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AFC Wimbledon

Surely one of the stories of this football season must be the amazing ascent of AFC Wimbledon.

The club was founded less than 7 years ago by fans of Wimbledon FC when their team became MK Dons and moved to faraway Milton Keynes.  They started out in the 9th tier of English football, and have now won promotion four times in seven years.  Yesterday they won the Blue Square South title and next season they will play in the Blue Square Premier (the Conference), which is the highest level outside the Football League.  Based on what has happened so far, it seems likely that they will be in the Football League before very long.

Of course Wimbledon FC were famous for making their way from non-league to the First Division in the space of just 11 years, and perhaps even more amazingly for staying in the top flight for 13 seasons - in spite of having to play their home matches at Selhurst Park and sell most of their best players in order to survive.  Eventually the owners decided that the only way to survive was to move to a new location and build a new stadium - and the FA allowed them to do that  - much to the disgust of the fans. 

Ironically, AFC Wimbledon don't play in the Borough of Merton either, but they do at least own their ground, which is shared with Kingstonian (whose ground it used to be).   


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Their own round?


I think I'll have to fire my sub-editor.

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