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Preview: AFC Wimbledon (H)

2 May 2014

Stanley sign off the season with a home game against AFC Wimbledon.

As kick off approaches, the official website takes a look at all the things you need to know.

History

AFC Wimbledon were formed in 2002 as a response by supporters to Wimbledon FC's relocation to Milton Keynes.

They entered the Premier Division of the Combined Counties league, a division that they would win at just the second attempt.

This started an ascent up the pyramid that saw them win the Isthmian League First Division and then win promotion to the Conference through the play-offs in 2008.

After several years at Conference level they again tasted play-off success in 2011, beating Luton Town in a penalty shootout to secure a place in the Football League.

They finished their debut campaign 16th in the League Two table but had to secure their league status on the final day last season following one of the closest relegation fights in history.

Why You Might Know Them…

The club hold the distinction of being the first club to be formed in the 21st century to make it into the Football League.

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Neal Ardley

The former Wimbledon, Watford, Cardiff and Millwall midfielder is in his second year in charge at Kingsmeadow after replacing Terry Brown as manager last season.

He guided his new side to safety on the final day last season after being handed the task of keeping the club in the league.

As a player he'd prepared for coaching at an early age, taking his first coaching badges at just 24. He was previously the Academy Manager at Cardiff City.

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Jack Midson

Jack was joint top scorer in League 2, with 18 goals, in 2011/12 and further enhanced his reputation as a Wimbledon favourite last season as he was top scorer for the club once again and struck a penalty against Fleetwood that ensured survival on the final day of 2012/13.

In his early career he built a reputation as a feared marksman in the non-league scene and had successful goal-scoring spells with Dagenham, Stevenage, Histon and Bishop's Stortford.

His first taste of league football came when he joined Oxford United following their promotion to the League Two in 2009.

[/vc_tab]There have been five previous meetings between the sides and Stanley boast a great record with four wins and one draw to their name. The Dons are still waiting for their first three points.

Last season the Reds were 2-1 winners at Kingsmeadow before recording a 4-0 home win over the Dons at the Store First Stadium – Francis Jeffers scored twice and Lee Molyneux and Will Hatfield were the other scorers for Stanley.

Earlier this season they battled to a 1-1 draw at Kingsmeadow with Kayode Odejayi scoring for the Reds before being sent off. Alan Bennett grabbed a late leveller to give the Dons a share of the spoils.[/vc_tab]The Reds will hope to sign off the season with a sixth home win of the season after tasting victory at Oxford United last weekend. James Beattie's side have lost one of their last four games and only one of their last seven at home.

James Beattie's side currently sit 16th in the League Two table but could finish as high as 12th if they win and other results go favourablyThe Dons were beaten 3-0 at home to Morecambe last weekend but did win two of the three matches before that.

They sit 18th in the table but only due to being deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player earlier in the season.[/vc_tab]Beattie has the same squad to choose from as for the game at Oxford last weekend with Lee Molyneux having returned to Crewe after his loan expired.

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Stanley Top Scorers

Kal Naismith 10

Peter Murphy 9

Kayode Odejayi 7

James Gray 5

Danny Webber 3

George Bowerman 3

AFC Wimbledon Top Scorers

Jack Midson 6

Andrew Frampton 4

Sammy Moore 4

Luke Moore 4

Harry Pell 4

The Man in the Middle

Mark Brown (East Yorkshire)

This Season: 31 games 74 yellow cards 7 reds

Last ASFC Game: 21/09/13: ASFC 1 Rochdale 2[/vc_tab]

Website

www.afcwimbledon.co.uk

Twitter

@AFCWimbledon

Admission Prices

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