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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-U

Bill McCracken

Popularly remembered as the man who formed the modern off-side law, Billy McCracken had an extremely long and tumultuous career in football... Name: William Robert McCracken Born: 29 January 1883, Belfast Died: 20 January 1979, Hull (England) Height: 5.11 ft Weight: 13.04 st Position: Right-Back Representative Honours: Ireland: 16 Full Caps / 1 Goal (1902-1923) , 2 Victory Caps (1919) ; Irish league: 5 Caps (1902-1904) ; Football League: 1 Cap (1918) , 1 unofficial appearance (1914) . Club Honours: (with Distillery) Irish League Champion 1902/03 ; Irish Cup Winner 1902/03 , Runner-Up 1901/02 ; Co. Antrim Shield Winner 1902/03 ; (with Newcastle) Football League Champion 1904/05, 1096/07, 1908/09 ; FA Cup Winner 1909/10 , Runner-Up 1907/08, 1910/11 . Awards: FA Long Service Medal 1978 ; Football League Legend 1998 . Club Career: Teams Seasons Signed Fee League FA Cup War-Time Other Broadway Thistle - -

Captains

- Most Capped - Top Goalscorers - Youngest Players - Oldest Players - - Premier Players - Cup Finalists - Award Winners - Million Pound Men - - Olympians - Dual Internationals - Captains - Goalkeepers - One Cap Wonders - When Ireland took to the field for their first international match against England in 1882 they were captained by JM McAlery, a key figure in the foundation of the Irish FA. Amongst the captains employed by (Northern) Ireland since 1882: (decade in which they first captained team) 1880s - JM McAlery , DC Martin, JR Davison , WL Eames , J Watson, J Hastings , JT Gibb , S Gillespie , OM Stanfield . 1890s - AR Elleman , RK Stewart, A Crawford , S Spencer , RWW Gordon , JM Small, S Torrans , RG Milne, TH Jordan, JC Fitzpatrick , H Gordon , JH Barron , J Ponsonby , G McMaster, JC Campbell , M Cochrane , WK Gibson , JC McAllen , J Lewis . 1900s - GF Sheehan , J McShane, AL Goodall , P Boyle , J Kirwan , HA Sloan , J Wright , W Scott , AB Craig , V
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