Your basket

Join The FSA

AFC Wimbledon need help returning home

AFC Wimbledon have launched a bond scheme to help the supporter-owned club to return to Plough Lane.

After spending more than 30 years away from their traditional home, the Dons hope to have their new Plough Lane stadium completed by autumn this year.

However, the ambitious project is facing a funding shortfall of around £11m and now the Dons Trust are appealing for help from supporters.

By issuing bonds, AFC Wimbledon hope to meet the shortfall while maintaining the club’s fan-owned status.

Their chief executive Joe Palmer said: “It’s been an incredibly busy period since December and I am delighted the team behind the Plough Lane Bond have managed to turn this idea into reality so quickly.

“Many people from the Trust and our legal advisers have also been involved in getting the Bond launched and now it’s time for us all to work together to make it a success.”

The initial target for the bond is £5m, which the club say will help them raise the remaining £6m.

Before bringing the Bond to market, the Plough Lane Bond team received pledges of more than £3.5m pre-launch, at an average chosen interest rate of 1.66% and an average term length of 12.5 years.

Fans can elect to lend money over a five, ten or 20 year period with a variable rate of interest from 0% to 4%, paid annually.

“We are exploring new avenues that have been brought to us for the commercial lending as well,” Palmer said. “But the more we can raise through this bond the easier the process of securing the remainder becomes.”

Construction on the new 9,000 capacity Plough Lane began last year. The club have played at Kingsmeadow in Kingston upon Thames since they were founded by supporters of Wimbledon in 2002.

Related Articles

AFC Wimbledon hit target for financing new stadium

AFC Wimbledon confirmed this week that they have hit their target for financing their new stadium.

North Ferriby United AFC – What’s in a name?

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet; So Romeo would, were he not Romeo called, retain that dear perfection which he owes without that title.

Barrow AFC fans rally round club with fundraising

Barrow AFC supporters have provided vital funds for the Cumbrian club, raising more than £65,000 six weeks ahead of their May deadline.

Bury AFC take next step in forming a new club

Bury AFC have taken the next step along the road to ensuring there is a football club in the town next season by electing the Shakers Community Board this week. 

Funding partners

  • The Football Association
  • Premier Leage Fans Fund


  • Gamble Aware
  • Co-operatives UK
  • FSE
  • Kick It Out
  • Level Playing Field
  • Living Wage Foundation
  • SD Europe