AFC Wimbledon

FL125 VOTE

 

  Who is the all-time fans' favourite at AFC Wimbledon?  
Rank Answer Percentage
1 Vinnie Jones 29%
2 Alan Cork 28%
3 Robbie Earle 19%
4 Steve Galliers 13%
5 Neil Sullivan 11%
     

The FL125 Fans' Favourite voting shortlists were compiled from data submitted by Football League clubs, which was collected from fans through social media. Supporters were asked to submit their suggestions by interacting with their respective clubs through Twitter, using #FL125 and #FansFavourite.

The nominees were:

Neil Sullivan -  Raised in Morden, Neil signed professional forms for his local club Wimbledon in 1988 and he went onto make over 200 appearances during two spells for the Dons.

During his first spell with the club, which lasted 12 years, Neil helped Wimbledon regularly finish in the top-half of the Premier League and in 1994 his reliability was crucial as the Dons finished sixth in the Premier League. Neil was regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the country and evidence of this was provided in 1997/98 when he was selected in the Premier League team of the season.

Following spells with Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Leeds United, Neil joined Doncaster Rovers and during 2012/13 he had a successful loan spell back at Wimbledon and he added to his reputation as a Dons favourite by playing his part in the club’s survival in the Football League.

Vinnie Jones - Vinnie’s role in the famous 1988 FA Cup Final win against Liverpool is still revered by Dons supporters, who claim that his early tackle on Steve McMahon paved the way to success. Vinnie also had two hugely successful spells at the club, the first of them from 1986 until 1989 when his midfield performances regularly helped Wimbledon upset the big boys and to sixth spot in 1987. Vinnie left for Leeds United and helped the Yorkshire side back into the top-flight, but after spells at Sheffield United and Chelsea, he was back with the Dons in 1992. He spent another six years at Wimbledon and became an idol with Dons supporters once again for his combative performances in the centre of the park.

Steve Galliers - The one positive to come out of Wimbledon’s FA Trophy humbling at the hands of Chorley in 1977 was that Steve impressed so much for the Lancashire club that Allen Batsford signed him later that year. By the time Steve signed for the Dons, Wimbledon had left the Southern League behind and were in The Football League for the first time. Nominated by Dons supporters for his 100 per cent commitment to the cause, Steve summed up the Wimbledon fighting spirit that helped the club progress under Dario Gradi and Dave Bassett. Though Steve departed for a brief stay at Crystal Palace during 1981/82, he returned to Wimbledon again and played his part in a remarkable rise that saw Dave Bassett guide the Dons into the top-flight after three promotions.

Alan Cork - Wimbledon’s 1988 FA Cup win was the crowning glory for the ultimate club man with Alan having spent 14 years with the Dons. The hard-working striker certainly knew were the back of the net was during that time as he struck 145 goals in 430 appearances. After arriving at Wimbledon from Derby County in 1978, Alan played a pivotal role in the club’s rise, scoring in all four divisions of the Football League, and he would later go on to also score in the Premier League for Sheffield United. However, it is for his time at Wimbledon that he is most remembered and after helping the Dons into the top-flight in 1986, his goals continually upset the more fashionable clubs in English football.

Robbie Earle - A midfielder who made a name for himself by arriving late in the box and plundering vital goals that made him a favourite with Dons supporters. Robbie arrived from Port Vale in 1991 and he made an instant impression during his first season by scoring 14 goals and helping the Dons to survival in the top-flight. A hard-working presence in the centre of the park, Robbie was one of the first names on the team sheet for manager Joe Kinnear and his goals from midfield helped the Dons to a brilliant sixth place finish in 1994. Three years later, he captained Wimbledon in their memorable domestic cup runs that saw them beaten in the semi-final of the FA Cup and the League Cup. Robbie also went on to earn international recognition for Jamaica and he scored in a 1998 World Cup match against Croatia.

 

  What is AFC Wimbledon's best ever match?  
Rank Answer Percentage
1 Wimbledon 1-0 Liverpool (1988) 65%
2 West Ham 3-4 Wimbledon (1998) 11%
3 Gillingham3-4 AFC Wimbledon (2012) 9%
3 AFC Wimbledon 6-1 Fleetwood (2011) 9%
4 Wimbledon 4-3 Aston Villa (1994) 6%
     

The FL125 Greatest Match voting shortlists were compiled from data submitted by Football League clubs, which was collected from fans through social media. Supporters were asked to submit their suggestions by interacting with their respective clubs through Twitter, using #FL125 and #GreatGames.

The nominations were:

Gillingham 3-4 AFC Wimbledon (2012) - The Dons were seemingly dead and buried at 3-1 down with 20 minutes left, but an goal from Garry Richards and a late Jack Midson double snatched victory. The loan signings of Jason Euell, Billy Knott and George Moncur, along with the record club signing of Byron Harrison, had rejuvenated Terry Brown's men, providing vital points and breathing space away from the relegation places. This match is widely regarded by supporters as Wimbledon's best during their first season back in The Football League and over 1,000 Dons fans were there to see it.

AFC Wimbledon 6-1 Fleetwood (2011) - Wimbledon booked their place in the Conference National Play-Off Final with an emphatic victory against the Cod Army. Kaid Mohamed led the charge with a hat-trick and goals from Danny Kedwell, Christian Jolley and James Mulley marched the Dons towards Manchester. There was a special buzz around the Cherry Red Records Stadium as the Dons ensured they were just 90 minutes away from a Football League return. Of course, the Dons were triumphant at Manchester and that led to the first chants of "It only took nine years" from Dons supporters, who had followed the club since its rebirth in 2002.

Wimbledon 1-0 Liverpool (1988) - Wimbledon pulled off one of the greatest shocks in FA Cup Final history by beating the team who dominated English football in the 1980s. Four years earlier Liverpool were crowned European Champions and they were bidding for a second domestic double in three seasons, but the Crazy Gang had other ideas. Lawrie Sanchez scored the winner and Dave Beasant saved John Aldridge's penalty, but they were all heroes in blue.

West Ham 3-4 Wimbledon (1998) - A truly remarkable comeback from the Dons at Upton Park as Joe Kinnear's men came from 3-0 down to win 4-3. It looked all over by the 27th minute after a double from Ian Wright and a John Hartson strike. However, Marcus Gayle started the fightback with the first of his two goals after half an hour and Jason Euell and Efan Ekoku struck the other two goals to earn a memorable victory for Wimbledon.

Wimbledon 4-3 Aston Villa (1994) - Current Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley led a Dons fightback from 3-0 down with the other goals coming from Warren Barton, Vinnie Jones and Oyvind Leonhardsen. It was a time when Wimbledon were regularly in the top 10 of the Premier League and this fightback summed up that famous never-say-die spirit produced by the Dons on many occasions.

 

  Who is AFC Wimbledon's best ever captain?  
Rank Answer Percentage
1 Dave Beasant 46%
2 Roy Law 30%
3 Danny Kedwell 15%
4 Jason Goodliffe 7%
5 Gary Peters 2%
     

The FL125 Greatest Captain voting shortlists were compiled from data submitted by Football League clubs, which was collected from fans through social media. Supporters were asked to submit their suggestions by interacting with their respective clubs through Twitter, using #FL125 and #OurBestCaptain.

The nominees were:

Roy Law - A captain who led by example during Wimbledon’s success as an amateur club back in the 1960s. A commanding presence at the back, Roy was an integral part of Wimbledon’s FA Amateur Cup winning team in 1963, the Dons memorably beating Sutton United 4-2 at Wembley. Roy became Wimbledon’s record appearance holder as he played 644 games for the Dons between 1958 and 1972, a spell that included three successive Isthmian League titles during the 1960s.

Danny Kedwell - Danny’s spell as Dons captain had the best possible ending when he scored the winning penalty against Luton Town that earned Wimbledon a spot in The Football League. Though Danny departed for Gillingham shortly after his last crucial act as a Wimbledon player, he is still regarded as a favourite with Dons supporters after his goals lifted the club from the Conference South into The Football League.

Dave Beasant - The man who will always be remembered for saving John Aldridge’s penalty in 1988 to help the Dons to a memorable 1-0 FA Cup Final win against Liverpool. It was the first spot-kick to be saved at Wembley in an FA Cup Final and what a way to lead by example as captain. Beasant also provided steady assurance between the sticks during his time with the Dons that included helping Wimbledon rise through the leagues and finish sixth in their first top-flight season (1986/87).

Jason Goodliffe - Persuading Jason to drop down the leagues and lead AFC Wimbledon’s promotion charge turned out to be a managerial masterstroke by Terry Brown. Jason had played full-time football with Stevenage, but he was looking to go part-time and Wimbledon were the ideal club at that stage of his career. Jason led Wimbledon to successive promotions from the Ryman League to the Conference National between 2007 and 2009 and his combative, never-say-die style at the back is still revered by Dons supporters.

Gary Peters - After making his name with Reading and Fulham, defender Gary arrived at Wimbledon in 1982 and he played a pivotal role in the club’s rise through the leagues. During his first season (1982/83), Gary helped the Dons to the old Fourth Division title. After being named captain by Dave Bassett, Gary helped Wimbledon to their second successive promotion and he left for Aldershot in 1984 with the club having made it into the second tier of English football for the first time. Bassett would later complete the job of taking Wimbledon all the way to the top-flight and it was because of players such as Gary.

 

  Who is AFC Wimbledon's greatest ever player?   
Rank Answer Percentage
1 Alan Cork 31%
2 Robbie Earle 28%
3 Roy Law 22%
4 Eddie Reynolds 10%
5 Danny Kedwell 9%
     

The FL125 Greatest Player voting shortlists were compiled from data submitted by Football League clubs, which was collected from fans through social media. Supporters were asked to submit their suggestions by interacting with their respective clubs through Twitter, using #FL125 and #OurGreatestPlayer.

The nominees were:

Alan Cork - Alan's goals for Wimbledon between 1978 and 1992 were a key factor in the club's rapid rise. The striker played and scored in all four divisions of The Football League with his goals helping the Dons to three promotions in just four seasons. Alan holds the record for most Wimbledon goals (145) and appearances (430) in The Football League. 'Corky' scored vital goals in the top flight too and he starred in Wimbledon's famous 1988 FA Cup win against Liverpool.

Roy Law - A centre-back who provided the platform for Wimbledon's sustained success as a non-league side in the 1960s. Roy's commanding presence at the back helped Wimbledon to FA Amateur Cup success in 1963 at Wembley and to four Isthmian League titles during the same decade. Roy featured a record 644 times for Wimbledon in all competitions between 1958 and 1972. The spine of that great Wimbledon team from 1963 is fondly remembered by many with goalkeeper Mike Kelly playing behind him and record Wimbledon goalscorer Eddie Reynolds up front.

Eddie Reynolds - As mentioned above, Northern Irishman Eddie was the man who delivered the goals to spark Wimbledon's glory in the 1960s. Eddie was simply lethal as a striker and his haul of 340 goals in 329 matches between 1957 and 1966 made him Wimbledon's all-time record goalscorer. Eddie's goals helped the Dons win the FA Amateur Cup in 1963 and to four Isthmian League titles.

Robbie Earle - Robbie joined the Dons in 1991 from Port Vale and his influential midfield performances made him a big favourite with supporters. Robbie scored nine goals to help Wimbledon to their highest Premier League finish of sixth in 1994 and he captained the club during the 1996/97 season, a campaign that saw Joe Kinnear's side reach both domestic cup semi-finals. Robbie also made his mark on the international scene when he scored Jamaica's first goal in a World Cup Finals match against Croatia in 1998.

Danny Kedwell - Signed from Grays Athletic in the summer of 2008, Danny wasted no time leading Wimbledon's charge towards The Football League. Danny's lethal partnership with Jon Main marched Wimbledon into the Conference National and there was certainly more to come from the powerful striker. Danny scored a memorable winner against Crawley Town, a goal particularly remembered by Dons supporters as he had turned down a move to the Sussex club. However, a more crucial contribution from Danny came later on during that same 2010/11 season when he scored the penalty that earned Wimbledon a Play-Off victory against Luton and a spot in The Football League. Though Danny left to join his boyhood club Gillingham, his contribution will never be forgotten by Dons supporters.

 

  When was AFC Wimbledon's best season?  
Rank Answer Percentage
1 1987/88 58%
2 1996/97 19%
3 1986/87 10%
4 1974/75 8%
5 1982/83 5%
     

The FL125 Greatest Season voting shortlists were compiled from data submitted by Football League clubs, which was collected from fans through social media. Supporters were asked to submit their suggestions by interacting with their respective clubs through Twitter, using #FL125 and #OurBestSeason.

The nominations were:

1987/88 - Wimbledon's second season in the top flight ended with arguably the most famous FA Cup Final shock of all time as the Crazy Gang stunned League Champions Liverpool. Lawrie Sanchez scored the only goal and Dave Beasant saved a crucial penalty from John Aldridge, but all of the Dons players that day were Wimbledon heroes. Bobby Gould inherited a good squad from Dave Bassett and his decision to retain the same principles of team ethic and hard work that had served Wimbledon so well paid off. With the assistance of Don Howe, Wimbledon were unstoppable in the FA Cup as they brushed aside West Brom, Mansfield, Newcastle, Watford and Luton along the way, before upsetting the mighty Reds. The league season wasn't too bad either with Wimbledon finishing seventh in the First Division.

1996/97 - Wimbledon reached two domestic cup semi-finals and although both ended in defeat, supporters still cherish the memories of those cup runs. The highlight was the FA Cup fourth round replay win against holders Manchester United when Marcus Gayle struck to earn a 1-0 win at Selhurst Park. Though the run ended with semi-final heartbreak against Chelsea and the Dons also lost to Leicester in the League Cup last-four, it had been an exciting season under Joe Kinnear and Wimbledon finished eighth in the Premier League.

1982/83 - The remarkable rise of Wimbledon through The Football League under the guidance of Dave "Harry" Bassett started with a bang as the Dons won the Fourth Division with 98 points. There was no stopping the Dons after that as they earned three promotions in just four seasons to gain a coveted place in the top flight. It all started in 1982/83 and older Dons supporters remember that campaign as a magical season when Wimbledon's rise really started to gather pace.

1974/75 - A truly amazing season for Wimbledon in more ways that one. Manager Allen Batsford guided the Dons to Southern League title success, but that only told half of the story. Wimbledon upset top flight Burnley to pull off a remarkable FA Cup shock and then followed those epic ties against Leeds United. Wimbledon held the mighty Leeds at Elland Road with a memorable penalty save from Dickie Guy, before eventually losing out 1-0 after a replay. Wimbledon also won the London Senior Cup in a memorable season for the club.

1986/87 - After three promotions in four seasons, this campaign was supposed to be a bridge too far for Wimbledon. Many expected the Dons to struggle to stay up, but they finished sixth in the old First Division. Dave Bassett had fostered a team spirit that made Wimbledon a potent weapon, especially against those sides who took them lightly, and the season provided a platform for Wimbledon to thrive as an established top-flight club.

 

  Who is AFC Wimbledon's best ever manager?  
Rank Answer Percentage
1 Dave Bassett 37%
2 Terry Brown 23%
3 Bobby Gould 17%
4 Allen Batsford 13%
5 Joe Kinnear 10%
     

The FL125 Greatest Manager voting shortlists were compiled from data submitted by Football League clubs, which was collected from fans through social media. Supporters were asked to submit their suggestions by interacting with their respective clubs through Twitter, using #FL125 and #GreatManagers.

The nominees were:

Allen Batsford - Following a superb spell at Walton & Hersham that included leading the club to FA Amateur Cup glory and pulling off an FA Cup upset against Brian Clough’s Brighton, Allen arrived at Wimbledon in 1974 with a big reputation in non-league football. His spell at Plough Lane certainly lived up to expectations as he guided Wimbledon to three successive Southern League titles and into the Football League for the first time in their history in 1977. Along the way came that famous FA Cup run of 1974/75 when Wimbledon stunned top-flight Burnley and took Don Revie’s Leeds United to a replay after a memorable penalty save by Dickie Guy at Elland Road.

Dave Bassett - Dave followed Allen Batsford from Walton & Hersham and played in the team that helped Wimbledon into the Football League. However, Harry, as he became known, would go onto bigger and better achievements as a manager. After calling time on his playing career in 1979, Dave was offered a coaching role at the club and he was appointed as manager in January 1981. Bassett certainly had the Midas touch and just months later he guided Wimbledon to promotion from the old Division Four. Though Bassett failed to prevent an immediate relegation, the young manager bounced back in spectacular fashion. A remarkable four seasons at Plough Lane followed, starting with winning the Division Four title in 1983 with 98 points, and three years later Wimbledon were in the top-flight – just nine years after entering The Football League. The success didn’t end there as Bassett helped Wimbledon to a sixth place finish in the old Division One in 1987, before he left Wimbledon club after announcing that he had taken the club as far as he could.

Bobby Gould - The man who will forever be associated with Wimbledon’s historic 1988 FA Cup win against Liverpool. Bobby was quick to acknowledge the work of his predecessor in his glory, but that should not take anything away from his superb achievements. With the assistance of Don Howe, Bobby decided to retain the majority of Bassett’s squad, along with the core principles of team ethic and hard work that went with it. There was certainly no fluke about FA Cup success because Bobby established Wimbledon as a comfortable top-flight club. The Dons came seventh during their FA Cup-winning season, before they finished 12th and eighth in his other two seasons at the helm.

Joe Kinnear - Joe’s appointment as manager continued the club’s tradition of appointing from within as he was promoted from reserve team manager, a position he had held since 1989. What followed was a sustained spell of success for Wimbledon in the top-flight as Joe consistently led the Dons to top-10 finishes in the Premier League, starting with sixth spot in 1994. Despite millions being poured into the Premier League, unfashionable Wimbledon regularly finished above the bigger clubs with Liverpool, Spurs and Chelsea trailing in their wake during Joe’s first season. It was a campaign that saw Joe awarded three Manager of the Month awards. The Dons finished ninth in Joe’s next season and were regularly in the top-10 before he resigned as manager in June 1999 due to health problems. Joe also came so close to taking Wimbledon back to Wembley for the first time since 1988 as they reached two domestic cup semi-finals in 1997. His notable achievements also came with a modest budget and at a time when Wimbledon never had their own home as they were playing at Selhurst Park.

Terry Brown - Terry led Wimbledon back to The Football League after a remarkable spell of three promotions in four seasons. AFC Wimbledon’s march through the leagues had hit the buffers with two seasons in the Ryman Premier League before Terry arrived in the summer of 2007. However, Terry’s knowledge and contacts in non-league helped him recruit some of the best talents outside the Football League and a season later they were promoted to the Conference South after a tense Play-Off win against Staines Town. There was no stopping the Dons and they were Champions in 2008/09, which meant they had reached the top-flight in non-league just seven years after the club’s rebirth. Following a steady, but unspectacular, debut season in the Conference National that saw the Dons finish eighth, AFC Wimbledon turned full-time for the first time and that decision helped Terry take the club onto the next level. The 2010/11 campaign was exciting from start to finish; the early months of matching Crawley Town at the top of the table, maintaining a Play-Off place, and then the glory of Manchester. The Dons clinched promotion to The Football League with a Danny Kedwell penalty earning Play-Off final victory against Luton Town. There were good times too during Terry’s debut season in The Football League, perhaps the highlight was a 4-3 win at Gillingham, and Wimbledon comfortably survived in 16th place. A bad start to 2012/13 resulted in Terry’s departure in October 2012 but he had already earned his place among the Wimbledon managerial greats.