League One set for next season
What an absolutely heart warming story AFC Wimbledon’s rise from the ashes is. The real Dons will be a honour to join in League One next season.
With Millwall’s defeat on Sunday to Barnsley the make up of next season’s League One is now complete and with the Dons and Lions with us, it does give the league a much more geographical north/south spread. The furthest the Addicks will travel is to Fleetwood, one of two teams we have never played before. AFC Wimbledon being the other.
Fleetwood is a 303 mile journey, 8 or so miles past Blackpool. Fortunately our dreaded north-west journeys are limited to old friends Bolton, Bury, Oldham Athletic and Keith Hill’s Rochdale. At the moment I am considering doing just away days next season until we see the back of Duchatelet. Coventry, Oxford and two new ones for me, Northampton and Chesterfield all appeal.
Whereas I was chuffed for Wimbledon, I wasn’t bothered about Millwall. I would’ve been fine if they won. The thought of having to play them twice next season fills me with the habitual dread. The loss of 6 points is just another miserable inconvenience.
Looking at the list of teams in the division, got me looking for the bookie’s odds. We are as long as 20/1 with Corals to win it, which tells it’s own story and the bookies were spot on last season. Sheffield United are favourites, they probably always are, but Wilder’s appointment will increase expectations. Parky’s Bradford are 2nd favourites with MK Dons 3rd, Bolton 4th and Millwall 5th.
Just so we know who our relegation rivals are. Corals have Bury and Shrewsbury as the two most likely to be relegated.
Just to finish on a more upbeat note. Wimbledon’s manager Neal Ardley said after winning at Wembley today: “They (the fans) deserve it. They had their club taken away from them 14 years ago. Now look at them.”
Hope for Addicks yet.