Tag: Wimbledon

28th February 2004- New Division One, Watford 4 Wimbledon 0

This would be the last time we played this incarnation of Wimbledon and by then they were very much Wimbledon in name only.   They were already playing home games at the National Hockey Stadium in Milton Keynes and at the end of the season the Football League allowed Pete Winkleman to change the name of the side he’d taken over to the MK Dons.

The fans of the real club had already established AFC Wimbledon in the summer of 2002 and at the time of this game were top of the Combined Counties League which they would win starting a run of 5 promotions taking them back to the Football League in 2011.

For more about the whole sorry business of how two members of a three person independent panel, commissioned by the FA, allowed franchising to happen see the Wikipedia article, ‘Relocation of Wimbledon F.C. to Milton Keynes‘.

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BBC SportWatford pulled further away from the drop zone while Wimbledon were sent closer to the relegation trapdoor.

BSAD imageBSAD report: The easiest three points of the season, gained with a performance that ambled around for long periods to general disinterest before casually stuffing another goal past an utterly shambolic Franchise defence.

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17th August 2002-New Division One, Watford 3 Wimbledon 2

The side we played that day were really an embryonic MK Dons.  In May the FA had given the go ahead for the then owners of Wimbledon to relocate the club to Milton Keynes, although they wouldn’t actually move for another year.  In response the supporters of Wimbledon re-launched the club as AFC Wimbledon and by the time of this game were already playing in the Combined Counties League which explains the rather empty away end.

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Lets just pretend Tommy Smith doesn’t fall over whilst celebrating Allan Nielsen’s goal.

BBC report

Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 22.52.13BSAD report:When else do I get to write a match report that can be as biased and as blinkered as I like, safe in the knowledge that there were no opposition fans present to offer conflicting witness statements?

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Taken from 26 Aug 2002 Watford v Coventry City programme

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More games from 17th August at https://oldwatford.com/tag/aug17/

2nd January 2001- New Division One, Watford 3 Wimbledon 1

At first glance, you could reasonably say that we’ve waited for two miserable months for a performance like this. Personally, I’d argue that we’ve been waiting for it all season.

So, back to basics – a cold January evening, a 36-year-old goalkeeper who cost one-squillionth as much as his deputy, and some changes in personnel since I last watched the Horns. Steve Palmer and Michel Ngonge have been Frankensteinly morphed together to produce Carlton Palmer, whose all-round Mr Tickle aspects were at their very best last night. 

We had shape. And purpose. The central midfield of Carlton Palmer and Allan Nielsen scrapped away tirelessly and destructively, and when they got the ball they fed the wings or the the forwards rather than just passing the ball to them.

More games from 2nd January at https://oldwatford.com/tag/jan2