AFC Wimbledon

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EFL drop charges after AFC Wimbledon refused to use MK Dons' full name
EFL drop charges after AFC Wimbledon refused to use MK Dons' full name
EFL drop charges after AFC Wimbledon refused to use MK Dons' full name
EFL drop charges after AFC Wimbledon refused to use MK Dons' full name
EFL drop charges after AFC Wimbledon refused to use MK Dons' full name
EFL drop charges after AFC Wimbledon refused to use MK Dons' full name
AFC Wimbledon put the squeeze on play-off pushing Charlton in battle against the drop
AFC Wimbledon put the squeeze on play-off pushing Charlton in battle against the drop
AFC Wimbledon put the squeeze on play-off pushing Charlton in battle against the drop
AFC Wimbledon put the squeeze on play-off pushing Charlton in battle against the drop
AFC Wimbledon put the squeeze on play-off pushing Charlton in battle against the drop
AFC Wimbledon put the squeeze on play-off pushing Charlton in battle against the drop
AFC Wimbledon put the squeeze on play-off pushing Charlton in battle against the drop
AFC Wimbledon put the squeeze on play-off pushing Charlton in battle against the drop
AFC Wimbledon put the squeeze on play-off pushing Charlton in battle against the drop
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 AFC Wimbledon manager Neil Ardley confronts the officials after the game Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 AFC Wimbledon manager Neil Ardley confronts the officials after the game Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town's Nathan Thomas in action with AFC Wimbledon's Dean Parrett Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town's Nathan Thomas in action with AFC Wimbledon's Dean Parrett Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town's Alex Rodman celebrates after the match Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town's Alex Rodman celebrates after the match Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town manager Paul Hurst applauds the fans after the match Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town manager Paul Hurst applauds the fans after the match Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town manager Paul Hurst applauds the fans after the match Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town manager Paul Hurst applauds the fans after the match Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town's Stefan Payne shoots at goal Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town's Stefan Payne shoots at goal Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town's Omar Beckles shoots at goal Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town's Omar Beckles shoots at goal Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town's Stefan Payne celebrates scoring their first goal with Omar Beckles Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town's Stefan Payne celebrates scoring their first goal with Omar Beckles Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town's Stefan Payne celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town's Stefan Payne celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town's Stefan Payne celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town's Stefan Payne celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town fan Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town fan Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 AFC Wimbledon manager Neil Ardley Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 AFC Wimbledon manager Neil Ardley Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Sunderland manager Chris Coleman with Reading's Dave Edwards in the stands before the game Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Sunderland manager Chris Coleman with Reading's Dave Edwards in the stands before the game Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Sunderland manager Chris Coleman with Reading's Dave Edwards in the stands before the game Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Sunderland manager Chris Coleman with Reading's Dave Edwards in the stands before the game Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town's Stefan Payne in action with AFC Wimbledon's Jimmy Abdou which led to appeals for a penalty Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town's Stefan Payne in action with AFC Wimbledon's Jimmy Abdou which led to appeals for a penalty Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town's Stefan Payne makes an appeal for a penalty to the assistant referee Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town's Stefan Payne makes an appeal for a penalty to the assistant referee Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town's Stefan Payne makes an appeal for a penalty to referee Darren Drysdale Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town's Stefan Payne makes an appeal for a penalty to referee Darren Drysdale Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town's Carlton Morris remonstrates with the assistant referee Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town's Carlton Morris remonstrates with the assistant referee Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town players observe a minute's applause before the game Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town players observe a minute's applause before the game Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town's Stefan Payne in action with AFC Wimbledon's Deji Oshilaja Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town's Stefan Payne in action with AFC Wimbledon's Deji Oshilaja Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town manager Paul Hurst Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town manager Paul Hurst Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 AFC Wimbledon manager Neil Ardley Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon
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Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shaun Whalley of Shrewsbury Town and Andy Barcham of AFC Wimbledon in action Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shaun Whalley of Shrewsbury Town and Andy Barcham of AFC Wimbledon in action Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Sunderland manager Chris Coleman and Reading player Dave Edwards in the crowd Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Sunderland manager Chris Coleman and Reading player Dave Edwards in the crowd Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Bobby Kasanga remembers precisely what it was that first drew him into crime. “Trainers,” he says. “My brother was big in local gangs and was buying new trainers all the time. His were always box fresh. Me, I still had the same pair I’d had for two years. I wanted shoes like his. I wanted some of his status. Simple as that.” A bright, articulate teenager, doing well in his studies, reckoned a real prospect of a footballer, Kasanga still found the lure of easy money from crime impossible to resist. He wanted those trainers. “I had everything going for me: college, football, I had a good part-time job. It should have been enough. I should have been leading a productive life. Instead I spent most of my 20s doing time.” It is a pattern he sees being played out across modern London: black teenagers succumbing to criminal temptation when they could offer so much. The city, he reckons, is littered with squandered opportunity, wasted potential, lives torpedoed by crime. Which is why, three years ago, when he came out of prison for what he was determined would be the last time, he decided he was going to do something about it. “Basically, I wanted to use my experience to make a difference.” The vehicle he chose was football. He might not have progressed as far in the game as his half-brother Medy Elito, the Cambridge United winger. But, in between spells in prison, he played for many a non-League club, from Fisher Athletic to East Thurrock, from Corinthian Casuals to Ashford. And during his time patrolling the semi-pro game, he noted that in his home borough of Hackney there was not a single club that played above tier seven. So, he decided when he left prison to set one up. Kasanga spent numerous stints in prison before turning his life around and establishing the club Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley In January 2015, he established Hackney Wick FC. And, within three seasons, thanks to his tireless enthusiasm, energy and skill in accessing funds, the first team are playing semi-professionally in the Middlesex Senior League, there is a women’s team and the club have 250 junior playing members. This season they played in the FA Cup for the first time and drew over 750 for a derby with Clapton FC. And their founder has ambition to climb much higher. “I see AFC Wimbledon as our role model,” he says. “Twenty years ago, they didn’t exist. Now they are in League One with a new stadium planned. Given where we’ve got in three years, I can’t see why we shouldn’t be thinking of doing the same.” The point about Hackney Wick, their founder says, is that they were not established as an ordinary club. They are ones with a message. This was a club set up to challenge the supremacy of crime, to give proper alternative to gang culture. By locking the club into the community, the intention is to address the growing dislocation between the youth and the mainstream where criminality festers. Thus everyone who joins has to guarantee to do a minimum of two hours a month voluntary work in Hackney. At the Hackney half-marathon run through the borough last June, the players manned the drinks stations. Every week, “Wickers”, as the members of the club are known, visit old people. They have played against prison teams. Only by reaching out, Kasanga says, can they help themselves. “We have a collective ambition to represent our borough positively,” he says. “We’ve got more than 250 people playing for us. Yeah, maybe they’d be playing elsewhere. But when they come here we can try to deliver our message. And when it comes to being anti-crime, one thing I can do is point out I’ve been there. I know what I’m talking about.” UNITED AGAINST KNIFE CRIME EARLY BIRD TICKETS OUT NOW. SEARCH ANTI KNIFE CRIME MATCH. FEATURING ALL STAR LINE OF UK GRIME AND RAP STARS. AND @HACKNEYWICKFC TEAM WITH @dickson_e20 @tresorlualua @icontk20 @cherno_samba and more to announce. #savetheyouth cr pic.twitter.com/xIIjmF4OhE— Robert Kasanga (@RobertKasanga) March 17, 2018 He certainly does. Watching him in action at a Friday evening training session, when hundreds of junior players spin out across floodlit pitches in the middle of the borough, is to see someone who commands absolute respect. His charisma is extraordinary. When he tells them some of his stories, their eyes widen. He remembers, for instance, being on the team bus about to make his debut for Ashford in the Ryman League, when his phone rang. He knew his fellow gang members were planning a robbery on a security van (“everyone in London was doing security vans at the time,” he says). But the call told him that, after the raid, there had been a row about splitting the proceeds during which his best mate had been stabbed to death. The following week, in the attempt to conduct a revenge shooting on the guy who had wielded the knife, an innocent party was shot dead. He was nowhere near it, but Kasanga was reckoned the prime suspect for the killing and arrested. Because he had an alibi (he was at football training) he was bailed. “At this point, any normal human being would have seen the signs and knocked it on the head,” he recalls. “Not me. I was a right idiot. I continued robbing.” In 2007, he was caught and sentenced to five years. When he came out, he took up where he left off, subsidising his football with the proceeds of crime. “At one point, I messed up probation and had to go on the run. I was playing under an assumed name. And still I hadn’t learned my lesson.” In 2011 he was caught in the act once more. He was sentenced to a further five years. And this time he finally saw the light. While in prison, he took an Open University degree in criminology and began to plan for a new, crime-free life outside. One which could help the next generation not make the mistakes he did. Bobby Kasanga with some of Hackney Wick FC's Under-16 players, Kamanda Daboh, Mohammed Ba Diop, Reniq Senior and Ryan Jordan Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley “I knew the one thing that can really challenge crime in grabbing kids’ attention is football. Listen, it doesn’t always work. One of our players has just been sent to prison for 18 years. People are still falling through the net. It’s not an overnight process.” But Kasanga is working tirelessly to make things happen. Backed by a local property development company which pays him to run the club, he is forever seeking out new ways to secure funding for more programmes. In the midst of a relegation fight exacerbated by weather-related postponements, last month he contacted William Hill to see if it might sponsor the club. So intrigued was the bookmaker by his story, it offered him the services of Robbie Savage, to play for the Wick as a publicity stunt in the last few matches of the season. Unfortunately, Savage declined the opportunity. “I think he thought he’d be a target for a kicking,” says Kasanga. “Probably right.” Other celebrities are less nervous of engagement with the club. On June 29, at their new home ground at the warm-up track next to the Olympic Stadium, Hackney Wick will play against a team of leading grime artists in an anti-knife crime match. Dave, Not3s and Dappy are among the rappers who will be playing. “It is going to be huge,” Kasanga reckons. “And what a message it is going to send out. Grime and football: if you want your message to reach the youth, there is no better way of doing it.” Hackney Wick FC is living proof of that.
From crime to grime - how Hackney Wick FC are challenging gang culture in inner London
Bobby Kasanga remembers precisely what it was that first drew him into crime. “Trainers,” he says. “My brother was big in local gangs and was buying new trainers all the time. His were always box fresh. Me, I still had the same pair I’d had for two years. I wanted shoes like his. I wanted some of his status. Simple as that.” A bright, articulate teenager, doing well in his studies, reckoned a real prospect of a footballer, Kasanga still found the lure of easy money from crime impossible to resist. He wanted those trainers. “I had everything going for me: college, football, I had a good part-time job. It should have been enough. I should have been leading a productive life. Instead I spent most of my 20s doing time.” It is a pattern he sees being played out across modern London: black teenagers succumbing to criminal temptation when they could offer so much. The city, he reckons, is littered with squandered opportunity, wasted potential, lives torpedoed by crime. Which is why, three years ago, when he came out of prison for what he was determined would be the last time, he decided he was going to do something about it. “Basically, I wanted to use my experience to make a difference.” The vehicle he chose was football. He might not have progressed as far in the game as his half-brother Medy Elito, the Cambridge United winger. But, in between spells in prison, he played for many a non-League club, from Fisher Athletic to East Thurrock, from Corinthian Casuals to Ashford. And during his time patrolling the semi-pro game, he noted that in his home borough of Hackney there was not a single club that played above tier seven. So, he decided when he left prison to set one up. Kasanga spent numerous stints in prison before turning his life around and establishing the club Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley In January 2015, he established Hackney Wick FC. And, within three seasons, thanks to his tireless enthusiasm, energy and skill in accessing funds, the first team are playing semi-professionally in the Middlesex Senior League, there is a women’s team and the club have 250 junior playing members. This season they played in the FA Cup for the first time and drew over 750 for a derby with Clapton FC. And their founder has ambition to climb much higher. “I see AFC Wimbledon as our role model,” he says. “Twenty years ago, they didn’t exist. Now they are in League One with a new stadium planned. Given where we’ve got in three years, I can’t see why we shouldn’t be thinking of doing the same.” The point about Hackney Wick, their founder says, is that they were not established as an ordinary club. They are ones with a message. This was a club set up to challenge the supremacy of crime, to give proper alternative to gang culture. By locking the club into the community, the intention is to address the growing dislocation between the youth and the mainstream where criminality festers. Thus everyone who joins has to guarantee to do a minimum of two hours a month voluntary work in Hackney. At the Hackney half-marathon run through the borough last June, the players manned the drinks stations. Every week, “Wickers”, as the members of the club are known, visit old people. They have played against prison teams. Only by reaching out, Kasanga says, can they help themselves. “We have a collective ambition to represent our borough positively,” he says. “We’ve got more than 250 people playing for us. Yeah, maybe they’d be playing elsewhere. But when they come here we can try to deliver our message. And when it comes to being anti-crime, one thing I can do is point out I’ve been there. I know what I’m talking about.” UNITED AGAINST KNIFE CRIME EARLY BIRD TICKETS OUT NOW. SEARCH ANTI KNIFE CRIME MATCH. FEATURING ALL STAR LINE OF UK GRIME AND RAP STARS. AND @HACKNEYWICKFC TEAM WITH @dickson_e20 @tresorlualua @icontk20 @cherno_samba and more to announce. #savetheyouth cr pic.twitter.com/xIIjmF4OhE— Robert Kasanga (@RobertKasanga) March 17, 2018 He certainly does. Watching him in action at a Friday evening training session, when hundreds of junior players spin out across floodlit pitches in the middle of the borough, is to see someone who commands absolute respect. His charisma is extraordinary. When he tells them some of his stories, their eyes widen. He remembers, for instance, being on the team bus about to make his debut for Ashford in the Ryman League, when his phone rang. He knew his fellow gang members were planning a robbery on a security van (“everyone in London was doing security vans at the time,” he says). But the call told him that, after the raid, there had been a row about splitting the proceeds during which his best mate had been stabbed to death. The following week, in the attempt to conduct a revenge shooting on the guy who had wielded the knife, an innocent party was shot dead. He was nowhere near it, but Kasanga was reckoned the prime suspect for the killing and arrested. Because he had an alibi (he was at football training) he was bailed. “At this point, any normal human being would have seen the signs and knocked it on the head,” he recalls. “Not me. I was a right idiot. I continued robbing.” In 2007, he was caught and sentenced to five years. When he came out, he took up where he left off, subsidising his football with the proceeds of crime. “At one point, I messed up probation and had to go on the run. I was playing under an assumed name. And still I hadn’t learned my lesson.” In 2011 he was caught in the act once more. He was sentenced to a further five years. And this time he finally saw the light. While in prison, he took an Open University degree in criminology and began to plan for a new, crime-free life outside. One which could help the next generation not make the mistakes he did. Bobby Kasanga with some of Hackney Wick FC's Under-16 players, Kamanda Daboh, Mohammed Ba Diop, Reniq Senior and Ryan Jordan Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley “I knew the one thing that can really challenge crime in grabbing kids’ attention is football. Listen, it doesn’t always work. One of our players has just been sent to prison for 18 years. People are still falling through the net. It’s not an overnight process.” But Kasanga is working tirelessly to make things happen. Backed by a local property development company which pays him to run the club, he is forever seeking out new ways to secure funding for more programmes. In the midst of a relegation fight exacerbated by weather-related postponements, last month he contacted William Hill to see if it might sponsor the club. So intrigued was the bookmaker by his story, it offered him the services of Robbie Savage, to play for the Wick as a publicity stunt in the last few matches of the season. Unfortunately, Savage declined the opportunity. “I think he thought he’d be a target for a kicking,” says Kasanga. “Probably right.” Other celebrities are less nervous of engagement with the club. On June 29, at their new home ground at the warm-up track next to the Olympic Stadium, Hackney Wick will play against a team of leading grime artists in an anti-knife crime match. Dave, Not3s and Dappy are among the rappers who will be playing. “It is going to be huge,” Kasanga reckons. “And what a message it is going to send out. Grime and football: if you want your message to reach the youth, there is no better way of doing it.” Hackney Wick FC is living proof of that.
Bobby Kasanga remembers precisely what it was that first drew him into crime. “Trainers,” he says. “My brother was big in local gangs and was buying new trainers all the time. His were always box fresh. Me, I still had the same pair I’d had for two years. I wanted shoes like his. I wanted some of his status. Simple as that.” A bright, articulate teenager, doing well in his studies, reckoned a real prospect of a footballer, Kasanga still found the lure of easy money from crime impossible to resist. He wanted those trainers. “I had everything going for me: college, football, I had a good part-time job. It should have been enough. I should have been leading a productive life. Instead I spent most of my 20s doing time.” It is a pattern he sees being played out across modern London: black teenagers succumbing to criminal temptation when they could offer so much. The city, he reckons, is littered with squandered opportunity, wasted potential, lives torpedoed by crime. Which is why, three years ago, when he came out of prison for what he was determined would be the last time, he decided he was going to do something about it. “Basically, I wanted to use my experience to make a difference.” The vehicle he chose was football. He might not have progressed as far in the game as his half-brother Medy Elito, the Cambridge United winger. But, in between spells in prison, he played for many a non-League club, from Fisher Athletic to East Thurrock, from Corinthian Casuals to Ashford. And during his time patrolling the semi-pro game, he noted that in his home borough of Hackney there was not a single club that played above tier seven. So, he decided when he left prison to set one up. Kasanga spent numerous stints in prison before turning his life around and establishing the club Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley In January 2015, he established Hackney Wick FC. And, within three seasons, thanks to his tireless enthusiasm, energy and skill in accessing funds, the first team are playing semi-professionally in the Middlesex Senior League, there is a women’s team and the club have 250 junior playing members. This season they played in the FA Cup for the first time and drew over 750 for a derby with Clapton FC. And their founder has ambition to climb much higher. “I see AFC Wimbledon as our role model,” he says. “Twenty years ago, they didn’t exist. Now they are in League One with a new stadium planned. Given where we’ve got in three years, I can’t see why we shouldn’t be thinking of doing the same.” The point about Hackney Wick, their founder says, is that they were not established as an ordinary club. They are ones with a message. This was a club set up to challenge the supremacy of crime, to give proper alternative to gang culture. By locking the club into the community, the intention is to address the growing dislocation between the youth and the mainstream where criminality festers. Thus everyone who joins has to guarantee to do a minimum of two hours a month voluntary work in Hackney. At the Hackney half-marathon run through the borough last June, the players manned the drinks stations. Every week, “Wickers”, as the members of the club are known, visit old people. They have played against prison teams. Only by reaching out, Kasanga says, can they help themselves. “We have a collective ambition to represent our borough positively,” he says. “We’ve got more than 250 people playing for us. Yeah, maybe they’d be playing elsewhere. But when they come here we can try to deliver our message. And when it comes to being anti-crime, one thing I can do is point out I’ve been there. I know what I’m talking about.” UNITED AGAINST KNIFE CRIME EARLY BIRD TICKETS OUT NOW. SEARCH ANTI KNIFE CRIME MATCH. FEATURING ALL STAR LINE OF UK GRIME AND RAP STARS. AND @HACKNEYWICKFC TEAM WITH @dickson_e20 @tresorlualua @icontk20 @cherno_samba and more to announce. #savetheyouth cr pic.twitter.com/xIIjmF4OhE— Robert Kasanga (@RobertKasanga) March 17, 2018 He certainly does. Watching him in action at a Friday evening training session, when hundreds of junior players spin out across floodlit pitches in the middle of the borough, is to see someone who commands absolute respect. His charisma is extraordinary. When he tells them some of his stories, their eyes widen. He remembers, for instance, being on the team bus about to make his debut for Ashford in the Ryman League, when his phone rang. He knew his fellow gang members were planning a robbery on a security van (“everyone in London was doing security vans at the time,” he says). But the call told him that, after the raid, there had been a row about splitting the proceeds during which his best mate had been stabbed to death. The following week, in the attempt to conduct a revenge shooting on the guy who had wielded the knife, an innocent party was shot dead. He was nowhere near it, but Kasanga was reckoned the prime suspect for the killing and arrested. Because he had an alibi (he was at football training) he was bailed. “At this point, any normal human being would have seen the signs and knocked it on the head,” he recalls. “Not me. I was a right idiot. I continued robbing.” In 2007, he was caught and sentenced to five years. When he came out, he took up where he left off, subsidising his football with the proceeds of crime. “At one point, I messed up probation and had to go on the run. I was playing under an assumed name. And still I hadn’t learned my lesson.” In 2011 he was caught in the act once more. He was sentenced to a further five years. And this time he finally saw the light. While in prison, he took an Open University degree in criminology and began to plan for a new, crime-free life outside. One which could help the next generation not make the mistakes he did. Bobby Kasanga with some of Hackney Wick FC's Under-16 players, Kamanda Daboh, Mohammed Ba Diop, Reniq Senior and Ryan Jordan Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley “I knew the one thing that can really challenge crime in grabbing kids’ attention is football. Listen, it doesn’t always work. One of our players has just been sent to prison for 18 years. People are still falling through the net. It’s not an overnight process.” But Kasanga is working tirelessly to make things happen. Backed by a local property development company which pays him to run the club, he is forever seeking out new ways to secure funding for more programmes. In the midst of a relegation fight exacerbated by weather-related postponements, last month he contacted William Hill to see if it might sponsor the club. So intrigued was the bookmaker by his story, it offered him the services of Robbie Savage, to play for the Wick as a publicity stunt in the last few matches of the season. Unfortunately, Savage declined the opportunity. “I think he thought he’d be a target for a kicking,” says Kasanga. “Probably right.” Other celebrities are less nervous of engagement with the club. On June 29, at their new home ground at the warm-up track next to the Olympic Stadium, Hackney Wick will play against a team of leading grime artists in an anti-knife crime match. Dave, Not3s and Dappy are among the rappers who will be playing. “It is going to be huge,” Kasanga reckons. “And what a message it is going to send out. Grime and football: if you want your message to reach the youth, there is no better way of doing it.” Hackney Wick FC is living proof of that.
From crime to grime - how Hackney Wick FC are challenging gang culture in inner London
Bobby Kasanga remembers precisely what it was that first drew him into crime. “Trainers,” he says. “My brother was big in local gangs and was buying new trainers all the time. His were always box fresh. Me, I still had the same pair I’d had for two years. I wanted shoes like his. I wanted some of his status. Simple as that.” A bright, articulate teenager, doing well in his studies, reckoned a real prospect of a footballer, Kasanga still found the lure of easy money from crime impossible to resist. He wanted those trainers. “I had everything going for me: college, football, I had a good part-time job. It should have been enough. I should have been leading a productive life. Instead I spent most of my 20s doing time.” It is a pattern he sees being played out across modern London: black teenagers succumbing to criminal temptation when they could offer so much. The city, he reckons, is littered with squandered opportunity, wasted potential, lives torpedoed by crime. Which is why, three years ago, when he came out of prison for what he was determined would be the last time, he decided he was going to do something about it. “Basically, I wanted to use my experience to make a difference.” The vehicle he chose was football. He might not have progressed as far in the game as his half-brother Medy Elito, the Cambridge United winger. But, in between spells in prison, he played for many a non-League club, from Fisher Athletic to East Thurrock, from Corinthian Casuals to Ashford. And during his time patrolling the semi-pro game, he noted that in his home borough of Hackney there was not a single club that played above tier seven. So, he decided when he left prison to set one up. Kasanga spent numerous stints in prison before turning his life around and establishing the club Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley In January 2015, he established Hackney Wick FC. And, within three seasons, thanks to his tireless enthusiasm, energy and skill in accessing funds, the first team are playing semi-professionally in the Middlesex Senior League, there is a women’s team and the club have 250 junior playing members. This season they played in the FA Cup for the first time and drew over 750 for a derby with Clapton FC. And their founder has ambition to climb much higher. “I see AFC Wimbledon as our role model,” he says. “Twenty years ago, they didn’t exist. Now they are in League One with a new stadium planned. Given where we’ve got in three years, I can’t see why we shouldn’t be thinking of doing the same.” The point about Hackney Wick, their founder says, is that they were not established as an ordinary club. They are ones with a message. This was a club set up to challenge the supremacy of crime, to give proper alternative to gang culture. By locking the club into the community, the intention is to address the growing dislocation between the youth and the mainstream where criminality festers. Thus everyone who joins has to guarantee to do a minimum of two hours a month voluntary work in Hackney. At the Hackney half-marathon run through the borough last June, the players manned the drinks stations. Every week, “Wickers”, as the members of the club are known, visit old people. They have played against prison teams. Only by reaching out, Kasanga says, can they help themselves. “We have a collective ambition to represent our borough positively,” he says. “We’ve got more than 250 people playing for us. Yeah, maybe they’d be playing elsewhere. But when they come here we can try to deliver our message. And when it comes to being anti-crime, one thing I can do is point out I’ve been there. I know what I’m talking about.” UNITED AGAINST KNIFE CRIME EARLY BIRD TICKETS OUT NOW. SEARCH ANTI KNIFE CRIME MATCH. FEATURING ALL STAR LINE OF UK GRIME AND RAP STARS. AND @HACKNEYWICKFC TEAM WITH @dickson_e20 @tresorlualua @icontk20 @cherno_samba and more to announce. #savetheyouth cr pic.twitter.com/xIIjmF4OhE— Robert Kasanga (@RobertKasanga) March 17, 2018 He certainly does. Watching him in action at a Friday evening training session, when hundreds of junior players spin out across floodlit pitches in the middle of the borough, is to see someone who commands absolute respect. His charisma is extraordinary. When he tells them some of his stories, their eyes widen. He remembers, for instance, being on the team bus about to make his debut for Ashford in the Ryman League, when his phone rang. He knew his fellow gang members were planning a robbery on a security van (“everyone in London was doing security vans at the time,” he says). But the call told him that, after the raid, there had been a row about splitting the proceeds during which his best mate had been stabbed to death. The following week, in the attempt to conduct a revenge shooting on the guy who had wielded the knife, an innocent party was shot dead. He was nowhere near it, but Kasanga was reckoned the prime suspect for the killing and arrested. Because he had an alibi (he was at football training) he was bailed. “At this point, any normal human being would have seen the signs and knocked it on the head,” he recalls. “Not me. I was a right idiot. I continued robbing.” In 2007, he was caught and sentenced to five years. When he came out, he took up where he left off, subsidising his football with the proceeds of crime. “At one point, I messed up probation and had to go on the run. I was playing under an assumed name. And still I hadn’t learned my lesson.” In 2011 he was caught in the act once more. He was sentenced to a further five years. And this time he finally saw the light. While in prison, he took an Open University degree in criminology and began to plan for a new, crime-free life outside. One which could help the next generation not make the mistakes he did. Bobby Kasanga with some of Hackney Wick FC's Under-16 players, Kamanda Daboh, Mohammed Ba Diop, Reniq Senior and Ryan Jordan Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley “I knew the one thing that can really challenge crime in grabbing kids’ attention is football. Listen, it doesn’t always work. One of our players has just been sent to prison for 18 years. People are still falling through the net. It’s not an overnight process.” But Kasanga is working tirelessly to make things happen. Backed by a local property development company which pays him to run the club, he is forever seeking out new ways to secure funding for more programmes. In the midst of a relegation fight exacerbated by weather-related postponements, last month he contacted William Hill to see if it might sponsor the club. So intrigued was the bookmaker by his story, it offered him the services of Robbie Savage, to play for the Wick as a publicity stunt in the last few matches of the season. Unfortunately, Savage declined the opportunity. “I think he thought he’d be a target for a kicking,” says Kasanga. “Probably right.” Other celebrities are less nervous of engagement with the club. On June 29, at their new home ground at the warm-up track next to the Olympic Stadium, Hackney Wick will play against a team of leading grime artists in an anti-knife crime match. Dave, Not3s and Dappy are among the rappers who will be playing. “It is going to be huge,” Kasanga reckons. “And what a message it is going to send out. Grime and football: if you want your message to reach the youth, there is no better way of doing it.” Hackney Wick FC is living proof of that.
Bobby Kasanga remembers precisely what it was that first drew him into crime. “Trainers,” he says. “My brother was big in local gangs and was buying new trainers all the time. His were always box fresh. Me, I still had the same pair I’d had for two years. I wanted shoes like his. I wanted some of his status. Simple as that.” A bright, articulate teenager, doing well in his studies, reckoned a real prospect of a footballer, Kasanga still found the lure of easy money from crime impossible to resist. He wanted those trainers. “I had everything going for me: college, football, I had a good part-time job. It should have been enough. I should have been leading a productive life. Instead I spent most of my 20s doing time.” It is a pattern he sees being played out across modern London: black teenagers succumbing to criminal temptation when they could offer so much. The city, he reckons, is littered with squandered opportunity, wasted potential, lives torpedoed by crime. Which is why, three years ago, when he came out of prison for what he was determined would be the last time, he decided he was going to do something about it. “Basically, I wanted to use my experience to make a difference.” The vehicle he chose was football. He might not have progressed as far in the game as his half-brother Medy Elito, the Cambridge United winger. But, in between spells in prison, he played for many a non-League club, from Fisher Athletic to East Thurrock, from Corinthian Casuals to Ashford. And during his time patrolling the semi-pro game, he noted that in his home borough of Hackney there was not a single club that played above tier seven. So, he decided when he left prison to set one up. Kasanga spent numerous stints in prison before turning his life around and establishing the club Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley In January 2015, he established Hackney Wick FC. And, within three seasons, thanks to his tireless enthusiasm, energy and skill in accessing funds, the first team are playing semi-professionally in the Middlesex Senior League, there is a women’s team and the club have 250 junior playing members. This season they played in the FA Cup for the first time and drew over 750 for a derby with Clapton FC. And their founder has ambition to climb much higher. “I see AFC Wimbledon as our role model,” he says. “Twenty years ago, they didn’t exist. Now they are in League One with a new stadium planned. Given where we’ve got in three years, I can’t see why we shouldn’t be thinking of doing the same.” The point about Hackney Wick, their founder says, is that they were not established as an ordinary club. They are ones with a message. This was a club set up to challenge the supremacy of crime, to give proper alternative to gang culture. By locking the club into the community, the intention is to address the growing dislocation between the youth and the mainstream where criminality festers. Thus everyone who joins has to guarantee to do a minimum of two hours a month voluntary work in Hackney. At the Hackney half-marathon run through the borough last June, the players manned the drinks stations. Every week, “Wickers”, as the members of the club are known, visit old people. They have played against prison teams. Only by reaching out, Kasanga says, can they help themselves. “We have a collective ambition to represent our borough positively,” he says. “We’ve got more than 250 people playing for us. Yeah, maybe they’d be playing elsewhere. But when they come here we can try to deliver our message. And when it comes to being anti-crime, one thing I can do is point out I’ve been there. I know what I’m talking about.” UNITED AGAINST KNIFE CRIME EARLY BIRD TICKETS OUT NOW. SEARCH ANTI KNIFE CRIME MATCH. FEATURING ALL STAR LINE OF UK GRIME AND RAP STARS. AND @HACKNEYWICKFC TEAM WITH @dickson_e20 @tresorlualua @icontk20 @cherno_samba and more to announce. #savetheyouth cr pic.twitter.com/xIIjmF4OhE— Robert Kasanga (@RobertKasanga) March 17, 2018 He certainly does. Watching him in action at a Friday evening training session, when hundreds of junior players spin out across floodlit pitches in the middle of the borough, is to see someone who commands absolute respect. His charisma is extraordinary. When he tells them some of his stories, their eyes widen. He remembers, for instance, being on the team bus about to make his debut for Ashford in the Ryman League, when his phone rang. He knew his fellow gang members were planning a robbery on a security van (“everyone in London was doing security vans at the time,” he says). But the call told him that, after the raid, there had been a row about splitting the proceeds during which his best mate had been stabbed to death. The following week, in the attempt to conduct a revenge shooting on the guy who had wielded the knife, an innocent party was shot dead. He was nowhere near it, but Kasanga was reckoned the prime suspect for the killing and arrested. Because he had an alibi (he was at football training) he was bailed. “At this point, any normal human being would have seen the signs and knocked it on the head,” he recalls. “Not me. I was a right idiot. I continued robbing.” In 2007, he was caught and sentenced to five years. When he came out, he took up where he left off, subsidising his football with the proceeds of crime. “At one point, I messed up probation and had to go on the run. I was playing under an assumed name. And still I hadn’t learned my lesson.” In 2011 he was caught in the act once more. He was sentenced to a further five years. And this time he finally saw the light. While in prison, he took an Open University degree in criminology and began to plan for a new, crime-free life outside. One which could help the next generation not make the mistakes he did. Bobby Kasanga with some of Hackney Wick FC's Under-16 players, Kamanda Daboh, Mohammed Ba Diop, Reniq Senior and Ryan Jordan Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley “I knew the one thing that can really challenge crime in grabbing kids’ attention is football. Listen, it doesn’t always work. One of our players has just been sent to prison for 18 years. People are still falling through the net. It’s not an overnight process.” But Kasanga is working tirelessly to make things happen. Backed by a local property development company which pays him to run the club, he is forever seeking out new ways to secure funding for more programmes. In the midst of a relegation fight exacerbated by weather-related postponements, last month he contacted William Hill to see if it might sponsor the club. So intrigued was the bookmaker by his story, it offered him the services of Robbie Savage, to play for the Wick as a publicity stunt in the last few matches of the season. Unfortunately, Savage declined the opportunity. “I think he thought he’d be a target for a kicking,” says Kasanga. “Probably right.” Other celebrities are less nervous of engagement with the club. On June 29, at their new home ground at the warm-up track next to the Olympic Stadium, Hackney Wick will play against a team of leading grime artists in an anti-knife crime match. Dave, Not3s and Dappy are among the rappers who will be playing. “It is going to be huge,” Kasanga reckons. “And what a message it is going to send out. Grime and football: if you want your message to reach the youth, there is no better way of doing it.” Hackney Wick FC is living proof of that.
From crime to grime - how Hackney Wick FC are challenging gang culture in inner London
Bobby Kasanga remembers precisely what it was that first drew him into crime. “Trainers,” he says. “My brother was big in local gangs and was buying new trainers all the time. His were always box fresh. Me, I still had the same pair I’d had for two years. I wanted shoes like his. I wanted some of his status. Simple as that.” A bright, articulate teenager, doing well in his studies, reckoned a real prospect of a footballer, Kasanga still found the lure of easy money from crime impossible to resist. He wanted those trainers. “I had everything going for me: college, football, I had a good part-time job. It should have been enough. I should have been leading a productive life. Instead I spent most of my 20s doing time.” It is a pattern he sees being played out across modern London: black teenagers succumbing to criminal temptation when they could offer so much. The city, he reckons, is littered with squandered opportunity, wasted potential, lives torpedoed by crime. Which is why, three years ago, when he came out of prison for what he was determined would be the last time, he decided he was going to do something about it. “Basically, I wanted to use my experience to make a difference.” The vehicle he chose was football. He might not have progressed as far in the game as his half-brother Medy Elito, the Cambridge United winger. But, in between spells in prison, he played for many a non-League club, from Fisher Athletic to East Thurrock, from Corinthian Casuals to Ashford. And during his time patrolling the semi-pro game, he noted that in his home borough of Hackney there was not a single club that played above tier seven. So, he decided when he left prison to set one up. Kasanga spent numerous stints in prison before turning his life around and establishing the club Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley In January 2015, he established Hackney Wick FC. And, within three seasons, thanks to his tireless enthusiasm, energy and skill in accessing funds, the first team are playing semi-professionally in the Middlesex Senior League, there is a women’s team and the club have 250 junior playing members. This season they played in the FA Cup for the first time and drew over 750 for a derby with Clapton FC. And their founder has ambition to climb much higher. “I see AFC Wimbledon as our role model,” he says. “Twenty years ago, they didn’t exist. Now they are in League One with a new stadium planned. Given where we’ve got in three years, I can’t see why we shouldn’t be thinking of doing the same.” The point about Hackney Wick, their founder says, is that they were not established as an ordinary club. They are ones with a message. This was a club set up to challenge the supremacy of crime, to give proper alternative to gang culture. By locking the club into the community, the intention is to address the growing dislocation between the youth and the mainstream where criminality festers. Thus everyone who joins has to guarantee to do a minimum of two hours a month voluntary work in Hackney. At the Hackney half-marathon run through the borough last June, the players manned the drinks stations. Every week, “Wickers”, as the members of the club are known, visit old people. They have played against prison teams. Only by reaching out, Kasanga says, can they help themselves. “We have a collective ambition to represent our borough positively,” he says. “We’ve got more than 250 people playing for us. Yeah, maybe they’d be playing elsewhere. But when they come here we can try to deliver our message. And when it comes to being anti-crime, one thing I can do is point out I’ve been there. I know what I’m talking about.” UNITED AGAINST KNIFE CRIME EARLY BIRD TICKETS OUT NOW. SEARCH ANTI KNIFE CRIME MATCH. FEATURING ALL STAR LINE OF UK GRIME AND RAP STARS. AND @HACKNEYWICKFC TEAM WITH @dickson_e20 @tresorlualua @icontk20 @cherno_samba and more to announce. #savetheyouth cr pic.twitter.com/xIIjmF4OhE— Robert Kasanga (@RobertKasanga) March 17, 2018 He certainly does. Watching him in action at a Friday evening training session, when hundreds of junior players spin out across floodlit pitches in the middle of the borough, is to see someone who commands absolute respect. His charisma is extraordinary. When he tells them some of his stories, their eyes widen. He remembers, for instance, being on the team bus about to make his debut for Ashford in the Ryman League, when his phone rang. He knew his fellow gang members were planning a robbery on a security van (“everyone in London was doing security vans at the time,” he says). But the call told him that, after the raid, there had been a row about splitting the proceeds during which his best mate had been stabbed to death. The following week, in the attempt to conduct a revenge shooting on the guy who had wielded the knife, an innocent party was shot dead. He was nowhere near it, but Kasanga was reckoned the prime suspect for the killing and arrested. Because he had an alibi (he was at football training) he was bailed. “At this point, any normal human being would have seen the signs and knocked it on the head,” he recalls. “Not me. I was a right idiot. I continued robbing.” In 2007, he was caught and sentenced to five years. When he came out, he took up where he left off, subsidising his football with the proceeds of crime. “At one point, I messed up probation and had to go on the run. I was playing under an assumed name. And still I hadn’t learned my lesson.” In 2011 he was caught in the act once more. He was sentenced to a further five years. And this time he finally saw the light. While in prison, he took an Open University degree in criminology and began to plan for a new, crime-free life outside. One which could help the next generation not make the mistakes he did. Bobby Kasanga with some of Hackney Wick FC's Under-16 players, Kamanda Daboh, Mohammed Ba Diop, Reniq Senior and Ryan Jordan Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley “I knew the one thing that can really challenge crime in grabbing kids’ attention is football. Listen, it doesn’t always work. One of our players has just been sent to prison for 18 years. People are still falling through the net. It’s not an overnight process.” But Kasanga is working tirelessly to make things happen. Backed by a local property development company which pays him to run the club, he is forever seeking out new ways to secure funding for more programmes. In the midst of a relegation fight exacerbated by weather-related postponements, last month he contacted William Hill to see if it might sponsor the club. So intrigued was the bookmaker by his story, it offered him the services of Robbie Savage, to play for the Wick as a publicity stunt in the last few matches of the season. Unfortunately, Savage declined the opportunity. “I think he thought he’d be a target for a kicking,” says Kasanga. “Probably right.” Other celebrities are less nervous of engagement with the club. On June 29, at their new home ground at the warm-up track next to the Olympic Stadium, Hackney Wick will play against a team of leading grime artists in an anti-knife crime match. Dave, Not3s and Dappy are among the rappers who will be playing. “It is going to be huge,” Kasanga reckons. “And what a message it is going to send out. Grime and football: if you want your message to reach the youth, there is no better way of doing it.” Hackney Wick FC is living proof of that.
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