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11 Facts About Wimbledon F.C.

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Wimbledon Football Club was an English football club formed in Wimbledon, south-west London, in 1889 and based at Plough Lane from 1912 to 1991.

London is the capital and most populous city of England and the United Kingdom.

The Resurrection of AFC Wimbledon by KICK

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Founded as Wimbledon Old Centrals, the club were a non-League team for most of their history.

Plough Lane, A.F.C. Wimbledon 1979 by footballgroundguide

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Nicknamed "the Dons" and latterly "the Wombles", they won eight Isthmian League titles, the FA Amateur Cup in 1963 and three successive Southern League championships between 1975 and 1977, and were then elected to the Football League.

The Wombles are fictional pointy-nosed, furry creatures created by author Elisabeth Beresford, originally appearing in a series of children's novels from 1968.

The Isthmian League is a regional men's football league covering London, East and South East England featuring mostly semi-professional clubs.

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The team rose quickly from obscurity during the 1980s and were promoted to the then top-flight First Division in 1986, just four seasons after being in the Fourth Division.

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Wimbledon's "Crazy Gang"—so-called because of the boisterous, eccentric behaviour of the players—won the FA Cup in 1988, beating that season's League champions Liverpool, and thereby became one of only three clubs to have won both the FA Cup and its amateur counterpart.

The FA Cup, known officially as The Football Association Challenge Cup, is an annual knockout association football competition in men's domestic English football.

The Crazy Gang is a nickname used by the English media to describe Wimbledon F.C. during the 1980s and 90s.

The Crazy Gang were a group of British entertainers, formed in the early 1930s.

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In 1991, following the publication of the Taylor Report recommending all-seater grounds for top-flight clubs, Wimbledon left Plough Lane to groundshare with nearby Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park—an originally temporary arrangement that ended up lasting over a decade.

The Hillsborough Stadium Disaster Inquiry report is the report of an inquiry which was overseen by Lord Justice Taylor, into the causes of the Hillsborough disaster of April 1989, as a result of which, at the time of the report, 95 Liverpool F.C. fans had died.

Selhurst Park is an association football stadium located in the London suburb of South Norwood in the Borough of Croydon.

Groundshare is the principle of sharing a stadium between two local sport teams.

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The team remained in the First Division and its successor the FA Premier League until they were relegated in 2000.

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In 2001, after rejecting a variety of possible local sites and others further afield, the club announced its intention to move 56 miles north to Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire.

Buckinghamshire, abbreviated Bucks, is a county in South East England which borders Greater London to the south east, Berkshire to the south, Oxfordshire to the west, Northamptonshire to the north, Bedfordshire to the north east and Hertfordshire to the east.

Milton Keynes, locally abbreviated to MK, is a large town in Buckinghamshire, England.

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The idea of Wimbledon leaving south London was deeply unpopular both with the bulk of the club's established fanbase and football supporters generally, but an independent commission appointed by the Football Association granted permission in May 2002.

The Football Association, also known simply as The FA, is the governing body of association football in England, and the Crown dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.

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A group of supporters responded by forming a new club, AFC Wimbledon, to which the large majority of Wimbledon fans switched allegiance.

AFC Wimbledon is a professional association football club based in Kingston upon Thames, south west London, England.

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Wimbledon played their first match in Milton Keynes in 2003, and adopted the name Milton Keynes Dons in 2004.

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