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AFC Wimbledon

Plough Lane

Capacity: 9,300 (all seated)
Address: Plough Lane, London, England
Telephone: +44 (0)20 8547 3528
Ticket Office: +44 (0)20 8547 3528
StadiumTours: +44 (0)20 8547 3528
Pitch Size: 105m x 68m
Pitch Type: Natural grass
Club Nickname: The Dons
Year Ground Opened: 2020
Undersoil Heating: No
Shirt Sponsors: Football Manager
Kit Manufacturer:Puma
Home Kit: Blue and Yellow
Away Kit: Yellow and Blue

                    
                    

Plough Lane is widely considered as the spiritual home of AFC Wimbledon. The club finally made a return to their spiritual ground in 2020 after having made a return to competitive action in 2002. After having begun construction on 2019, the ground finally opened in November 2020. As with any other modern stadium, Plough Lane manages to bring excellent facilities in almost every regard. The ground comes with a familiar setup with four individual stands. The seats have a mix of blue and yellow. The East stand has the AFC Wimbledon’s nickname ‘The Don’ written prominently with a 3-D effect.

Even though the original Plough Lane was a difficult ground for visiting supporters, the new ground is a lot easier in terms of its approach. The North stand of the Plough Lane will be used for the purpose of accommodating the opposition supporters, who will get access to a world of facilities and advantages in this new ground. There is sufficient space for 800 banqueting and conferencing spaces, which makes it the largest in the borough. The visiting supporters should also be able to reach the stadium quite comfortably due to its close proximity to the bus stops and London underground stations.

The Plough Lane can be reached using the A24 if you are heading from the southern end. For those coming from the west of London, the M3 or M4 would be a better pick. Just like any other place in London, it might be difficult to find a parking spot just outside the ground. For those coming through taxis, it is better to be warned about the exorbitant prices, which may go up even further in the event of a traffic jam. The cost to get to the AFC Wimbledonground from the London Heathrow airport may be as high as £50 using a taxi.

AFC Wimbledon’s Plough Lane is connected extremely well through a number of London underground systems and bus stops. The bus routes that will pass through the ground would be 156, 77, and 493. If the user wants to take a train, they can reach the Thameslink station. It would take around 45 minutes from the Waterloo and London eye landmarks. The tube ride to get to Plough Lane is around 50 minutes on average from different regions. One has to look for the District and Northern lines. The Tooting Broadway Station is the best option when using the Northern line, while the Wimbledon Park is the best pick when using the District line.

AFC Wimbledon will soon put up information about the ticket prices. Once the details are available, these would be updated here. The AFC Wimbledontickets will be priced at around £20 for a member, but these would be largely dependent on the seating option.

  • Milton Keynes Dons
  • Crawley Town
  • Sutton United

AFC Wimbledon Fixture List (redirects you to the BBC site)

As a modern stadium, Plough Lane has a good number of facilities for disabled spectators to find their way with ease. For starters, the wheelchair accessible seats are spread across the ground. These are also accompanied by relatively easy access to the toilet facilities. The parking outside the ground also has dedicated spots for disabled fans.

AFC Wimbledon has not yet provided any details about the availability of stadium tours. Once these details are known, it will be updated here. These stadium tours will involve a trip down the memory lane aside from being able to look at the modern facilities like the new dressing rooms, dugouts, and more.

Record Attendance

Not available (new ground)

Average Attendance

2019-2020: 4,383 (League One)

2018-2019: 4,297 (League One)

2017-2018: 4,325 (League One)

  • Game Attended

    Dons v.s Bolton

    Competition

    Sky Bet leauge one

    Date

    19/05/2021

    Kick Off Time

    15:00

    Team Supported

    Bolton but a man utd fan

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the ground itself?

    I was sitting down

    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

    Took nine hours to get there

    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

    Yes got burger and a can

    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

    It was a good ground

    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

    It was raining grind was ok

    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game

    Yes took four hours to get out

    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out

    Ok good day out
  • Game Attended

    Dons v.s Bolton

    Competition

    Sky Bet leauge 1

    Date

    08/03/2021

    Kick Off Time

    15:00

    Team Supported

    Bolton i am a man utd fan

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the ground itself?

    First time to this ground

    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

    Parked near the stadium got pie and chips

    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

    Went to the pub drunk 13 dark fruits

    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

    Yes it was a nice ground

    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

    The coated was not good

    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game

    Took 30 minutes to get out after the match took 6 hours to get back home my name is Tony Davidson from Manchester.

    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out

    Day out was OK going back in Bolton Town Centre when I get back home
  • Game Attended

    AFC Wimbledon vs Scunthorpe United

    Competition

    Pre Season Friendly

    Date

    31/07/2021

    Kick Off Time

    15:25

    Team Supported

    Doing the 92

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the ground itself?

    As my team’s game was called off I found myself with a free Saturday. I thought it was a good opportunity to tick off a new ground. AFC Wimbledon's story, including the hard work it has taken to get this stadium built, has been well documented in the media and I was interested to see it in person.

    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

    The ground is easily accessible by train with Haydon’s Road a short walk away. However it is not obvious to spot as it’s surrounded by blocks of flats! Look for a Shell petrol station & Topps Tiles halfway down Plough Lane. The main entrance is there.

    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

    There was a very positive mood around the ground. The fans have not had the opportunity to watch their team for a long time due to COVID 19 and in Wimbledon’s case it was extra special as this was their long awaited return to Plough Lane.

    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

    Entry to the stadium was free as this was a test event for the West Stand, which was at full capacity with the other stands empty. The outside of the ground still resembles a building site, understandable in the circumstances, however the ground itself is impressive with excellent facilities for the level. This stand dominates the ground with spacious concourses, hospitality & disabled seating and has excellent views of the pitch wherever you sit. The other 3 stands are smaller with blocks of flats behind them overlooking the stadium. I also noticed rail seating in the entire south stand however this was not open for the game.

    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

    As this was a test event I was given a free pint with my ticket which was an unexpected treat! There was a good selection of food on offer but I did not have anything to eat. The game itself started off well for the hosts who were awarded a penalty within 3 mins, however the away side drew level with a heavily deflected shot against the run of play, before converting a penalty of their own shortly after. Wimbledon had the better chances in the 2nd half but were unable to breach a well organised Scunthorpe defence and the game ended 1-2.

    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out

    I was very impressed with the new Plough Lane and will look to visit again at some point when the ground is fully open. It's great to see the Dons finally back home.
  • Game Attended

    Mk dons v.s Bolton

    Competition

    Sky Bet league one

    Date

    14/08/2021

    Kick Off Time

    12:00

    Team Supported

    Mk Dons

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the ground itself?

    Went Too see The New ground yes I enjoyed it

    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

    Parked up ten mins away from ground

    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

    Add chips Cheese burger and egg

    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

    We Add 317 people

    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

    Add two pies at half time stuwards was good

    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game

    Took nine hrs too get bk to Bolton dropped Tony Davidson off at weather spoons bk in bolton

    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out

    Two out of ten
  • Game Attended

    AFC Wimbledon v Bolton Wanderers

    Competition

    League 1

    Date

    14/08/2021

    Kick Off Time

    3pm

    Team Supported

    Doing the 92

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the ground itself?

    Not only another ground to tick in my quest to (re) complete the 92 but a lot of intrigue as I had visited the original Plough Lane ground and the Greyhound stadium, the site of which the new ground sits. In addition, the AFC Wimbledon story I find remarkable.

    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

    I went by train from Waterloo with the intention of changing at Wimbledon for the local service to Hayden’s Road. However disruption on the local line meant I walked from Wimbledon station which is about 25 minutes. I had loads of time, it was a nice day so I walked as opposed to cab or the 200 bus. The journey home had no such issues as Hayden’s Road, which is a ten minute walk away was up and running.

    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

    I had a look at the area of the old ground which is now flats and includes a plinth commemorating the venue then had a wander round the outside of the new ground before entering the stadium about 50 minutes before kick off. The atmosphere around was superb as it was the first competitive game at the ground with a crowd.

    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

    Really good.I sat in the main stand near to the centre and my view was excellent. There are numerous food concessions and toilets in the concourse which are well sized and there was plenty of legroom in the seats.

    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

    Game was superb with Dons coming back from 1-3 down to grab a point. Very end to end and great atmosphere created by fans of both teams in a sell out crowd.

    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game

    No problems. Walk up Plough Lane and turn left in Hayden’s Road and the train was ten minutes away. Got home in decent time.

    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out

    Really good day out and thoroughly enjoyed it. The ground is slap bang in Wimbledon territory and it is good to see the club back in that vicinity. Only two quibbles really, the prices are not cheap (£32 for League 1) and the concourses could do with some yellow and blue or some pictures to cover the breeze blocks, but these are minor.
  • Game Attended

    Wimbledon return to Plough Lane

    Competition

    League

    Date

    14/08/2021

    Kick Off Time

    15:00

    Team Supported

    Bolton

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the ground itself?

    Been to the old ground following Bolton, was looking forward to seeing the new one.

    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

    Not the easiest place to get to. Went by car and took nearly 5 hours. Followed Sat Nav, so found it no problem, but didn't see any signs for it. Managed to park in a residential area, pay for 4 hours, cost £11.20, but 4 in the car so £3 each. The website does advise not good for parking and use train, bus, etc were possible.

    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

    Parked up and went straight in to the ground. Staff very friendly in the bar/food part, very helpful. You could tell it was the first proper game, a few teething problems which no doubt will be sorted. In one corner of the ground,there a bit of atmosphere between the 2 sets of fans but seemed to pass peacefully. Got back to car no problem after the game and got away easy enough.

    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

    It is hidden away and still being completed round the outside of it. The seating is set back so a walk way in front, so if you have a corner seat, can't see down the line as the home fans seats are a lot further forward. Close and compact stadium with plenty of atmosphere. Welcome back to Plough Lane.

    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

    3-3 draw. Bolton should have won after taking a 3-1 lead, but where them lucky to hold on to a point. End to end game. Good atmosphere, emotions running high as healthy support from Bolton. Nice compact stadium. Stewards were friendly, but as first game were running around all over the place sorting things out. They will get it sorted. Beer was reasonably priced, normal food that you would expect although didn't have any. Loos were portacabins. Good luck if it rains, as the so called concourse is open, no cover, you will be open to the elements, we were lucky as it was shirt sleeved weather.

    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game

    A bit of a walk back to the car, but no problem really. A bit of traffic but that is to be expected. Not the best place for motorway as you have a good drive before you get to the M25, M40, M1, etc

    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out

    Glad I went and good luck to Wimbledon. Despite the teething problems, they will get it right. I would go again.
  • Game Attended

    AFC Wimbledon v Bolton Wanderers

    Competition

    EFL League One

    Date

    14/08/2021

    Kick Off Time

    3pm

    Team Supported

    Bolton

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the ground itself?

    This was to be the first away game since the pandemic, and the first ever league match at the new Wimbledon stadium. Nice and easy to get to on the train and a lovely sunny day.

    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

    Those who went in the car/coach found it an awful journey. Train for me was easy. Just a few stops on the trainline from Vauxhall Underground station to Earlsfield Station. Was about 20 minutes walk from there, very easy to find.

    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

    There were 2 away pubs allocated right next to Earlsfield Station. The 'Earlsfield' looked very nice, had the football on the telly, but had no real ale, so went next door to the Halfway House which had a selection of Young's beers. They also did rather nice food (burgers etc). Ended up being very busy with away fans so took a while to get served. They also do not take cash - card only.

    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

    You can't see the stadium until you get right up to it due to being surrounded by flats and a random power sub-station. Once past the turnstile, the away end was rather disappointing. The food/drink bars and toilets are portacabins and the stand is more like a temporary structure with metal rather than concrete for the flooring. Seats were fairly spacious. 2 of the other stands look identical with the only decent stand being the main stand which has 2 tiers of exec boxes.

    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

    The game was a really open ended affair. After going a goal down, we equalised immediately before moving into a 3-1 lead. Sadly, we fell asleep and conceded 2 goals in a minute and ended up drawing 3-3 in a game we should have won. Atmosphere was good, mainly from the 1400 away fans. Home fans rarely sang. Stewards tried to keep fans in their seats, but a lot congregated at the bottom of the stand next to the pitch. I can see many mini pitch invasions happening as it was very easy to get access to the pitch.

    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game

    Very easy to get away. 20 minute walk up the main road back to the station.

    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out

    Very friendly bunch of fans. Decent set up with away pubs organised etc. A nice little stadium - great to see AFC back in their own permanent stadium.
  • Game Attended

    Wimbledon v Bolton

    Competition

    League 1

    Date

    14/08/2021

    Kick Off Time

    1500

    Team Supported

    Bolton

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the ground itself?

    Being the new stadium we were really looking forward to the game as we know what it’s like moving into a new ground. Also Wimbledon is pretty much a home game for me being a London based Bolton fan! It was also our first game meeting up as mates since we went to the same fixture at Kingsmeadow in March 2020.

    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

    It was really easy to find the ground having got the train to Earlsfield, just one stop from Clapham Junction. There were signs from the main road for away fans making it really easy to find the away end entrance.

    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

    Knowing the area I’d booked a table at a pub called The Leather Bottle a week or so earlier, but on arriving it was identified as a home fans pub only. We still got in as the security guy was only interested in us having tickets, obviously he didn’t follow football as the white Bolton shirt just wasnt a big enough give away. Anyway, our luck didn’t hold and halfway through drinking our first pint we were asked to leave. Apparently they can’t advertise that it’s home fans only, so the website is useless. Anyway, we ended up at another Young’s pub, The Halfway House right next to Earlsfield station. Service was decent whilst it wasn’t busy, but as soon as it was full with fans it took our friends nearly 30 minutes to get served. Hopefully this is just teething trouble and things will improve.

    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

    Decent new ground with a compact away stand, and an impressive main stand. Should suit Wimbledon well as they should fill it most games at this level.

    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

    Great game for the neutral, but not if you’re a Bolton fan as we threw away a 3-1 lead! Atmosphere was pretty good as you’d expect for their return home after such a long absence, and a sell out away following who’ve got big ambitions following promotion last year!

    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game

    Was absolutely fine, walked back to the station but decided to have a pint before catching the train.

    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out

    Pretty good away experience. Hope we both stay in the division so I can go again next season!
  • Game Attended

    AFC Wimbledon 1 Gillingham 1

    Competition

    League One

    Date

    17/08/2021

    Kick Off Time

    19.45

    Team Supported

    Gillingham

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the ground itself?

    To tick off the ground towards my completing the "92" and to watch my team away from home...

    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

    We travelled down by train and got off at Earlsfield (one stop from Clapham Junction, high frequency of trains). Then a 16 minute walk down to the away turnstiles. The away entrance is hidden away but signposted.

    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

    The Wandle opposite Earlsfield was the designated "away pub", some closer pubs were "home only". We opted for the quieter Pig & Whistle.

    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

    The stadium is a bit odd, the three smaller single tier sides have a slightly temporary feel (they can expand). The Main Stand is far more substantial. Most notable is the huge blank wall behind the home end and all the new flats opposite the Main Stand.

    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

    The away end facilities had a temporary feel to them, portakabin toilets etc. I didn't bother with the huge queue for beer. The stewards were relaxed, but then taken a bit by surprise when it got a bit lively at the end with two late goals. Atmosphere was excellent in an almost sold out stadium (official figure not given, but approx 8,750 with 850 Gills).

    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game

    Exiting was easy, and simple walk back to Earlsfield.

    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out

    Gills fans loved the 90+7 deflected own goal to make it 1-1 and steal a point! Bravo to AFC for finally coming home so close to the old Plough Lane. Amazing what fans can achieve together. The ground doesn't feel quite finished but still a fine new home for the Wombles.
  • Game Attended

    AFC Wimbledon v Oxford United

    Competition

    League One

    Date

    04/09/2021

    Kick Off Time

    15:00

    Team Supported

    Groundhopper

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the ground itself?

    Thwarted by the late postponement of the Colchester-Sutton United match we were grateful of the opportunity to instead visit the new Plough Lane. Easy enough to pick-up East Stand tickets online (£24 adults/£16 concessions), and Oxford had started the new season well so a decent game hopefully on the cards.

    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

    Read about delays in getting into the ground at previous games and knew that local roads are frequently gridlocked, so we left Wimbledon town centre at approx. 2pm and caught a 493 bus down to the ground. Journey time circa 15 mins.

    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

    As it turned out, access to the stadium was seamless so with 40 mins or so to kill we had a wander around the 'street food' area behind the South Stand. All very friendly and family-oriented, this is broadly equivalent to a 'poor mans version' of the similar set-up at Ashton Gate. Opted for a pint of Wimbledon Brewery Pale Ale, very good. Whilst this area is outdoors so far from luxurious, there is a fair bit of space to gather without blocking access to the various food outlets. Works well and food concessions all seemed to be busy.

    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

    Rather underwhelming from the outside as lacks any grandeur in terms of a main entrance or focal point. Once in the stadium, leg room is decent and sightlines good from the East Stand. The vast wall towering over the South Stand was, to my taste, somewhat bleak and imposing. But the club have done brilliantly to get back to Plough Lane so can understand why aesthetic has given way to functionality in places. Our stand had just 11 or 12 rows, and it looked like those behind either goal were about the same. I was surprised to see that Oxford had still failed to sell out their modest (1000 or so) allocation after their positive start to the season.

    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

    Very enjoyable game. To the untrained eye, Oxford looked for all the World the better team and went in at HT 1-0 ahead. It really should have been more. Ex-Wolf James Henry still looks a real class act at this level. 2nd half the Dons came out with far more attacking vigour. Once they deservedly levelled the rather subdued atmosphere in the stands really picked-up and confidence amongst the young home team visibly rallied. After several good chances at either end, Dons finished the stronger to win an enthralling game 3-1.

    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game

    The crowd can dissipate quickly due to the multitude of public transport connections in the vicinity. Away fans were kept on a tight leash by the Police post-match albeit can't imagine there will be any significant issues with trouble at this family-friendly ground. Rather than waiting for the single-decker 493 we walked up Plough Lane to the site of the original stadium and caught a 156 for the 10 mins journey back to Wimbledon town centre.

    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out

    New ground tick and an excellent game for the neutral. Plough Lane will prove to be a popular awayday. Public transport links are good (albeit the closest station Haydons Rd is only served by the notoriously inept 'Thameslink' service) and there are plenty of pub options either in Wimbledon, Tooting or further afield. The club/police are encouraging away fans to use Earlsfield station and pubs but with a bit of foresight you should be able to find plenty better than the limited options offered there.
  • Game Attended

    AFC Wimbledon v Oxford

    Competition

    League 1

    Date

    04/09/2021

    Kick Off Time

    3PM

    Team Supported

    Doing the 92

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the ground itself?

    Another tick off the 92 list.

    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

    Arrived at Kings Cross on my train from Newcastle. Took the Victoria line to Vauxhall then national rail to Wimbledon. Timed the journey from Kings Cross to Wimbledon at 42 mins from platform to platform.

    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

    Ate at the Wibbas down Wetherspoons just off Wimbledon Broadway. I'd made a promise to my wife i'd limit my beer intake so as i would make it to a Christening the next day so i had to seek an alternative to the pub. Planned on taking the 493 bus up to the all England tennis club for a curious look. When the 1st bus that arrived was only going one stop i got impatient and walked. Not the easiest walk as it starts by going up Wimbledon Hill. The name says it all. Wimbledon centre court appeared into view and was quite impressive. It's all well guarded but got close enough for decent pics of the ivy clad centre and No1 courts. You can do the museum for £13 which includes a trip inside No 1 court but TBH that bit would have been the only bit of interest to me. Took the 493 from there and it stops right outside the football ground. Headed for a pint (just one mind) at the Leather bottle pub but a place called The Corner Pin appeared so tried there instead. Served easily. Plenty of room. Beer garden at back. Home fans only.

    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

    Doesn't look much from outside. Tucked away by what looks like flats. Inside had 3 stands of similar height with a taller main stand. The upper half of this looked like executive boxes. Tidy and functional ground but seems to have sold out for home games so far so i'm questioning whether the capacity is large enough.

    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

    Oxford took the lead just on HT then Wimbledon headed an equaliser early in the 2nd half. It really could have went either way but Wimbledon took their chances while Oxford didn't. Once the game turned in Wimbledons' favour the place was at times rocking.

    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game

    I left in injury time and walked to Earlsfield which i believe is the nearest. I was on a train by 5.15 pm and on my way back to Kings Cross via Vauxhall.

    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out

    Travel went smoothly. Decent game and another ground ticked off. I'm pleased for the Wimbledon fans to finally have a place of their own after so many years. They've been on one hell of a rollercoaster ride. My club Newcastle are going through a lean time but it just shows you that betters times might return one day.
  • Game Attended

    AFC Wimbledon vs Portsmouth

    Competition

    Papa Johns Trophy

    Date

    07/09/2021

    Kick Off Time

    19:45

    Team Supported

    Portsmouth

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the ground itself?

    Plough Lane is brand new and was excited to see a new stadium. Also drinking spots are plentiful in London so a good away day.

    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

    Earlsfield train station is 14 mins into Waterloo and a 10/15 min walk to the ground. I wouldn't say it was a 'short walk'. But easy enough, straight road down from the station and on your right.

    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

    We drank at The Fire Station at Waterloo for a number of hours then The Halfway House outside Earlsfield Station. The latter was full of good natured and relaxed Pompey fans. Number of food outlets on the walk to the ground like KFC etc (heavily advise you to eat before the ground..)

    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

    The ground is tucked away inside apartment blocks so can't see it really. The away stand and 2 others looked like temporary metal scaffolding stands... The food and drink outlet was massively overcrowded with 800-1000 Pompey fans. A steward told me they sometimes have up to 1800 away fans, god knows how they handle that many! Toilets and food outlet was in a portable cabin type joint.

    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

    Pompey conceded within 30 seconds and conceded 5 by the end of the game... Disappointed to be smashed 5-3 by a team we SHOULD beat. Stewards were heavy handed with my mate as he brought a beer into the stand, he tried to walk back out to drink it and stewards got heavy handed. very uncalled for, especially at a midweek cup game. Chicken Tikka pie was lovely though..

    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game

    Pretty easy. 1000 Pompey fans and only 1000 Wimbledon fans so not many people leaving. Same old 10-15 min walk back to Earlsfield station.

    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out

    The ground that Wimbledon used to be in was horrible and unfit for purpose. This ground looks slightly better but still not fit for purpose. Temporary feel, terrible service for food and drink and toilets for away fans. Positives are: 1. It's London so loads of pubs, loads of transport etc. 2. Small compact roof makes it easy for fans to make noise.
  • Game Attended

    AFC Wimbledon v Oxford

    Competition

    League One

    Date

    04/09/2021

    Kick Off Time

    1500

    Team Supported

    Oxford United

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the ground itself?

    Although i've been to Wimbledon before this was my first visit to their new ground

    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

    I got the train into London, quick few stops on the underground and then a further train to Earlsfield. From there it was an easy 15 minute walk down the High Street.

    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

    Walked up to the ground, got in there for about 2 and had a beer. Home fans seemed friendly enough when i was on route to the ground.

    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

    Quite a tidy little ground actually although it is surrounded by flats and tallish buildings so appears from nowhere however there is good signage directed away fans to the away end.

    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

    We as we usually do have plenty of possession. Wimbledon a decent side who played a high pressing game throughout which unsettled us as we like to play out from the back. We took the lead on the stroke of HT and should've really gone on to kill the game second half however our achilles heel of defending crosses reared it's ugly head and before we knew it we were 2-1 down before Wimbledon rounded the game off with a well taken goal on the counter attack. Stewards were friendly enough and good, neat and tidy facilities in the ground.

    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game

    Easy walk back to the station, i'd highly recommend travelling by train as it was so quick and easy.

    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out

    Was buzzing beforehand as it was a great chance to go top, started well but ended very poorly, not a good day at the office at all.
  • Game Attended

    AFC WIMBLEDON V PORTSMOUTH

    Competition

    Papa John’s Trophy

    Date

    07/09/2021

    Kick Off Time

    7.45 pm

    Team Supported

    Doing the 92

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the ground itself?

    I went to the original Plough Lane many times as a child, so I was especially looking forward to ticking off this new ground. Tickets were priced at only £10 and were available on the night, which made it an easy option.

    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

    I traveled via the tram from Croydon to Wimbledon then got the 493 bus to the stadium.

    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

    I went straight to the ground and bought just a sandwich as it was an exceptionally hot night!

    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

    From the road you can only see the flats that surround the stadium, then once inside I was impressed by the neatness and the sight lines.

    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

    The game had a carefree, open, attacking quality with a fabulous atmosphere, especially the traveling Pompey fans. I just bought a couple of cokes, which were expensive.

    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game

    The ground is quite a way from a station, so I waited for the 493 back to Wimbledon town centre and then got the tram back home. The 493 does not run very frequently for night games and is rather small, so fans may find this difficult with a bigger crowd.

    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out

    I enjoyed visiting the stadium and would be keen to see the London Broncos RL team there when they move in next year.
  • Game Attended

    Wimbledon V Portsmouth

    Competition

    Papa Johns Trophy

    Date

    07/09/2021

    Kick Off Time

    7.45 KO

    Team Supported

    Doing the 92

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the ground itself?

    New ground for me and I support Southampton so I was well and truly a Dons fan for the day. One of the reasons I was looking forward to this was because I had looked into the history of Wimbledon and watch some YouTube clips about the move from Plough lane before I was born. So was excited to see a club move back home.

    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

    Arrived by train, came down from Clapham Junction and got off the train at Wimbledon. Was a 25/30 min walk from the station. I was told by a Dons fan that there is a bus you can catch but we had time on our side and fancied a walk.

    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

    Went to a pub opposite Wimbledon train station. Was a green king pub with a few Dons fans. Spoke to a few fans for directions and everyone was more than friendly.

    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

    Its a lovely ground. Really smart. Due to it being a Papa Johns group game they only had the main stand for home supports and one stand behind the goal open. Would of been amazing to go and visit when it was full.

    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

    The club let themselves down with the food and drink kiosks inside the ground. They only opened half of the kiosks and people were queuing for 25min and longer to grab some food. This did change at HT because they then opened up all the kiosks so they did redeem themselves here. I think there were a few issues with seats because lots of people were sat in the wrong seat. If it was just the odd person you can say it was down to the individual not the club double booking seats but for it to be so many people sat in the wrong place it seemed odd to me.

    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game

    Super easy to get away from the ground. Walked back the way we walked to the ground. Jumped on the train home with no fuss at all. Good service to London.

    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out

    Good evening away. Glad to get it done and would return for a league game when the ground is full. Watched a great game of football and Pompey lost so all in all was a successful evening.
  • Game Attended

    AFC Wimbledon v Plymouth Argyle

    Competition

    League 1

    Date

    18/09/2021

    Kick Off Time

    15:00

    Team Supported

    Argyle

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the ground itself?

    Another new ground to tick off with the real Dons back at their spiritual home. Both teams started this season well and scoring goals so hopeful for a good game

    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

    Train from Plymouth to London Paddington on Friday. Signal failure on underground District Line so got Bakerloo Line to Waterloo. Then mainline train to Wimbledon. Hotel 5 minutes from Wimbledon station. Walked back to station Saturday lunchtime and got 493 bus to Wimbledon Stadium. Tip. Ignore the directions on the Wimbledon website regarding stations . The above route is easier, nearer and quicker. Turn right out of Wimbledon Station, right again onto Alexander Riad and the bus goes from stop A on your left.

    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

    Bought a programme from outside the main entrance then walked up Summerstown to Riverside Road which is the only access to the away gate. There are no turnstiles just a metal barrier where your tickets are scanned. Beware!! Wimbledon ‘tickets’ are a sheet of paper with a QR code on. It clearly says on these to download to phone or print at home. If you scan the QR code to your phone they will not let you in. For some reason you must have the bit of A4. I asked why and they said to avoid copying!! Obviously never heard of a photocopier. The Dons fans on the bus chatted away but could not believe Argyle had sold there full allocation!

    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

    I admire what the Dons fans have done to build this ground through their own efforts but it could be any ground. All very standard apart from the main stand which has some nice but very under patronised executive boxes. Wimbledon website had said all home stands had sold out but this was clearly not the case .

    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

    Had a burger (cold) and a Diet Coke (warm). Before the game. Card payment only (£7). Atmosphere in the ground was cracking with Argyle fans keeping up an almost constant wall of noise. Home fans did get behind their team when they were on the attack which was quite often. Despite having only a third of the possession, yet another Ryan Hardie goal gave Argyle the points.

    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game

    On leaving the ground the police take you through an area that bears a distinct resemblance to Beirut after the explosion. Take care you don’t trip especially after night games. Unsure why as this finally takes you back to Summerstown but about 100m down the road from Riverside Riaf. Walked back down Summerstown to Plough Lane and got bus back to Station and hotel.

    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out

    Another good away day with Argyle. Tight game but you have to take your chances in this league.
  • Game Attended

    Afc Wimbledon v plymouth argyle

    Competition

    League one

    Date

    18/09/2021

    Kick Off Time

    15.00

    Team Supported

    Plymouth argyle

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the ground itself?

    It was a ground i hadn't been too

    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

    I went by tube but had to get off at tooting broadway because the district line was down. It was a 20 minute walk from the ground

    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

    Didn't see any home fans before the game (genuine) until i was at the actual stadium. I got a budwieser and a sausage roll in the ground. Very annoyed they advertised magners but didnt serve it (this is the 1st season with away fans too!!!)

    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

    The ground itself looked nice from a distance. However up close it looks and feels incomplete and very temporary. From the metal floors to the portaloos and what looks like a makeshift food and drink area.

    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

    The game was a good 1. The home team started very well but we dug deep for the win. The home fans were pretty good for a change. But as you would expect the argyle fans were fantastic as usual. The stewards seemed very friendly. As for the facilities SHOCKING! Sausage roll was nice however i asked for a magners which they advertised yet they dont serve it (1st season with fans for this ground so no excuse) The toilets look like a temporary toilet block. And speaking of block. They were blocked and flooding just 30 mins after the turnstiles opened!!!

    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game

    Getting away was very easy. Although its a ball ache having to walk all the way around the ground because most of the surrounding area was closed off

    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out

    My summary is i wont be going back unless its an important fixture. Felt like a new ground on a very cheap budget that was put up in a hurry
Updated 19th June 2020