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Eddie Reynolds football shirt 1963

eddie reynolds football shirtThe origins of Wimbledon FC can be traced back to 1889, when Wimbledon Old Centrals played their matches on Wimbledon Common. Seven years later they won their first trophy – the Clapham League title in 1896. In May, 1905, Wimbledon Old Centrals became Wimbledon Football Club and moved to Plough Lane in 1912, joining the Athenian League seven years later in 1919. In 1921 Wimbledon joined the Isthmian League (now the Ryman League) and first won the Championship in 1931. Wimbledon lost at two shots at the FA Amateur Cup Final, in 1935 and 1947, but finally managed to get their hands on the trophy in a glorious 4-2 victory over Sutton United at Wembley on 4th May, 1963, in front of 45,000 people.

The No.9 football shirt was worn by burly Northern Ireland international, Eddie Reynolds, who scored all four Wimbledon goals with his head, a record which has never been beaten. LDWIM : S4067