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Golden Boot Backfiles: Ali’s Amazing Rise

Lethal frontman in for our penultimate instalment

11 June 2024

Club News

Golden Boot Backfiles: Ali’s Amazing Rise

Lethal frontman in for our penultimate instalment

11 June 2024

When Ali Al-Hamadi arrived on a free transfer in January 2022, no one could’ve predicted the huge impact that the striker would have with the Dons.

A raw talent who rapidly developed into arguably the best player in Sky Bet League Two, Ali quickly captured the adulation of the Wimbledon fans as he netted 10 goals in 19 league appearances in his debut 2022/23 campaign.

This saw him finish as our top scorer in the league for that season, providing a spring board for even greater heights in 2023/24.

Ali duly delivered on fulfilling his potential, scoring a further 17 goals before he departed for promotion-chasing Ipswich Town, then of the Championship in January of this year.

Now able to say he is a Premier League player in his own right, those of a yellow and blue persuasion will be keeping a keen eye on the Iraq international’s progress in the top flight next season.

Watch Ali Al-Hamadi’s league goals for the Dons – as he finished as our top goalscorer in 2022/23 – below!

Upon his departure from the Cherry Red Records Stadium, Ali said: “Honestly I don’t know where to start. I’ve cried many tears every time I’ve gone to write this message. I genuinely can’t put into words how hard this decision has been for me and my family. This has been one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to take in my life. Unfortunately my time at the Club has come to an end.

“The past year at this wonderful football club has been one of the best periods of my life. I owe everything to AFC Wimbledon. You have helped me become a better player and most importantly a better person. The way you took to me and welcomed me into your family has been incredible. The connection I’ve built with people at this football club is deeper than football. You gave me and my family a home.”


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