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INTRODUCING: AFC Wimbledon

27 June 2016

In this feature, we take an in-depth look at the teams new to Sky Bet League One this season.

AFC Wimbledon

Nickname: 
The Dons

Founded: 
2002

Ground: 
The Cherry Red Records Stadium

Capacity: 
4,850

League position last season: 
7th - Sky Bet League Two 

2014/15 top goalscorer: 
Lyle Taylor (23)

Manager: 
Neil Ardley - The 43-year-old took over AFC Wimbledon in 2012 as they battled to stay in Sky Bet League Two.

Ardley has masterminded a massive turnaround in the fortunes of the club, going from relegation favourites to promotion candidates in a couple of years.

Ardley, who played for Wimbledon for over 10 years before their reformation in 2002, won promotion to Sky Bet League One this summer, beating Plymouth Argyle in the final.

Adebayo Akinfenwa scored a penalty in the dying seconds of the game to seal a 2-0 victory and send AFC Wimbledon up into England’s third tier for the first time.

The promotion has capped off a whirlwind 14 years since reforming, gaining six promotions and they now sit in the same division as their rivals MK Dons.

Ardley will be looking to build on last season’s momentum and test themselves in Sky Bet League One this season. 

Key player:
Lyle Taylor - The 26-year-old finished the season as the club’s top goalscorer notching 23 goals to help AFC Wimbledon gain promotion last season.

Taylor has had a very indifferent career, but seems to have settled at the Dons. 

After netting 24 times in 34 appearances for Falkirk in Scotland, he joined Sheffield United for over £200k but struggled in front of goal.

However, he scored some vital goals for AFC Wimbledon last season, including the winner in the play off semi final against Accrington Stanley. 

He will be hoping to build on his 23 goal tally last season as the club kick off their season against Walsall.

Head-to-head:
The history books show that Latics have never faced AFC Wimbledon since their reformation. 

Sky Bet League One odds:
Win outright: 33/1
Promotion: 10/1
Relegation: 14/1

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