Wobbling Wombles: Wimbledon’s final Premier League XI

Jason Rodgers

Wimbledon defied the odds in their historical rise to the First Division from the depths of non-league football. From there they went from strength to strength, as the iconic ‘Crazy Gang’ beat the mighty Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup Final. 

Wimbledon spent over a decade in the top flight of English football but eventually their financial limitations began to catch up with them and after messy changes in ownership, Wimbledon were relegated at the end of the 1999/2000 season.

Here is the fateful team that lost against Southampton at the Dell on the final day…

Wimbledon’s fairytale rise to the top would end in tragedy. After relegation from the Premier League, the club announced that it would be moving up to Milton Keynes. Despite opposition from the Football League and the vast majority of football fans, the move went ahead, albeit with Wimbledon falling into administration and the third tier of English football at the same time.

MK Dons are now incredibly in the same division as the club formed in protest of the move, AFC Wimbledon. AFC’s rise so far has been akin to what Wimbledon did back in the 1980s. Formed in 2002, the club have gone from the ninth tier all the way to the third tier of English football, just two promotions away from the Premier League.

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