The Dons Trust last night held a special general meeting in Kingston and gave members one last opportunity to have their say in the second phase of the Back in 2 Ticks campaign.
A total of 1,918 votes were cast in favour of the proposal, which represented a 98 per cent positive response from the impressive 87 per cent turnout of the Trust’s 2,252 members.
This followed the successful first round of voting in October and easily surpassed the 50% turnout and two-thirds majority required by the rules.
Dons Trust chair Matthew Breach said: “The successful vote on the stadium sale is an important milestone in helping to return AFC Wimbledon to its spiritual home in Merton.
“On behalf of the Dons Trust board, I would like to thank our members for voting in such large numbers and for backing our proposals so unambiguously.
“There is still a lot of work to do to deliver a new stadium but the outcome of the vote shows the overwhelming support among Trust members and the club’s fans for having AFC Wimbledon play where it belongs, back in Merton.”
The next stage of the process will be for AFC Wimbledon shareholders to also give the green light for the sale at the club’s annual general meeting in December.
This will be a mere formality given the Dons Trust controls more than 90 per cent of the club’s shares.
AFC Wimbledon chief executive, Erik Samuelson, said: “On behalf of the football club, I congratulate the board and membership of the Dons Trust for so clearly showing their determination to return AFC Wimbledon to Merton.
“We now need to turn that determination into reality by finalising the agreement with Chelsea to sell the stadium to them, getting planning permission for the new stadium and getting all the commercial arrangements in place.
“There is much work still to be done but this is another important step along the way.”
AFC Wimbledon intends to develop a new stadium at Plough Lane, Wimbledon, to return the club to its spiritual roots in Merton.
A planning application for a mixed use development comprising 602 homes, a football stadium and commercial development is being considered by the London Borough of Merton.
Chelsea intend to use Kingsmeadow as a new base for their ladies and youth teams.
An initial payment of £600,000 will be made by the Blues upon signature of the agreement with a further two installments when the lease is transferred to them and when the Dons move out.