AFC Wimbledon (Wikipedia).
AFC Wimbledon (Official website).
AFC Wimbledon is a professional English association football club based in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey. The club currently play in League Two of the Football League, which is the fourth tier of English football. They play at Kingsmeadow, in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, a ground which is shared with Kingstonian.
The club was founded in 2002 as a result of the decision for Wimbledon F.C.'s relocation to Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire by the Football Assocation; Wimbledon F.C. was subsequently renamed Milton Keynes Dons in 2004. The Wimbledon supporters who strongly opposed the idea of moving reacted by founding their own club, AFC Wimbledon. In view of its transplanting to Milton Keynes, the majority of Wimbledon fans felt that the original club no longer represented Wimbledon's legacy and traditions, and thus withdrew their support, choosing instead to start a new so-called "phoenix club" from scratch.
When AFC Wimbledon was formed it affiliated to both the London and Surrey Football Associations, and entered the Premier Division of the Combined Counties League, which is the ninth tier in English football. In its short history the club has been extremely successful, being promoted five times in nine seasons, and going up from the ninth tier (Combined Counties Premier) to the fourth (League Two). The only other club considered to have completed this feat is the now dissolved Rushden & Diamonds. However, in that instance the club had been formed by a merger of two other previously existing clubs, namely Rushden Town and Irthlingborough Diamonds, as opposed to being an entirely new entity.
AFC Wimbledon currently holds the record of the longest unbeaten run of league matches in English senior football, having played 78 consecutive league games without a defeat between February 2003 and December 2004. AFC Wimbledon also hold the distinction of being the first club to be formed in the 21st century to make it into the Football League.
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The colours that were chosen for the AFC Wimbledon kit were the royal blue and yellow associated with the rise of the original Wimbledon F.C. to the top of the Football League. The first kit ever used, during the pre-season friendlies of 2002, consisted of a blue shirt, white shorts and white socks. Since then the home kit has always been predominantly blue with yellow detailing. The away kit used between 2002–2004 was white, however since then it has usually been predominantly yellow with blue detailing. The 2012–2014 away kit consists of a yellow shirt with a white and blue diagonal stripe, white shorts and blue socks.
For the first three third kits the strip chosen was predominantly white with various coloured detailing. The first ever third kit, used between 2003–2005 consisted of a white shirt and white shorts, with a blue vertical line running down the side of both, with white socks which had blue turnovers. The 2005–2007 kit was white with a yellow and blue stripe that ran vertically down the right side of both the front of the shirt and the shorts with plain white socks. The 2007–2009 kit consisted of a white shirt, white shorts and white socks with yellow detailing on the shoulders and blue detailing spanning the underarms and sides of the shirt.
Between 2009–2011 a white kit was chosen again however this time purple detailing was added to the sleeves, collar, sides of the shirt and the shorts and white socks with purple lines running down both sides in a zigzag pattern. The 2011–2013 third kit broke the trend however, when it introduced a maroon shirt, black shorts with maroon detailing and maroon socks.