It was to prove a sound investment. Wimbledon had turned the corner, finishing third in the table and winning the London Senior Cup for the second time, defeating Leyton 2-1 after a 1-1 draw at West Ham. They reached the final of the Surrey Senior Cup, beaten 5-2 in a replay against Dulwich Hamlet, while they were back on the foreign road again, this time to Holland for two wins out of three - Sparta Rotterdam again their only conquerors, by the closer margin of 2-1.
A record crowd of 18,080 saw Dons give the sailors a football lesson when they easily beat HMS Victory 3-0 in the Amateur Cup, third round, at Plough Lane, in 1935. The Naval team, who had become famous because of their struggles with Leytonstone in the Second Round, were greatly fancied to win by those who saw their previous displays, but wing halves Wright and Reeves laid the foundation of Wimbledon success.
Dowden scored the first, with an 18 yard cracker from an edge of the area free kick. He then headed number two from a Reeves cross, before turning provider with a centre that Turner tucked away.
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