restraints of the era had already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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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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