What led to WiSH

A New Heritage Charity, dedicated to safeguarding & preserving Mertons unique sporting history

WiSH - A brief introduction


2002 Started to develop as individual collectors of Wimbledon FC Historical items, responding to memorabilia, trophies & many other club heritage items that had started to appear for sale on the open market

2010 Started to communicate & work together forming the seeds of WiSH

2012 In Partnership with TVF Created “On Common Ground” Film -& book, premiered at Wimbledon Odeon, detailing Wimbledons Unique Sporting History & Legacy

2013 - Core group started working together on clubs history & heritage, recruiting other collectors

2015, Became involved & participating with Merton Council Heritage.

2016-2018 WiSH members spent 2 years visiting other clubs museums, meeting with their historians, exploring their structures & gaining valuable insight into best practice, funding streams what works well.WiSH then widened this remit to visit other sports museums & more general local museums in order to garner as much information as we could in prearation for WiSH progression.

2018 - WiSH proposals & partnership offer taken to DTB & FCB asking for a museum/heritage stadium & the donation of the vast amount of club history to a Charity set up with the core aim of specificallysafeguarding, preserving, sharing & ensuring our history returns to Plough Lane for future generations

2019 - Purchased ownership & copyright of the entire AFC Wimbledon Video History from 2002-2017 saving it from being destroyed.

2019 Progression, constituted as independent Charity, joined UK Museum Association, registered with Heritage Lottery fund, partnered with & active members of Merton Heritage with the aim of creating both a physical & virtual online museum, with the intention of becoming interactive with Dons fans groups around the world.

April 2019 Presented at DTB SGM 

August/September 2019 working with Heritage Specialists & MDC Heritage to create designs & costings for both physical & online positions. Proposed a Proposed Service Level Agreement to DTB.

Jan 2020 we had our first year review, the board & members voted unanimously to remain a independent charity fully open to working in partnership with all sporting & history organisations across Wimbledon & the wider Merton District.

Further request sent to DTB asking for partnership & a shared agreement going forward with a view to funding, sustaining, operating a museum at new stadium

Full Charity Commision registration submitted which will alter Charity Status from Constituted Charity operating under £5k to full public disclosure.

Feb 2020 Website updated & work towards creation of a Virtual Museum commences.

WiSH are fully committed to seeing the vast collection owned by individuals brought together within the Merton area for all fans to see & appreciate the complex & unique 130 year history Wimbledon football has, preserving it for future generations of Dons.

2021 - The Greatest Story is launched, work commences on 8 projects, dedicated TGS room in stadium, heritage trails within the stadium & across Merton & Wandsworth, Wombles From the Lane memory capture project, timeline in the West stand concourse & many other developments in planning.

The WiSH Team

  • President - Maureen Batsford
  • Vice President - Dickie Guy
  • Michael Padmanathan - CEO
  • Rhys Torrington - Head of Operartions
  • John Lynch - Head of Partnerships & Development
  • Rebecca Hamlin - TGS Manager
  • Chris Hutchinson - Head of Volunteering
  • Peter Leng - Comms Manager
  • Tim Hillyer - Head of Finance
  • Roger Rokowski - Project Office Manager
  • Roger Hobkinson - Head of strategy
  • Mick Pugh - Wimbledon Old Players Association (WOPA)
  • Pat Tuggey - Tours Manager
  • Secretary - Janet Brewer
  • Bert Dale - Museum Curator & Head Historian
  • Historians - Stephen Crabtree / Ray Armfield
  • Anuk Teasdale - Equality, inclusion & Diversity Officer
  • Toby Brewer - Youngs Dons Interface
  • Bob Sherwood - H&S + Risk Assessment Officer
  • Ambassadors - Barry Briggs / Mike Kelly / John Martin / Dave Willis / Ian Cooke / John Scales/ Terry Gibson/ Erik Samuelson

Founder Member Opportunity

As we progress towards both a physical & virtual online Museum you can become a Wimbledon in Sporting History Founder member & help WiSH at the start of their journey -

Lifetime Membership
Unique & historical Founders Badge 
Founders Certificate
Name on Founders plaque 
Invitation to launch
Invitation to all WiSH events
Regular updates


Founders income will assist in the set up & initial running costs, after that WiSH will be self sustainable through ordinary yearly membership, grant funding, fundraising events & sales.

Founder Membership will only be offered as an initial launch on a limited basis & not available after this.

For further information you can cotact us via e-mail.

Gifting, Loaning or Valuing Items

Free consultation
Wheelchair accessible
Accept debit/credit cards
By appointment only
Wifi on the premises
Purchasing of individual items or collections


Ian Strachan - Absolutely brilliant,That’s amazing, I’m very much looking forward to seeing it all in the museum. Well done and thank you. 

Simon Hood -This is like a dream. What an amazing …

Wimbledon Supporter Comments

The amount of hard work done by genuine fans to research the wonderful and proud history of Wimbledon Football Club! 

Lee Hudson

It's our heritage and legacy and we won't let anyone try and take it away again. 

Stuart Young

Sales & Auctions


Send us your wants list & we'll try to help.

WiSH Badge


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