31 July 2007

The Wimbledon Connection

Wimbledon FC (1889-2004)
Founded: 1889
Dissolved: 2004 (Relocated to Milton Keynes 2003; MK Dons considered a new club)
Names: Wimbledon Old Central Football Club (1889-1905); Wimbledon Football Club (1905-2004); Milton Keynes Dons (considered a new club)
Ground History: Wimbledon Common; Plough Lane (1912-1991); Selhurst Park (1991-2003 as tennants of Crystal Palace FC); National Hockey Stadium, Milton Keynes (2003-2004).

AFC Wimbledon (2002-date)
Founded: 2002
Ground History: Kingsmeadow (aka The Cherry Red Records Stadium), Kingston Upon Thames (2002-date).


Club Honours:
(Wimbledon FC)
FA Cup Winners 1987/88
FA Amateur Cup Winners 1962/63; Runners-Up 1934/35, 1946/47
Football League Group Trophy Runners-Up 1980/81
Anglo-Italian Cup Runners-Up 1975/76
 FA Premier League best finish 6th (1993/94)
Football League best finish 6th Division One (top flight) (1986/87)
Football League Division Two Third 1985/86 (promoted)
Football League Division Three Runners-Up 1983/84 (promoted)
Football League Division Four Champions 1982/83 (promoted); Third 1978/79 (promoted); Fourth 1980/81 (promoted)
Southern League Champions 1974/75, 1975/76, 1976/77 (elected to Football League)
Isthmian League Champions 1930/31, 1931/32, 1934/35, 1935/36, 1958/59, 1961/62, 1962/63, 1963/64


(AFC Wimbledon)
Football Conference Runners-Up 2010/11 (promoted to Football League as play-off winners)
Football Conference South Champions 2008/09


League History:
(Wimbledon FC)
Spartan League A Division (1909/10); Athenian League (1919/20-1920/21); Isthmian League (1921/22-1963/64); Southern League Division One (1964/65); Southern League Premier Division (1965/66-1976/77); Football League Division Four (1977/78-1978/79); Division Three (1979/80); Division Four (1980/81); Division Three (1981/82); Division Four (1982/83); Division Three (1983/84); Division Two (1984/85-1985/86); Division One (1986/87-1991/92); FA Premier League (founder members 1992/93-1999/2000); Football League Division One (2000/01-2003/04).


(AFC Wimbledon)
Combined Counties League (2002/03-2003/04); Isthmian League Division One (2004/05); Isthmian Premier Division (2005/06-2007/08); Football Conference South (2008/09); Football Conference National (2009/10-2010/11); Football League Two (2011/12-date).


European Record:
(Wimbledon FC)
Intertoto Cup 1995


Players Capped by Northern Ireland while with Wimbledon:
Michael Hughes 27
Mark Williams. 14 (plus 6 with MK Dons)
Lawrie Sanchez. 3




Other links:
Eddie Reynolds, an amateur international, was star of many of Wimbledon FC's non-League successes.
Robin Shroot came through the ranks of the original Wimbledon FC then played for AFC Wimbledon.
Belfast born Dave Anderson, previously a 'keeper with Wolves, Sheffield United, Glentoran and Bangor, was AFC Wimbledon manager from 2004-2007.



Note:
Wimbledon FC's history has forked in recent years. In 2003 the club moved to Milton Keynes and was renamed Milton Keynes Dons in 2004. In protest a 'new' club was formed in 2002, AFC Wimbledon, that has been deemed rightful owner of the history and honours of the original Wimbledon FC.

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