Deji Oshilaja and Kwesi Appiah are in contention for starting places against Accrington on Saturday. The pair have shaken off foot and hamstring injuries respectively, and both came through a behind closed doors friendly during the week. Wally said: “They have been in situations when they’ve been in the team and they are happy that someone else isn’t, so it’s pointless dressing it up. If you are playing, get on with it, and if you are sub, then make sure you are prepared.” Full team news on the official AFC Wimbledon web site.
Some terrace tickets are still available for Saturday’s match. There are a limited number in the RyGas Stand on general sale: £17 adults, £11 students and over-65, and £4 under-18. Click here to buy.
We spent £62,173 on agents’ fees between 1 Feb 2018 and 31 Jan 2019. These were paid as part of the signings of Mitch Pinnock, James Hanson, Scott Wagstaff, Anthony Wordsworth, Terell Thomas, Rod McDonald, Shane McLoughlin, Dylan Connolly, and Jonathan Meades. Ours was the eighth lowest spend of all current League One clubs, with Accrington’s the lowest (£4,815) and Sunderland’s the highest (£2,873,033). More information can be found on The FA web site.
Accrington boss John Coleman has said his side “needs a lift” in their relegation battle. Stanley lost 3-0 at home to Sunderland last night, leaving them just two points above the League One drop zone. They visit us on Saturday, but Coleman played down talk of a six-pointer, saying: “You only get three points for winning a game of football. We will be doing our best to take all three.” Sunderland moved up to third with the win, with Aiden McGeady, Will Grigg, and Kazaiah Sterling getting the goals. BBC match report: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/47048639.
Oxford United are facing a winding-up order. BBC Oxford have reported that a winding-up petition has been issued over the late payment of rent to the company that owns the Kassam Stadium. Reports suggest this isn’t the first time this has happened.
Notts County owner Alan Hardy has accepted an offer to buy the League Two club. Hardy said the offer was from a “very credible party”, who were now undertaking due diligence.
The latest edition of the 9yrspodcast is now available to download. Nick and Stu review the win at Scunthorpe and the League One relegation battle, and give their thoughts on the options for a new club badge. The show can be listened to on iTunes, YouTube, or on this here web site.
Lyle Taylor will be on Love Sport Radio this evening. Lyle will be speaking to the guys from the SE7 Podcast from about 9.10pm. You can listen on 558 AM, DAB Digital Radio, or online at lovesportradio.com.
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ON THIS DAY – 2009. Wimbledon beat the students of Team Bath 2-0 to continue their march to winning the Conference South. On something of a bad run going into the game, and with Hampton & Richmond, Hayes & Yeading, and Eastleigh hot on their heels, the Dons were able to claim a nervy victory with second-half goals from Keize Ibe and Tom Davis soothing the anxiety of the overwhelming majority of the 3,290 spectators inside Kingsmeadow.
ON THIS DAY – 2001. Neal Ardley scored the only goal as Wimbledon beat Wolves at Molineux. It was another impressive display from the Dons – who should have scored more on the night – as they made a late run for the Division One play-off places following their relegation from the Premier League the previous season. However, Terry Burton’s side would end the season five points adrift of a top-six place.
ND, CD, MH, GJ, MC