1. MATCH REPORT: Burnley - AFC Wimbledon (Sky Bet Championship)

    Turf Moor, Matchday 12

    Referee: Derek Milborrow

    Burnley Starting XI: Heaton; O’Neill, Anderson, Long [c], Conlan; Trippier, Al Safri (Jones 58’), Arfield, Treacy (Wallace 74’); Ings, Vokes (Noble 81’)

    Burnley Substitutes: Joseph, Shackell, Mee, Wallace, Jones, Cisak, Noble

    AFC Wimbledon Starting XI: Brown; Buxton, Fundingsrud, Ozéia, Kennedy; Green (Bald), Pell, Gauld (Kazviropoulos 74’), Green (Other); Deeney [c] (Bamba 74’), Dicko (Mose Vestergaard 74’)

    AFC Wimbledon Substitutes: Mose Vestergaard, Röcker, Francomb, Kazviropoulos, Sainte-Luce, Bamba, Fuller

    Two steps forward, one step back. After a string of promising results, the Dons suffered a disappointing away loss to stall their push for promotion. A second half goal from Sam Volkes, following a shocking defensive blunder, was all the Clarets needed to seal all three points and send Wimbledon home licking their wounds. There’s still a lot of football left to play, and it’s clear the Dons are heading in the right direction, but the absence of bite in attack and a disorganized back line need to be sorted out quickly to avoid any regression.

    Burnley 1-0 AFC Wimbledon

    Scoreline: Vokes (BUR) 55’

    Discipline: Trippier (BUR) Yellow 45’

     
     

  2. After a tough loss last week against Hartlepool the Dons look to turn the page against Stevenage, who are off to a poor start this season. Kickoff in 30 minutes. Follow along at the link, on Twitter with Radio WDON, and via the Dons Player.

     
  3. MATCH REPORT: AFC Wimbledon - Derby County (Sky Bet Championship)

    Wibbly Lane, Matchday 11

    AFC Wimbledon Starting XI: Amankwaa; White, Fundingsrud, Ozéia, C. Kennedy; Sainte-Luce, Francomb, Gauld, Green (Other), Deeney, Dicko

    AFC Wimbledon Substitutes: Green (Bald), Röcker, Pell, Kazviropoulos, Mose Vestergaard, Bamba, Fuller

    Derby County Starting XI: Legzdins; O’Connor, Ajeti, Keogh, Forsyth; Hughes; Coutts (Jacobs 62’), Hendrick, Ward; Martin, Russell

    Derby County Substitutes: Stephens, Grant, Bryson, Sammon, Jacobs, Barker, Doyle

    Another solid home win to propel the Dons into a more respectable neighborhood in the table. A goal from Troy Deeney just before halftime poisoned Derby’s resolve heading into the tunnel, while a second half tally from Nouha Dicko sealed all three points for Wimbledon. After lingering near the drop zone for much of the first quarter of the season, the Wimbly Womblys now find themselves right in the thick of the promotion hunt. Right now, all across this great country, you’ll find many sad blokes rueing their betting slips promising easy money on this team going down.

    AFC Wimbledon 2-0 Derby County

    Scoreline: Deeney (WIM) 45’, Dicko (WIM) 66’

    Discipline: n/a

     
     
  4. mondaymorningcenterback:

    Walking Alone: Daniel Agger sold to Brondby.

     
  5. mondaymorningcenterback:

    Soviet era football poster.

     

  6. Editor Note: Incoming Flood Of Match Reports

    Hi everyone,

    You may have noticed that I’ve been slacking off on the match reports lately. This was due to a sudden bump in freelance work (I’m a freelance writer who also happens to cover football, my recent stuff includes season previews for Liverpool and Atletico Madrid) combined with some personal stuff I’ve been dealing with. None of this is an excuse, of course, and I do apologize.

    The good news is I’m just about caught up, and we’ll be publishing the backlog of match reports throughout the holiday weekend. And after this weekend I’m going to do a better job of staying current with the series.

    In the meantime, if you aren’t following them already you should definitely check out the blog wimblywomblyanalyst. They’ve been doing really solid and in-depth tactical breakdowns of all the games (which I realize isn’t everyone’s jam but I love it). If you’re into the nitty-gritty of the tactics behind the Wimbly Wombly’s march to the Premier League (and beyond?) give them a follow.

    COYN,
    James

     
  7. mondaymorningcenterback:

    Spartak Moscow has an inter-squad scrimmage in Red Square in 1936.

     

  8. "He runs like an out-of-control horse. He runs like a wild horse that won’t be tamed."
    — Manager John, on Bald John (via wimblywomblys)
     
  9. Match day at Crewe Alexandra’s Gresty Road in 1987.

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  12. kicktv:

    20 years ago, Robbie Fowler scored the fastest hat-trick in England against Arsenal.

     
  13. mondaymorningcenterback:

    The concrete dugout of Elche’s Campo Altabix in 1965.

     
  14. mondaymorningcenterback:

    Romario takes on Franco Baresi and a sea of blue in the 1994 World Cup.

     
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