Plymouth captain Curtis Nelson hoping for fairytale against Wimbledon

Plymouth Argyle’s believes success in the League Two play-off final against AFC Wimbledon would mean more to him than most

The idea of AFC Wimbledon winning promotion, which they will do with victory in the League Two play-off final on Monday, is almost irresistible. Even those who avoid sentimentality will appreciate the appeal of this story: a club formed from the essence of another, which was (at least in their view) stolen from its true home 14 years ago, elevating itself to play alongside those who stole it. Should they prevail, AFC Wimbledon vs MK Dons will be a league fixture for the first time next season. A delicious prospect.

But the team they are facing at Wembley have a story to tell, too. Three years ago, Plymouth Argyle survived relegation from the Football League on the last day of the season, relying on results elsewhere to save them after defeat to Rochdale. That was their second successive finish of 21st in the bottom division, the lowest in their history, but in the scheme of things mere poor results on the pitch and the threat of relegation were small fry compared with what had come before.

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