The Reds return to the Wham Stadium tomorrow night for the second leg of the League Two play-off semi-final.

After a 1-0 defeat in the first game only a victory will do if John Coleman’s side want to make it to the final.

The Opposition

afc wimbledonThe club have been very successful since their formation, winning four promotions in a decade. They spent one season in the Isthmian First Division, winning the title in the 2004/05 season.

They then spent three seasons in the Isthmian Premier Division and won promotion after beating Staines Town 2-1 in the play offs in the 2007/08 season. The Dons then made it back to back promotions by winning the Conference South title in the 2008/09 season.

They spent the following two seasons in the Conference Premier, before being promoted in the 2010/11 season after beating Luton Town on penalties in the play-off final after finishing in 2nd place in the league.

The club have then spent the last four seasons in League Two and finished in 15th place last season.

This time it was seventh spot and a play-off place, with the Dons eyeing another promotion.


Neal Ardley was appointed manager in October 2012 following the departure of Terry Brown.

Neal joined AFC Wimbledon from Cardiff City where, as academy manager since 2007, he had played a major role in developing the Bluebirds’ highly regarded youth system.

In his playing career, as a winger and occasional right-back, he appeared almost 250 times for Wimbledon between 1991 and 2002 before moves to Watford, Cardiff and Millwall.

One to Watch

Powerful and experienced frontman Akinfenwa needs no introduction to Stanley fans. ‘The Beast’ once scored a hat-trick for former club Northampton against the Reds.

He signed for the Dons in June 2014 after his release from Gillingham. ‘Bayo’ has been a consistent goalscorer in over a decade with clubs in the lower two tiers of the Football League. He lists Torquay, Swansea, Millwall, Northampton and the Gills among his former clubs.

He has six goals this season and is a real focal point for his team – Lyle Taylor may have 20 for the campaign but Akinfenwa is a talisman for the team.

Form Guide

Stanley: DWWWDL

Stanley saw their 12 match unbeaten run come to an end with Michael Beere’s stoppage time goal at Kingsmeadow on Saturday.

The Reds have failed to score in their last two games despite hitting the woodwork four times but have kept clean sheets in three out of their last four.

At the Wham Stadium Coleman’s men have lost just once since October.

AFC Wimbledon: WWLDWW

The Dons are flying, having won eight of their last eleven matches.

They’re unbeaten in three, keeping clean sheets in all three of those games.

A draw will be enough for Wimbledon to progress to Wembley.

Stanley Team News

There’s no new injury news ahead of the game.

Long term absentee Matt Crooks is the only man missing through injury, with only minor bumps and bruises affecting the squad.

Admission Details

This game is SOLD OUT.

No tickets are available to buy on the day and no pay on the gate is available.

Those collecting pre-purchased tickets are urged to arrive early due to the high volume of supporters expected.

Match Coverage

There will be updates on the club Twitter and Facebook accounts.

At full time a full match report will be posted online and on social media, followed by post match reaction.