Tag: Wimbledon

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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Confirmed: AFC Wimbledon & The FA Cup Match They Emphathically Didn’t Want

In the end, it came about in the most perfunctory way possible. Cambridge City, part-time players from the Premier Division of the Southern Football League, couldn’t live with their full-time opposition and the resounding 6-1 win for the home side was proof, as if it were needed, that for all that we like to talk about the romance of football, the pitch is no place for sentiment and money talks louder than anything else. This was in sharp contrast to the events of Monday evening at Kingsmeadow, of course. York City should have been home and dry by half-time in their FA Cup First Round replay against Wimbledon, but a red card and an equalising goal from out of nowhere changed the complexion of the match towards the end of the first half, although a last minute York equaliser was enough to send this match into thirty minutes of extra time with the home side eventually coming through by the odd goal in seven. Most of those that didn’t want Wimbledon to play their arch nemesis at this time probably knew that the game was up by the time that the full time whistle blew on Monday night, and now supporters of the club have to reach into their consciences and try to make a decision over whether to make the trip north to Buckinghamshire, to survey the estate...

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Never Forgive, Never Forget: The Return Of The Spectre Of The Unwanted FA Cup Match

Here we go again, then. This afternoons draw for the FA Cup Second Round brought about, for the second time in three years, the distinct possibility of AFC Wimbledon having to play MK Dons in the worlds oldest cup competition and this draw is one that will likely provoke heated debate over the next week and a half or so. The first thing to say about this is that it isn’t guaranteed yet. Both clubs have to overcome replays first and, while the likelihood of MK Dons losing theirs at home against Southern League Premier Division side Cambridge City the week after next remains slim, this is a side that has won just one of its last seven matches and has slid down the League One table after a strong start to the season. Meanwhile, whilst Wimbledons one-all draw at Bootham Crescent against York City looks like a creditable enough result from a distance, reports from the match have seemed to indicate that they were more than a little fortunate to come away from this match with a second bite at the cherry. There remains every chance that this match will not take place after all. Still, though, the possibility remains, and it should be added that this is a match that very few AFC Wimbledon supporters want to go ahead, regardless of whatever breathless comments the press will...

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The End Of An Era At AFC Wimbledon

Last night at Kingsmeadow, Wimbledon were beaten by a single deflected goal by Torquay United. It was, by all accounts, a scrappy game, with the home team looking almost chronic in their lack of self confidence, but it was also a match that marked the end of an era. At the full time whistle, manager Terry Brown made a tearful lap of the pitch. This, it turns out, has been the last match in charge for a manager that came to redefine the fortunes of this club in his five and a half years in charge of it. After an extremely slow start to the 2012/13 season, Wimbledon are in the market for a new manager. At the end of the 2006/07 season, AFC Wimbledon seemed to have reached something of a crossroads. Beaten in the play-offs in the Ryman League Premier Division, the club was giving the impression of having stalled, but the appointment of Brown – a non-league journeyman who had previously enjoyed success at Aldershot Town and Hayes – was a canny one. Here was a manager with huge experience of the game at this level, a man with the contacts and respect amongst his peers to bring a different angle to the very difficult job of getting the club promoted from a twenty-four club division with only two promotion places on offer. It could be...

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