Wimbledon New Stadium
AFC Wimbledon's boss has called on baseball followers to “get involved” after revealing £18 million programs for a stadium yards from the club’s old Plough Lane residence.
Disgruntled supporters formed AFC Wimbledon in 2002 after the original club, now MK Dons, announced a 50-mile relocate to Milton Keynes.
The club left Plough Lane — where it played for almost 80 years — in 1991 to ground share with crystal-palace.
AFC is currently bidding to tear down Wimbledon Stadium greyhound track, which was operating since 1928, and replace it with an “intimate” 11, 000-seater stadium and 602 houses.
Club chief executive Erik Samuelson told the Standard: “What an excellent story it might be: a club uprooted from their property, relocated up to Milton Keynes and also the followers here saying, ‘We’re lacking that, ’ and fifteen years later on we could maintain the latest arena playing a pre-season online game against a huge staff.
“It in addition shows if you genuinely wish to, of course you work hard, you can do it and therefore’s a note to all baseball followers everywhere: Get involved and you can change your team.”
'Fantastic story': supervisor Neil Ardley celebrating victory against MK Dons in October (Picture: Jamie McDonald/Getty)
The programs have been jointly posted with landowners Galliard houses and the Greyhound Racing Authority to Merton council. If effective, the club would move from Kingsmeadow stadium in Kingston to Plough Lane for the start of the 2017-18 season.
Greyhound rushing followers are planning a competing quote for a four-storey, 3, 000-seater arena and 230 homes.
At Kingsmeadow this evening, AFC Wimbledon assumes Liverpool inside FA Cup 3rd round — a repeat of 1988 final when Wimbledon FC beat Liverpool 1-0 at Wembley. The hosts is playing when you look at the 3rd round the very first time since their particular rebirth in 2002.