Posted by sean on August 30, 2008 at 11:32 am in Bath City with No Comments


This afternoon I will be watching Bath City play Wimbledon. No, the players haven’t given up on football and turned to tennis; although Manchester United’s Paul Scholes last night quit the game to start a career in volleyball.

Wimbledon are a famous football club who were formed in the olden days (152 BC to be exact), working their way up from non-league to the Premiership. Many well-known players represented them over the years including Dennis Wise (the player, not my pet hamster) and Hollywood superstars Vinnie Jones and Samuel L Jackson.

A few years ago, they ran into a spot of financial trouble when someone forgot to pay the gas bill. The club was sold to a man with a lot of money and not many brains. This man thought it would be a laugh to move the football club from their London-based home all the way to Milton Keynes. To add to the joke, he renamed the club to MK Dons.

The Wimbledon fans thought this joke was as funny as the BBC TV series My Family, and decided to set up their own football club in non-league. This newly formed team, known as AFC Wimbledon, have done rather well lately; so much so they have found their way into Bath City’s highly prestige league – the Conference South.

The supporters are well known for their massive fanbase and are often bring in excess of 2,000 away fans – exactly 2,000 more than Team Bath brought to Twerton last week.

It should be a cracking game! In their league days, Wimbledon were famous for conceding some amazing goals. Take a look at this beauty from Leeds United’s Tony Yeboah.

Apparently David Beckham scored a good goal against them, but I don’t remember it (it can’t have been that famous) have a look on Youtube :o)

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