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Well, that wasn’t great. An FA Cup exit followed by a defeat in franchise-land, where dreams go to die, has got everyone a little on edge. But don’t worry – Nick and Stu are here to offer some much-needed perspective … although it can’t always be sunshine, lollipops, and whatever else that song was going on about.

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Nick and Stu kick-off 2022 on the podcast with a gentle talk through all the important stories surrounding the first-team. We consider what are transfer window options are before reviewing the Oxford defeat, the situation in League One, and our FA Cup trip to Boreham Wood. We also ask whether postponing fixtures for international call-ups is really necessary …

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As the League One season entered the home straight, Jim Potter wondered whether data averages could predict the division’s final outcome – at the bottom end, at least. Had we followed Jim’s analysis, would we have saved ourselves the stress and anxiety that comes with hoping we’d keep our heads above water? The results paint an interesting picture …

We’ve all heard the adage that ‘past performance is no guarantee of future performance’. However, over time, trends do emerge which allow one a greater degree of confidence in looking towards the future.

Of course, you cannot mitigate for unexpected, unnatural events like this recent pandemic which curtailed last season. But – as we reach the crunch part of the season (roughly five games to go, I’d always said, based on a casual observation over the years) – teams currently in the bottom four of League One will not, generally, achieve more than a point per game on average during the final run in.

Is that true?

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Lockdown has been challenging for everyone, especially watching Wimbledon from afar – at our new ground – and logging on to iFollow in the hope that your connection is strong enough to cope. Of course, sometimes we probably hope it isn’t so that we don’t have to sit on the edge of our seats hoping for a goal.

I don’t normally do blogs as my written English isn’t always great as the school teachers and journalists will vouch for on our WhatsApp group. I will apologise in advance for any dodgy grammar, yet this is me and why I love doing live podcasts as anything can be said and it’s out there for everyone to enjoy.

Following our goalless draw on Saturday at Bristol Rovers, I didn’t have long to wait until the next game. Thirteen games left before the Wigan game and four of those at home against teams around us. This was the chance to complete a league double after our 3-2 win at Wigan in February which was Robbo’s first game as Head Coach. We have further opportunities of league doubles against Rochdale, Swindon and Fleetwood. We still haven’t played Ipswich yet, so that is also a possibility. Interestingly, League One leaders Hull are the only team to have done the double over us this season.

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The podcast is back for a new season, and we start by speaking to Geoff Norcott: comedian, podcaster, and, most importantly, Wimbledon fan, about his memories of Plough Lane, returning home, and the joys of being a football supporter. There’s a little bit of politics in there too, although we promise not to make a habit of it. We also have a brand new game, and we run a quick eye over our summer signings. See below for a timeline of the show.

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The 2019-20 League One season has been curtailed, with final league places determined by unweighted points-per-game. The decision confirms our place in the third tier for next season, but the delay in confirming arrangements has made forward planning very difficult. Glyn Hodges joins us to discuss the issues at hand.

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