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We Are Home

25 November 2020

AFC WIMBLEDON EXCLUSIVE – CELEBRATE OUR MIRACLE THIS CHRISTMAS WITH THE ULTIMATE GIFT FOR EVERY DONS FANS

Official book tells our story like never before.

Out in early December! PRE-ORDER ONLINE now by 11 December to get it in time for Christmas. First 500 copies will be signed by our very own legend Dickie Guy.

“This book is dedicated to all the people who made an impossible dream come true”

It's the ultimate Xmas present for every Dons fan – 336 stunning pages, over 500 rare and exclusive photos and more than 50,000 words that celebrate the miracle of AFC Wimbledon and our return to Plough Lane.

‘We Are Home’ is the ultimate history of our wonderful club, a beautiful, glossy coffee table-style book that you'll never want to put down. 

Open, frank and honest, it tells the complete story like never before - the good, the bad and the ugly. The stories every fan wants to know told in explicit detail; the pictures every fan wants to see - from our first team in 1889 to the moment Joe Pigott scored the first goal in our new stadium.

Ready in time for Christmas, copies will be delivered direct to your doorstep. Alternatively, and if lockdown rules allow, you’ll be able to pick them up at our shop in Wimbledon’s Centre Court, or even at our new ground.

Better still, the first 500 will be personally signed by AFC Wimbledon legend and club president Dickie Guy - so get your orders in asap!

No other book about AFC Wimbledon has covered the club in such detail.  From the moment our forefathers kicked off on Wimbledon Common, through the dark days when we lost Plough Lane and our club was left to die, to our incredible resurrection and return home. It's all there - and more.

The highs and lows, the agonies and ecstasies. Historic Cup wins, promotions and great games alongside the heartbreaks and struggles - all relived through exclusive interviews and precious, rare photos.

Running throughout is the history of Plough Lane itself, from the moment it was first built in 1912 to the opening game back in our new stadium on November 3, 2020.

Stunning photos bring the old ground back to life and then take you through every construction stage as our new home was being built. Incredible maps pinpoint all the grounds where our predecessors used to play and show what the sites are used for today.

Most of all, We Are Home is a celebration of you - our incredible fans. It unashamedly salutes your infinite loyalty, your refusal to surrender and your sheer determination to make an impossible dream come true.

“Two words proudly stamp our name on our new home. Defiant, proud and bold, THE DONS seem more like a statement than simply our name. A statement that says: 'This is ours and nobody will take it away from us ever again’.

There's plenty of surprises, too, like the famous England international who once lived at our ground and swept the terraces - even though he was playing for Chelsea - and the moment when one of our most-famous players burst into tears in the dressing room.

Then there's the detail. The behind-the-scenes dramas and problems, the betrayals and duplicity. This is our story uncensored, with no punches pulled. The moments when Plough Lane was sold behind our backs and we were discarded by football’s rulers; how incredibly close we came to moving to Dublin; the acute funding crisis that almost spelt the end of our new stadium – even  meddling Boris Johnson. It’s all there!

It was one of the most diabolical decisions in the history of English football. Our proud club was coldly abandoned by the governing bodies, wrenched from its homeland and taken away. Deserted, betrayed, we were erased from the map overnight.”

“A partnership between the Irish people and Wimbledon will create a new club, an Irish club, owned by Irish people, for Irish players. There’s an excellent chance it will happen.”

“The stadium and even our sacred ownership structure threatened to implode. We even considered abandoning the three temporary stands. Our new home would have been an utterly barren arena with a pitch and one solitary stand.”

“Boris Johnson almost ruined everything.”

Going back to Plough Lane was more than a dream. It was a calling. Players, managers, chairmen, chief executives, directors, sponsors, backroom staff, ground staff, tea ladies, volunteers, supporters, dreamers…believers. They all united behind the cause; then they made it happen.

We Are Home is dedicated to them all and absolutely everyone who made our miracle a reality.

Our homecoming can only be complete, of course, once we are all back together, reunited, shoulder to shoulder - one voice, united by the glory days of our old ground but creating a fresh future at our new one.

Until that glorious moment comes, We Are Home is our permanent record of the AFC Wimbledon miracle. It’s the greatest football story that will be told this Christmas. Better still, it’s YOUR story. Every penny the book earns will go directly to the club and help us begin the next chapter in our incredible, evolving tale...


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