AFC Wimbledon WILL be returning to Plough Lane!
AFC Wimbledon are going home! Momentous day as building work to begin on Plough Lane.
The club have this morning been granted permission to start building work on a new stadium back at their spiritual home of Plough Lane.
AFC Wimbledon, formed in 2002 have been playing their games at Kingsmeadow ground sharing with Kingstonian(This stopped at the start of the season). The ground has recently been purchased by Chelsea FC for their ladies ground. Kingsmeadow holds just under 5,000 people.
The Dons played at Plough Lane between 1912 and 1991 before moving to ground-share with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
But after planning permission for an 11,000-20,000 seater stadium was granted in December 2015, Wimbledon have now finally got the go-ahead to start building work.
Not only will there be a football stadium on site, there will also be 602 new homes, retail space and a squash and fitness club.
This could be a huge move for the club with a huge stadium that could attract much bigger crowds could see The Dons reach even higher heights.
AFC Wimbledon Chief Executive Erik Samuelson said: “Everyone in football knows the story of how AFC Wimbledon came into being. A group of fans started with nothing; no ground, no team, no manager, no players and no kit. Now, fifteen years later, we’ve taken a giant step towards going home to Merton, in a new stadium, and as a Football League club. This is a momentous day for us. Everybody who has helped the Club to reach this point must be very proud. On a personal note I want to say a particular thank you to Andrew Williams, our project manager, and partner Daniel Norris of law firm Hogan Lovells, who did all the hard work in the background. I and the Club are massively indebted to them.”
Congratulations to everyone associated with AFC Wimbledon.