It’s a topic that has raged on for months among supporters and that is reflected in the current edition.
Forensic Wimbledon statistican Terry McFadden has written in detail about Ardley’s methods this season. There are some illuminating snippets he has uncovered and perhaps you will be not surprised by this stat: This season corners have yielded just 3 strikes from 259 attempts as compared to 12 from 237 last season.
And another on how Ardley sets up his team: Just 16 of his 110 substitutions this season have seen a defensive player replaced with an attacking one.
There’s plenty more insights into how Ardley has gone about his business leading long-time Dons fan Terry to suggest: “After five years with NA at the helm have we reached a point where treading water is the best we can expect? Or worse, will AFC Wimbledon start going backwards?” It really is well worth the read to make up your own minds.
Another long-time fan Ray Armfield comes in off a long run while Iain Sandford offers this: “For all the mistakes our manager has made this season, for all the predictable, one-paced football we have had to endure, maybe we should breathe deeply, count to ten and give Neal Ardley a break.”
Trevor Pearce talks about budgets, Colum McAndrew lobs in this hand grenade: “Apart from the odd non-league cup final loss, we haven’t experienced failure. Perhaps it’s time we did, as unpalatable as it would be. Would it really be a catastrophe if we were relegated?”
Windlesham Don takes a look at what could prove a considerable task in the coming off-season, rebuilding the squad with a number of ageing players, loan players returning to their clubs, some unwanted players to offload and in Lyle Taylor’s case, possible interest elsewhere. Iain Sandford also writes on one of Ardley’s unqualified recruitment successes, Deji Oshilaja.
It’s an all-embracing read of all-things Wimbledon in the oldest established fanzine of our great club with plenty of quality reading.
It’s all in WDSA’s latest Wombles Downunder newsletter edition No.229, the longest-running (by far) and respected fanzine devoted to Wimbledon, now in its 33rd continuous year. Make the call, come and join us, you won’t be disappointed!!
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It’s all in the acclaimed ‘Wombles Downunder’ newsletter and all for just one dollar an issue (six a season). We proudly produce some testimonials after reading Wombles Downunder …
Dave Anderson …. What a terrific read !! Covers the club from back to front. It’s a must if you’re a Don ?
Derek French … Thanks for inviting me to tell some of the tales from my days at the Dons. Hope your readers enjoy it. It’s an excellent newsletter indeed, informative and interesting.
Steve Dowse … Looking forward to the new issue; I can guarantee that it’ll be more interesting than watching the Dons at the moment!
Mike Taliadoros (Radio WDON) …. “The newsletter is one of the most essential and informative reads available, not just for our Down Under fans, but for Dons supporters all round the globe.”
Kevin Gage …. “You said I might be surprised by your ‘newsletter’……I certainly was! A newsletter implies a sheet of A4, the type of thing I used to bring home from school! How times change! It’s a great read.”
Phil Godfrey …. Thanks for all the hard work you put into this. 30 years! 218 editions! Astounding…
Sydney Don … Super newsletter Rob, and one befitting of a promotion winning season.
Marc Jones …. “Hats (with dangling corks) off to all who assemble the Wombles Downunder newsletter. We all know it’s more than a ‘newsletter’. Here’s to 30 years more.”
Ian Cooke …. “Thirty years!! REALLY? I have always enjoyed the read and your correspondents are very similar in their views/outlooks to most of the fans I speak to.”
Singapore Don …. “Thanks for the newsletter: an excellent read as ever. It’s always such an interesting and engaging set of articles, and great to read others’ views and opinions on tactics, players and so much more. Thoroughly enjoyed it.”
Jason Steger … Lots of info; good stuff. It’s good value.
Paul Jeater ….. “30 years is a remarkable achievement, for any football publication, let alone one based in a different continent from that in which the Club that its focus is located. What makes WDSA newsletter so special is that it recognised the need to go ‘online’ ahead of the race and that it also complements rather than competes with other AFC Wimbledon fanzines.”
Rob Cornell (Radio WDON) ….. “I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of being interviewed for the WDSA newsletter. It’s an excellent, well researched and well established magazine for Wimbledon and AFC Wimbledon supporters everywhere!”
For those of you interviewed by me over the years, the table has finally turned! Great fun being interviewed by @OnyaDon for WDSA newsletter
— Rob Cornell (@Dons_Sayer_WDON) April 13, 2015
Richard Fairbairn (Aberdeen, Scotland) ….. “Great fanzine, nicely written and it gives me some insights that it’s just hard to pick being a remote supporter.”
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Stephen Crabtree (The Historical Don) … “If you want in-depth, up-to-date, critical comment on every aspect of AFC Wimbledon then the Wombles Downunder newsletter is for you. Each issue Rob gets together a range of writers to examine the parts of the club other publications do not reach. Always well informed, at 200 not out it will no doubt be at the crease for many years to come.”
Erik Samuelson… “I’ve always been impressed by the quality and the range of topics from Dons fans around the world. WDSA brings them all together and produces a very high quality newsletter (and website). Long may it continue. My only grumble is that during our interviews he always manages to get me to say a bit more than I meant to, while respecting genuine confidences.”
Ray Armfield .. “The biggest compliment I can pay is that I’ve often read exclusives and discovered news about our club via a newsletter compiled on the other side of the world.”
— Ray Armfield (@KentWomble) March 5, 2016
Rob Bushaway (Derbyshire) … “I have often commented that the news provided by the fanzine was much more informative than the national press. It’s been brilliant and fair to say it still is.”
Andy Powell (Devon Womble) … “I stepped inside Plough Lane to watch my first Wimbledon match sometime late in 1972/1973 (against Nuneaton Borough if memory serves me right), but beyond the fragments of sage wisdom in the local pub about our performances, and a constantly biased press; it was always hard to know much about what was really going on inside the boardroom, inside the dressing room, or occasionally, on the pitch (!) Now, almost 40 years later all I have to do is subscribe a token amount of dosh and I get Wombles Downunder newsletters loaded with the sort of stuff I suspect few club supporters get yet most crave. Where are you hiding the webcams Rob? Probably the best £10 I’ve spent in years.”
Bobby Gould … “I have printed off the three pages of your Dons’ newsletter containing my interview and thoroughly enjoyed the read. Hope your loyal readers enjoyed it as much as I did .”
Mike Richardson … “It’s great. It’s one thing I do read thoroughly.”
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Iain Sandford …. “I think the newsletter’s fantastic. Full of really interesting and well-informed content and measured, balanced opinion pieces. The Harry Bassett interview was a particular joy. So yes, a terrific read and well worth the investment.”
Tony Ward of Crawley… “Wow … That is some newsletter! I think it is an amazing achievement that you and your fellow supporters can produce a document of that detail. It’s fantastic, especially as it is Edition 190-odd.”
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