The Dons Trust owns AFC Wimbledon football club – but the precise way that we own it has evolved over the years. There’s now a slightly complex number of subsidiary companies.
This page tries to explain it. Ultimately, it’s our members who remain in control.
- The Trust’s individual members collectively own the Trust.
- The Trust owns more than 75% of the votes in another company called AFCW plc. (The remaining votes in AFCW plc belong to individual shareholders who bought shares during two share issues – the first in 2003 and the second in 2019.)
- AFCW plc then owns three different subsidiary companies, each of which have specific roles within the organisation.
No individual has a significant interest in either The Dons Trust or AFCW plc.
Individual members of our elected board also serve on the boards of some of our subsidiaries, alongside members and other individuals.
AFCW plc was formed by a share issue in 2003 which enabled the club to raise enough money to buy Kingsmeadow. In summer 2019, a second share issue raised further money to help fund the development of our new stadium in Plough Lane. The Trust owns more than 75% of the votes in AFCW plc, ensuring it remains in control of the club. The remainder of the shares in the plc are owned by individual shareholders.
The current directors of AFCW plc are: Mick Buckley, Freddy Flaxman, Michele Little, Iain McNay, Nick Robertson, Charlie Talbot and Kris Stewart. The company secretary is David Charles.
AFC Wimbledon Limited is the football club. Day-to-day running of the football club is done by the Football Club Board. The Trust board appoints the club’s Chief Executive. Mick Buckley is currently Interim Chair. Other directors on the Football Club Board are nominated by the chief executive and approved by the Dons Trust Board.
The current directors of AFC Wimbledon Limited are: David Charles as secretary; Joe Palmer and John Stanley as directors
Please note that AFC Wimbledon Limited’s company records are due to be updated shortly
The Wider Interests of Football Limited is the company that owns the freehold to the land that our new stadium is being built on, and the emerging stadium itself!
The current directors of The Wider Interests of Football Limited are: Joe Palmer and Luke Mackenzie. The company secretary is David Charles.
Please note that The Wider Interests of Football Limited’s company records are due to be updated shortly.
AFC Wimbledon Ladies FC Limited is the company that runs AFC Wimbledon Women. The girls’ section remains in a separate organisation, not a direct subsidiary of the club.
The current directors of AFC Wimbledon Ladies FC Limited are: Karen Hardy, David Growns, Sophia Axelsson Dennis Lowndes, and Hannah Kitcher.
AFC Wimbledon Foundation is an independent charity that uses the club’s name to deliver projects on sport, health, inclusion and education in the local community.