Originally formed as Old Centrals by boys from Old Central School, the club became Wimbledon Old Centrals before finally dropping the "Old Centrals" to become Wimbledon FC in 1901.
Having played their home games on Wimbledon Common and at various other locations in the Wimbledon area, Wimbledon FC play their first ever fixture at Plough Lane.
Wimbledon FC became one of the giants of the non-league game, winning the FA Amateur Cup with a 4-2 defeat of Sutton United. Eddie Reynolds, the club's all-time top goalscorer, headed in all four Wimbledon goals - he remains the only player in history ever to have scored four goals all with his head in a Wembley cup final.
After the Dons knocked out 1st Division Burnley in the 3rd round of the FA Cup, Dickie Guy, now AFC Wimbledon Club President, cemented his place in Dons folklore when he saved a Peter Lorimer penalty to earn Wimbledon a 4th round replay against the reigning English Champions Leeds Utd.
Wimbledon FC are elected to the fourth tier of the Football League on the back of three successive Southern League championships.
Wimbledon FC reach the top division having been in the Football League for only 9 years.
Wimbledon FC win the FA Cup, defeating the highly fancied Liverpool FC with a Lawrie Sanchez goal. Dave Beasant made the first ever penalty save in an FA Cup final, from John Aldridge, and also became the first goalkeeper to captain an FA Cup-winning side.
The Taylor Report demanded all-seater stadia, which led to the club leaving Plough Lane and ground sharing with Crystal Palace.
A founding member of the Premier League, Wimbledon FC finished 12th in its inaugural season. Dean Holdsworth came 3rd in the league's top scorer race with 19 goals. Future AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley was a regular on the team sheet this season.
An FA Commission allowed the club’s owners to move it to Milton Keynes, where Wimbledon FC was subsequently renamed. Outraged fans re-formed their club, under the ownership of the Dons Trust, to keep the name of Wimbledon’s football team alive.
AFC Wimbledon began life in the Combined Counties League, at the lowest level of senior football. In a second incredible rise, five promotions in nine years saw Wimbledon regain their Football League status.
AFC Wimbledon take ownership of Kingsmeadow stadium (now The Cherry Red Records Stadium), a decision which creates a stable base for the Club until its move back to Merton.
The National League play-off winners. In only 9 years, AFC Wimbledon go from the bottom of the pyramid to the English Football League after beating Luton Town on penalties at the City of Manchester Stadium (now the Etihad Stadium).
The club submits a planning application for a new stadium in Plough Lane to Merton Council - the long journey back to Plough Lane takes a big step forward.
AFC Wimbledon take over 20,000 fans to Wembley, beating Plymouth Argyle 2-0 to become English Football League Two play-off winners.
The club gets permission to start building the new stadium on the site of the old Wimbledon Greyhound stadium, just yards from the original Plough Lane.
After years of hard work and having overcome many setbacks, works on the Plough Lane stadium site begins.