Home Contact Us Stadia Pix Articles All About You Riders to Remember
DVDs Books Pictures Archive Dream Teams Programme Generator
21/01/2018
It's All About You: Colin Hodgson
Plaque for Road Bikes
Kiwis Overseas Final - 1986
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
14/01/2018
Riders to Remember: Wal Morton
Kiwis Overseas Final - 1985
Your Feedback
 
07/01/2018
It's All About You....Paul Davey
2018 NZ Championship
Kiwis Overseas Final - 1984
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
31/12/2017
It's All About You: Fred Pallett
Kiwis Overseas Final - 1983
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
24/12/2017
South African Tour 1951
Kiwis Overseas Final - 1982
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
16/12/2017
DVD: Coventry Memories
New Hope at Oxford?
Hope Exhausted for Dons
Your Feedback
 
26/11/2017
DVD Review: 101 BIG Moments
Kiwis Overseas Final - 1981
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
14/11/2017
Review: Speedway at Full Throttle
The Vestry Museum
Your Feedback
 
05/11/2017
Book Review: Backtracking 3
Speedway Specials
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
22/10/2017
Track Pix: Hertingen
It's All About You: John Hyam
Your Feedback
 
15/10/2017
DVD: Shawn Moran Racing
12th California Reunion
Your Feedback
 
01/10/2017
The Tebbys - Stan and Jim
California 2017 Reunion
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
25/09/2017
Trouble for Monarchs
Svein Kaasa Cuttings
Your Feedback
 
17/09/2017
What Happened to our "Season"
Riders to Remember: Ray Moore
Your Feedback


All Hope Exhausted for Wimbledon
By David Pickles

Plough Lane - Wimbledon

Sadly, I have to report this evening, Wednesday 13 December 2017, that Merton council finally gave AFC Wimbledon the last go-ahead to demolish Wimbledon Stadium and build their long sought-after football ground.

So, that is finally it. No chance whatsoever of the "Dons" racing again, or any other speedway meeting at Plough Lane.

RIP and thanks for memories.

The BBC reported it thus:

AFC Wimbledon can begin construction of their proposed new stadium at Plough Lane after signing an agreement with Merton Council.

The League One club were granted planning permission in December 2015 to redevelop Wimbledon greyhound stadium.

"This is a momentous day for us," chief executive Erik Samuelson said:

"Everyone in football knows how AFC Wimbledon came into being. Now, 15 years later, we've taken a giant step towards going home to Merton."

The Dons intend to build an 11,000-seater stadium, which could be expanded to hold 20,000, along with 602 residential units, retail and commercial space and a leisure club.

AFC Wimbledon have played at Kingsmeadow, in Kingston upon Thames, since they were founded by supporters of Wimbledon FC in 2002.

The original Wimbledon FC were forced to leave their Plough Lane ground in 1991 following the publication of the Taylor Report which, in the wake of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, recommended that top-flight sides should play in all-seater stadiums.

They shared Selhurst Park with Crystal Palace until 2003 when they moved to Milton Keynes, having been given permission to relocate by an independent commission a year earlier.

The club were subsequently renamed MK Dons, while their old Plough Lane home became a residential development.

AFC Wimbledon had two main aims upon their foundation: to return to the English Football League and to move back to Merton, which they see as the club's spiritual home.

They won five promotions in nine years to reach the Football League in 2011 and then won the League Two play-off final in 2016 to reach the third tier.

AFC Wimbledon took over the leasehold of Kingsmeadow in March 2003 and have agreed to sell the ground to Premier League side Chelsea

 

This article was first published on 16th December 2017

[ Use Mobile Version ]


 

  • David Pickles:

    "I make a very brief comment on this, and as the original author, would be honoured, if that's the word, to see anything in print. It saddens me beyond belief, to think that Plough Lane, as the last London "OVAL" is going to be bulldozed and gone forever. The home, not only of one the most famous teams in speedway, but the annual "Internationale", a wonderful yearly excursion to SW19, to witness not only the greatest names in the sport, but also some of the best and most competitive racing in the history of speedway. RIP Plough Lane, and thanks for many memories over the years."  

     

    Comment on this Article | Contact Us | Go Back to Main Menu

  •    Please leave your comments on this article or on the site as a whole