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Wimbledon – Manchester is with you…

Submitted by on November 30, 2012 – 5:18 pmNo Comment

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Read the following statements, consider their incredulity and then ask yourself which one actually happened.

“Against the wishes of supporters, the Football Association have approved a move for Southampton Football Club to relocate to a new home in Bath…”

“Against the wishes of supporters, the Football Association have approved a move for West Ham United Football Club to relocate to Bury St Edmunds….”

“Against the wishes of supporters, the Football Association have approved a move for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club to relocate to Bicester…”

“Against the wishes of supporters, the Football Association have approved a move for Arsenal Football Club to relocate to Clacton on Sea….”

“Against the wishes of supporters, the Football Association have approved a move for Manchester United Football Club to relocate to Oswestry….”

“Against the wishes of supporters, the Football Association have approved a move for Manchester City Football Club to relocate to Selby….”

“Against the wishes of supporters, the Football Association have approved a move for Chelsea Football Club to relocate to Hastings….”

“Against the wishes of supporters, the Football Association have approved a move for Reading Football Club to relocate to Tunbridge Wells….”

“Against the wishes of supporters, the Football Association have approved a move for Newcastle  United Football Club to relocate to Ripon….”

“Against the wishes of supporters, the Football Association have approved a move for Sunderland Football Club to relocate to Penrith….”

“Against the wishes of supporters, the Football Association have approved a move for Liverpool Football Club to relocate to Keighley….”

“Against the wishes of supporters, the Football Association have approved a move for Everton Football Club to relocate to Welshpool….

“Against the wishes of supporters, the Football Association have approved a move for Wigan Athletic Football Club to relocate to Llandudno….”

“Against the wishes of supporters, the Football Association have approved a move for Aston Villa Football Club to relocate to Cirencester….”

“Against the wishes of supporters, the Football Association have approved a move for West Bromwich Albion Football Club to relocate to Corby….”

“Against the wishes of supporters, the Football Association have approved a move for Stoke City Football Club to relocate to Leamington Spa…”

“Against the wishes of supporters, the Football Association have approved a move for Swansea City Football Club to relocate to Taunton….”

“Against the wishes of supporters, the Football Association have approved a move Queens Park Rangers Football Club to relocate to Sudbury….”

“Against the wishes of supporters, the Football Association have approved a move for Fulham Football Club to relocate to Huntingdon…”

“Against the wishes of supporters, the Football Association have approved a move for Norwich City Football Club to relocate to Skegness….”

“Against the wishes of supporters, the Football Association have approved a move for Wimbledon Football Club to relocate to Milton Keynes….”

On Sunday something quite momentous happens. It is something those most closely linked to it – fans of Wimbledon Football Club – never wanted to see and others – the FA – would prefer never happened because it brings back into focus one of football’s greatest injustices. That injustice being the move to Milton Keynes of Wimbledon FC, orchestrated by a few cranks and sanctioned by the FA, against the wishes of the vast, vast majority of fans.

It’s happening at last – MK Dons or “Franchise” versus Wimbledon.

Of course, football supporters everywhere will want AFC Wimbledon to beat “Franchise” and show the world that whatever happens and however much those in authority choose to ignore supporters, we’ll always be here. But it matters not whether they win, lose or draw. Wimbledon fans have won. They’re back in the league, which is nice for them, they have a constitution that protects their club from anyone else doing to them what Koppel, Winkelman et al did ten years ago and they give hope to all of us that we still have power. I was lucky enough to be stood with Wimbledon fans when they won their play-off versus Luton at city’s ground the other year. The joy on people’s faces was a treat. And it wasn’t joy of “smart, we’re in the league again” proportions, it was joy at having shown the world that fans mean more than money.

The conceptually vile new-co, MK Dons, are reviled by people throughout football and with any luck they’ll fold within a few years, maybe making way for one of the once big clubs in non-league to take their place. There is a sizeable number of FC United of Manchester fans who certainly have their fingers crossed waiting for that day.

So good luck to Wimbledon. The proper Wimbledon that is, not the one followed by those scabby, picket-line crossing, history-less twats.

 

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