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After a well-earned rest from the stresses of last season, we are now just a few short days away from our first fixture of 2018/19, away at Fleetwood. So, I’ve crunched the numbers, and this is how history suggests we will fare against our 23 League One rivals this year.

The first thing of note is that we are playing 23 clubs this season – not 22 and an abbreviation.

Moving on from that, we can see from this table that, theoretically, we should have a pretty decent season. We are expected to achieve 45 points at home and 21 away, giving us an overall total of 66 points that would have put us, comfortably, in eighth place last year.

Last season, on the basis of the teams we were to play, we were scheduled to accumulate 64 points, but we only achieved 53 – 83 per cent of our projected total.

So why should we have confidence in these stats that this season might be better? Well, it’s the averaging process. Simply put, one bad season should be offset by a good one. Overall, we are pretty average since we got into the league: in fact, over the longest term, our average does come out at around 15 wins, 16 draws, and 15 defeats – a season total of 61 points. So you can see we are owed a bit in terms of getting the average back on track! Of course, that promotion season helped …

In terms of individual games, not a lot has changed for those teams we play this year compared to last. Even good results, like the 4-0 at Bradford, do not counter what has gone before too much; history still says we should lose that one but by a smaller amount!

The uplift in fortunes this season compared to last lies in the teams promoted and relegated. Will we face two teams this year that we have not played before in the league as AFC Wimbledon: Barnsley, and Sunderland. As it happens, we play them both in the first month!

As usual with these ‘new’ opponents, I have assumed a 1-0 win at home and a 1-0 defeat away. In some respects, these might be the most interesting games of the season, stat-wise.

So we start with:

  • Fleetwood, which should be a loss;
  • Coventry, a draw;
  • Barnsley, a loss;
  • Walsall: draw;
  • and Sunderland, which goes down as a win.

If that pans out as predicted, we’ll pick-up five points from five games – only a point a game and not good enough over the full season at that rate. Sort it out, Ardley!!

We will see though, won’t we? And hopefully I will be checking our progress with updates during the season, if the podcast team lets me …

// Jim Potter – @JamPot44

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We are back for the new season, and is there a better guest to have on the first show than the man who took us to Wembley, scored at Wembley, and destroyed the franchise team? Lyle Taylor joined us to discuss his Wimbledon career as part of a bumper edition of the podcast that also features a brand new game for Stu to try his hand at, and a nostalgia-filled TV review that leads to us talking Neal Ardley, Liam Trotter, and Ryan Clarke …

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Lyle Taylor won the prestigious 9yrspodcast Goal of the Season award for 2017-18, with his equaliser away at Walsall in April winning our fans’ vote.

We caught up with Lyle to present him with his award, which will no doubt sit on his mantelpiece with pride, and have a quick chat about that game, and some of his other goals in his time with the club.

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Yep, the new season is just under a fortnight away, and now you’ll be able to keep track of where we are each week with this new, beautiful, 9yrspodcast fixtures wallpaper for smartphones!!!

That’s right: not only stylish but practical, this wallpaper will work on all most some phones, and if yours isn’t one of them, then don’t panic, you’ll just have to go without!! I mean, come on, what do you expect? It’s free …

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Wes Daily Chief Football Writer, 9yrspodcast.org

AFC Wimbledon manager Bill Hardly will field questions from supporters of the south-west London club at a special event this evening.

Over 200 100 50 fans will be in attendance to put Hardly on the spot about how preparations are going for the team ahead of the 2018-19 season.

The “Bleat the Manager” function, held in the Gas Your Golf Flow bar at Wimbledon’s Cheery Red Corduroy stadium, is an annual event that attracts the same old faces a range of supporters – from men to other men, old to not quite as old – who are all eager to interrogate Hardly with insightful tactical questions and analogies with their time as managers in the Modern and District Under-16s Little League.

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