The Legend returns!
AFC Wimbledon striker Jon Main will be joining us at the Cherry Red Records Stadium on 26 April to take part in the Celebrity Charity Football Match in aid of Paul Strank Charitable Trust and AFC Wimbledon Foundation. In the AFC Wimbledon era, he was arguably the most popular striker in the club.
Luke’s key role in defensive shut-out earns award
Luke O’Neill’s impressive display against Blackpool earned him the FansBet Man of the Match award.
Luke played his part in keeping a vital clean sheet for Wimbledon, securing an important point in the battle to stay up, and his crossing deliveries earned praise from Glyn Hodges afterwards.
Stewart on a special cup reunion for the Blackpool game
Former Dons midfielder Stewart Castledine has spoken about the ‘special bond’ that existed between Wimbledon players coming through the ranks in the early 1990s, ahead of tomorrow’s reunion at the Blackpool game.
It’s 30 years since Stewart first played in a Wimbledon youth team that also included Chris Perry, Peter Fear, Neal Ardley, and Justin Skinner – players that all went onto making the first-team. We had a special bond and I think that was the reason why we were successful. We were all good mates on and off the pitch. We would all fight for each other on the pitch and socialise off the pitch. In total, I’ve been involved with the club for over 25 years! I’m obviously a supporter too and I still come to the games.”
Dons dig in for a hard-earned point against Blackpool
Wimbledon steadied the ship after a difficult midweek trip to Oxford by securing a point at home to Blackpool today.
The Dons had to show plenty of character to repel Blackpool’s second-half pressure but ended the match with chances to earn the victory, the 0-0 draw perhaps fair on the balance of play. The hard-fought point at least provided a positive response after a defeat at Oxford that could have dented confidence in the ranks.
Glyn Hodges made five changes to his starting line-up after the match at Oxford. There was a significant inclusion upfront with Kwesi Appiah handed his first start since late November, as Mitch Pinnock had to settle for a place on the bench. A good passing sequence ended with Luke O’Neill sending over a superb cross from the right that picked out Appiah, who headed just over the crossbar. After being forced onto the back foot by Wimbledon’s bright start, Blackpool had a very good chance to take the lead shortly afterwards with former Aston Villa striker Nathan Delfouneso going clean through, but Joe Day reacted brilliantly to save.
As the first-half wore on, Blackpool started to show glimpses of the form that had them vying for the play-off positions earlier this season in League One. Delfouneso was a constant menace up front and Matty Virtue had a goal-bound shot blocked. A cross was sent over to Blackpool’s left flank and it was flicked back by Gary Madine for Taylor Moore just 10 yards out, but he blazed over the crossbar. It was a difficult spell for Wimbledon and Terell Thomas came to the rescue when he showed good defensive qualities to clear a cross from close to the goal-line. With Wimbledon struggling to make an impact in attack, Glyn Hodges made his first change in the 65th minute with Adam Roscrow replacing Kwesi Appiah.
Delfouneso had a great chance to put Blackpool ahead with 22 minutes left after he was put clean through, but he delayed his shot and the ball was eventually scrambled clear by Mads Sorensen.
Dons striker goes out on loan
Tommy Wood has today joined Tonbridge Angels on loan for an initial month. Tommy has made six first-team appearances for Wimbledon, scoring one goal. We wish Tommy every success during his loan spell.
Dons to support a local charity for Blackpool game
AFC Wimbledon will tomorrow be raising funds for Merton Giving and we are delighted to be involved with a fantastic community initiative.
Bucket collections will be held at Saturday’s game with volunteers located around the stadium, so please give whatever you can manage to a great cause. Our Foundation team raised funds for Merton Giving last year by completing the Rough Runner event and they are pictured above after coming through that tough challenge.
Squad boost for the vital game against Blackpool with midfielder fit again
Callum Reilly has shaken off a groin injury in time to be back in contention for Wimbledon’s return to home turf against Blackpool on Saturday. The midfielder missed the midweek defeat against Oxford United, but he’s now ready to add his experience to a squad seeking to make amends after a very difficult night at the Kassam Stadium. “It looks like Callum is going to be okay for Saturday,” confirmed Glyn Hodges.
With the squad seeking vital points in pursuit of League One safety, Glyn praised our supporters for wholeheartedly backing the team. “Our fans were brilliant on Tuesday and they were singing right throughout the game,” said Glyn.
All our focus is on the Blackpool game and it can’t come quickly enough. Tickets are selling fast for The Dons versus Blackpool.
Match details confirmed for cup tie versus Brentford’s B team
AFC Wimbledon will be aiming to secure a place in the last four of the London Senior Cup by getting the better of Brentford B on Tuesday 25 February.
Wimbledon is likely to field a squad consisting of Under-23 players with Huseyin Biler among those young Dons seeking to make further progress after wins in the competition this season against Metropolitan Police and Cray Valley Paper Mills.
The match on Tuesday afternoon is a 2.00 pm kick-off at the Cherry Red Records Stadium with £5 entry prices for all spectators.