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Last night there was an 87% vote in favour of admitting the new football club AFC Wimbledon to Ryman division 2. Sadly this wasn’t a big enough majority. I gather that the vote needed a 95% majority because there had been less than 21 days notice of the club’s application. I understand the voting system was quite complicated with the votes of some clubs being pooled, rather than the system being one club, one vote. But however it was done, it seems a few clubs voted against AFC Wimbledon joining. I – and most other Wimbledon fans – are incredibly angry at this. The League’s management committee had recommended accepting us; all the right boxes were ticked – we had the required financing, membership of the London FA; a limited company to provide the right corporate structure; a ground share at Kingstonian, and a manager and playing staff lined up. Yet a handful of club chairmen saw fit to turn down the income from gate receipts, programmes and beer money that would have been generated by 1,000 Dons fans coming to Ryman division 2 clubs. Frankly, I’m appalled and dismayed. Is the Ryman League scene so vibrant and financially healthy that clubs can afford to turn their nose up at this? Especially when there are spare places going in the League and no other club would have been prevented from joining? If you can shed any light on who voted against us – whether it was your club or any other – I’d like to hear from you as we clearly have some lobbying to do. Feel free to e-mail me at ianpollock@beeb.net. Best wishes, Ian Pollock.

offline Mr Happy

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I think this decision by the Ryman league stinks. Clearly a few chairmen are protecting their own arses without thinking about the future of non-league football. All I can say is DON'T GIVE UP. Even if you have to play at a lower level next season, with the Ryman re-structuring you could be in the Ryman first the season after next.

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offline Lee_R

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Join the Essex Senior League division!!! You would be MORE than welcome! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Smile]" src="images/icons/smile.gif" />

All of the teams in the league have coped easily with the 200-300 travelling Enfield Town supporters, so, hopefully, they should be able to cope with a 1000 travellers.

Give it a think.

Plus, Enfield Town would love to get re-acquainted with Wimbledon! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="images/icons/wink.gif" />

Best of luck mate! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="images/icons/grin.gif" />

offline Pavagrotti

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The problem with Wimbledon joining any league is that those who think that their chances of promotion from that league are good will vote against out of fear. So look to your expected biggest rivals in Division 2 and you probably find the 13%. I hope EFC didn't vote against but maybe it was payback for some favours time.

Would Town forgo its own chance of making it to the Ryman to help Wimbledon, who with £70,000 already behind them will cherry pick players from higher leagues etc.

Essex Senior League division is the distance from Kingstonian, and whilst the football against them would be great, takings etc, town might well be forfeiting our chance of promotion to the Ryman in 2003.

Best of luck Wimbledon you'll find a league eventually, I too am sorry that it was not the Ryman but understand the fears of the fatcats, they don't need your money but do need to feed their overweight egos.

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maybe there was a simply reason for this team not getting into the league.

maybe they did not meet all the requirements in time.

maybe some clubs in the league were not happy with the league managment cmmittee changing the rules for a new club but would do it for clubs already in the league

maybe the vote was against the league not the club concerned

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maybe so! methinks poor AFC Wimbledon were used as a way of poking El Presidentae Robinson in the eye. After all,he did say in last weeks non-league news AFC Wimbledon were in. Clubs get a bit miffed when they read that BEFORE they are asked to vote on it!

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