Wimbledon 1 game away from England’s pro league

Forget tennis. Anyone for football in Wimbledon?

AFC Wimbledon, a fan-owned football team formed nearly a decade

ago after its predecessor in the southwest London suburb picked up

and abruptly left town, is on the verge of becoming one of

England’s 92 full-time professional football league clubs.

First, though, the team has to beat Luton on Saturday in

Manchester in a playoff match for a spot in the fourth

division.

AFC Wimbledon chief executive Erik Samuelson tells The

Associated Press that ”in the end, if we don’t win on Saturday, we

will still have our football club – compare that to the desolation

we felt nine years ago when it was taken away from us.”