League One Lowdown: AFC Wimbledon

By Jim Bonner
Last updated : 24 June 2017

Vital Statistics

Founded: 2002

Chairman: Erik Samuelson

Last Season: League One - 15th

Nicknames: The Dons, The Wombles

Rivals: Milton Keynes Dons, Crawley Town, Barnet

Major Honours

None

Scheduled Matches

Portsmouth vs AFC Wimbledon: Tuesday, December 26th (3pm)

AFC Wimbledon vs Portsmouth: Saturday, September 9th (3pm)

AFC Wimbledon: A brief history

After the original Wimbledon FC was planned to be relocated to Milton Keynes in 2002 because of financial problems (eventually rebranding the club as MK Dons which would take on a separate identity), disgruntled Dons fans decided to form their own club: AFC Wimbledon.

Groundsharing with Kingstonian, the new Dons joined the Premier Division of the Combined Counties League in the 2002/2003 season and rose up the non-league pyramid very quickly, achieving five promotions in nine seasons to earn their place in the Football League in 2011.

AFC Wimbledon continued their rise up the leagues with a play-off final win over Plymouth in 2016 and managed to hold their own in League One last season, sticking it to MK Dons in the process.

The Manager: Neal Ardley

Ardley is considered a legend amongst older Dons fans who saw him play for the original Wimbledon from 1991-2002, making 245 appearances and scoring 18 goals in that time.

He retired from playing football in 2007 and joined Cardiff City’s coaching staff where he remained until being appointed as Wimbledon manager in October 2012 to rescue them from relegation trouble. He has since led the Dons to League One to further assure himself legendary status amongest their fans.

The Ground: Kingsmeadow (Capacity: 4,850 - Away: 700)

Kingsmeadow is actually the home of Kingstonian FC but is shared with AFC Wimbledon for the time being, until the latter moves back to its old home back in Wimbledon itself.

The entrance is unmistakable but this is not actually the entrance for Pompey fans. The away fans entrance is found further down the road but going through this entrance will take you to the car park and bar, which no longer welcomes away fans. The nearest pub is the Prince of Wales which is around a 5-10 minute walk down Kingston Road from the ground.

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When you get inside the ground you will be stood on the East Stand terrace. Opposite this is the Paul Strank Stand which is where the directors and such sit.

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Looking to the left you'll see the Tempest End and the dugout. Personally, I'd suggest getting to the front of the terrace and as close to the centre of the pitch as possible to watch the game because if you're too far back you will struggle to see the far end of the pitch. The stewards will also ensure you stay on the terrace and not stand in the restricted area too close to the pitch.

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Looking to your right you'll see the new Nongshim Stand. A small section of seating is available here and as much of a champion of terrace standing that I am, I would suggest trying to get a seat here simply because the view of the pitch from the away terrace is dreadful.

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I hate to say it, but AFC Wimbledon is one of the worst away days in the league but that really isn't the club's fault as they have to host league football in a non-league ground. The view from the terrace is terrible and there isn't much atmosphere around the place, either. Hopefully the Dons can return to Plough Lane sooner rather than later.

Portsmouth Match Reports

Sky Bet League One Sat 18th November 15:00

Portsmouth 1 - 0 Southend United

Last game - Match Centre


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