AFC Wimbledon fans resist MK Dons FA Cup boycott

An AFC Wimbledon supporters' group has stepped back from a boycott of the club's FA Cup match against MK Dons.

The club have already stated they will not accept any boardroom hospitality from MK Dons.

Emotions remain raw after the original Wimbledon club relocated to Milton Keynes and changed their name but kept the 'Dons' from the old nickname.

Group chairman Simon Wheeler told BBC London 94.9: "Individual supporters must make an informed decision."

Three clubs, three stories

  • Wimbledon FC were founded in 1889 and climbed from non-league to the Premier League. Renowned for their direct style of football, their most famous moment was their FA Cup final victory over Liverpool in 1988
  • AFC Wimbledon were formed in 2002 by Wimbledon FC supporters dismayed by the FA's decision to allow the club to move to Milton Keynes. Since their creation they have risen from the ninth tier of English football to League Two
  • After Wimbledon FC moved to Milton Keynes in 2003, they were renamed Milton Keynes Dons in 2004. They completed a League Two and Football League Trophy double in 2008

The tie will be played on Sunday, 2 December.

In a statement, the Wimbledon Independent Supporters Association said: "We are naturally disappointed that AFC Wimbledon will have to play Milton Keynes, a football franchise, that stole Wimbledon's original league place, in the second round of the FA Cup.

"After careful consideration, WISA has decided not to formally request a boycott of the fixture by Wimbledon supporters."

He explained: "This is a fixture that very few Wimbledon supporters want.

"We don't see this fixture as a big grudge or rivalry match, but as one that should never have been allowed to happen.

"This fixture is a result of AFC Wimbledon's phenomenal successes over the last 10 years and must be incredibly embarrassing for those in Milton Keynes to be involved in.

"It's down to individuals to make their own decision about whether they travel to Milton Keynes. No-one will be ostracised or anything like that if they do."