The following two seasons, however, were to see the club's aspirations slump, particularly in League competition. First they came in fourth from the bottom, although with another four points they would have been fourth from the top, so tightly was the table packed; then the fol­lowing year they trailed in 12th.

If it hadn't been for Kingstonian, there would have been little for the first team to savour. It was the K's that Wimbledon twice defeated 1-0 to win the Surrey Charity Shield in successive seasons.

There was the usual successful Easter tour to lift spirits and the Reserves kept up their sterling work, with Isthmian League Reserve Section titles number four and five. And the Dons were honoured in being the first club in the country to entertain a touring South African XI. The visitors paraded virtually a full inter­national line-up, with players chosen from all over the Union. And Wimbledon had little answer to their prowess, going down 6-0.