AFC Wimbledon was formed in the 2002/03 season by Wimbledon FC fans. These supporters strongly opposed the decision of an independent commission, appointed by The Football Association, to allow the relocation of Wimbledon F.C. to Milton Keynes. This would have also meant a change of name to Milton Keynes Dons (MK Dons), which is one of the reasons why the two clubs now have such a big rivalry. In the 15 years since the club was formed, they have gained six promotions and will go into next season in League One.
What Happened Last Season?
AFC Wimbledon finished 15th out of 24 teams in the 2016/17 season – a decent return considering they were promoted the season prior to that, playing against teams of a much higher standard. The team’s top goal scorer was Lyle Taylor, with 14 league goals. Taylor is AFC Wimbledon’s star striker; the London-born player also represents the national team of Montserrat. Taylor was Wimbledon’s top scorer in League Two as well, proving that he is coming into a rich vein of form at this stage in his career. AFC Wimbledon finished three teams below MK Dons and in the away fixture at Stadium mk, the home side secured a 1-0 win. This setback just gave them more motivation when they came to play them again at home, beating MK Dons convincingly with a 2-0 scoreline.
Transfers: Player Movement
The club have strengthened the squad heading into next season, which bodes well for a team looking to climb the table. Amongst those coming into the club is Jimmy Abdou, with the midfielder joining from Millwall. The club has also signed a striker, Cody McDonald, from fellow League One club Gillingham for an undisclosed fee. A proven player at this level should enable a smooth transition into the side.
Prediction for 2017/18 Season
An achievable finish for the club next season would be 12th place, higher than last year. At the beginning they may struggle, with quite a few new players to integrate into the side, having also lost some key starters from last season, like Jake Reeves and Dominic Poleon. The team will have to adjust and that may take some time at the beginning of the season. However, as the season progresses the team will gel and improve quickly. AFC Wimbledon’s first league match next season is against Scunthorpe United – a tough fixture, but one they can definitely get a result from. Hopefully they can repeat last season’s away result at Scunthorpe, where they secured a 2-1 win.