AFC Wimbledon have only been in The Football League for one season, but the fans have already provided something for the Dons to celebrate - winning £20,000 for the club via the Fanpower Stadium competition, which was run by The Football League title sponsors npower.
Hosted on Facebook, the competition rewarded the set of fans that "made the most noise" with £20,000 for their club. This was determined by measuring the amount of mentions supporters had generated for their football club on Facebook and Twitter.
The noise could only be measured when an individual had "taken a seat" in the virtual Fanpower Stadium meaning £10,000 was also awarded to the club whose fans participated the most.
The Football League debutants ran away with the £20,000 noise pot, with their loyal fans signing up in droves and then taking to Facebook and Twitter to show their support. In the 11-week competition, AFC Wimbledon fans generated over 100,000 noise counts mentioning their beloved Dons.
Fans will now get the opportunity to vote how the prize money is spent within the club at www.facebook.com/npowerfootballleague. Voting closes at midnight on Sun 17 June.
The club has identified three areas that could potentially benefit from the prize:
- Improve fans' facilities by providing match commentary for sight impaired fans and purchasing furniture for the main bar
- Renovate the Kingston Road End toilets
- Provide storage and other facilities at Kings College for the Academy
The most popular option as voted for by Dons fans, will receive the £10,000 prize money.
Emma Collins, Sponsorship Manager from npower, said: "We're delighted to be handing over the prize fund to AFC Wimbledon and their fans, who clearly seized the opportunity to support their club with great passion.
"It's great to be a part of this very real showing of 'Fanpower' and maybe this victory for the fans will be a good omen for the players next season."