AFC Wimbledon achieved promotion to the Football League last season after being formed by fans 9 years prior when Wimbledon F.C were rebranded/relocated as Milton Keynes Dons. The latter club’s 6-1 defeat of Cambridge City earlier tonight set up a an FA Cup 2nd round home tie next with AFC Wimbledon, the first-ever meeting between the two clubs. In the view of some fans abandoned by Wimbledon F.C., this isn’t exactly an eagerly anticipated clash, as this item from tomorrow’s Guardian explains.
AFC Wimbledon, have said they will grudgingly fulfil the fixture. But Simon Wheeler, chairman of the Independent Wimbledon Supporters Association, will not be there to see it.
“This has reopened a lot of scars,” he said. “We never wanted this to happen and frankly I feel numb. I won’t be going and I know lots of other fans won’t be going. Personally I would rather take my girlfriend’s mother to the garden centre than go to that game.
“Other fans will have to take a long look at themselves and make a personal, informed decision. We’ll talk to the fans and to the club. We didn’t ever want this to happen but it does highlight the phenomenal success of AFC Wimbledon from having had everything ripped out.”
The MK Dons chairman, Pete Winkelman, has described the meeting as a “potentially fantastic tie”. But Wheeler added: “MK Dons might say how much they are looking forward to the game but actually they are probably rather embarrassed.”