List of AFC Wimbledon seasons

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AFC Wimbledon Promotion from Isthmian League Premier Division
AFC Wimbledon fans and players celebrating promotion to the Conference South after beating Staines Town 2–1 in the Isthmian League Premier Division Play-off Final at the end of the 2007–08 season.

AFC Wimbledon is an English professional association football club, currently based in Kingston upon Thames, Greater London. The club was formed on 30 May 2002 by supporters of Wimbledon Football Club, led by Kris Stewart, Marc Jones and Trevor Williams who strongly opposed the FA's decision to allow the relocation of Wimbledon F.C. to Milton Keynes, to be subsequently rebranded as MK Dons.[1]

AFC Wimbledon was accepted into the Premier Division of the Combined Counties League for the 2002–03 season.[2] The club's average home attendance at league fixtures for their first season exceeded 3,000 – higher than the average attendance in the same season of Wimbledon F.C., who were still playing in the First Division (now the Football League Championship).[3] The Dons have also set a record for the longest run of unbeaten league games at any level of senior football in the United Kingdom.[4] The team remained unbeaten for 78 league matches between 22 February 2003 (a 2–0 defeat at home to Withdean 2000) and 4 December 2004 (a 2–0 defeat at Cray Wanderers).[5]

The club went on to achieve five promotions in nine seasons, ensuring that they were the first club to be formed in the 21st century to make it into the Football League and making them the youngest of the 92 Football League clubs by some distance.[6]

Key[edit]

The Division is shown in italics when it changes due to promotion, relegation or league reorganisation.

Champions Up-arrow Runners-up Automatic Promotion dagger Promotion via Play-offs double-dagger Relegated

Seasons[edit]

Season League FA Cup Other competitions Top scorer Average Home
Attendance
References
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Name Goal
2002–03 Combined Counties League
Premier Division
46 36 3 7 125 46 111 3rd N/A London Senior Cup R4 Kevin Cooper 37 3,003 [7][8][9][10]
Combined Counties League Premier Challenge Cup R2
2003–04 Combined Counties League
Premier Division
46 42 4 0 180 32 130 1st Up-arrow
Champions
FA Vase R6 Kevin Cooper 53 2,606 [11][12][13][14][15]
London Senior Cup R1
Surrey Senior Cup R3
Combined Counties League Premier Challenge Cup W
2004–05 Isthmian League
Division One
42 29 10 3 91 33 97 1st Up-arrow
Champions
QR3 FA Trophy R1 Richard Butler 24 2,858 [16][17][18][19][20][21]
London Senior Cup R4
Surrey Senior Cup W
Isthmian League Cup QF
2005–06 Isthmian League
Premier Division
42 22 11 9 67 36 77 4th[A] QR2 FA Trophy R1 Shane Smeltz 19 2,706 [22][23][24][25][26][27]
London Senior Cup R4
Surrey Senior Cup RU
Isthmian League Cup QF
2006–07 Isthmian League
Premier Division
42 21 15 6 76 37 75[B] 5th[C] QR4 FA Trophy R2[B] Roscoe D'Sane 17 2,512 [28][29][30][31][32][33]
London Senior Cup R1
Surrey Senior Cup R2[B]
Isthmian League Cup R4
2007–08 Isthmian League
Premier Division
42 22 9 11 81 47 75 3rd[D]
Promoted via
Play-offsdouble-dagger
QR3 FA Trophy R3 Steven Ferguson 10 2,603 [34][35][36][37][38][39]
London Senior Cup QF
Surrey Senior Cup R2
Isthmian League Cup R2
2008–09 Conference
South
42 26 10 6 86 36 88 1st Up-arrow
Champions
R1 FA Trophy R1 Jon Main 33 3,219 [40][41][42][43][44][45]
Conference League Cup R1S
London Senior Cup R1
Surrey Senior Cup R3
2009–10 Conference
National
44 18 10 16 61 47 64 8th R1 FA Trophy R3 Danny Kedwell 21 3,535 [46][47][48][49][50]
London Senior Cup RU
Surrey Senior Cup QF
2010–11 Conference
National
46 27 9 10 83 47 90 2nd[E]
Promoted via
Play-offsdouble-dagger
R2 FA Trophy R2 Danny Kedwell 23 3,486 [51][52][53][54][55]
London Senior Cup SF
Surrey Senior Cup R2
2011–12 Football League
Two
46 15 9 22 62 78 54 16th R2 Football League Cup Prelim. Jack Midson 18 4,295 [56][57][58][59][60][61]
Football League Trophy R3
London Senior Cup SF
Surrey Senior Cup QF
2012–13 Football League
Two
46 14 11 21 54 76 53 20th R2 Football League Cup R1 Jack Midson 13 4,060 [62][63][64][65][66][67]
Football League Trophy R1
London Senior Cup W
Surrey Senior Cup SF
2013–14 Football League
Two
46 14 14 18 49 57 53 [F] 20th R1 Football League Cup R1 Michael Smith 9 4,135 [68][69][70][71][72][73]
Football League Trophy R1
London Senior Cup W
Surrey Senior Cup R2

Notes[edit]

A. ^ AFC Wimbledon were defeated 2–1 by Fisher Athletic in the Isthmian League Premier Division play-off semi-final on 2 May 2006, preventing the club from achieving three back-to-back promotions.[74]
B. ^ AFC Wimbledon were deducted 3-points and fined £400 (reduced from an 18-point deduction on appeal)[75] for the fielding of Jermaine Darlington who, it transpired, had not been registered correctly by the club as he required 'international clearance' in order to be transferred from the Football Association of Wales to the Football Association of England and had therefore played in three matches whilst still ineligible.[76] The 'Darlington affair' also resulted in expulsion from the Surrey Senior Cup and the FA Trophy that season.[77]
C. ^ AFC Wimbledon were defeated 1–0 by Bromley in the Isthmian League Premier Division play-off semi-final on 1 May 2007.[78]
D. ^ AFC Wimbledon beat Staines Town 2–1 in the Isthmian League Premier Division play-off final on 3 May 2008.[79]
E. ^ AFC Wimbledon beat Luton Town 4–3 in a penalty shoot-out after the match had ended 0–0 in extra time in the 2011 Conference National play-off Final on 21 May 2011.[80]
F. ^ AFC Wimbledon were deducted 3 points and given a £5,000 fine suspended for one year by a Football Disciplinary Commission hearing for the ineligible fielding of Jake Nicholson in a 4–3 win over Cheltenham Town on 22 March 2014.[81] In addition the club was required to pay the costs of the hearing.[82] It was found that the player's multiplicity contract had in fact expired on 19 March 2014 and had not been renewed on that date due to the illness of a key member of the club's administrative staff.[83]

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Further reading[edit]

  • Couper, Niall, ed. (2012). This Is Our Time: The AFC Wimbledon Story. London: Cherry Red Books. ISBN 978-1-901447-82-8.