League One Lowdown: AFC Wimbledon

Last updated : 06 July 2019 By Jim Bonner

Vital Statistics

Founded: 2002

CEO: Joe Palmer

Last Season: League One - 20th

Nicknames: The Dons, The Wombles

Rivals: Milton Keynes Dons, Crawley Town, Barnet

Major Honours


Scheduled Matches

Portsmouth vs AFC Wimbledon: Saturday, January 11th (3pm)

AFC Wimbledon vs Portsmouth: Saturday, October 19th (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 have managed to hold their own in League One since then, sticking it to MK Dons in the process.

The Manager: Wally Downes

Downes was one of the main members of the original Crazy Gang from Wimbledon and was at the club from 1979 to 1988 before serious injuries ended his playing career whilst at Sheffield United.

The 58-year-old has held coaching positions at Reading, Crystal Palace and Southampton as well as the managers' job at Brentford from 2002-2004. He took over at AFC Wimbledon in December 2018 with the team looking certain for the drop but his side produced a remarkable run of results to keep them in League One.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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. The Dons will be returning to Plough Lane in the future, thankfully.