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Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 July, 2003, 11:14 GMT 12:14 UK
Winkelman pledge to Dons
Wimbledon are likely to play at Selhurst Park next season
Wimbledon's future remains unclear
Peter Winkelman has pledged to continue bankrolling Wimbledon until the club can complete their relocation to Milton Keynes.

The music promoter heads a consortium determined to take the financially-troubled club to Buckinghamshire and stepped in to help pay players' wages last month.

Wimbledon look set to return to Selhurst Park until plans for a temporary move to the National Hockey Stadium can be revived.

But Winkelman is convinced they will one day be playing at a 28,000-seater stadium in Milton Keynes, whatever the financial cost.

It's not right to have generations of kids grow up without football at Milton Keynes
Peter Winkelman

"We have stepped in with some emergency funding and we are working with the administrators to get Wimbledon to Milton Keynes as soon as possible," he said.

"We only made the move to put something in when it became clear we had to something or the club would face the potential threat of liquidation.

"We had to do something about it.

"The administrators are running the club, they are appointed by the High Court. We are providing financial support to the administrators running the club.

"We didn't know Wimbledon was going to go into administration, we didn't know we would have to raise up to 10m to make sure it could see its way to the new stadium, but are we accepting those challenges? Absolutely.

"After two years of turmoil and the kind of distress and hurt we've caused, to not make Wimbledon come to Milton Keynes would have been a disaster for everybody and wouldn't have been worth the grief we've had to endure.

"Milton Keynes has the biggest population in Europe without a football team.

"It's not right to have generations of kids grow up without football there. I'm not going to stop until I can't do it.

"Wimbledon is simply the only club with permission from the Football Association and the Football League to relocate to Milton Keynes. "


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