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STAR PREVIEW: AFC Wimbledon v Plymouth Argyle

[dropcap]L[/dropcap]eicester’s exploits this season quite rightly grabbed the national headlines but the heroics of Burton Albion (promoted to Championship) and AFC Wimbledon – today’s League Two finalists are equally as impressive in their own way.

AFC Wimbledon are the proverbial phoenix who have risen from the ashes – formed 14 years ago when supporters rejected the transplantation of the club to Milton Keynes and the new embryo of a club started playing football again in the parks of Merton. Any lower and it would have been jumpers for goalposts stuff.

And now Neil Ardley, a former original Wimbledon player, will lead his side out onto the hallowed field of Wembley for a 3pm date with Plymouth for the right to be in League One next season.

Audley said: “I don’t buy into that idea that it’s only another game, that you don’t play the occasion, you play the game.”

“Nobody can replicate Wembley. When we walk out, I’ll be proud, my emotions will be all over the shop. I’m going to be feeling the butterflies and the players will feel the same. But once we’ve walked out, put our shoulders back, smiled, gone ‘wow’, we’ve got a job to do. We’ve got to take all of that in, embrace it, accept it and then go and play the game.”

Plymouth finished six points ahead of Plymouth in the regular season but the play-offs can be cruel that way.

What might more pertinent is that the two sides finished 4-4 on aggregate in their two games – away wins on both occasions.

AFC Wimbledon v Plymouth Argyle
League Two Play-Off Final
15:00 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD

(Maximum 10 matches)
Apr 2016 LEAGUE TWO Plymouth 1-2 AFC Wimbledon
Sep 2015 LEAGUE TROPHY AFC Wimbledon 2-3 Plymout
Aug 2015 LEAGUE TWO AFC Wimbledon 0-2 Plymouth
Apr 2015 LEAGUE TWO Plymouth 1-1 AFC Wimbledon
Oct 2014 LEAGUE TWO AFC Wimbledon 0-0 Plymouth
Apr 2014 LEAGUE TWO Plymouth 1-2 AFC Wimbledon
Dec 2013 LEAGUE TWO AFC Wimbledon 1-1 Plymouth
Feb 2013 LEAGUE TWO AFC Wimbledon 1-1 Plymouth
Oct 2012 LEAGUE TWO Plymouth 1-2 AFC Wimbledon
Mar 2012 LEAGUE TWO AFC Wimbledon 1-2 Plymouth

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