THE HISTORY OF WIMBLEDON FOOTBALL CLUB
1934
1934-35

With no silverware to present at all It was the next season, 1934-35, that was to prove the club's best. For the first time ever they reached the final of the Amateur Cup where they faced the mighty Bishop Auckland, five times past winners of the competition.

Twenty thousand spectators packed into Middlesbrough's ground for the final and witnessed a determined goal-less draw. The replay was staged at Chelsea's Stam­ford Bridge ground, the gate this time top­ping 32,000. Doc Dowden was again on target, giving Wimbledon a third minute lead, but Bishop Auckland replied through Wilson and Bryan for a 2-1 win. The Wimbledon line-up: Irish, Good­child, Balkwell, Wright, Bridge, Reeves, Batchelor, Barnes, Dowden, Turner, Smith. Zenthon replaced Batchelor for the replay.

And there was another first for the club in the FA Cup where they progressed to the second round proper for the first time, be­fore losing out 5-1 to Southend at Plough Lane. They won the Isthmian League again and took the Surrey Charity Shield and Oxford Hospital Cup competitions.