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Bring The Dons Home: Final vindication for all the campaigning

BTDH on the club's return to Wimbledon

13 December 2017

Following today's fantastic news that the section 106 agreement had been signed, a statement from Bring The Dons Home summed up what it all meant to Wimbledon supporters.

BTDH Campaign Organiser Charlie Talbot said: "We are delighted that every I has been dotted and every T has been crossed so construction work can now begin. This is the final vindication not just for this campaign, but for all the campaigning, lobbying and hard work of so many Wimbledon fans and supportive neutrals in various organisations since the last Wimbledon games at the old Plough Lane ground.

"It's also final proof that the fans who told the FA's three-man commission in 2002 that Wimbledon's football club had a viable future in a South London home were correct and the FA were wrong. We commend the AFC Wimbledon board and the Dons Trust for not only regaining the league place taken from Wimbledon but also restoring the club to a home in the borough in the face of so much opposition. We hope the club can continue to build on this success as a valuable community asset in its new stadium."

"Personally I first got involved in campaigning for Wimbledon's new ground with the independent supporters' association in 1997. That campaign was titled, "It's Time We Had a Home Game". I'm delighted that two decades later, we will. Everyone who has been part of working towards this, or writing in support of it, should feel very proud."

Charlie (left) is pictured with former Dons defender Andy Frampton (centre) and fellow BTDH campaigner David Hall at the launch of the 'Write Now' campaign to support the stadium bid.

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