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AFC Wimbledon Suspend Wally Downes…

AFC Wimbledon, currently in the bottom 3 of League 1 have today suspended their first team manager Wally Downes until further notice, for a breach of FA Betting rules.

A Club Statement Read:

Club manager Wally Downes has been suspended from first team duties pending further notice.

The club has been informed that Wally has been charged by the FA for Misconduct under FA Rule E1(b) in respect of 8 bets placed on football matches between 30 November 2013 and 12 July 2019.

Given the seriousness of this breach in FA regulations, the club has decided to suspend Wally with immediate effect, giving time for the club and Dons Trust boards to look at the allegations more closely and make a further announcement in due course.

 

This couldn’t have come at a worse time for AFC Wimbledon, who are in the middle of a bad run of form.

Wally Downes was appointed, in December last year and led them against all the odds to survival in League 1, thanks to a last day draw at Bradford City.

The period in question relates to a time when Downes was employed in India with Kerala Blasters during 2016/2017. And carried on during his subsequent appointment as manager for AFC Wimbledon in December 2018.

Prior to his appointment as manager and during his interview process, Downes was quizzed on comments made which related to homophobia on his Twitter account. Though the board were happy with his explanation of these matters and his Twitter account was quickly deleted.

It remains to be seen what the outcome will be. Downes will most likely be aware of the outcome for Joey Barton, now manager at Fleetwood Town; Joey was charged for the same offence and suspended from all football activities for 18 months.

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Carabao Cup: Round One Draw Announced

The Carabao Cup Round One draw was made on Thursday evening from Morrisons, Colindale, North West London.

There were two stand out ties from the draw with AFC Wimbledon playing MK Dons, while newly-promoted Salford City will face Leeds United.

The draw was conducted by two former England internationals in John Barnes and Ray Parlour and was split into two regions – North and South.

Huddersfield Town, the hightest-ranked team in the Northern Section, will face Lincoln City while the highest ranked Southern side, West Bromwich Albion, will face Millwall.

Every club from Sky Bet League One and League Two enter the Carabao Cup in Round One, along with 22 Championship clubs.

Only Cardiff City and Fulham – who finished 18th and 19th respectively in the Premier League last season, will enter in Round Two, alongside the clubs from the Premier League, not in European competitions.

The first round matches are scheduled to take place week commencing Monday 12thAugust, with the final due to take place on March 1, 2020.

Full Round One Draw can be seen below:

North Draw

Tranmere Rovers v Hull City

Grimsby Town v Doncaster Rovers

Wigan Athletic v Stoke City

Port Vale v Burton Albion

Nottingham Forest v Fleetwood Town

Bradford City v Preston North End

Blackpool v Macclesfield Town

Blackburn Rovers v Oldham Athletic

Mansfield Town v Morecambe

Accrington Stanley v Sunderland

Scunthorpe United v Derby County

Rochdale v Bolton Wanderers

Huddersfield Town v Lincoln City

Middlesbrough v Crewe Alexandra

Shrewsbury Town v Rotherham United

Sheffield Wednesday v Bury

Salford City v Leeds United

Barnsley v Carlisle United

South Draw

Colchester United v Swindon Town

AFC Wimbledon v MK Dons

Oxford United v Peterborough United

Queens Park Rangers v Bristol City

Plymouth Argyle v Leyton Orient

Wycombe Wanderers v Reading

Charlton Athletic v Forest Green Rovers

Gillingham v Newport County

Stevenage v Southend United

Luton Town v Ipswich Town

Walsall v Crawley Town

Bristol Rovers v Cheltenham Town

Brentford v Cambridge United

Coventry City v Exeter City

Swansea City v Northampton Town

The Story of MK Dons…

This is the story of MK Dons and how they came into existence, which may surprise you, especially if you are a reader of younger years and just know the team as being

“The Franchise!”

You see back in 2003, a 3 man FA Commission gave, the then badly struggling and original Wimbledon FC, permission to relocate from their temporary ground share with near neighbours and South London Rivals Crystal Palace up the motorway to a new purpose built home, on the outskirts of Milton Keynes, called Denbigh That purpose built home is Stadium:MK

But how they got there, the actual story, behind the story is one most people are not aware of, this explains that In 1991, as a result of the findings published by the Taylor Report, commissioned as a result of the dreadful Hillsborough tragedy in 1989, it was recommended that all then Premiership Clubs, should convert their stadiums to All seater stadiums, so that a repeat of what happened at Hillsborough, didn’t occur again The report stated that these measures should be in place by August 1994 Wimbledon at the time, were in the Premier League and playing at their very cramped and essentially poorly equipped ground at Plough Lane, which due to the land it was built on, meant that it was not able to be developed to comply with the findings of the Taylor Report and so they were forced to look for alternative temporary accomdation, which because of their status as a Premier League club, had to be a stadium which complied with the Taylor Report Findings Because of Wimbledon’s links with Crystal Palace at that time, Selhurst Park as a viable and as it turned out only alternative, was the venue chosen to play home matches.

This was much to the dismay of the supporters and was only meant to be a temporary home, while a new ground was sourced within Merton So in 1991, Wimbledon moved to Selhurst Park Their then chairman Sam Hamman, attempted to work with Merton Council in sourcing a new ground within the borough of Merton, but this turned out to be disastourous, given his incredible and outlandish demands for the new ground Supporters who were not happy at playing at Crystal Palace, showed their disgust, by staying away in their droves and from Playing in front of crowds of 4,000 fans at Plough Lane, found themselves at one point playing in front of a crowd of just over 1,500 at Crystal Palace Sam Hamman meanwhile, frustrated in what he saw as obstructive measures by Merton Council, decided to cut his already massive losses and Sell Wimbledon to a Norwegian Group, who ironically at the time had a major stake in a certain team in Norway called Molde, yes the very same Molde who Ole Gunnar Solskajer managed they had a blueprint, which they intended to adopt with Wimbledon and repeat the process with them, by turning them into a going concern.

They also recognised, through constructive discussions with Merton Council and other parties that Wimbledon needed a ground of their own for this to happen various mergers were muted, including a relocation to Dublin, which was not allowed or permitted within FA rules and so against a backdrop of a fairly successful small team, doing well in the Premier League, despite being forced to sell their entire team, without replacing them, Wimbledon were coming perilously close to going out of business at this point, that Pete Winkleman, whose Inter MK group, had planning permission to build a Football stadium in Milton Keynes, put forward proposals to the then Wimbledon board, suggesting that the club move to Milton Keynes, or face the very real possibility of going out of business.Though this proposal created incredible resentment with the fans of Wimbledon, it was turning out to be the only real viable conclusion for the club.

It was a move that had first been sounded out, way back in 1977… Yes the year that Wimbledon entered the football league, from Non League and had Ron Noades as their chairman now love him or hate him, he was a businessman and a very good one at that, who recognised that though Wimbledon had done well to get into the league, had a very cramped ground, which was limited in how it could be developed, he was looking at other options even then and because he had links to Milton Keynes, through a now-defunct non league club called Milton Keynes City, Milton Keynes was identified then as a potential area that the club would move to. However at the time it didn’t happen but fast forward to the present day and the move was destined to happen initially the FA blocked the move, because it wasn’t in the wider interests of football, but Wimbledon’s board appealed against this, saying that by blocking the move, it would cause a restraint of trade and the club would go out of business, so in 2003, the 3 man FA Commission voted by 2~1 to let Wimbledon FC move to Milton Keynes, on the proviso that any potential or future name change, should incorporate part of the Wimbledon name This was also ironical, because many, many years earlier, Arsenal, had done exactly the same thing, when known as Woolwich Arsenal and moved from South London to North London, without  a murmur, due to the exact same situation hence the name MK Dons, or Milton Keynes Dons came about

And that is the story and history of MK Dons.

AFC Wimbledon One Win from Safety…

Incredibly, AFC Wimbledon, written off as dead and buried back in December, when they were bottom of League 1 and 12 points adrift of safety, now, thanks to an incredible run, which culiminated in a victory over Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday, saw them rise to the dizzy heights of 19th and 49 points.

The run has been thanks to the now inspired appointment of Wally Downes, who through clever management, and sound, solid work on the leakiest defence in League 1, has guided the club to within 1 point of safety, which can be totally cemented on Saturday with a win, or possibly a draw at Bradford City, themselves already relegated.

Given other teams situtations and current form around them, a point might be enough to secure League 1 status for another season, which would be their 4th in this league.

A win would definitely be enough.

Downes has been clever in his man management, since his appointment by placing the responsibility, rightly so, on the shoulders of the players, saying they had demonstrated standards higher than that he was looking for, which is brilliant because then the players have to keep to those standards, no matter what… & the end result justifies the comments.

Equally, though he hasn’t scored as many goals as he would have liked, James Hanson, has also been managed through a dreadful injury spell and in recent weeks has spent more time on the playing pitch, than the treatment room, and in doing so has provided a great foil for Joe Pigott who has carried on scoring, almost freely, following his own injury troubles.

With these two at the head of a solid looking 3~5~2 Formation, it has proved to be a successful formation, even though it has its weaknesses, compared to a more balanced 4~2~3~1, for Wimbledon and its thanks to this that they have climbed to 19th Posistion now.

Bradford City away, is now their last game of the season and it would be slightly ironic, if James ‘Hans’ Hanson found his scoring boots in that game, to most definitely ensure Wimbledons survival.

That would be a major boost for the Dons, who, would then be moving back to Wimbledon Stadium, as a league 1 club and for the players concerned, would mean they avoid an absolutely unwanted bit of history, by being the first ever AFC Wimbledon team to be relegated as a league club.

Saturday awaits and for the Dons it can’t come quick enough.

 

AFC Wimbledon Held By Bristol Rovers

AFC Wimbledon, were held 1~1 by Bristol Rovers this afternoon at the Cherry Red Records stadium in their battle to retain their League 1 Status.

Wimbledon went into the game with 1 defeat in the last 6, but that run included 3 successive draws, which also happened to be the last 3 games.

While Bristol Rovers were on a similar run, which included 2 defeats and their last match was a draw. They have also proved to be Wimbledon’s achillies heel in years goneby.

Wimbledon Started brightly and took the lead through Joe Pigott on 22 minutes in a first half that they dominated and held on until half time.

Half Time: AFC Wimbledon 1 Bristol Rovers 0

The second half saw Wimbledon have to deal with sustained pressure from Rovers, which combined with poor decision making from the home side, which Wally Downes put down to their inexperience, saw them hanging on, which they did so until the 78th Minute.

At this point, Rovers scored a 25 yard Wonder goal from Ollie Clarke which gave home goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale no chance.

Wimbledon responded in a posistive fashion but were unable to get the vital second goal.

This result leaves the Dons unmoved in 21st posistion, but still in touch with the pack above them and probably needin 2 wins from their last 3 matches, the first of which is a tough test at League Leaders, Luton Town on Tuesday, before games against Wycombe at home and finishing off at Bradford on the last day of the season, for them to reach the magical 50 point mark, which should guarantee survival.

Either way, they are battling to stay up