Manager Dave Anderson subsequently left the club by mutual consent on 2 May 2007. , On 14 May 2020 the club released a new, slightly modified, official club crest to mark 32 years since the 1988 FA Cup victory, as well as the forthcoming opening of the new stadium at Plough Lane..  Their first ever game, a pre-season friendly against Sutton United on 10 July 2002, resulted in a 4–0 loss in front of a crowd of 4,657. had played for over 80 years. The 2012–13 campaign marked the 10th anniversary of AFC Wimbledon's inaugural season. In 2006, AFC Wimbledon introduced a new mascot to represent the club, a Womble known as "Haydon" after Haydons Road, the nearest railway station to Wimbledon F.C. Plans to develop the greyhound stadium site as either a multi-purpose stadium or as a football stadium were publicised frequently by the club and the media prior to 2013. The work increased the stadium capacity to approximately 4,850 with 2,265 seats. Since then, the home kit has always been predominantly all royal blue with yellow detailing. On 15 March 2012, coaches from the CFS, in partnership with the Football League's main sponsor nPower, engaged in a community outreach scheme promoting the FA's 'Respect' campaign to school pupils. Since its inception in 2002, AFC Wimbledon had stated that one of its primary aims was to return to Merton, with a new stadium close to what it regards as its "spiritual home" of the original Plough Lane, where the original Wimbledon F.C. The team started the season well, winning seven out of their first 12 matches, but failed to keep the momentum going and had a poor run, eventually finishing the season ranked 16th, 10 points clear of the relegation zone.  AFC Wimbledon also hold the record of being the first club to be formed in the 21st century to make it into the Football League, making them the youngest club in the Football League by some distance.. After an SGM, it was felt by the AFC Wimbledon board of directors that securing ownership of Kingsmeadow would safeguard the ground for the future of both clubs. Wimbledon Ladies' former player Sophie Hosking won an Olympic gold medal for Team GB in the women's lightweight double sculls at the London 2012 games. forbade any right of appeal against the decision. In the play-off final at the City of Manchester Stadium on 21 May 2011, in front of a crowd of 18,195, AFC Wimbledon beat Luton Town 4–3 in a penalty shoot-out, after the match had ended 0–0 in extra time.  Assistant manager Nick English took charge with immediate effect.
to Milton Keynes, with the match ending as a 2–1 defeat for AFC Wimbledon.
, The club places great emphasis on its role as a social focus for the entire local community, and part of this role is to offer the chance to play football to all.
AFC Wimbledon Ladies switched affiliation from Wimbledon F.C. This is not to be confused with Wimbledon Independent Supporters Association (WISA) although WISA has as one of its stated constitutional aims "to purchase shares in AFC Wimbledon's holding company". The club was recognised for the honour because it offers a wide range of community development schemes including 19 youth and women's teams, school health and sport projects (hundreds of children a week participate in the outreach schemes provided) and a range of innovative activities, including a stadium school to help children get to grips with maths by using football as a teaching aid.. Hodges was then named his permanent replacement.. , On 13 June 2002, a new manager, a playing strip and badge based on that of the original Wimbledon FC, and a stadium were unveiled to fans and the media at the packed-out Wimbledon Community Centre. Chelsea's intention was to use the ground for their own youth and women's teams and were not willing to accommodate Kingstonian. The 2016–17 season saw AFC Wimbledon compete in League One for the first time in their history.
This was the first season in which the club had failed to make the top five in the league table.  The match set an attendance record of 4,722 for Kingsmeadow stadium, which at that time was full capacity.
 During 2007–08, he led the club to promotion to the Conference South in his first season in charge, a feat which predecessor Dave Anderson had proved unable to achieve, having lost two consecutive play-off final opportunities in the previous two seasons. After an abysmal start to the season, manager Terry Brown was sacked on 19 September 2012 along with assistant manager Stuart Cash, with AFC Wimbledon sitting just above the relegation zone.  The stadium's opening was initially planned for summer 2019, however, delays have caused the approximate completion date to moved to 25 October 2020.  Clearance of the site in preparation for the new football stadium and housing was begun on 16 March 2018. Accepting the award, Erik Samuelson, chief executive of AFC Wimbledon stated: This club's achievements show that a co-operatively owned football club can be faithful to its high ethical standards, keep a keen focus on community involvement, be financially sustainable – and still be successful on the pitch. For youth teams see AFC Wimbledon Development Squad and Academy. Akinfenwa's passion for Nigeria is as strong as it is for Liverpool, Kwesi Appiah under pressure heading into crunch clash, Millwall dangerously juggling cup joy and league safety, Wimbledon, Solskjaer biggest winners in FA Cup 4th round, Pellegrini 'ashamed' of West Ham in shock loss, Doncaster Rovers v AFC Wimbledon: Preview, AFC Wimbledon v Charlton Athletic: Preview, AFC Wimbledon v Scunthorpe United: Preview. The club look to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle for both Primary and Secondary school children through football and a range of other sports.  The two sides met once again on 7 October 2014, with AFC Wimbledon achieving a first 3–2 win over their rivals in the second round of the Football League Trophy following a late goal from Adebayo Akinfenwa. Despite getting the season off to a mediocre start, the Dons finished the season strongly, winning seven out of their last 10 league matches to ensure that the club would confirm their highest ever League Two finish of seventh place and qualification to the 2016 Football League play-offs. 's original home ground, Plough Lane (1912–98).. On 28 May 2002, the Football Association approved a decision by a three-person arbitration commission they had appointed to allow Wimbledon F.C. , ** Wally Downes was suspended as manager on 25th September 2019 after he was charged by the Football Association over bets placed on games, with his assistant Glyn Hodges taking over his duties. The club has since been promoted six times in 13 seasons, going from the ninth tier (Combined Counties Premier) to the third (League One). Following his suspension, the role was undertaken by his assistant Nicky English. On 1 May 2010, AFC Wimbledon's Community Football Scheme was awarded the FA Charter Standard Community Club Award, the highest graded award attainable in the FA Charter Standard Club Programme, in recognition of the club's outstanding coaching facilities in the local community.
 AFC Wimbledon also won the league's Premier Challenge Cup after beating North Greenford United 4–1 in the Final on 30 April 2004, completing a double for the season.  Samuelson retired in 2019; he was replaced by the club's former COO, Joe Palmer. The Dons faced fifth placed Fleetwood Town in the play-off semi-finals, whom they went on to thrash 8–1 on aggregate.
to help fund a planned new ground in Merton, On 13 December 2017, the contract was signed for the new stadium to be built, with Kingstonian leaving the ground in 2017 as a result.
West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini said he was "ashamed" of his team after League One strugglers Wimbledon stunned his side in the FA Cup on Saturday.
, The 2009–10 season was the club's first in the Conference Premier. Everyone who has contributed to the club's success and this award should be very proud.
* Terry Eames was suspended as manager on 13th February for disciplinary reasons, but was not officially dismissed until 18th February 2004. , At the end of the 2011–12 season, AFC Wimbledon commenced work on building a new 1,000 capacity all-seater stand to replace the existing Kingston Road End. The club crest, which is based on the coat of arms of the Municipal Borough of Wimbledon, features a black double headed eagle in reference to a local legend that Julius Caesar once made camp on Wimbledon Common, this symbol being his own attributed coat of arms. supporters were very strongly opposed to moving the club so far away from Wimbledon, feeling that a club transplanted to a distant location would no longer represent Wimbledon or the club's historic legacy and tradition. One of AFC Wimbledon's main rivals have been Crawley Town.  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).  In order to assemble a competitive team at very short notice, AFC Wimbledon held player trials on 29 June 2002 on Wimbledon Common, open to any unattached player who felt he was good enough to try out for the team. The home of AFC Wimbledon on BBC Sport online.  This aggregate scoreline set a record as the largest winning margin recorded since the Conference Premier first introduced the play-off system at the beginning of the 2002–03 season.  One bright spot in their season was the club's first ever appearance in the FA Cup 5th Round after beating West Ham United 4–2 in the 2018–19 FA Cup.  A record home attendance of 4,870 turned out to see AFC Wimbledon beat Accrington Stanley 1–0 in the first leg of the play-off semi-final on 14 May 2016 (exactly 28 years to the day since the original Wimbledon won the 1988 FA Cup Final against Liverpool) following a dramatic extra time winner from academy product Tom Beere. It will have an initial capacity of 9,300, with the option of expansion to a maximum 20,000 at a later date.. The internal club hearing investigated three charges against Eames; that he made unauthorised and untrue representations to a number of the coaching staff, that he falsely informed members of the coaching staff that the club had decided not to support his plans for youth football and required him to make immediate budgetary cut-backs, and that he dispensed with the services of members of the coaching staff citing falsified reasons.
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