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- Wimbledon (full name AFC Wimbledon) is a semi-professional English football club, affiliated to both the London and Surrey FA's, and representing the area of Wimbledon in south London.
The club, its supporters and football fans in general regard AFC Wimbledon as the direct continuation of the now defunct Wimbledon F.C., and consider that the new MK Dons are no longer representative of the Wimbledon area, or, more importantly, the legacy and tradition of Wimbledon FC.
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The rise and fall of Wimbledon fc:The Story of AFC Wimbledon
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In the summer of 2002, an FA Commission granted permission for a group of businessmen to relocate Wimbledon FC Ltd to Milton Keynes, 70 miles from its history, home and community. Initially devastated at the loss of their club, within a matter of weeks the supporters took a fresh approach by creating their own team.
Backed by the Wimbledon Independent Supporters Association (WISA) and the Dons Trust, AFC Wimbledon was born. Just six weeks later, having obtained a ground, senior status and many hundreds of season ticket applications, the Dons played their first friendly on Wednesday 10th July against Sutton United at Gander Green Lane, in front of a staggering crowd of over 4,500.
By then the Dons had already been elected into the Combined Counties League and had appointed former Dons full-back Terry Eames as manager. The opening day of the season saw the CCL's attendance record smashed as 2,449 people squeezed into Sandhurst Town's Bottom Meadow ground to see the Dons celebrate their first competitive game with a 2-1 win thanks to goals by Kevin Cooper and Keith Ward. Days later, the "house full" signs were hung out at Kingsmeadow, but the first home game ended in disappointment for the bumper crowd as Chipstead won 2-1.
It was early inconsistency as the new squad settled which ultimately cost the Dons promotion in that inaugural season as, despite an impressive late unbeaten run, they ended up finishing third behind eventual champions Withdean 2000 and AFC Wallingford, amassing a total of 111 points.
But 2003-04 was a different story. It wasnï¿½t until January that the Dons dropped any league points, by which stage they were already well clear of AFC Wallingford and odds-on for promotion and the Combined Counties League title.
By the end of the season, the biggest question was whether the players would manage to go through the entire season unbeaten. The answer was an emphatic yes as they finished with 42 games won and just four drawn, chalking up a record 130 points and a staggering goal difference of +148.
And, to complete a fantastic Combined Counties League double, the Dons also lifted the Premier Challenge Cup, coming from behind to beat North Greenford United 4-1 at a packed Woking stadium.
The summer of 2004 saw the Dons back in the Isthmian League for the first time since 1964. If the future holds half as much adventure as those 40 years of absence did, the Dons could be all set for another amazing journey.
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