Tonight sees two League One fixtures that affect our league position. Wins for Rochdale (at Accrington) and Wycombe (at home to Charlton) would leave us two points from safety in 22nd place. Tonight’s games mean that every team in the bottom half of the table will have played 41 games. Sunderland host Burton in tonight’s other League One fixture; a point will take Sunderland into the automatic promotion places.
Oxford are looking at blooding some of their younger players this Saturday. In an article in the Oxford Mail newspaper, their manager suggests that, having secured safety in the division, they can give some Academy graduates first-team experience during the final five games of the season.
Tickets for the Oxford game are still available. The coach, however, is fully booked. Match tickets are £24 for adults, but there is a wide variety of concession prices on offer. You can buy online now but cash turnstiles will be open on the day.
Dave Anderson has paid tribute to Erik Samuelson. Writing on Twitter, Dave said: “I just wanted to put on record my absolute love & respect for him as a person and for the job he’s done at the club.”
The AFC Wimbledon Foundation raised over £3,000 on Saturday. Foundation Director Philip Rudling said: “We were delighted with the day and the response we got from supporters.” The money will help support the Foundation’s Kitchen Social project.
The Football League World web site has discussed our survival chances. Gary Hutchison’s piece, Three reasons why AFC Wimbledon could complete the great escape, looks chiefly at our current form and favourable run-in.
Sky Sports pundits have weighed in with their predictions for promotion and relegation. They have discussed the situations in the Championship, League One, and League Two in an article on the Sky Sports web site.
Thank you to those that contacted us regarding overcrowding behind the goal on Saturday. The comments we have received suggest stewards were not in place at some entrances until 2.15pm, with a couple said to be even later than that. Areas directly behind the goal were said to be very busy and uncomfortable, but more space was available towards the edges of the terrace. We will be alerting the club to concerns raised.
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ON THIS DAY – 1989. Wimbledon lost by the odd goal in seven in a Football League Division One encounter at Loftus Road. Despite John Fashanu giving us an early lead with a twice-taken penalty, won after he was pulled down by Alan McDonald, QPR led 3-1 at the break, and a Peter Reid header extended their lead just before the hour mark. Goals from Lawrie Sanchez and Dennis Wise brought some respectability to the scoreline, but an equaliser was just out of reach. Highlights are available on YouTube.
ND, MH, GJ, MC, CD