AFC Wimbledon Club Profile
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AFC Wimbledon : Club Background

Kingsmeadow - home of both Kingstonian and AFC Wimbledon
Kingsmeadow - home of both Kingstonian and AFC Wimbledon

In the strictest sense of the definition, AFC Wimbledon are one of professional football's newest clubs, having only been formed in May 2002, just twelve months before Yeovil Town worked their way into the Football League. They started life in the Combined Counties League Premier Division, and worked their way up to become a Football League club just nine years later, and have been in League Two ever since.

In the spiritual sense though, AFC Wimbledon are the old Wimbledon FC that became known as the Crazy Gang in the 1980s, as they occupied the top flight of English football. They are also old Southern League rivals of Yeovil Town, with the two clubs regularly competing for the top spots between 1965 and 1977. Their position as 197475, 197576 and 197677 Southern League Champions meant that they deservedly were elected as members of the Football League in the summer of 1977, and at that point their path and Yeovil Town's rapidly diverged as the Dons headed towards top flight football and becoming FA Cup winners.

The Dons returned for pre-season friendlies in 1979, 1992 and 1999 for pre-season friendlies, before the set of shameful events took place that saw their club franchised out to Milton Keynes, seeing the breakaway club formed that is certainly recognised amongst grass roots football supporters as the true child of that original Wimbledon football club.

Their quick rise through the leagues can be demonstrated by the honours that they've won since forming in the summer of 2002: Combined Counties League Premier Division Champions: 2003-04, Isthmian League Division One Champions: 2004-05, Isthmian League Premier Division Play-Off winners: 2007-08, Conference South Champions: 2008-09, Conference National Play-Off Winners: 2010-11 - five promotions in seven seasons.

Since they've entered the league, finishes of 16th, 20th, 20th and 15th show that they have occasionally flirted with a return to non-league, most notably during the 2012-13 campaign that saw them start the final day in the relegation zone.

One of their constraints has been their football ground. They have been using the Kingsmeadow Stadium - initially with Kingstonian as landlords, and then with Wimbledon taking over ownership of the ground, with the K's becoming tenants. In the long run, it seems as though both parties will be leaving the stadium. Chelsea have reached agreement to purchase the lease on the stadium so they can use it to host their Academy fixtures.

Meanwhile AFC Wimbledon plan to return home - Merton Council have given the club permission to return to an area close to the original Plough Lane ground and build a stadium that will hold up to 20,000 people, with an initial 11,000 capacity planned, combining that with 600 residential units, retail and commercial space and a leisure club. At present there is no firm timescale for the development - which will be on the site of the current Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium - but it would appear that eventually the history of football in Wimbledon will turn full circle.

The Main Stand at Kingsmeadow
The Main Stand at Kingsmeadow
Photo © Matthew Wilkinson.

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Wimbledon : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Wimbledon

27/11/1965AwaySLD0-0
23/04/1966HomeSLW2-0Muir, Harding
27/08/1966AwaySLL0-2
31/12/1966HomeSLW3-0Taylor(3)
14/10/1967HomeSLL1-2Allen
02/03/1968AwaySLL0-3
28/09/1968AwaySLL0-1
03/05/1969HomeSLD0-0
30/08/1969AwaySLL1-2Housley
04/10/1969HomeSLW3-1Housley, Plumb, Myers
22/08/1970AwaySLW3-2Plumb, Dixon, Myers
26/09/1970HomeSLD0-0
27/02/1971AwayFAT3D1-13194Moffat
03/03/1971HomeFAT3RW4-05157Weller(3), Moffat
22/01/1972AwayFAT1W5-11967Cotton(2), Myers(2), K Thompson
15/04/1972HomeSLD1-12004Weller
22/04/1972AwaySLL0-2
16/12/1972AwaySLW2-0Clancy, K Thompson
07/04/1973HomeSLW2-03727Trebilcock, K Thompson
15/12/1973HomeSLD1-11739Cottle
02/02/1974AwaySLL0-1
20/08/1974AwaySLL0-11260
21/09/1974HomeSLL0-12353
24/01/1976AwaySLD0-01734
25/02/1976HomeSLL1-22912Cotton
03/04/1976HomeSLCF1D1-12441Cotton
10/04/1976AwaySLCF2L1-23350Plumb
05/10/1976AwaySLCSW2-1Harrison, K Thompson
27/11/1976HomeSLD1-1Brown
07/05/1977AwaySLL0-1
02/08/1979HomeFrndD0-0
24/07/1992HomeFrndL0-41017
21/07/1999HomeFrndL2-41620Eaton, Foster


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Wimbledon

HomeAwayOverall
WDLFAWDLFAWDLFA
57522184391520910143738


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AFC Wimbledon : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs AFC Wimbledon

12/09/2015HomeFL2D1-13687Bird 26
30/01/2016AwayFL2W3-24525Compton 12, 35, 63


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs AFC Wimbledon

HomeAwayOverall
WDLFAWDLFAWDLFA
010111003211043


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AFC Wimbledon : Club Statistics

FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

CLUB GOALSCORERS
Name LGE FAC FAT LGC CC Total

ATTENDANCE STATISTICS

Highest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Lowest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Average League Attendance: Not Applicable

CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS

Games Without A Win: 0 Games Without A Home Win: 0
Games Without An Away Win: 0 Games Without Defeat: 0
Games Without A Home Defeat: 0 Games Without An Away Defeat: 0
Games Without A Draw: 0 Games Without A Score Draw: 0
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 0 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence:
Away Results Sequence: Overall Results Sequence:


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AFC Wimbledon : Club Information
Cherry Red Records Stadium
Kingsmeadow
Jack Goodchild Way
422a Kingston Road
Kingston-upon-Thames
KT1 3PB
(Click for map)

Telephone Number : 020 8547 3528
Fax : 0808 280 0816
Email: info@afcwimbledon.co.uk
Chief Executive : Erik Samuelson
Secretary :
Safety Officer : Phil Clarke
Programme Editor : David Charles
Manager : Neal Ardley

Capacity : Just over 5,000
Seated : 2,265
Covered Terrace :

Record Attendance :
Colours : Blue with thin white stripes and trim
Nickname : The Dons or The Wombles

Ticket Prices :
Tickets are available in advance from the Huish Park Ticket Office for our 2015-16 fixture. Prices depend on whether you'd prefer seating or standing and are as follows:

Seated Tickets: (Away Capacity between 94 and 202 seats depending on demand)
Adults: 20.00; Over-65s or Students (with ID): 13.00; Under-18s: 9.00.

Standing Terrace: (Capacity 750)
Adults: 16.00; Over-65s or Students (with ID): 10.00; Under-18s: 4.00.

You can gain entry to both away sections via the access road off Kingston Road.

NOTE: Seated tickets for this game are now SOLD OUT. Terrace tickets remain available and can be purchased on the day of the game.

Disabled Info:
Disabled supporters pay the relevant age band as above, but can take an assistant with them, free of charge.

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AFC Wimbledon : Directions To The Ground

Terracing behind one of the goals at Kingsmeadow
Terracing behind one of the goals at Kingsmeadow
Photo © Stephen Harris.

General

Anyone remember going to Kingstonian FC in our non-league days? Well you're going there again. AFC Wimbledon are currently groundsharing with the K's and you'll find their ground in South-West London around halfway between Kingston and New Malden, in a fairly residential area generally known as Norbiton.

By Road

There are 101 ways to do the last half dozen miles. The route we'd recommend is A303 and M3 towards London and then take the M25 anti-clockwise towards Gatwick and Croydon. Two junctions later, take the Junction 12 turn-off and get on the A3 towards London that takes you past the Chessington World of Adventures.

Don't be tempted to take any signposts for Kingston town centre. It's a lot easier to stay on the A3 a bit longer until you reach the A2043 towards New Malden. Take the sliproad off the A3, then take the first turn at the roundabout towards New Malden. At the next junction you'll need to filter left taking the A2043 towards Kingston. Continue along this road for around a mile and you'll find the turning for Jack Goodchild Way on your left in a very leafy residential area of the road. There's a 'Kingsmeadow' arch that should be visible from the road.

Parking

There is parking at the ground for just 350 vehicles, which includes 32 spaces for disabled blue badge holders. Needless to say you need to arrive early to bag these.

The ground is far enough between Kingston and New Malden for there to be residential street parking in the side roads, but needless to say watch all signage carefully. There's plenty of shoppers car parking in Kingston or New Malden centres but that's about a 20 minute walk and will be fairly expensive, particularly at the Kingston end.

By Rail

There are three choices of railway station - New Malden, Norbiton and Kingston. Of the three, Norbiton is the best one to pick if you can as it's the closest to the ground. For folk coming from Yeovil, you can change at Clapham Junction and catch a slow stopping service that will take you to Norbiton.

To get to the ground from Norbiton, leave the station via the back entrance to the station, walk down Norbiton Avenue so you are walking away from the railway line (immediately passing Homersham Road on your left) and stay on this road as it curves around to the left. Turn right onto Gloucester Road, then left onto Cambridge Road (A2043 main road). Kingsmeadow is on the opposite side of the road about 300 metres further down.

If you're wanting to visit some town pubs, you may want to head to Kingston station - it's a little further to walk, but there are only a few options around Norbiton, and around the ground itself it's terrible.

Check the National Rail Enquiries site for details of services.

By Bus

The 131 bus stops outside the stadium and runs from both Wimbledon train station and Kingston town centre.

By Taxi

A selection of Kingston taxi companies can be found here.
A selection of New Malden taxi companies can be found here.

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AFC Wimbledon : Web Resources
Web Sites

AFC Wimbledon Official Website
AFC Wimbledon's main club website


Web Message Boards


E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters



Local Press

Get West London
Newspaper-style product (although we don't know what newspaper this is!) covering AFC Wimbledon in a dedicated section.



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AFC Wimbledon : Food & Drink
General :

The area the ground is situated in is a little frustrating as you're halfway between nowhere. This section of Kingston Road is very very residential and so for most pubs you have to do a fair bit of walking. If you're coming in by train, you may prefer to drink around the station area and then walk into the ground late. Don't go looking for the Robert Peel pub that used to exist during our K's days - it's a pile of building rubble now. Similarly the Duke of Wellington and the Prince of Wales which were both on Kingston Road are now also closed. Doesn't anyone in this street drink beer?!?

Club Bar :

There are two club bars at the ground - the back bar holds up to 150 people, whilst the middle bar caters for 300 people. Wimbledon indicate that they decide on a match-by-match basis whether away fans are allowed into their bars.

For our 2015-16 visit, Wimbledon have said that we'll be welcome in both bars. They open at 12.00 noon, with Plough Lane Ale in both bars and Hogsback TEA in the back bar. They also have something called "Hot Cider" which sounds a bit novel! They will have Colchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur on TV before the game, and Liverpool vs West Ham on afterwards.

Local Pubs :

Bricklayer Arms: One of the nearer pubs to the ground - has a reputation for being a bit of a locals bar. Shows live football games on the screens.
Bricklayer Arms, 53 Hawks Road, Kingston upon Thames, London, KT1 3DS. Tel: 020-8546-2634. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Canbury Arms: Independent pub situated on the north side of Kingston, partway between Kingston and Norbiton stations. As such it's a little out of your way in terms of the ground. However, when paired up with the nearby Willoughby Arms (see below) it becomes worthwhile as a pair of real ale pubs. Beers are Binghams Brewery Twyford Tipple, Surrey Hills Ranmore Ale, Sambrooks Wandle, Twickenham Naked Ladies and Timothy Taylor Landlord - they indicate that "3-5 ales" are on suggesting that you may not see all of these at any given time. They also do food - note that it's definitely up on the expensive gastro-pub side - expect to pay up to 15 for a standard main course, with steak and lamb dishes higher. Breakfasts are available until noon. Opening hours are 9.00a.m. until 11.00p.m. with Sundays seeing them open at noon and close at 10.30p.m.
Canbury Arms, 49 Canbury Park Road, Kingston upon Thames, London, KT2 6LQ. Tel: 020-8255-9129. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Druids Head: Independent pub situated south-west of Kingston station close to where the River Thames meets with the Hogsmill River offshoot. There's a decent number of pubs around the riverside although they're a bit of a tourist trap. This pub is situated a little bit further in and does a selection of real ales - Goose Island Honkers, IPA and 312 Urban Wheat are listed. Food is available - you should just about get change from a tenner for a main course. There is also a beer garden. Opening hours are 11.00a.m. until 11.00p.m. with an hour extension on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Druids Head, 3 Market Place, Kingston upon Thames, London, KT1 1JT. Tel: 020-8546-0723. Email: hello@druidshead-kingston.co.uk. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Kings Tun: Wetherspoon chain pub, handy for those coming in from Kingston railway station, as it's a short distance south of the station, which is roughly in the direction of the ground.
Kings Tun, 153157 Clarence Street, Kingston upon Thames, London, KT1 1QT. Tel: 020-8547-3827. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Watchman: Wetherspoon offering for anyone coming in via New Malden railway station. It's just off the A2043 which means either a healthy walk, or you can get a bus that runs along that road to the ground. It's about a five minute walk south of the railway station.
Watchman, 184 High Street, New Malden, Surrey, KT3 4ES. Tel: 020-8329-0450. Map: Click Here.

Willoughby Arms: Independent real ale pub situated roughly midway between Kingston and Norbiton train stations. It's north of Kingston town centre and so is a little further away from the ground than the two stations. It's a large victorian pub that usually have seven real ales on - fixed varieties from Twickenham ales, then some rotations from Surrey Hills of Shere, Welton's of Horsham, Upham Punter and then more well known national brands of Sharp's Doombar, Atlantic and from Timothy Taylor. There is a large beer garden and they also have TV screens showing sports, including one in the overhang that serves as a smoking area outside. There is food although it appears to be just Chicago Town brand pizzas on offer.
Willoughby Arms, 47 Willoughby Road, Kingston upon Thames, London, KT2 6LN. Tel: 020-8546-4236. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.


Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :

Like most places within the M25, everything seems to have become a little bit like listening to the cast on Eastenders. So you'll understand them. Hopefully there's enough old-school Southern League Wombles fans still around for you to strike up a conversation or two with them as well.

Top-Tip :

Don't get off at Wimbledon railway station and then think you can walk to the ground from there!

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AFC Wimbledon : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels

Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.


Other Points Of Interest

[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]

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