"I am ashamed to this day of my previous fellow WFC 'supporters' who spent all their time, before and throughout the matches at Selhurst Park shouting down the Norwegians and - literally - turning their backs onto the players. It can be assumed that most of those characters now support AFC and that is one reason why I would never be able to take much interest in that club."
"The fans did let the club down in my opinion. Their behaviour was quite disgraceful and must have affected the team's performance during all home matches at that time. If they had turned up in sufficient numbers at Selhurst Park, the club may have been able to stay in London, but there was no sign of sufficient fan support for WFC, regardless where in the area a stadium would have been built."
"I am convinced that if Wimbledon was in North London, you would still get a sizeable number of ex- WFC supporters to the matches at MK. The journey from SW London however is extremely time consuming."
"Global warming is a bit like AFC Wimbledon. If you tell the people a story long enough they begin to believe it in it"
So he doesn't believe in global warming either? Heads up Horst, have you noticed things changing in lovely Thailand where you live?
"WHO DO YOU SEE AS THE TRUE CONTINUATION OF WIMBLEDON FC?
As an ex Womble, as far as I am concerned MK Dons are the proper follow-on club from the old Wimbledon Football Club, regardless of all the nonsense dished out on the 'Franchise' issue. As a local Councillor in Merton I had the doubtful pleasure of witnessing the cloning of AFC Wimbledon."
"This was a cheap way out for the Council and an easy way out for the fans. The Council avoided giving proper assistance to Wimbledon FC for staying in Wimbledon. Mind you, in the end they couldn't find a place for their AFC creation in the Borough either and they ended up in Kingston."
"WHAT WAS THE MERTON COUNCIL POSITION ON AFC WIMBLEDON?"
"I wouldn't say there was an 'agenda' within the Council against Wimbledon FC and for AFC Wimbledon, at least not early on anyway. And it certainly wasn't a party political issue. As I have already said, I was in a hopeless minority, even in my own party, who must have feared to be saddled with an insurmountable financial problem, if they won the next election."
"There was simply not enough money available for supporting the WFC. I don't know whose brainchild it was to found AFC in the first place. WISA was presumably one of the movers and shakers and both sides on the Council were in favour of the new club."
"WISA was formed during the proposed move to Dublin , in my view thats when the groundwork was laid for the AFCW club. Later when the Dublin move was stopped from happening the move to Wales was then proposed by Hamman this again was stopped by Welsh FA."
"Hamman then managed to sell the club to the Norwegians. All this time WISA were still about and I think were making plans for formation of AFCW."
"When the move to MK was proposed by Koppel (who had bought out the Norwegians), WISA members and other Wimbledon FC supporters formed AFC Wimbledon. The whole club was we are led to believe thought out and up and running within 3-4 months!! Or was it planned in advance and this was an excuse to make it a reality."
Still nothing about the council's position, just more bile about WISA. And how can he be so terminally confused about the timing of events? Koppel didn't buy out the Norwegians at any point - his consortium's attempt to bring Franchise FC out of administration in 2003-4 failed, blocked according to the media at the time by Winkelman. AFC Wimbledon wasn't formed until after permission for the MK move had been granted. Bull******* simply doesn't know the facts. By making fundamental errors about the facts and the timeline, his opinion becomes worse than worthless, it becomes a deliberate attempt by those repeating it to spread lies and misinformation - and that's precisely what the Franchise customers have done.
"DID WIMBLEDON FC HAVE TO MOVE FROM PLOUGH LANE?
The move away from Plough Lane was necessary, as the facilities were a bit of a joke. After finding out how to get to Selhurst Park, it wasn't half the problem for the supporters as many made it out to be. There are plenty of supporters of other London clubs in the Wimbledon area and beyond who have to cope with much more arduous journeys to their home matches than a trip from Wimbledon to Selhurst Park. For a lot of supporters, e.g. in Mitcham it was even easier to get there than to Plough Lane, where parking was virtually non-existent.
That being said, we all thought that Selhurst Park was a temporary solution for the time needed to find and develop a new ground, or indeed develop Plough Lane by using land occupied by the Dog Stadium and an adjacent transformer station.
There was the idea to go to Beddington Lane in Mitcham, which would have been quite a good location. But apart from the lack of funding, the notorious Wimbledon nimbyists would have fought any development of a football stadium.
There was a quite militant residents association at Plough Lane who fought tooth and nail against the return of Wimbledon FC to their original home. Mind you, they got what they deserved. One of the worst conceived flat block developments in the country, without any consideration for traffic and parking. Instead of having problems on match days, they have grid lock every day."
Nothing much to say on this. There's nothing here that wasn't already known. Considering this is supposed to be an ex-councillor though, yet again he brings no new information to things, which was supposed to be the point of the interview.
"WHAT DID YOU THINK WHEN WIMBLEDON FC CHANGED TO MK DONS?
Well, the name died, but if the ingredients survive at MK Dons as a new shell for them. One should look on the bright side of life, rather than death. Merton Council, Sam Hammam, the Norwegians and Pete Winkelman were involved in this process. But Peter Winkelman in a positive way, because without him the funeral would indeed have taken place."
"AND WHAT TO THE FUTURE?
I just hope now for the sake of the club, that Milton Keynes slowly develops a football culture to go with the tradition of Wimbledon Football Club, albeit under the new name MK Dons."