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Monday, August 22, 2016

AFC Wimbledon To Return Home

It looks almost certain that AFC Wimbledon will be playing at Plough Lane after a decision by London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Khan has returned the planning application to the local council, Merton, whose spokesman confirmed the scheme would go ahead.

Since 2002 AFC Wimbledon have been playing their games at Kingston-upon-Thames but the capacity there is only 5,000. Not enough for the League One side.

Stephen Alambritis, the leader of Merton council, said: “I am absolutely thrilled with the mayor’s decision to hand the decision back to us and we look forward to the homecoming of this much-loved and well-deserving team. Merton wants to see AFC Wimbledon back on Wimbledon turf.

“The club has been very patient throughout the process and now the dream of players and fans alike, many of whom are local, is set to become reality.”

Comments by Khan are interesting especially given AFC Wimbledon are a new club, somewhat similar to Hereford FC.

“I have taken the time to consult local residents, businesses and other interested parties," said Khan.

"Having weighed up all of the evidence available to me I’m confident the stadium and the leisure facility proposed alongside it will be of great benefit to Londoners and the wider community for generations to come."