AFC Wimbledon Guess the Score: giantkillers at Sunderland after slaying West Ham

Jake: ‘don’t let them think beating West Ham means owt’

Another game, another prize Guess the Score. Be first to be right, have a UK delivery address and – whoever you support – you will win the mug (a Wimbledon or neutral winner would be found something suitable).

We need to start winning again and we probably didn’t need Wimbledon to have a morale-boosting FA Cup victory over West Ham United.

But in a spirit of friendship, we hand over the rest of this edition of the competition to Gary Jordan*, one of several Wimbledon supporters who responded to a plea for help with the Who are You? interview.

Gary, covering NFL at Wembley

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Coventry are base as Peterborough join Charlton, Barnsley and Portsmouth (and SAFC) on our watch list

There should have been an update to this series (see the archive links below for the earlier posts) at the start of the season but I travelled up early for the Charlton game, spending the Friday in Leeds before driving on to the North-East, then when I got back home I did a match report to complement Pete Sixsmith’s and didn’t have time for anything else.

This was followed by five games in two weeks, with no space to fit anything in, and here we are.

This means my last post in the series was the one that explained the role of Coventry City‘s fans in propelling their club up and Sunderland down in our poll and asked who should be the sixth team to join Coventry, Sunderland, Charlton, Barnsley and Portsmouth in our  deliberations. Peterborough was the very clear preference from the four choices offered; they got more votes than the other three clubs (Southend, Plymouth and Luton) combined.

Those six will be the ones we start with, and I can’t imagine it changing before Christmas.

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Sixer’s Soapbox: a Wimbledon Win, a Test Passed, a Marker Laid Down. And Lee, Lee, Lee Cattermo-ole

Pete Sixsmith – cheers

Pete Sixsmith’s back from travel
with a football tale to tell.
Joy at Gillingham and Kingston
then what fortune him befell?

He took well-earned refreshment
in a Margate watering hole
And as he supped he pondered on
the tale of Cattermole

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Sixer’s Wimbledon Sevens: Cattermole tidies up Wimbledon come-on

Listening to Barnes and Benno it sounded as if we were under the cosh a bit in the first 45 being forced into playing a long ball game by the Dons and the half time scoreline sounded fair enough. Pete Sixsmith was one of the 727 Sunderland fans officially in the crowd and his half time text read “bigger, better and stronger at the moment” referring unfortunately to the home side rather than ourselves. Could Jack Ross continue to impress with a halftime reassessment and reshuffle of his squad, still lacking the option of a big physical centre forward. 

Well it definitely sounded as if we came into it more during the second half and although Wimbledon had further chances to score it was the rejuvenated Lee Cattermole who found the net not once but twice prompting our man at the match to message “bloody hell – he’s done it again!” when we took the lead. 

One thing we can say about the season so far is that it certainly hasn’t been boring. Pete’s full match report will be with us tomorrow but for now we make do with his instant 7 word summary sent as the final whistle sounded!

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: AFC Wimbledon and Kingsmeadow

John McCormick writes: I have visited Kingston-upon-Thames. It was within a couple of years of our Wembley triumph (the second one) and I can’t remember much about it, though I’m sure it certainly never struck me as a place that would host a professional football club.

But what do I know about football?

Clearly it’s not as much as Pete Sixsmith

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The Wimbledon vs Sunderland prize Guess the Score: after Gillingham, some act to follow

There is a prize. A great one? Depends whether you think a coffee mug can ever be great

Pete Sixsmith is on his southern travels, taking in assorted games and lots of culture between Gillingham and south-west London. He’ll be at the match on Saturday having witnessed the 4-1 win over the Gills.

However you manage to follow the game – and the plaintive social media appeals for spare ticket show how tight its been for SAFC supporters – have a go at guessing the score.

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Burton, Scunthorpe or Peterborough – who’ll join Sunderland, Barnsley, Charlton and Portsmouth?

UPDATE: we saw the poll had grown, improbably, to 11,000+ votes with Coventry way out in front on 26 per cent. Couldn’t blame Jimmy Hill this time but something was clearly up.  For the culprits, go to the Coventry site Sky Blues Talk    … but don’t get too cross as our lot would gladly have done the same to them. The poll, unsurprisingly, is suspended …

After Colin reposted our “who’s going up?” poll (on the left, below) in one of the Question and Answer sessions  with our owners there  was brief flurry of voting, as you might have expected given the number of visitors we had. And then things slowed down until, by the weekend, things were at a trickle, although votes were and are still coming in. Again, this was to be expected as the eyes of the football world were on Russia, where eight or nine ex-Sunderland players were taking part in the World’s most prestigious competition outside the Third Division. We now have over 800 votes cast, which is enough to be going on with, although Colin in his gut feeling poll, had almost as many when only one vote was allowed per person.

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Barnsley drop, Burton and Posh replace Luton and Scunthorpe, Walsall get off the bottom in our promotion poll.

When I first put this poll up, a mere week ago, I wrote

“this is predominantly a Sunderland site and we aren’t claiming results are totally unbiased… …Nevertheless, I think it’s fair to say that SAFC  fans have not been blindly optimistic.”

After only a week I would not able to add a lot to this statement, were it not for two things. The first is that the poll was tagged to promote it to all League One fans for over 24 hours before it was promoted on our facebook page and then on Colin’s subsequent posts on this site. This gave us a small (very small, as it happens) hint of what the whole of the League One fanbase might think. The second was that Colin’s own poll closed, with some findings we can bring to bear on this one.

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The bookies say Sunderland, Barnsley, Charlton, Portsmouth, Luton and Scunthorpe. What about you?

And so we have it: the fixtures are out. You’ll be getting your fill of dates, and conjecture from all over, no doubt, and enjoying the pre-season buzz of anticipation that it brings.

But when you’re tucked up under the sheets, reading Charles Buchan’s “Football Monthly” with a torch and reality bites, do you think you’ll win League One?

Or even get promoted?

If you do, please let us know. If you don’t, let us know who you think will make the grade.

Read moreThe bookies say Sunderland, Barnsley, Charlton, Portsmouth, Luton and Scunthorpe. What about you?