Latics will make a first-ever visit to AFC Wimbledon in the 2017-18 season on 16 December. Find out more about the Dons in this article.
- Away Days: AFC Wimbledon.
- Latics to head to the Cherry Red Records Stadium for the first time in 2017-18.
- Find out more about AFC Wimbeldon and their history.
Latics will go in search of a 100% record when they make a first-ever visit to AFC Wimbledon’s Cherry Red Records Stadium in the 2017-18 season.
AFC Wimbledon were set up by fans of Wimbledon FC – the 1988 FA Cup winners who dissolved in 2004 to become MK Dons after their initial move to Milton Keynes in 2002 – and have gone on a remarkable rise in the past 15 years to climb from the Combined Counties League Premier Division to League One.
Since the beginning of their existence, AFC Wimbledon have been in a ground-share agreement with Kingstonian in Kingston upon Thames at the Kingsmeadow Stadium (known for sponsorship reasons now as the Cherry Red Records Stadium).
At the end of the 2011–12 season, AFC Wimbledon commenced work on building a new 1,000 capacity all-seater stand to replace the existing Kingston Road End. This was completed by the 13th October 2012.
It is AFC Wimbledon's long term ambition to relocate to a stadium, with a capacity around 10,000, in the London Borough of Merton where the original Wimbledon F.C. played at Plough Lane between 1912 and 1991.
The new stadium is due to be completed in time for the 2019–20 season.
Cherry Red Records Stadium
The Cherry Red Records Stadium has a capacity of 4,870 (2,265 seated) and AFC Wimbledon's highest attendance at Kingsmeadow was 4,870 sell out against Accrington Stanley on 14 May 2016 as Tom Beere's stoppage time winner gave Neal Ardley’s side a first leg lead in their League Two play-off semi-final on their way to promotion in 2015-16.
Tom Beere celebrates his 93rd minute winner for AFC Wimbledon against Accrington Stanley in front of the record crowd at Kingsmeadow.
Away fans are housed in the Rygas Stand Terrace.
OUR AWAY RECORD AT WIMBLEDON
We will meet AFC Wimbledon for the first time this season, but we played Wimbledon FC on a number of occasions prior to their move to Milton Keynes.
Wimbledon were one of our first away opponents in the Football League in our debut campaign in 1978-79. We lost 2-1 at Plough Lane (the club’s main home for their existence) and then lost 1-0 (in the 1980-81 season) before picking up our only point at the ground on our final visit (in 1983-84) in a 2-2 draw.
By the next time we met the Dons away, they were ground-sharing at Selhurst Park where we drew 0-0 in a League Cup tie in 2000-01.
Then, significantly, our final meeting in 2003-04 was the Dons’ final match at Selhurst Park before their move to Milton Keynes, with the club subsequently dissolving and being renamed MK Dons ahead of the 2004-05 season.
Geoff Horsfield puts Latics 3-0 up at Wimbledon in their final game at Selhurst Park.