Pompey: Eight things you should know about AFC Wimbledon

Matt Tubbs, centre, played 22 League Two games for AFC Wimbledon last season scoring 12 times before moving to Pompey   Picture: Joe Pepler

Matt Tubbs, centre, played 22 League Two games for AFC Wimbledon last season scoring 12 times before moving to Pompey Picture: Joe Pepler

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Pompey welcome AFC Wimbledon to Fratton Park in front of the television cameras this afternoon – eager to atone for last season’s lacklustre 2-0 Boxing Day defeat.

Here are a few interesting facts to impress your mates in the build-up to the League Two clash (2.30pm).

AFC WIMBLEDON: The club was founded by Wimbledon fans in June 2002 – opposing the FA’s controversial decision to allow the original Dons to relocate to Milton Keynes.

AFC Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley played 245 times in an 11-year spell at the old Wimbledon before taking over the managerial post at Kingsmeadow in 2012.

The Wombles as they are known, have achieved an impressive five promotions in their last nine seasons.

In the 2003-04 season, AFC Wimbledon went undefeated in the Combined Counties League – ending with 42 league wins, four draws and no defeats.

The Dons hold the record for the longest unbeaten run of league matches in English senior football, having played 78 consecutive league games without a defeat between February 2003 and December 2004.

Integral to that impressive run of form were the goals of Kevin Cooper, who scored a record-high 66 in 2003-04.

Matt Tubbs played 22 League Two games for AFC Wimbledon last season scoring 12 times before moving to Pompey.

The two clubs have met four times – with Pompey winning once and losing the other three fixtures.

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