On This Day – Wimbledon Play Their First League Match

20-8-1977: On this day in 1977 Wimbledon made their league debut drawing 3-3 at Plough Lane to Halifax Town.

In 1988 the Crazy Gang had their finest hour when they defeated favourites Liverpool 1-0 in the FA Cup Final. Dave Bessant became the first goalkeeper to save a penalty in a Final when he blocked John Alderidge’s effort. Lawrie Sanchez – now the Fulham manager – scored Wimbledon’s winner.

Wimbledon are the only club to have won English cups for both amateurs and professional.

Manager Dave Basset lead the Don’s from the fourth to the first division in just five seasons. The Crazy Gang, with stars such as Vinnie Jones, John Fashanu and Dennis Wise, finished sixth in the First Division in 1986-87 and sixth in the Premier League in 1993-94 (with Joe Kinnear as manager).

In 2003 the club changed it’s name to Milton Keynes Dons and moved from South London. Protests from supporters resulted in the formation of AFC Wimbledon who now play in the Isthmian Premier.

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One Response to On This Day – Wimbledon Play Their First League Match

  1. Medicine Man says:

    When the Dons played the first league game I was in an air-raid shelter in northern Israel after 6 weeks away. I arrived back to Heathrow on the following monday and met Kevin Tilley, Wimbledon full back on the bus to Kingston. A few days later it was off to white hart lane for the league cup against Spurs. Went all the way to Wembley, then Sutton and the Combined Counties League with the mighty AFC Wimbledon.

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