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City at Wimbledon: Football rivalry

  • 17 June 2011 14:51
  • Posted by David Clayton

The original Wimbledon Football Club played at Plough Lane and were elected to the Football League in 1977 – some 88 years after they were formed.

Their lowly status meant it wasn’t until 1984 that City first met The Dons. The Second Division clash in South London saw the newly-promoted home team earn a credible 2-2 draw. 

City’s most memorable performance against Wimbledon came only four months later as they claimed a 3-0 win at Maine Road with Gordon Smith, David Phillips and Graham Baker on target for the Blues.

Since those early days, oddly, Wimbledon had the better of the meetings with the Blues, winning nine of the 23 matches the two sides have played against each other.

Wimbledon made it to the top flight in 1986, where they once again met City with the Blues taking four points from a possible six, as well as a 3-1 victory in the Full Members Cup.

Between 1990 and 1992 neither team managed to collect three points in a match with all four games ending in draws. On three occasions the score finished 1-1, with the other ending goalless.

Both clubs played in the inaugural Premier League of 1992/93, when City gained their only away win against The Dons thanks to a single goal from David White at Wimbledon’s rented Selhurst Park home.

The only FA Cup tie between the two came in 1999 in London when Wimbledon despatched City 1-0 in the third round

The clubs last shared a division in 2001/02 when City, under Kevin Keegan, romped to promotion. However, the Blues lost both games, including a 4-0 hammering at Maine Road, the highest victory margin between the two clubs.

In 2003 Wimbledon’s owners were given permission to relocate to Milton Keynes. City have never played a game against MK Dons, who currently reside in League One.

AFC Wimbledon, formed after the demise of the original club, continued their upward journey when they won the Blue Square play-off final at Eastlands last month to gain Football League status.

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