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AFC Wimbledon in numbers

1 August 2012

In the build up to what promises to be another very exciting npower Football League season, we are taking a look at the numbers that shape four clubs who have joined the League since we last did this feature.

We continue the four-part series with a club that has been making unprecedented progress since its birth in 2002 - AFC Wimbledon.

1 - AFC Wimbledon was the first club formed this century to make it into The Football League.

2 - They made it to the FA Cup Second Round twice, going out to Stevenage in 2011 and losing 3-1 to Bradford City at the same stage last season.

3 - They have won the Supporters Direct Trust Cup three times - in 2002, 2005 and 2009.

3-2 - The Dons were beaten 3-2 by Bristol Rovers in their first Football League match at the start of last season.

5 - They were promoted five times in nine seasons, culminating in their step up to The Football League in 2011.

6 - The Wombles managed just six clean sheets last term, only Peterborough United and Wycombe Wanderers kept fewer in the whole of The Football League.

6 - It took just six weeks since the original Wimbledon were relocated to Milton Keynes to create AFC Wimbledon.

4-3 - The Dons overcame Luton Town 4-3 on penalties in the Blue Square Premier Play-Off Final to reach The Football League after a 0-0 draw at the Etihad Stadium.

9 - When the Wombles were created, they entered the Premier Division of the Combined Counties League, which is at Step 9 of the English football pyramid.

16 - AFC Wimbledon finished 16th last season in npower League 2.

18 - Striker Jack Midson scored 18 goals last term, making him joint-top goalscorer in League 2.

43 - Goalkeeper Seb Brown, who has supported the club since its birth in 2002, made 43 appearances last time around, the most of any Dons player.

54 - Their points total of 54 last season is the lowest amount of points the club have ever achieved in a season.

56 - The former Wimbledon were moved 56 miles when they relocated to Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire in 2002.

78 - Between February 2003 and December 2004, the club went 78 matches unbeaten, which is an all-time record for English senior football.

241 - Defender Sam Hatton has made the most appearances for the club, he pulled the shirt on 241 times before departing this summer.

2002 - The club was founded as a result of Wimbledon's relocation to Milton Keynes in 2002.

2004 - AFC Wimbledon won promotion for the first time in 2004, moving up to the Isthmian League.

2007 - Current boss Terry Brown took over the club in 2007.

2,449 - The Dons' opening match in the Combined Counties League attracted 2,449 fans to Sandhurst Town's Bottom Meadow ground, where terracing was improvised from bales of hay.

4,294 - The club's average attendance for their first Football League season.

4,720 - The capacity of The Cherry Red Records Stadium, the club's home ground.

18,195 - The attendance of the Blue Square Premier Play-Off Final which they won to reach The Football League.

10/07/2002 - History was made on this day when AFC Wimbledon competed in their first ever match; a pre-season friendly against Sutton United, which they lost 4-0 in front of a crowd of 4,657.

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