AFC Wimbledon Seek Return to Plough Lane

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Last Updated: September 27, 2020

AFC Wimbledon Concept Stadium

AFC Wimbledon have submitted a proposal to redevelop Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium to Merton Council, which could see the club return to Plough Lane.

The Dons have submitted plans to build an 11,000-capacity stadium which could later be expanded to 20,000.

The club also propose building 600 homes in conjunction with Gaillard Homes as part of the redevelopment.

The original Wimbledon FC were forced to leave Plough Lane in 1991 following the publication of the Taylor Report.

The Taylor Report, published in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster, recommended that all top-flight sides should play in all-seater stadia.

The original Wimbledon 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.

AFC Wimbledon have played their home games at Kingsmeadow since 2002

AFC Wimbledon, who were formed in 2002 in response to the relocation, have played all their home games at Kingsmeadow, also home to Kingstonian, and took over the leasehold of the ground in March 2003.

The League Two club say the submission of their plans is “a significant step” in fulfilling its ambition to return to its traditional home in the London Borough of Merton.

Merton Council have also received other proposals for the future of the Greyhound Stadium as part of their “call for sites”, which asked for suggestions for sites which have the potential for development or redevelopment within the borough.

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