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We've Met Before - AFC Wimbledon

7 July 2014

AFC Wimbledon was founded as a phoenix club in 2002 as a result of the FA’s decision to back a three-man independent panel in relocating Wimbledon FC to Milton Keynes.

The majority of Wimbledon fans strongly opposed the idea and created their own club from scratch to try and continue the club’s legacy and traditions which they felt had been abandoned by the decision to sever any ties with the area of Wimbledon.

It has been a steady rise for the Dons since joining the Premier Division of the Combined Counties League in the ninth tier of English Football. The club has enjoyed five promotions since and has established itself in League Two since 2011.

Wimbledon ground-share with Kingstonian at Kingsmeadow which has a capacity of 4,850. Wycombe suffered defeats home and away against the Dons last season, with a 1-0 defeat in Kingston followed by a 3-0 loss at Adams Park in January 2014.

Wimbledon released six players this summer including ex-Chairboy centre-back Will Antwi. The others to depart Kingsmeadow were Peter Sweeney, Charlie Strutton, Luke Moore, Rhys Weston and Callum Kennedy.

Neil Ardley has brought in two more ex-Wycombe players in the form of midfielder Dannie Bulman and striker Adebayo Azeez. The Dons forward line is also boosted by new signings Sean Rigg, Matt Tubbs and Adebayo Akinfenwa. Mark Phillips, once a trialist at Wycombe, has also signed on, as has former Arsenal goalkeeper James Shea.

The Chairboys host the Dons at Adams Park on Saturday 18th October 2014.

The reverse meeting sees the Blues travel to Kingsmeadow on Saturday 18th April 2015.

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