MK Dons FC and AFC Wimbledon: moving the goalposts and rising from the ashes

Cook, D. ORCID: 0000-0001-6160-7904 and Anagnostopoulos, C., 2017. MK Dons FC and AFC Wimbledon: moving the goalposts and rising from the ashes. In: S. Chadwick, D. Arthur and J. Beech, eds., International cases in the business of sport. 2nd ed. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 138-147. ISBN 9781138802445

12512_Cook.pdf - Post-print

Download (793kB) | Preview


This case study provides an insight into a unique and unprecedented event in English professional football: the relocation of a major club to a completely different geographical area.

The ruling, in 2002, was hugely controversial, and effectively spawned two entirely new entities: MK Dons FC, who took the place of Wimbledon FC in the Football League and based themselves in Milton Keynes, 60 miles away from the original club; and AFC Wimbledon, a fan- owned ‘phoenix’ club which started again at the bottom of the football pyramid and is located near to Wimbledon FC’s original home.

Despite their creation resulting from the same event, the two newly created clubs are notable for their contrasting ownership models and the reaction they have received from both the media and the wider football community in Great Britain.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Creators: Cook, D. and Anagnostopoulos, C.
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: Abingdon
Date: September 2017
ISBN: 9781138802445
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 26 Nov 2018 11:09
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2018 11:09

Actions (login required)

Edit View Edit View


Views per month over past year


Downloads per month over past year